Distinguished drive to help Movember

Get those engines revving because on September 26, East London drivers are invited to take part in the inaugural Distinguished Gentleman’s Drive (DGD) to raise money in honour of Movember.

KEEP IT CLASSY: This lovely 1959 MGA 1500 Coupe is an example of the type of car that can take part in the upcoming Distinguished Gentleman’s Drive this weekend
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The drive is part on an international campaign organised by the same team behind the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR), which is a similar event but for motorcycles and has been running since 2012.

According to founder Mark Hawwa, they have managed to raise over US$31 million across 117 countries in total so far.

“I can not think of a better way to unite all facets of the classic car community from the drivers of concourse vehicles to the drivers who enjoy longer drives and don’t mind a stone chip,” Hawwa said.

“This event is about uniting for a great cause. We have all lost friends and loved ones close to us, we have all experienced mental health struggles in one form or another. This is our way of using our passion to help the men and their families around us.

“I personally look forward to seeing the entire global community driving together as one; to hear their stories, to see their vehicles and to get out and drive for men’s health.”

East London host Andy Morris said that only cars built before 1980 are eligible to take part.
“The details of the Drive are only available to participants, but suffice to say it starts at The Pitstop on Devereaux Avenue and finishes with lunch at the Kei Mouth Country Club,” he said.

The Movember campaign was born in 1999 when Australian-based Seven Nightly News aired a story about a group of young men in Adelaide who had formed their own “Movember Committee” to raise money for their local RSPCA.

They even came up with the catchy slogan “Growing whiskers for whiskers”.

However, it wasn’t until 2003 that Movember became firmly associated with prostate cancer.

Four friends from Melbourne, Australia — Adam Garone, Travis Garone, Luke Slattery and Justin Coughlin — inspired 26 of their friends to grow moustaches during November in order to raise awareness for prostate cancer.

It has since become a global phenomenon.

For more information about the DGD, visit their website.

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