Motorcycle trio saddles up to fundraise for injured racer

PUBLISHED: 14:09 20 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:14 20 September 2018

Alan Vinall, Paul Davies and Nick Fry will take on Zandvoort circuit in Holland to raise money for a fellow motocyclist suffered life-changing injuries. Picture: Shane Oats

Alan Vinall, Paul Davies and Nick Fry will take on Zandvoort circuit in Holland to raise money for a fellow motocyclist suffered life-changing injuries. Picture: Shane Oats

Three motorcycle racers are taking part in an endurance course to raise funds for a fellow racer, who suffered life changing injuries earlier this year.

Elvira was involved in a motorcycle accident earlier this year which left her paralysed. Picture: Courtesy of A&M MotorcyclesElvira was involved in a motorcycle accident earlier this year which left her paralysed. Picture: Courtesy of A&M Motorcycles

A&M Motorcyles, based in Letchworth, is competing in European 90s motorcycle racing series Edurance4Fun, which hosts events in Holland, Belgium and France.

In May, the team took part at an event at the Zandvoort race track in Holland, when a racer had a serious crash.

Elvira Hensums – who was competing on an all girls team – suffered a broken neck and damage to her upper back spinal cord, and has been left paralysed.

Now Paul Davies from Sandon, Alan Vinall from Shefford and Nick Fry from Meppershall – who are all A&M Motorcycles customers – have paid to race a specially-made bike at the next round of the championship, with all proceeds going directly to Elvira. Shane Oats, from the Letchworth store, was racing on the same day as Elvira’s accident.

He said: “We really wanted to do something, so we’ve done up one of my old bikes – since its the 1990s championship – and painted it in all of her colours to go and race in the next round.

“We’ve had sponsorship from some of our suppliers and customers. With the team racing on Monday, we will have another £1,000.

“There are two goals to this. We’re trying to raise money for a hand race bike and to help Elvira with independent living,

“There’s been a really good response – anyone with a bike or those who are connected to the sport understands that there’s an element of risk. It’s about coming together – people have been very generous and it’s been absolutely fantastic to see.”

The team will be racing the same track where the accident happened. Until then, the bike will be on display at the Letchworth showroom in Works Road. The team are welcoming businesses which have donated to sign or stick logos on the bike.

Team member Alan Vinell said: “I was supposed to be riding the day she crashed, but due to circumstances I couldn’t get on the track.

“I remember the whole incident – it’s never a nice situation, but it’s nice to give something back.

“Last time I was at an event I asked about her, and I was told she’s in a very positive way. She’s not looking at what she can’t do, she’s looking at what she can do.

“I ask anybody who rides to donate, even if it’s just a couple of quid.”

To make a donation, head over to the shop before 4pm on Saturday.

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