Gallery: 2018 Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride
The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride took place on Sunday with a dollop of dapper and a slurry of sophistication. It was first held in Australia in 2012, where a group of people decided to dress up in gentlemanly clothing and ride classic or retro motorcycles. It was a huge success, and the following year was even bigger. With said potential, the organisers decided to do something meaningful with it, and dedicated the ride to prostate cancer awareness and men’s mental health.
It soon caught on and became a global phenomenon, with 112,276 registered riders taking part this year in rides throughout the world raising a total of $5.6 million. South Africa was in on it too, with registered 1568 riders raising more than $50,000.
The Johannesburg ride was the biggest, with nearly 1,000 registered riders. Individual groups started their ride from different locations, with an especially good crowd taking off from Triumph South Africa who were a DGR partner again for this year, and converged on the official start which was at the Vintage & Veteran Club Joburg.
Sign-on was via the ladies at the Motul desk (another sponsor), and with a riders briefing via a somewhat muffled loud-hailer, we set off, riding in a mass ride of sonorous retro rumbles and bowties. There was one stop this year at Constitution Hill near the centre of Joburg, where a group photo was taken. The group set off once more, via an interesting route through Yeoville, to the Victoria Yards, where queues were stood in, drinks were drunk and food was eaten.
Every year, the DGR is good fun. It’s fancy dress on motorbikes, it’s a chance to show off your latest vintage wares, your overdone suit or to simply marvel at the overdone joy of others. Even the traffic, left at a standstill while 1000-odd motorcycles rode past, spent their time video-ing on the phones rather than complaining.
It’s pure joy. See you all next year.