Want to ride with five-time Bathurst 1000 winner and current Bathurst 12-Hour winner Craig Lowndes? He will again take part in his third annual Ruff Riders 500 to raise money for the RSPCA, his favourite charity.
Registrations are now open for the charity ride where they can meet and ride with the V8 Supercars star on Saturday, May 3. Craig has been passionate about motorcycles and animals since he was a young boy on his parents’ farm. “I grew up on a farm in Victoria and have spent most of my life in the country, so I love screaming around the paddock on a bike and I love animals. This is the prefect mix for me,” he says.
He still loves nothing more than to roar around his Kilcoy property on his self-made motocross track or pull on a helmet and hit the racetrack on a race bike as he did in last year’s Top Gear Festival at Eastern Creek where he raced two-time MotoGP champion Casey Stoner in a V8 Supercar. Last year he joined the Ruff Riders on a Suzuki M109 cruiser. It will be interesting to see what he turns up on this year.
The Ruff Riders charity ride raises money for a children’s humane education facility at the Brisbane RSPCA. Craig has been RSPCA ambassador since 2008 and in 2012 hosted the inaugural Ruff Riders 500 event. The past two events have raised about $50,000 each and attracted more than 50 riders. Last year, one rider flew in especially from Sydney just to ride alongside Craig.