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Ep 101: Bill de Garis - A life of adventure

14th Jan, 2022 | David Grice

Ep 101: Bill de Garis - A life of adventure


Today we speak with Bill de Garis. Bill (Billy d) de Garis was born in England, grew up in New Zealand and spent several years travelling around the world.

First on a 250cc Jawa motorbike from Sydney, Australia through India, Afghanistan and Iran to England; then an epic journey in an old Morris Isis shooting-brake (running mostly on bald tyres salvaged from rubbish dumps around London) together with two New Zealand friends on their honeymoon.

The journey started in London, went across the Sahara desert and darkest Africa and ended up in Kenya.

He now lives in Port Moody, a city-suburb of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada.

He highlight as an off-road motorcycle competitor include being East Africa (seven times Kenya motorcycle champion) but also raced on tarseal-in India and Sri Lanka he won several roadraces including the Air India Grand Prix in Bombay (now Mumbai).

He is also the first person to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,340ft) on a motorbike (250cc CZ).

He now competes on a Vertigo Trials motorbike in the US National Trials Championship and throughout the pacific north west.


Ladies & gentlemen, I give you my chat with Bill de Garis.


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