Mountain challenge for vintage motorcycles raises charity cash

Chris Nutter on his 1968 BSA B40 (s)
Chris Nutter on his 1968 BSA B40 (s)
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Three Pendle men have helped raise thousands for Cancer Research UK after a summer challenge which saw them tackle mountain ranges on vintage motorbikes.

Graham Lampkin, of Milford Street, Colne, rode a 1961 Royal Enfield on the trip across Europe in May and June which raised £3,800. He thought up the trip and called it “Lampy goes 2 L n’ back” having done a similar trip to Lerwick in 2014.

Chris Nutter with Graham Lampkin in the Spanish mountains (s)

Chris Nutter with Graham Lampkin in the Spanish mountains (s)

He was joined by friend Chris Nutter, from Fence, on a 1968 BSA B40, and they were looked after by another pal Richard Higgins, from Spen Brook, who drove Chris’s van as a back up.

The trio’s trip took in the Picos de Europa mountain range in northern Spain, the Pyrenees and then roads up through France back to England.

They overcame several problems along the way too. First, the ferry to Santander broke down meaning they had to drive to the start from Caen, there was flooding in northern France, fuel strikes were taking place, and Graham’s bike broke down when the only modern component fitted to his 55-year-old machine failed.

Graham and his bike had to spend the rest of the trip in the van but Chris and his BSA covered the whole distance.

Graham said: “We’re pleased with what we raised but it’s never enough. Motorcyclists, in particular, contributed and they were very generous.

“Cancer Research is such a relevant charity.

“We had a bit of a language problem but it was a good experience. I personally feel I have unfinished business. Luckily my wife understands and I think she knew as soon as I got back I’d want to do something else!

“If anybody has a good idea, I’m available and listening. People can contact me through the website or call me on my mobile which is 07989 446131.”