Sunbeam’s RNLI epic: Harry Bott attempts to raise £5000 on 96-year-old bike

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Intrepid 23-year-old biker Harry Bott is currently riding a 1926 Sunbeam Model 1 around the UK and Ireland visiting all of the RNLI’s stations in an attempt to raise £5000 for the rescue charity.

Harry set off around four weeks ago from Teddington RNLI centre and believes it will take him around four-and-a-half months to complete the ride, with the Sunbeam capable of a top speed of 45mph.

He’ll also be visiting various coastal islands on his trip, including the Isle of Man – using his skills as a trained engineer to keep the 96-year-old machine on the road.

Harry Bott with his Sunbeam in Poole

“I’m averaging around 20mph, so everything goes by a little slower,” Harry said. “But that’s what you want when you’re on such a nice route.

“Everyone’s been really excited to see it. It’s not every day you get to see old bikes like this out and about.”

At the time of writing, Harry’s Just Giving Page has already reached a healthy £3144 – 62% of his target figure. You can donate to this great cause here.

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade