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Spirit of 59 Club Father Hullett memorial run

By MCN -


 19 April 2013 10:47

A tribute ride has been organised for May 4 to celebrate the lifetime achievements of Reverend Frederick Graham Hullett, leader of the 59 Club during its heydays in the 60s, who died on December 5, 2012 at the age of 80.

In the early 60s, he approached the church in order to help out with the hugely popular youth club out of a genuine love for young people and motorcycles.

His interest was welcomed as the previous leader Bill Shergold wished to move on and, at the start of the infamous mods and rocker period, the club was split and a dedicated motorcyclist section created.

Father Graham's involvement was always hands on - riding with club members to runs to the notorious Elephant Rally in Germany six times, the Dragon Rally in Wales, and taking the club on summertime pilgrimages to the Isle of Man TT.

He oversaw its move from Hackney Wick to Paddington, and then later back to Hackney, taking it to its peak of international renown and developing it into the then largest motorcycle club to which riders flocked from all over the world.

Timetable for the day

• 11:30a.m. Meet at the old 59 Club site in Paddington from On Harrow Road A404 – Under West way flyover A40. Walking distance from Paddington Station. The nearby Dudley Arms will be open for food, drink and refreshments and a Rock n’ Rock DJ will be playing a set. Address,  The Dudley Arms, 147 Harrow Road, Paddington, London. W2 1JP.

• 2:30p.m.  Ride leaves Paddington following ‘The Spirit of 59’ down the old ‘burn-up’ route, down to and across Chelsea Bridge, and then onto The Pavillion Pub, 135 Battersea Park Rd, London SW8.

• A fleet of Café Racers will lead run behind Father Graham’s bike (First 100 will receive a FREE ‘exclusively designed cloth rockers memorial badge)

• A 1960’S London Route master Double-decker bus will follow the route for those who need transport (fee payable)

• All motorcycles welcome

• Pillion passenger lifts available (please bring a spare crash helmet if you can offer a lift)
Supported by ‘Harley Davidson Riders’

• 3:00p.m. onwards; The Pavillion Pub hosts FREE Rock n’ Roll entertainment, early Rockers Reunion Films, plus display of Father Graham’s original 59 Club photos and press cuttings from the 1960’s

Donations will be collected and split for Lincoln Cathedral and Battersea Dogs home.

For more information contact, Lenny Paterson; bridgeboy@london.com