Michael Jobson has rebuilt his classic two-stroke Yamaha motorcycle "from the ground up" and is ready to roll in The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride later this month.
The Coniston resident will join 130,000 riders in 110 countries taking part in the annual ride on September 29, to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer research and men's mental health.
Founded in Sydney in 2012 by Mark Hawwa - who was inspired by a photo of Mad Men's Don Draper astride a classic bike in his finest suit - the event has been running in Wollongong since 2017.
Mr Jobson - and Jane Sim of City Coast Motorcycles - brought the ride to the Gong, and each year it's getting bigger and better.
"In the first year we had around 130 riders and raised around $20,000; last year we had more than 225 riders and raised an incredible $65,000," Mr Jobson said.
"This year is set to be a great event again with 111 riders already signed up. It's a very slow paced ride of 60 to 80km, and it's about raising awareness and funds ... which go to the Movember Foundation to support men's health programs."
For Mr Jobson, the motivation is personal.
"I had a friend die by suicide at a young age, and in my work as a dispatcher with the ambulance service I deal with many calls where men have tried to take their own lives.
"Meantime earlier this year my grandfather died from prostate cancer, so this year's ride will be very personal for me."
Mr Jobson is raising funds for the ride with a trivia and charity auction this Friday night at The Daring Squire, North Wollongong. Tickets available online.
For more details on the ride, visit gentlemansride.com