- Written by Carole Nash Editor
- Created: 20 April 2010
Blake star Stephen Bowman has gone back to the future and is swapping his DeLorean for life on two wheels after taking delivery of a his new Yamaha WR125 X last week. The former model, who now performs with the double Classical Brit nominated band Blake, decided to make the switch after missing rehearsals at the Albert Hall this month when his ‘time machine’ got stuck in rush-hour traffic. Stephen has had potential buyers from all over the world enquiring about the car, including GMTV and Sky News presenter Eamonn Holmes who contacted the singer via Twitter.
The DeLorean became one of the world’s most iconic cars after its appearance as a time machine in the hit film franchise Back to the Future, however its appeal has proven no match for a motorbike when it comes to the convenience getting around towns and cities.
Having learnt about the Get On campaign, which is making biking and scootering accessible to the public by offering free one hour riding taster sessions throughout the country viawww.geton.co.uk, Bowman was inspired to take his CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) and his first steps towards becoming a fully fledged biker.
Now all four members of Blake (Stephen Bowman, Humphrey Berney, Jules Knight and Oliver Baines) have successfully completed their CBT – the training required to be able to ride a motorcycle or scooter up to a capacity of 125cc – switching from four wheels to two.
With a Classical Brit Award already under their belt, Blake will be one of the headline acts at this year’s glittering ceremony on the 13th May, when they will be up for Album of the Year as the first ever independent band to be nominated. Getting to concerts, recording studios and photoshoots on time has never been more crucial which is why Stephen has opted for the traffic busting alternative of the Yamaha WR125 X over his collector’s dream, the DeLorean.
“I’ve had my DeLorean for 10 years now, it’s rare, it’s unique, but frankly it gets stuck in traffic like every other car,” said Stephen. “Unlike in the film, this one doesn’t fly, so, having completed my CBT with the Get On campaign, I’ve decided to put the car up for sale and swap four wheels for two. Now I’ll actually get to concerts on time and save a fortune in fuel and running costs!’
The Get On campaign, which is being supported by the strap line ‘Life’s better on two wheels’, promotes the freedom, fun, flexibility and sociability of biking, along with the time saving, accessibility, cost and environmental benefits, all perks which Bowman will be taking advantage of.
For more information, visit www.geton.co.uk.