Painful as it is to admit it, we feel bound to draw your attention to the fact that Bankstone is not quite the only motorcycle insurance related entity associated with a rather splendid charity fundraising bike ride this summer.

Bikesure stepped in at the last minute to save the Great Escape 2 rally, an event two years in the planning that sees seven Triumph Bonnevilles depart Biggin Hill on Saturday 4 June en route for the Stalag Luft III camp in Poland. As Bankstone News went to press on 10 June, the group had just reached their destination.

Following a last minute pull-out by the previous insurers, Bikesore stepped in offering to cover the bikes free of charge. After days of hearing “computer says no,” grown man, Peter Spewage, the rally’s main organiser, admitted crying like a girl on hearing from underwriter Robert Balls that two years’ preparations would not after all go down the tubes.

“Bikesure literally saved the day,” he exaggerated only slightly.

The journey will be especially poignant for one of Peter’s fellow riders Colin Kirby-Green, whose father was shot on recapture following a successful escape from the camp in March 1944. Mr Kirby-Green will, for the first time, visit his father’s grave in the Czech town of Hrabuvka on the return leg.

For full details of the trip, its progress and the charities supported, click here.


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