Vintage trike in Swiss Alps challenge, with help from Bikesure
With a long history of insuring vehicles for disabled drivers, Bikesure (part of Adrian Flux Insurance) was the natural place to turn when a Norfolk-based mobility charity needed cover to drive a 1932 trike through the Swiss Alps.
The journey was a recreation of Denny Denly’s 1947 adventure on the Argson trike – the forerunner of modern mobility scooters – and was ridden by writer Dan McIntyre along with Lewis Hamilton’s brother Nicolas and Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson.
Denly contracted polio while in the navy, and was invalided out of the service after he was paralysed from the waist down.
Having not yet realised his dream of seeing the Alps he set out alone on his 1930s Argoson 147cc tricycle, reaching heights of almost 8,000ft (2,900m).
Mr Denly also founded the charity that has now become Disabled Motoring UK. He was made an MBE in 1959 for services to disabled people and died in 2010.
Five people recreated Denly’s trip, including Sergeant Andy ‘Dinger’ Bell of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers at Swanton Morley, who helped to restore the vehicle for the journey. He was needed as the trike, which has a top speed of 35mph, regularly broke down.
Graham Footer, the chief executive of Disabled Motoring UK, said that Mr Denly had been a “trail-blazer’ who had “inspired many people to become independent”.
Bikesure can insure all types of motorcycles and tricycles, including those modified or adapted for disabled people.