Starting in Norway (North Cape) final destination in South Africa (South Cape)

Cape to Cape sponsor tour 2009

This is an overall planning and review of the idea and preparations for a world tour.
The idea of making a world tour with our son is now one year old.

Since 1979 I am working as a member of the cabin crew at KLM and as such I visited all continents except Antarctica.
As an enthusiastic motorcyclist for some time now I wanted to make a world tour. But it had to be a journey with a purpose! Experience something I never did before and visit places I didn't see before.
And this preferably with my son who also likes to travel and motor biking. He is 19 years old and will finish his high school HAVO exams.

2009 is a special year as several things occur simultaneously. I am over 30 years at KLM and I will reach the age of 50. My son has graduated high school and is - at the age of 19 with his motorbike license - ready to join me in this adventure. For us this is a way to address these important moments in life.

The route;

The North Cape is a place I haven't been before and as such an important milestone for many motorcyclists. Once I visited the mysterious South Cape on a rented GS from Cape Town. The idea of connecting both Capes than found its origin. As we travel through Turkey we also add an East "Cape".

Overall we travel through the following countries: Netherlands / Germany / Denmark / Sweden / Norway / Finland / Estonia / Latvia / Lithuania / Belarus / Ukraine / Romania / Bulgaria / Turkey / Syria / Jordan / Egypt / Sudan / Ethiopia / Kenya / Tanzania / Zambia / Malawi / Botswana / Namibia / South Africa.

We have 4 months time for this adventure. After this period KLM will transfer our motorbikes back to the Netherlands.

The motorcycles

Especially for this trip we bought a BMW R 80 G/S Paris Dakar from 1987 for my son.
The motorcycle is in good condition and has been partially restored. The restoration took place in Maarssen the Netherlands at Joost Motoren with support from Wunderlich> GmbH in Germany. The other motorcycle is a BMW R 1150 GS Adventure, which I will drive. On departure the two motorcycles have approx.100.000 miles on the clock.

So therefore the oldest drives on the new GS series motorcycle and the youngest on the oldest GS series motorcycle. This concept is in our opinion a nice comparison, which the sponsors like. (See comparison in the magazine motor edition 9/2007). Furthermore the old GS is just a beautiful motorcycle, nothing electronic, no ABS etc.



Charity

The charity that my son and I have chosen is the foundation Wings of Support.
Founded by flying KLM and Martinair staff members Wings of Support has started assigned projects in places where we used to fly to. Projects range from children homes to schools and medical projects. See Brochure. Wings of Support has the CBF label.
The intention is to collect as much money as possible for 3 projects on our route.

One project in Romania, one project in central Africa and one project at our final destination Cape Town. Our target is to donate 5.000 Euro at each of these three destinations. There is no doubt that all the collected money directly goes to the foundation Wings of Support. They will take care that the money gets in the right place.

So we won't be using collected money. Nevertheless we will accept material donations for the benefit of the trip like for instance parts, clothing and accommodations to stay.


Collections

Both donors and sponsors for this charity will be collected by us and Wings of Support.
The foundation will create awareness at the world tour through their own sponsors and flight crew by a newspaper, leaflets and website.
We are looking for local sponsors and sponsors that I know from the contacts of my own company. My wife and I have since 1990 our own merchandising company in special supporting materials for outdoor sports activities and motorcycle clothing. We therefore are familiar with getting and giving sponsoring. Since a number of years I have also been involved in the organisation of the Maarssen team for the Roparun. This is a walk from Paris to Rotterdam for supporting children with cancer. We already received commitments from companies like Bever zwerfsport, De vrijbuiter, KLM, and our bank Rabobank, will contribute. The advertising on the motorcycles is provided by Ferry Quik from Maarssen


Publicity

We are in contact with BMW Nederland discussing the possibilities of creating publicity, and especially which rules we should consider. They agreed on receiving the sponsor book first and we continue our contacts from there. We discussed the option for sponsoring clothing to get a better profile on the photos. Furthermore our friend Evert ten Napel a well-known Dutch sports presenter will bring attention to the project on TV. As a BMW rider himself he intends to join us the last part of the trip. This together with a Dutch travel TV program.


Evert ten Napel

It is our intention to contact Dutch, German and English motorcycling magazines to publish a reportage. We prefer motor & travel magazines such as Promotor, Motor 73 and Motor. Touren Fahrer and Motorrad Abenteuer in Germany and Bike in Great Britain.
Finally during most part of our world tour there is the possibility to follow us with a tracking system that we be connected to our website.


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