Big-hearted bikers in Shirebrook raised cash for charity during a week-end rally which attracted easy riders from across the UK.
The Gothic Bikers’ second Living Dead Rally was held at their headquarters at Shirebrook Staff Sports and Social Club.
Over 200 riders turned out for the event, including Scottish duo Vince Stewart and Kenny McKay who travelled 522 miles to attend the gathering of big bikes, black T-shirts and even bigger beards.
Spokesman Matt Gray said the highlight of the weekend was the silly games: “We had a piston toss, with trophies for the men and women who can throw a piston the furthest distance.
“We also asked how many people you can fit into a two-man tent and zip it up. The answer is ten, but by the end, the tent was like an open top car.
“We had to bribe them with beer to take part!”
A game called Rally Virgins - where people who are new to the rally get covered in eggs, flour, porridge, tinned tomatoes and cream to make sure they can take a joke - had three possible candidates, but unfortunately two of them ran away before they could be initiated!
The event raised over £200 for the Spion Kop cat protection shelter, while biker George Floyd’s full body wax raised around £150 for two cancer charities.
Stalls sold regalia and patches, while entertainment was provided courtesy of heavy metal discos and live music from bands Skeleton Crew and Exhibit A. Skeletons and voodoo were the themes for a fancy dress night on Saturday.
The Gothic Bikers will hold their next big event on 1st November to mark Halloween with a rock disco.
The club founded by chairman Joe ‘90’ Cahill in a Shirebrook shop of the same name and have been going since 2013.
The bikers are in the process of renovating a disused showerblock into a clubhouse and have received help from bikers in other clubs.
For more information about the club, find Gothic Bikers on Facebook.