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Motorcyclists recreate 24-hour Top to Tip challenge

John Cooper rides a Royal Enfield Continental GT to recreate his record-breaking lap around the Silverstone circuit which took place in 1964 on May 11, 2014 in Silverstone, Northampton.  (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for Royal Enfield) PNL-141205-154852001

John Cooper rides a Royal Enfield Continental GT to recreate his record-breaking lap around the Silverstone circuit which took place in 1964 on May 11, 2014 in Silverstone, Northampton. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for Royal Enfield) PNL-141205-154852001

 

Motorcyclists have recreated a challenge to ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End in 24 hours, 50 years after it was first completed.

Five teams of six riders took turns to steer five Continental GT Royal Enfield motorcycles as part of the Top to Tip ride. As in 1964, the riders stopped off at Silverstone circuit where 50 years ago motorcycle racer John Cooper reached a record-breaking 73mph on a 1965 Continental GT. This time Mr Cooper, now 76, completed a lap of honour at the race track.

The teams also auctioned off one spot on the sprint challenge, raising £250 for Riders for Health, a social enterprise which operates in Africa managing delivery vehicles for healthcare.

 

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