BIKERS EMBARK ON JOURNEY ACROSS EUROPE TO HELP SAVE LAST FLYING VULCAN

The bikers will travel across Europe to raise money for the iconic cold war bomber, Avro Vulcan XH558, on their way to the 110th anniversary of Harley Davidson celebrations.

The bikers will travel across Europe to raise money for the iconic cold war bomber, Avro Vulcan XH558, on their way to the 110th anniversary of Harley Davidson celebrations.

A team of British motorcyclists will journey over 1,300 miles across Europe, from the last flying Avro Vulcan’s Doncaster Hangar to a global Harley Davidson meet in Rome, to raise money for the iconic cold war bomber. Vulcan to the Sky Trust, which operates the aircraft, has also announced that a Harley Davidson Superlow XL 833 will be one of the main prizes in this year’s summer raffle.

“As an ex-serviceman who has also done contract work for the Vulcan to the Sky Trust I am acutely aware of XH558’s historical importance,” says Adam Fleming, who will lead the group. “We are all huge fans of the project, and have been looking for ways to support her for a while. This trip ties in our enthusiasm for the Vulcan with our love of adventure, motor bikes and the Harley lifestyle, so everyone involved is really looking forward to it.”

Adam Fleming, a keen motorcyclist, former serviceman, and experienced fundraiser has done contracting work for the Vulcan to the Sky Trust and is keenly aware of XH558’s historic importance

Adam Fleming, a keen motorcyclist, former serviceman, and experienced fundraiser has done contracting work for the Vulcan to the Sky Trust and is keenly aware of XH558’s historic importance

Adam’s Dyna Fatbob 1690cc is a Harley Davidson classic The three day journey to the Italian capitol is part of an international pilgrimage to the 110th anniversary of Harley Davidson celebrations being held around the city. The team of 4 riders will set off on June 10th, taking their motorbikes across the channel, through France and down to Rome to meet up with thousands of other Harley aficionados. Adam, who is an experienced charity fundraiser and currently runs a recycling business, will be riding a Harley Davidson Dyna Fatbob 1690cc while sporting a specially designed one-off biker’s back patch bearing the Vulcan’s name on his leathers.

Following a challenging restoration programme, XH558 was restored to airworthiness in 2007 and is now the last flying Avro Vulcan. The stunning cold war bomber is based at Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport where the Vulcan to the Sky Trust maintains and operates her. This iconic piece of British engineering has become one of the most popular attractions at airshows around the country where she performs annually.

“XH558 relies on donations to keep her maintained, and we are very close to the funding target to enable her to reach the first display of the 2013 season,” says Vulcan to the Sky Trust’s business development director, Michael Trotter. “Events like the ride to Rome will provide the last vital push over the line and it is great to see that members of the public are so passionate about her and wanting to get stuck in with the fundraising efforts by doing things that are a bit different and special like this.”

The Riders, with their bikes, joined the XH558 for a photoshoot on Saturday 1st of June with the aim of releasing a collector’s edition poster. Adam also intends to continue his fundraising efforts after the trip by starting a Harley Davidson enthusiasts club bearing the Vulcan’s name and running regular events with XH558 as their chosen charity. The team’s motorbikes have been given a £250 service by ‘Fatboyz’, V-twin specialists in Doncaster as sponsorship for the journey.

The bike being offered as a prize at the Vulcan raffle is a classic Harley Davidson Black Superlow XL 883, a timeless design featuring a sportster tank, longer travel rear suspension, low seat height and comfortable rider cock-pit. Anyone wishing to donate towards the ride to Rome can do so through the Vulcan to the Sky Trust’s Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/vts

The Superlow XL 833, one of the main prizes at the Vulcan Summer Raffle, perfectly captures the free spirit of the legendary Harley Davidson brand. Image courtesy of Harley Davidson.

The Superlow XL 833, one of the main prizes at the Vulcan Summer Raffle, perfectly captures the free spirit of the legendary Harley Davidson brand. Image courtesy of Harley Davidson.

For more information on and to sign-up for regular email news about Vulcan XH558 and where to see her, visit www.vulcantothesky.org. To purchase a range of memorabilia, books and DVDs go to www.vulcantotheskystore.co.uk/ where all proceeds go towards keeping the Vulcan flying. There is also a popular Facebook community – Vulcan XH558, a Twitter feed – #XH558 and Pinterest page – vulcanxh558.

Vulcan XH558 is a historical aircraft which relies on donations from the public for maintenance and operation. She will be seen at air displays across the country again this year.

Vulcan XH558 is a historical aircraft which relies on donations from the public for maintenance and operation. She will be seen at air displays across the country again this year.

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