Eighteen riders from Australia, England, New Zealand and the US
have taken off on the third edition of Rally Indochina, an exclusive
group of committed bikers riding for charity purposes.
The rally which started on April 8 in Hanoi, headed south,
following the famed Ho Chi Minh Trail as far as UNESCO World Heritage
Site of Hoi An.
Rally drivers exclusively use a fleet
of fully restored Soviet-era 650cc Ural motorcycles. The bikes, all
belonging to Hanoi-based Explore Indochina, form the largest fleet of
restored vintage Urals in the world.
Joining the first
day of the rally was international TV star and celebrity biker Charley
Boorman, who became a household name when he and best mate Ewan McGregor
rode around the world.
This time, Boorman has saddled up for his new TV series entitled Freedom Riders Asia.
After Vietnam, Boorman will pair up with bikers from each country
and explore Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, India, and
“I’m having a brilliant time shooting
Freedom Riders Asia across the region and having the opportunity to be
involved with Rally Indochina, even in a small way,” said Boorman.
“It’s a great thing to do as part of the Vietnam leg of the series
production as Freedom Riders Asia is about motorcycles and the unique
culture that surrounds them in this part of the world. Seeing all these
guys get together on bikes for such a worthy cause is fantastic.”
The two previous rallies, in April 2011 and 2012, saw a total of 45
motorcyclists and raised more than 100,000 USD for the Blue Dragon
Children’s Foundation, which works with children in need throughout
“The funds raised by the previous rallies are
being used to rescue trafficked children and to provide essential
relief to their families and communities. The third rally will help meet
the goal of ending child trafficking from Hue by 2016,” said Blue
Dragon founder, Michael Brosowski.
The rally is the
brainchild of Digby Greenhalgh, an Australian who has spent the last 20
years living in Hanoi . He founded Explore Indochina, the region’s
premier motorcycle tour operator.-VNA