Bicycle built for four returns after 30 years

History is being repeated at Tarporley Fire Station as a group of firefighters take to the roads on a four person bike to raise money for charity.

A team of people from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service will be on hand to take it in turns to jump on the Flame Tamer 2 bike, to get it along the 226 mile route and on to its destination in London.

It's over 30 years since firefighters from Tarporley Fire Station rode a four person bike to London for charity. Now history is being repeated with a new "bicycle built for four" as the crew intend raise as much money for three good causes as they can.

The charities they will be raising funds for are: 

  • Alder Hey Children's Charity

  • Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity

  • Firefighters Charity

The four person bike, called Flame Tamer 2, after the original version, has been designed and built specifically for this challenge which takes place over the weekend on August 16 and 17.

Its route starts at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool and the bike will end up at Great Ormond Street in London.

Tarporley firefighter Martin Boardman will be one of the riders. He said: "The bike has been in the planning stages for a while as we tried to work out how to build it  following a photo we have of the original Flame Tamer. With the help of Harbrook Engineering, Reaseheath College and Audlem Cycles we have finally cracked it and Flame Tamer 2 is ready for the ride."

The team have set up a Virgin Money Giving Page and are looking for people and businesses to sponsor them which is: Flame Tamer 2 - Virgin Money page (opens in new window) 

You can follow the progress of Flame Tamer 2 on Facebook and Twitter:

Flame Tamer 2 Facebook page (opens in new window)

Flame Tamer 2 Twitter page (opens in new window)


The plan is to leave Alder Hey at 9am on Saturday August 16th and arrive at Great Ormond Street around midday on the 18th.

There will be photo opporunities along the route which will go from Alder Hay across the mersey on the ferry and then down the A41 calling in at Ellesmere Port fire station. They will then head to Chester and then along the A51 to Tarporley, we will then go on the A49 and A5 until they reach the M25 where we wil pick the A41 again and head into inner London.

Contact for someone with the bike that can tell you where it is, is Watch Manager Dave Windsor 07849 769992.

Date published: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:56:16 GMT

Last updated: Wednesday 13 August 2014

Related images

Flame Tamer 2
Flame Tamer 2 and firefighters from Tarporley
Flamer Tamer and Tarporley firefighters in 1982