Merchandise Shop Open
The merchandise section of the website is open but please note that, in order to prepare for our 10th anniversary registration launch, it will close again at 1900hrs on Friday 17th March 2017.
Some 10th anniversary items of merchandise and the opening of registration for RTTW 2017 will be at 1900hrs on Friday 31st March 2017.
As in previous years, you will be able to purchase your 2017, 10th ANNIVERSARY, t-shirt, for only £10 if you order AT THE SAME TIME as registering. If you order the t-shirt at any other time it will be the normal price of £15.
- November 2007
Nene Valley Harley Davidson Owners Group members organise a small ride to the National Memorial Arboretum’s Remembrance Day event and formulate ideas for a stand-alone ride.
- 11th October 2008
After much planning the first Ride To The Wall took place from Tamworth Service Station to the NMA with an overwhelming 1,100 motorcycles of all types attending. Participants paid a fee and in return received a commemorative pin and year bar.
- November 2008
A committee of volunteers was formed and the core values quickly established along with the principles of donating all monies raised to the NMA.
- 12th December 2008
A cheque for £10,300 is presented to Charles Bagot Jewitt, chief executive of the NMA.
- 10th May 2009
On-line pre-registration for the event was launched along with a range of merchandise. The start point was changed to Drayton Manor Park in order to accommodate the anticipated increase on numbers of those attending.
- 10th October 2009
The second Ride To The Wall took place with some 2,939 motorcycles of all types pre-registered resulting on a cheque for £29,600 being presented to Charles Bagot Jewitt, chief executive of the NMA.
- 2nd October 2010
The first Saturday of October was set as the date of Ride To The Wall for this and future years. The event followed the same format as 2009 departing from Drayton Manor Park with 3,300 motorcycles attending.
- March 2011
A cheque for £52,750 was accepted by HRH Duke of Kent on behalf of the NMA during his visit there.
- June 2011
Ride To The Wall becomes a registered charity.
- 1st October 2011
For the fourth Ride To The Wall a number of new start points were introduced in order to relieve pressure on the numbers at Drayton Manor Park. 3,610 motorcycles participate in this successful step forward in RTTW’s development.
- June 2013
Ride To The Wall are awarded The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (the MBE for voluntary groups) in the Queen's Birthday honours list.
- 29th June 2013
The presentation of the cheque for £70,389 is accepted by Cpl. Johnson Beharry VC on behalf of the NMA takes place as part of the their celebration of Armed Forces Day.
- 13th September 2013
Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service presented to two Ride To The Wall volunteers by the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire at a ceremony at the NMA.
- 5th October 2013
The sixth Ride To The Wall takes place with 5,200 motorcycles participating and an estimated 20,000 people attending the event itself. Ride To The Wall becomes the NMA’s biggest single event and their largest financial contributor.
- 28th June 2014
A cheque for £82,750 is accepted on behalf of the NMA by Mrs. Pearl Thrumble and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire.
- 4th October 2014
The sixth Ride To The Wall takes place with an estimated 4,300 motorcycles participating and an estimated 20,000 people attending the event itself. This was lower than in previous years but the weather was particularly inclement. Ride To The Wall remains the NMA's biggest single event and their largest financial contributor.
- 27th June 2015
A cheque for £90,500 is accepted on behalf of the NMA by Colin Kemp, a trustee of the NMA, and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire. This brought the total donated since 2008 to a remarkable £408,500.00.
- 3rd October 2015
The seventh Ride To The Wall takes place with 7,100 motorcycles participating and an estimated 20,000 people attending the event itself.
- 8th November 2015
Ride To The Wall featured on a special BBC1 Songs of Praise Remembrance programme.
- 25th June 2016
A cheque for £107,500 is presented by our two patrons, Major General Lamont Kirkland (rtd) and Air Commodore Simon Richardson (rtd), and Wilf Taylor, our oldest 'waller'. The cheque is accepted on behalf of the NMA by Colin Kemp, a trustee of the NMA. This brought the total donated since 2008 to a remarkable £512,000.