For almost a year Craig Ward has been restoring his pride and joy, a 1972 Honda CB750 motorbike.
He’s replaced the bike’s components, had the frame painted and engine cleaned and rebuilt. Happy with the final result, the Blackheath man will don his finest red velvet jacket and black bowtie and join other vintage and classic motorcycle enthusiasts for The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride in Sydney on September 24.
The ride raises funds and awareness for men’s health, in particular prostate cancer and depression.
“One of my dad’s friends [Lionel Holmes] passed away from that [prostate cancer]. It is a high rate and does impact a lot of men 'cause men don’t get checked. Things like this can raise awareness and get rates down,” Mr Ward said.
It was Mr Holmes who introduced Mr Ward to vintage motorbikes in the 90s.
“I’ve always loved bikes, mountain biking and riding bikes,” Mr Ward said.
He also enjoys being outdoors and using his hands. Starting his working life as a jeweller, he tired of working indoors, so he trained as a climbing guide, working for many years in Katoomba, before switching career again to train as a surveyor.
In partnership with the Movember Foundation, The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride puts 80 per cent of funds to prostate cancer research, with the remainder towards male suicide prevention.
Mr Ward hopes to raise $1500. To donate visit: www.gentlemansride.com/fundraiser/wardie4000.