HUNDREDS of dapper dressers transported Oxford back in time as they rode through the city centre on vintage motorbikes and scooters to raise money for good causes.

The spectacle, one of more than 700 linked events worldwide on Sunday, was to raise funds for Prostate Cancer Research UK and The Movember Foundation, which supports men’s mental health.

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The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride set off from Premier Bikes in Boars Hill just after 11am with the 318 fundraisers, all dressed in suits, passing through St Giles before ending at The Victoria Arms in Marston where there was a live band and food.

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Hosting this year's Oxford ride for the first time was the team from Premier Bikes in Wootton, which is a Triumph dealer, one of the official sponsors of the global charity event.

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Managing director Andy Valentine said the turnout had been 'amazing'.

He said: "We were expecting maybe 50 riders and to raise a couple of thousand pounds but we ended up with 318 registered riders and £24,500 raised.]#

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It put us 35th highest out of the 700 or so cities that took part which is incredible."

Mr Valentine said, despite the 'huge' amount of work it took to organise, the businesses was considering doing it all again next year.

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He added: "The amount raised is really going to make a difference to the charities and the people they help."

Among the Oxfordshire riders was Robert Harris who took part on his pride and joy, a 1946 Velocette.

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His daughter Kate Amelia said: "The ride was ideal for my dad as he lives in Wootton and the cause is close to his heart. My dad is a classic bike enthusiast, having owned many bikes in the past (and a few in the present) and is a long time member of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club Oxford sector."

She added: "My partner and I went along to support with the dog and was so glad the remaining bikers weren't put off by the rain! It was quite a sight, everyone made such an effort and the pub benefited from the turn out too with queues out the door."