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Norman Hyde rides a moped – for charity

By Trevor Franklin -

Touring & travel

 16 February 2011 09:43

Norman Hyde, one-time Sidecar Land Speed Record holder (161.8mph, 1972) and the man behind legendary Triumph tuning parts and accessory supplier Norman Hyde, is to ride a moped as a part of a John O’Groats to Lands End charity run.

The six day ride is to raise money for Help For Heroes – the charity that aids and assist injured present day members of the armed forces.

Hyde will line up with other members of the Triumph Trident Owners Club to complete the 870-mile, six-day journey on a 50cc Easy Rider moped, built by the Norton-Villiers group in the early seventies.

Hyde is earmarked to ride the Telford to Glastonbury leg, a distance of just over 150 miles.

“This is in aid of Help for Heroes,” said Hyde. “It’s a charity that I feel passionate about following the death of one of my son’s school friends on active service in Afghanistan. So please give whatever you can so that my slow speed suffering is not in vain.”

Money donations can be made online at Hyde’s Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/norman-hyde/