VIDEO: Ride2Chi deemed a roaring success

MOTORBIKES new and old were drawing the crowds in the town centre of Chichester today (Sunday, July 27).

Ducatis, Kawasakis, Triumphs and Harley Davidsons were among around 150 bikes and super bikes which lined North and East Street for the Ride2Chi event in aid of Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.

Young Freddie Gay, 3, enjoying himself on a police motorbike

Young Freddie Gay, 3, enjoying himself on a police motorbike

One of the oldest bikes on display was a 1948 Vincent B Rapid, one of the best and most expensive of its day which usually fetches between £35,000 and £50,000 at auction.

Its owner Pete Spooner said: “I went to a bike jumble at Kempton Park Racecourse only looking for a battery and left with the bike, it was a spur of the moment buy.”

Also on display was a classic Enfield bike and a Triton from the 1960s, along with the more modern Hondas, Suzukis and BMWs which roared into the town at around 12pm.

As well as representatives from Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance there were officers from Sussex Police present as part of their BikeSafe initiative to enhance road safety and awareness.

Ride2Chi is organised by Chichester City Centre Partnership in conjunction with the Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Co-organiser Farid Ahmed, a Chamber of Commerce member and keen biker, said: “This is the second year we’ve run it, and it was such a success last year that we wanted to do it again only bigger and better and that’s what’s happened.

“The sponsorship of Chandlers BMW has been one of the main thrusts in allowing us to bring some vitality and life into the city centre and more than anything we’re here to raise money for the Air Ambulance, a charity dear to all bikers.

“Sometimes bikers come a cropper and in those circumstances we often rely on them.

And he added: “Last year we raised around £600 and this year we’re expecting to do a great deal better.”