The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Provost Sloan launches motorcycle show and charity ride to Moscow

South Ayrshire Provost Winifred Sloan recently opened the 22nd Scottish Classic Motorcycle show at Ayr Racecourse, then promptly got on her bike to promote a unique charity mission.

[Provost Sloan, seated is pictured with charity riders (left to right) Jim Humphries, John Rynne, John Plumber and Robin Jeffrey (kneeling).]

The show returned to Ayr after an absence of six years and was a sell-out, with classic motorcycle enthusiasts coming from all over Scotland, England and Northern Ireland to see the vintage machines on display.

Provost Sloan said: “I was delighted to welcome The Scottish Classic Motorcycle Show back to Ayr and I hope this marks a permanent return for this important and significant event.

“The Scottish Classic Motorcycle Show started small, just 21 years ago, at a time when Michael Jackson was perfecting his Moonwalk and Roger Rabbit was being framed.

“In that short time, it has grown to become THE classic bike attraction in Scotland, a real testament to the unstinting commitment and dedication of those who work at the Ayr Classic Motorcycle Club.”

Having opened the show, Provost Sloan then met Jim Humphries, John Rynne, John Plumber, Robin Jeffrey and Brigid Rynne who will be taking part in a sponsored motorcycle adventure to Moscow in Russia – departing from Moscow in East Ayrshire.

The route between the two Moscows (and back) will take the adventurous group from Scotland through England, France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, the Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.

All money raised through this ride will go to the Poppa Guttmann Trust, supporting the spinal injuries unit at Stoke Mandeville hospital.

Jim Humphries explained: “Sir Ludwig ‘Poppa’ Guttmann was founder of the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville and father of the modern Paralympic Games.

“The money we raise will help Stoke Mandeville develop an innovative arts programme to assist recently-paralysed patients in improving their fine motor skills while, at the same time, fostering creativity and a sense of achievement.”

Provost Sloan concluded: “I wish Jim and his team a safe return to Ayr in July, when I aim to catch up with him and learn more of his charity fund raising trip and I look forward to the Scottish Classic Motorcycle Show returning to Ayr next year.”

You can track Jim’s trip and learn more about the Stoke Mandeville Spinal Injuries Unit via the rider’s website:

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