Banchory man set for US endurance event

Banchory man Harry Verquil is in confident mood ahead of the charity challenge
Banchory man Harry Verquil is in confident mood ahead of the charity challenge

A Banchory man is preparing to take on a 3400 mile endurance motorbike race in America to help raise £1million for research into brain tumours.

Harry Verquil, 58, is set to ride the 2016 USA Motorcycle Cannonball Run on a 100-year-old historic 1916 Harley Davidson F-Type in support of the Brain Tumour Charity.

‘The Race of the Century’ is for motorcycles aged 100 years and older and starts in Atlantic City this Saturday (September 10) and finishes in Carlsbad, California, on September 25.

Harry, who will be part of Team Scotland, Rider 57, explained: “In April just over two years ago, I lost a dear friend and work colleague to a glioblastoma brain tumour.

“My daughter lost her best friend the same year, my wife lost her friend a year before that, and I lost both my parents, all to cancer. I just had enough.

“I’m undertaking this challenge to raise money for research into brain cancer - so that the diagnosis of a brain tumour no longer means a death sentence.”

Just getting the Harley Davidson has proved a milestone for Harry’s team.

He said: “The bike was originally imported from the USA in 1917 and first registered in Manchester with the number NA6111, which is still on the bike.

“In 1990 it was sold to a museum in the USA, where it was auctioned off. Around 2004 it found its way to Australia.

“Through a friend I found a bike in Newcastle, Australia. We managed to ship it back to the UK.

“We’re going to do this.”