Open to all genders, the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in 2012 by Mark Hawwa in Sydney, Australia, and is centred around classic and vintage styled motorcycles. The ride provides an outline of dress and behaviour, suggesting riders don a vintage style, and vintage manners. Dapper clothing like silk vests, tweed suits and flat caps are encouraged, as well as courteous behaviour. The ride carries no entry free, but all riders are encouraged to raise funds for prostate cancer research and men’s mental health programs on behalf of the Movember Foundation.
Rob Fillinger, a STEM teacher at Wilberforce, has helped to get many of the college’s talented students involved. “We have students involved in the bike refit, planning and completing it and riding it on the day” he said. “We also have our bands playing at the event and the Hair and Beauty students have agreed to do makeovers. As well as this, our creative students in Art and Graphic Design will be making the mural for the bike and the posters that will showcase the event around Hull.”
The College has involved Hull 4 Heroes as a featured charity and their branding will be on the bike. Designed by students, the bike will be auctioned after the ride, and any profits will be donated to Hull 4 Heroes.