End To End 2004
In 1964 Royal Enfield developed a 5speed sports motorcycle called the "Continental GT". As a promotion for its launch they wanted to show the world what their new model was capable of. For this, Royal Enfield devised a 24-hour sprint where 5 riders would ride from John O'Groats to Lands End. On the way they planned a stop at Oulton Park where Geoff Duke would ride several laps and also a stop off at Silverstone where John Cooper would do the same. Unfortunately due to an Iced up track, Geoff Duke never got to ride at Oulton Park, but John Cooper rode several laps at Silverstone with a fastest lap of 73mph. Not bad for a 250 road bike in 1964.
Now 40 years on, Allan Hitchcock recreated this epic journey. Not on the original Continental GT, but instead on one of the new Royal Enfield Bullets dressed up with the GT specification. The plan wais to make the return journey from Lands End back up to John O'Groats using the same arrangement of 5 riders and 2 race circuits. Along the same roads where possible, as used in 1964, (977 miles), within the same time limit of 24hours. Not an easy feat with modern traffic and no motorways.
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