Charley Boorman takes the Short Way Round to Fins Motorcycles in Redhill
April 10, 2012
Charley Boorman, TV star of Long Way Round & Long Way Down, will be making the short trip to Redhill when he officially opens Fins Motorcycles’ new showroom on 14th April between 12 – 2pm.
Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman share a passion for motorcycles and adventure. In 2004 they embarked on their first Long Way Round challenge to ride 20,000 miles across 12 countries. After this epic journey, Ewan and Charley decided to ride 15,000 miles the Long Way Down from John O'Groats, Scotland to the Southernmost tip of Africa, Cape Agulhas and then on to Cape Town.
During August and September this year Charley will be travelling through Africa, from Cape Town to Victoria Falls and onward into east Africa, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa.
So a short trip for Charley to Fins Motorcycles on the Holmthorpe industrial estate, Redhill, is a walk in the park in comparison!
Fin Reynolds, owner of Fins Motorcycles said, “We are delighted to welcome Charley to our brand new, spacious showroom. As well as hearing about Charley’s inspiring motorbike adventures we have an exhilarating tyre test day at Silverstone with the Ron Haslam Race School and other prizes to be won. So come and join us in the fun”.
Fin’s involvement in motorcycles began as a child with a ride on the tank of a triumph twin. From then on he was hooked.
As a teenager, Fin met the famous racer, Stanley Woods. This inspired his sporting passion, first achieving success as a trials rider, then circuit racing, where he notched up many dozens of wins on board Yamaha 2 stroke machines. Nowadays, Fin helps younger riders, including Fins Motorcycles’shop manager Grant Walder (23), who this year is competing in the Mini Twins championship on a Fins prepared bike.
Having learnt his trade in a variety of workshops, a twist of fate found Fin living in Redhill. The town was expanding but when he needed an MOT there was nowhere convenient to go, so in 1988 he started up Fins Motorcycles in Hooley Lane. Success followed success and the business grew until, with no more room available, the move to Holmethorpe Avenue was made.
Now open with much larger workshops and showroom capacity, the new site is able to display a wide range of motorbikes on offer together with increased capacity for MOT testing and servicing.
When questioned on the future of two wheel transport, Fin replies confidently, “the car is becoming its own worst enemy, creating costly parking and road congestion issues everywhere. All across Europe scooter and motorcycle use is increasing, aided by fuel costs rising year on year. Two wheelers offer the most independent and versatile form of transport available.”