The 11th annual Motorcycle Ride Out in aid of Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) took place on Sunday 10th July with near on 1,000 motorbikes.
The motorcyclists, which included a variety of classics, sports, cruisers, touring and trikes, set off from Trago Mills, Newton Abbot, at 10:30 and followed a 90 mile route through Devon, passing through local towns and villages including Moretonhampstead, Okehampton, Cheriton Bishop and Dunsford before heading back via the A380 to Kingsteignton, Teignmouth and ending at Dawlish Warren. Residents along the route came out to show their support and watch the convoy of motorcycles.
On arrival at Dawlish Warren the bikers and their pillion passengers, along with holiday makers and locals, were entertained for the afternoon by four fantastic local bands offering music for all tastes, inlcuding; Electric Spank, a 6-piece band who combine quirky funk and smooth soul with swing jazz, bebop and afro-beat; Five Finger Discount, a three-piece combining their many varied influences, including hip-hop, ska, drum ‘n’ bass and reggae, to create their own harmonious blend of lyrical Hip-Pop; The Summertides, a dynamic 4 piece who perform their own 'upbeat indie pop' style, full of energetic bass lines, big guitar riffs, rhythms and uplifting hooks; and Foxwillow, a folk-rock singer-songwriter duo, whose unique style combines vocal harmonies with crisp rhythm guitar, melodic flute & clarinet.
Trophies for Best in Show and Best Classic, kindly donated by Leesons of Honiton were presented by DAA Fundraising Director Caroline Creer. Dan Darch of Cullompton was awarded with Best in Show for his Ducati Diavel, his pride and joy for the past year, and Best Classic went to Martin Wheeler from Teignmouth for his BSA B32 from 1952 which he has lovingly built over the last 15 years.
Caroline Creer was thrilled with the event, “It was a really great day and we’ve had lots of compliments again. We would like to thank everyone who came along to take part in the ride and to all our fantastic marshalls who ensure that safety is paramount throughout the route. We would also like to say a massive thank you to all the residents along the route who came out to show their support for the ride – it made for a fantastic atmosphere for all the bikers and we are really grateful for all your support.”
Huge thanks goes to Highfield Garage for kindly providing a recovery service on the day.