With 2019 being the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War and the 75th anniversary of D-Day, I’m undertaking a commemorative ride.
I hope to leave the Two Wheel Centre, 50 Westfield Road, Harpenden AL5 4HW on June 1, 2019 and will be riding my 1942 Royal Enfield WD C/O, dressed in the kit of a Second World War despatch rider.
Navigation will be by map and I will camp each night using, as far as possible, the kit that was available to a DR. As the bike is 77 years old and motorways did not exist during the war, these will be avoided.
The first destination will be the factory site in Redditch where the bike was built, and from there I shall continue to the remains of the Ack Ack site at Drumcross, near Glasgow.
This is because my bike was used by the 12th Anti-Aircraft Division, which was responsible for A/A defence of Clydeside and Northern Ireland. I shall return via the east coast to arrive back at the Two Wheel Centre on June 8. The route as planned is approximately 900 miles.
Photographs will be taken and I shall self-fund all the expenses, so all sponsorship/donations will go to the Royal British Legion. Please go to Steven’s Ride of Remembrance Just Giving page, which is all ready for donations.
Steve Bennett, via email.
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