NGK to help scale new heights for charity

NGK’s famous logo will be reaching new heights when a motorcyclist tackles the highest driveable road in the world to raise cash for charity.

Steve Smith, 49, will this week take on the Khardung La pass in India which stands at a staggering 5,359 metres high on a trusty Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle to raise funds for The Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) and The Cotswold Down’s Syndrome Group because they’ve helped his six-year-old son Alfie so much.

Steve and Alfie Smith

He decided to display the iconic NGK roundel on his motorcycle helmet through his friendship with Stuart Bayne, Sales Manager – North for NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, who has helped raise tens of thousands of pounds for the DSA over the past few years.

Steve, Sales Manager – Motorcycle for Avon Tyres, last year joined Stuart and Marko Wowczyna, Director – Automotive, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, when they completed a near 425-mile cycling marathon to raise funds for charity.

He said: “I’ve built up a rapport with Stuart over the past few years through his work for the charity and also our involvement in the automotive business and got to know Marko well when we all took part in a charity cycle ride to Paris and back.”

This isn’t the first time Steve has taken to two wheels for the DSA. Back in 2016, another motorcycle challenge in India raised more than £12,000 for the charity. He then took part in the Classic Triumph Challenge in Spain raising £3,700 in 2017 before raising £10,000 on the cycling trip with Stuart and Marko.

The Indian trip will see Steve ride the mythical Manali to Leh Highway before heading further North to tackle Khardung La pass. Parts of the roads are only open for three months of the year due to the extreme weather conditions and could be flooded as snow and ice melts. The intrepid traveller and nine others will tackle almost 500km over three days.

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