Red Marley Classic Hill Climb 2016 for Cancer Research

Cancer Research BikerOur good friend Stace is competing in the Red Marley Classic Hill Climb on Easter Monday (28th March 2016) and is raising money for his late wife marie who lost her battle with cancer last year.

Stace will be competing on a 1969 Greeves challenger MX6 250 which was part of a batch made at the request of Nick Nicholson the American importer and top desert racer. The bike was made for desert racing in the states, hence the 3.50/19 front wheel and desert gearing, it uses the Challenger frame but with the new Griffon engine for 1969 and Albion 4 speed gearbox.

I had only seen pictures of them until this came up on flea bay. The crank and crankcases have had to be machined to take deep groove ball race bearings as the originals ran straight on to the crank, the slightest wear making it unserviceable. There are no factory records covering the MX6 but i have been in touch with one of the original greeves workers who has found the gearbox was assembled in January 69 and then went off to the engine shop for fitment

Stace is raising money for cancer research to help fund research in to this awful disease. Every little bit of research helps in the fight to avoid the suffering that his late partner Marie had to endure along with many others. You can make a donation on his Just Giving Page https://www.justgiving.com/red-marley

Marie had a car run into her whilst riding her 1969 Triumph 500 Daytona, she lost her right leg in the collision and was just getting to master her prosthetic leg after 5 long years, rejoining Stace as pillion on his motorcycles when she developed cancer. She lived for just 7 months after diagnosis and fought the disease all the way, a lot of the time hiding her pain to ease that of others.

Red Marley is a standing quarter 440 yard dash straight to the top of the hill. More information can be found at the official website http://www.redmarleyhillclimb.com/

Stace has only ever spectated at red marley and says “if i have just one ounce of the grit and determination she had i might hopefully get to the top of the hill!” Don’t forget to give him a donation here

 

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