Carla Mackenzie and Julie Diplock have taken on a very unusual challenge: to ride an ancient 1926 Triumph model Q and a state-of-the-art Zero electric motorcycle from London to Paris, while avoiding tarmac as much as possible, instead using old carriageways and green lanes. The trip will take place in September and raise funds for two charities.

Both in their fifties, Carla and Julie have been passionate motorcyclists for most of their lives, and between them have owned and ridden a huge variety of machines. Carla lives in Hastings and runs MYA Consulting, a successful hotel and catering consultancy. She is no stranger to motorcycle adventures, having ridden across the USA with wounded veterans as pillions several times. In 2015 she completed an epic challenge for charity, riding a British trail bike from John O’Groats to Lands End, using as many green lanes as possible, having only just learnt to trail ride. This latest project combines her enthusiasm for both trail riding and electric motorcycles.

Julie, a former resident of Hastings, now lives on Romney Marsh. She founded Elk Promotions, which runs classic motorcycle and autojumble events across East Sussex. Julie worked as a courier in the despatch riding heyday of the 1980s, soon progressing to track and sprint riding. She regularly uses her collection of veteran, vintage and classic bikes on the road.

The trip will highlight the evolution of the motorcycle over the past century, but more importantly it will raise money for three charitable causes close to these women’s hearts. The Lt Dougie Dalzell MC Memorial Trust offers support and assistance to soldiers who are currently serving, or have served, in the Armed Forces. The Kent, Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance provides an emergency service to patients who have suffered severe trauma or medical emergencies. The Joan Seeley Memorial Trust, based in Kent, provides pain relief and medical equipment for hospitals and hospices across the UK.

The ladies will leave Westminster on Tuesday 18th September and are planning to arrive in Paris on the 20th September (dates to be confirmed).

If you would like to donate to this fantastic cause, please visit: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CarlaMcKenzie1


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