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York Army chaplain’s motorbike challenge
AN army padre who wanted an oil leak on his motorbike fixing ended up with his machine fully restored and money raised for charity into the bargain.
Padre Major Bob Adams, regimental padre for 2 Signal Regiment based at Imphal Barracks in York, provides pastoral support to the regiment and the whole barracks. His recent motorbike rebuild trained army craftsmen as well as raising cash for the Army Benevolent Fund.
When he mentioned the leak to soldiers at the barracks they pointed out the run-down state of the bike and began work.
Sergeant Mark Hulican, from 2 Signals Light Aid Detachment Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, said: “All of the lads here are used to working on diesel engines – from Land Rovers right up to power packs for Challenger 2, the army’s main battle tank, so this was a learning opportunity for us. It meant that while the kit we normally work on was deployed we could maintain our skills and learn at the same time.
“We worked from a workshop manual, but the guys at York Suzuki Centre offered us loads of technical advice and even allowed us some workshop time there.” The build took about five months to complete and Padre Adams said: “When the bike was finished and made road-ready, we got together with other keen motorcyclists at the barracks and formed the Imphal Riders.
“My first outing on the bike was with the Imphal Riders as we climbed the Pennines to the Hartside Café, England’s highest café. This gave the bike a thorough test but best of all; we raised £330 for the Army Benevolent Fund, the soldier’s charity.”
Gary Butfield, who runs the York Suzuki Centre, said: “We get loads of military people in the shop and we’re really happy to help them get on the road.”
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