‘Gentleman’s Spirit of Adventure Night’ will Boost Charities
Style-Savvy Suffolk Gets Set for Speed-Themed Fundraising Event
Suffolk-based custom motorcycle emporium Krazy Horse is joining up with Ravenwood Children’s Charity Trust, the chosen charity of Ravenwood Hall Hotel, and premier menswear brand Trotter & Deane to stage an evening of adventure for gentlemen based around ‘the need for speed, style and adventure’.
The luxury Krazy Horse venue at Bury St Edmunds - which serves those with an interest in classic motorcycles, cars, hotrods, fashion, music and culture - will join forces with Ravenwood Hall and Trotter & Deane for an evening involving classic-racing machines, music, gents stylish clothing and grooming products. The invite-only event is connected to the Just Giving link www.justgiving.com/ravenwoodchildrenstrust-craigjarvis13 and will involve a fund-raising auction as part of the event. There is one Golden Ticket for the event which will win one guest the opportunity to spend a day in a classic Morgan touring around the Suffolk Countryside.
The ‘Gentleman’s Spirit of Adventure Night’ on 10 October will help to raise vital funds for three specific causes – Prostate Cancer Research, the East Anglian Children’s Hospice (EACH), and the Odanadi Project which helps children in India who have been affected by human trafficking. A follow on motorcycle, car and outdoor charity event is planned for 12 June 2015 at Ravenwood Hall Hotel.
L-R Paul Beamish of Krazy Horse, John Deane-Bowers of Trotter & Deane and Craig Jarvis of Ravenwood Hall Hotel
Paul Beamish from Krazy Horse, Craig Jarvis from Ravenwood Hall and John Deane-Bowers from Trotter & Deane are the three adventure-loving entrepreneurs behind this inaugural event. Each has built up successful business interests while at the same time pursuing adventurous hobbies and charity activities in their spare time. ‘We’re all very similar in our outlook’, explains Paul Beamish. ‘We all work hard and play hard.’‘Each of us has spent time testing our own personal levels of skill and endurance - and this is where the idea came from for the joint charity event to bring together others who have done similar things. We hope this will be successful enough to become an annual charity event.’
Craig Jarvis, who owns Ravenwood Hall Hotel in Rougham and The Black Lion in Long Melford, adds: ‘I’m driven by challenges which are all linked to the drive to raise money for good causes. This event is one that brings like-minded people together to talk about what they do to push themselves – or simply what they do for fun. It’s an event that I can simply enjoy as I trade stories with other adventurers from Suffolk. I’m looking forward to taking it easy this time – before I embark on my next on-the-edge challenge.’
Concludes John Deane-Bowers of Trotter & Deane: ‘We are all risk-takers. That’s what we do both in business and in our leisure time. We do want to put Suffolk - and Bury St Edmunds - specifically, further on the map as the fast-growing style-capital of the East of England. It is the town that makes things happen – and we are all a part of its exciting emergence. It is my belief that local businesses should support targeted charities and we feel that we can achieve more together – and can build on this active partnership in future.’
Custom motorcycle and vintage hotrod specialist Paul Beamish has regularly raced and driven 80 year old cars and 60 year old motorcycles around Europe, often having to stop and fix them on the side of the road. He is an active member of the Vintage Hot Road Association’s (VHRA) 100mph Club. Paul raced a 1934 Ford Bonneville at the first official VHRA’s speed races at Pendine Sands, in South Wales, last year and won his class record. He did the same this year and substantially improved his race time. Krazy Horse supports Dirtquake, the annual fest for motorcycle, scrambler and chopper racing. One of their two riders this year was superbike champion, Guy Martin.
Entrepreneur John Dean-Bowers was formerly Sales Director of specialist menswear retailer Woodhouse, in London’s West End. The exclusive chain was eventually sold to TopShop boss Sir Philip Green. John left to set up his own menswear outfitters in Suffolk, Trotter & Deane which is currently looking to open another outlet to add to its existing store at Bury St Edmunds – and the business plans to go online from November. John is an active member of the Suffolk business community encouraging fellow business owners to get involved with activities designed to support a number of local charities. He races in the Sports 2000 Championships, a premier race for 2-litre sports prototype race cars. His current drive is an historic Tiga built in 1985. Tiga, now owned by racing driver and businessman Mike Newton, built cars that ran at the La Mans in the mid 1980s and are currently developing a new LMP2 car to run at the 24hours Le Mans next year. In addition to John’s passion for cars, he is also a winter sports enthusiast, working as a ski instructor with the Austrian Ski School in Alpbach, Tryol, on the busy weeks of the ski season.
Hotelier Craig Jarvis raced motorcycles during his early years and then took on the challenge of horse racing. His sense of adventure has taken him around the world to India, Cambodia and even Brazil. He has run and ridden around the globe for the charity he set up – The Ravenwood Children’s Trust. His most notable challenges being the Marathon Des Sable or the ‘Sand Marathon’ across the Sahara Dessert in Morocco which saw him cover 151 miles in 7 days. He also raced the Enduro Himalayan Race - which is the highest trail in the world – on a Royal Enfield motorbike and this year he completed his most grueling challenge ever – he climbed Mount Everest. Craig took three weeks to trek up to base camp in the most extreme and unpredictable weather conditions. He then ran the official 26.2 mile Marathon that took him back down the mountain - in a time of 13 hours and 26 minutes, with some of the race taking place in the dark!
For more information on the charity evening, call 749645 or visit www.krazyhorse.co.uk or see Krazy Horse on facebook and twitter. While the event is invite only, donations can be made to the three nominated charities by visiting www.justgiving.com/ravenwoodchildrenstrust-craigjarvis13
Krazy Horse is expanding at a time when custom, go-fast motorcycles are enjoying widespread popularity in the UK and around the world. The recent revival in motorcycle sales has been partly the result of greater media interest created by programmes including Cafe Racer on the Discovery Channel on Sky TV and other car and bike restoration and history programmes. The venue has been awarded a number of premium dealerships including Norton, The Morgan Motor Company, Indian Motorcycle, Zaeta Motorcycles, Paton Motorcycles, Hardknock by Kikker 5150 and Victory.