93-year-old motorcyclist still going strong

Rebecca GoughAge and experience are no barriers to improving motorcycle skills as one 93-year-old has shown. Reg Scott, one of the UK's oldest riders, still takes to the roads more than 70 years after he bought his first bike to ride to and from work at Derbyshire County Council, in 1937.Rebecca Gough

At the grand old age of 93-years-old motorbike rider Reg Scott is proof that age and experience needn't be a barrier to leading an active life

For Mr Scott is believed to be one of the UK's oldest riders and still takes to the roads more than 70 years after he bought his first bike to ride to and from work at Derbyshire County Council, in 1937.

But even he has to brush up on his skills every now and then and he has launched this year's Hugger campaign which will once again remind riders and drivers of the need for motorbike safety.

Mr Scott, from Norwich Road, in Ludham, bought his first bike, a Norton 16H 490CC, at the age of 20 and now regularly takes trips to Great Yarmouth to take in the sights and sounds of the seaside resort on his Honda CBF600.

'Once you ride on two wheels it just gets hold of you,' he said. 'It's the feeling of the wind across your face and is much better than being enclosed in a car.

'I first bought the bike because I was 20 and couldn't afford a car. The bike was �73 and I even had to pay for that on hire purchase, I couldn't afford the cash.

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'If the weather's good I get into the gear and go to Yarmouth, have a meal and just go round and up the seaside and have a look at the new eastern port.'

Mr Scott, who lives alone after his wife of 60 years Dorothy died six years ago, said he rode a bike until he had a family when he was forced to buy a car.

He added: 'When I first started in the 1940s and 1950s it was different and there weren't very many cars on the road.

'It's still okay now if you know what you're doing but you have to be so careful if you're following large vehicles. I've decided now, having done the test, I don't want to blot my book and my driving from now on will be very low key. I've always been pretty confident on the road but I've got to think about

my age and be more careful.'

Launched to ultimately reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries among motorcyclists by offering training to help with riding safely and to encourage other road users to see motorcyclists in a more positive light, Hugger is backed by both the Think! Norfolk partnership and the Norfolk Motorbike Forum.

The face of Hugger will now be featured on the back of Norfolk's buses, in newspapers, on radio stations and television and on road signs.

Chairman of Think Norfolk's publicity group Guy McCurley said the team were committed to lowering the number of accidents involving motorbikes even


� Full details of the Hugger Challenge can be found on www.think.norfolk.gov.uk or by calling 01603 638115.

� Are you in your 90s and still doing something amazing? Contact Rebecca Gough on 01603 772419 or email Rebecca.gough@archant.co.uk