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Terry Hobbs Memorial Ride 2014


To commemorate the memory of Terry Hobbs, it was decided to celebrate the 25th Anniversay of his epic Lands end to John O'Groats Ride in 1979. He was part of a 9 man team that did the end to end run to raise money for St Luke's Hospice. As always this larger than life man 'Hobbsy' added his own special element. He dropped his Rotary in Penzance on the way down to the start and hurt himself, he was still in the bar at 1am and then up at 4am for the start. He arrived at John o'Groats before 7pm held together with bungee straps and being lifted on and off his bike at fuel stops. The following day we stopped off at the Hospital in Wick to find out that he had actually broken 4 ribs nearly a 1000 miles and 30 hours previously. His response was to carry on for the next two days with us travelling home. he never complained once, just did what he always did with everything in life, just gritted his teeth and got on with it.


He had a real impact on two generations of motorcyclists and it was great to remember him today. The ride started at Captain Jasper's, then went to Dartmouth via a stop at Dream Machine Cafe then on to the Star Inn for lunch and then back across the moors via another hostelry, so in one trip we covered one hundred miles and 4 eating and drinking houses in his memory. The variety of the 20 bikes was tremendous Triumph, Honda, Benelli, Norton, Harley Davidson, Yamaha, Suzuki, BSA & Kawasaki. Hobbsy would have been proud,


If there is enough interest it will be repeated next year to celebrate the variety that is motorcycling and the memory of a great motorcyclist who was a scrambler , a bike builder and later in his life he discovered the joy to be had in long distance international motorcycle touring.