Charley Boorman: Freedom Riders

Charley Boorman riding with Explore Indochina

Freedom Riders Asia

Charley got a gig with one of those ‘advertorial’ type shows, which involved him riding motorcycles around SE Asia ‘on one tank of petrol’, doing his thing, while flogging the quality of a particular brand of engine oil.

Back in Touch with Charley

Charley told the producers to approach Explore Indochina, and after many emails, Digby had pretty much laid out the entire plan for them. Charley was keen to ride one of Explore Indochina’s 650cc Urals, and we also provided him with an old US Army jeep to drive around Hanoi.

Charley Boorman in the Explore garage
Charley Boorman and Digby on a Ural motorcycle

Rally Indochina

Charley visited our garage, rode around Hanoi on our Ural, and was introduced to two trendy, cool biker cats from Vietnam, one of whom, a  guy called Nam, sometimes guided for us (true story, he fell in love with the cool cat biker gal because of the TV meet up with Charley, and they got married afterwards!!!). Best of all, Charley accompanied the first day of our annual charity rally called Rally Indochina.

Charley even went and filmed the Blue Dragon centre, the charity organization that Rally Indochina supports, and plugged their generous contribution to making the lives of impoverished street kids a whole lot better. Charley was in Hanoi with us for a couple of days, and we got to know him a little better. We remember being impressed with how normal he was and that the whole celebrity thing hadn’t gone to his head. He is a lovely, friendly, down to earth guy.

It’s worth watching the show, especially if you want to see how mad the traffic is in Hanoi, so click here, sit back, and enjoy the ride.

Charley Boorman having fun at Rally Indochina
Charley Boorman at Rally Indochina

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