4000 miles on a 50p motorcycle

John Wallis and his 90 year old motorcycle
John Wallis and his 90 year old motorcycle

A unique sight arrived full throttle into Glenrothes last week in the shape of a 90-year-old motorcycle.

Vintage biker John Wallis (65) has set out on a 90-year-old Brough Superior on a gruelling trip around the British coast for charity, and last week he reached Fife.

As found

As found

John was on Day 18 of his journey when he arrived in the Kingdom, settling in Glenrothes to stay with old friends, travelling some 260 miles from Nairn in the Highlands.

John was given the bike by his father, Albert, who bought it for ten shillings (50p) in 1961. He first came across the wrecked bike abandoned in an allotment in Kettering (inset picture). After digging it up from underneath some rotten vegetables where it had been for eight years, he then restored it to its former glory and it was given to John in 1972 when he was aged 23.

John said: “Until I was around 16, the only transport we had was a motorcycle and sidecar. Perhaps it was some sort of act of rebellion, but when I was old enough I decided to buy a scooter.

“My dad wasn’t too happy about it, I think he would have prefered it if I had chosen a Triumph motorbike instead.

“I did then end up getting into bikes which seemed inevitable really and came in handy since my dad gave me the Brough!”

This passion for motorbikes is what is behind John’s huge challenge all in aid of Sport Relief.

“I hope to raise cash that will help change lives, both here in the UK and abroad.

“The fundraising is going great so far, people have even been stopping me on the route to donate money, they have been very kind.”

With over £3500 pledged so far, and more donations to come in, John is already almost halfway towards his fundraising target.

He is also travelling without any back up and will be funding his own fuel, food and accommodation to ensure that every pound that is donated goes straight to the charity.

John has taken close to a month to complete the 4000-mile trip around the British coast, travelling along the south coast, up around the Welsh coast then on to Scotland – the stage of the journey he’s most looking forward to.

“It was great driving into Fife along the coast and the weather wasn’t too bad 
either,” John said. “I stopped off in Methil for a quick rest and to see the windfarms.

“It really has been a fantastic, once in a lifetime trip.”

To donate or read more about the trip visit www.bs90thcoastride.com.