Riding Dapper For Men's Health
Dress up and get on your vintage bikes for prostate cancer research and men's mental health
BY Matthew Lister | Sep 21, 2017 | Culture
On Sunday, 24 September 2017, the gentlefolk of this world will once again be donning their finest attire, adjusting their dickie-bows and taking to the streets on their vintage motorcycles to ‘ride dapper for a cause’ in The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride.
This worldwide, annual celebration of custom classic bikes and all things sartorial was created in 2012 by Mark Hawwa of Sydney, Australia. Developing an idea from the Perth chapter of his Café Racer club, and drawing inspiration from an iconic photo of a debonair Don Draper sitting astride a Matchless motorcycle, Hawwa saw the ‘ride dapper’ theme as a fun way of uniting motorbiking communities throughout the world and breaking stereotypes; 2,500 riders across 64 cities took part in that inaugural ride and The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride phenomenon was born.
Five years on and this global movement continues to raise funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer research, with DGR adding men’s mental health to their fundraising goals in 2016, following the tragic loss of one of their ride hosts to depression. Alongside their charity partner, the Movember Foundation, and with support from their sponsors Triumph Motorcycles and Zenith Watches, DGR has raised over USD10,000,000 to date.
Nearly 75,000 riders in over 600 cities will participate in the 2017 edition, with ten events being held throughout Malaysia. Organisers will be hosting rides in Ipoh, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Labuan, Melaka, Miri, Penang and Seremban with over 1,000 men (and women) signed up nationwide and registration still ongoing.
To take part, the rules are simple: dress dapper (neatly-trimmed beards and moustaches, ties, waistcoats, pressed shirts and bespoke suits) and ride classic (Café Racers, Bobbers, Trackers, Scramblers, Choppers, Modern Classics, Classic Scooters or Brat-Styled motorbikes only). Above all else however, organisers insist that riders bring their finest manners, enthusiasm and, of course, a smile. Lastly, whilst the event is free, riders are encouraged to help DGR reach their 2017 fundraising goal of USD5,000,000 by making a donation and getting family and friends to sponsor their participation.
If you would like to participate in a ride, you can set up your own personal fundraising page at gentlemansride.com/register. For more information about the initiative, be sure to follow The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride Facebook page at facebook.com/Gentlemansride.