The Great British Invasion USA 2014

The Great British Invasion 2014

April 25 - May 4, 2014

England Rocks Hands across the Water...Going down to the Crossroads...the 'Gator glides low in the Water

2014 will see the 4th Childline Rocks/Sons of Royalty annual Harley Davidson fundraising motorcycle (and car) ride for the charity Childline, which is twinned with the NSPCC. All participants are patched as members of the Sons of Royalty-motto "The Crow Flies Straight".

This band of japers continues to grow, attract new members and international interest. Our rides have taken us through some of the most scenery North America has to offer: British Columbia, Montana(Going to the Sun Road and the Beartooth Highway), Idaho(the Sawtooth Mountains), Wyoming(Yellowstone, the Tetons and the Wind River Range), Utah(the Flaming Gorge, Park City-home to the Sundance Film Festival-Arches & Zion National parks, Monument Valley) and Colorado(Telluride & the Million Dollar Highway). Existing SOR members include suits, special forces veterans, best selling authors, wandering minstrels, legendary British Rock Musicians and even a distant living relative of Butch Cassidy who was recently accorded honorary membership of the Hole in the Wall Gang.  The 2013 ride was completely mind-blowing, so how on earth do we continue our tradition of "topping it" year after year?

The answer, lies in the roots…

There isn't a spot on Planet Earth that has seen a soundtrack as influential as the American South. Go on-try and name a region, anywhere in the world, that can sing a sweeter song than this: blues, rock 'n roll, bluegrass, soul, funk and R&B all grew up here. Alternative and Indie Rock came here for college, and hip hop settled here after graduation. The sounds of the South cut through lines of race, colour and creed and owe a mountain of debt to the composition of the South from which endless musical legends and styles have emerged. This is a racially mixed land of milk and honey. How sweet it is!

The ride will take us through 3 states: through the Mississippi Delta and right into Cajun Country. The Mississippi River, swamps, former cotton plantations, legendary jook joints and antebellum houses. And some of the finest cuisine the USA has to offer…

So, here we go…


To view the itinerary click here

For more information email either Daryl Clark at or Helen Whitaker at

ChildLine Rocks is a voluntary committee established in 2008 to raise money through live music and other shenanigans for ChildLine.

The first ChildLine Rocks was held at London's indigO2 on 13th March 2008. The full line-up for the inaugural event was: Roger Daltrey, Lulu, Marillion, Thunder, Fish, Ian Paice (Deep Purple), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), The Zombies, and Russ Ballard.

The event, which was compered by legendary DJ, "Whispering" Bob Harris, raised over £100,000 which paid for 40 new volunteer ChildLine counsellors.

The evening also featured a special VIP auction of rock memorabilia where lucky bidders could win tickets for a flight on the Iron Maiden 757, piloted by Bruce Dickinson for a trip to see Iron Maiden play live in Lisbon, a Led Zeppelin plaque signed by Robert Plant, a double-necked Gibson guitar from Jimmy Page, a Fender Telecaster guitar from Status Quo, a Gibson Epiphone Union Jack guitar from Noel Gallagher and a Gibson Les Paul guitar signed by all the acts and artists featured.

About Childline

Young people can contact ChildLine about anything - no problem is too big or too small. If they're feeling worried, scared, stressed or just want to talk to someone ChildLine is there to offer information and support whenever they need it.

ChildLine came to life in October 1986. Starting out as


a single phone number young people could call if they were experiencing abuse, it's come a long way since then.

ChildLine has information and advice on a whole range of issues. As well as calling 0800 1111, young people can now email a counsellor, have a 1-2-1 chat online, use Ask Sam or get help and support from other young people on the message boards.


  • John Sachs - Chairman
  • Adrian Basketfield - Night Owl Productions
  • Adam Driscoll - Co-CEO, MAMA Group Plc
  • Chris Ingham - Publisher, Classic Rock & Metalhammer Magazines
  • Daryl Clark - Founder, ChildLine Rocks
  • David Jones - PR, Yamaha UK
  • Mark Lacey
  • Matt Luxon - Business Manager, Various Artists Management
  • Nigel Burrows - Yamaha Music Schools
  • Nigel Dutton - Head of Tactical Marketing, O2
  • Armen Lloyd – Drum Resourcing
  • Official Photographer - Jason Joyce


  • Tanya von Ahlefeldt
  • Michael Bergman
  • Dave Bianchi (Various Artist Management)
  • Luke Burdess
  • Kate Cassidy
  • Pritida Desai
  • Barry Drinkwater (Global Merchandising Services)
  • Rob Edwards (Eventim)
  • Simon Elliott
  • Mark Harris
  • Roy Jenkins (Noise Merchandise)
  • Simon & Nadine Johnson (Marmalade Jewellery)
  • Jerry Bloom
  • Big Phil Campion
  • Pat Marshall
  • John McGuire
  • Andy McNab DCM MM
  • Tamara Mogilnicki
  • Lewis Moody MBE
  • Terri Morris
  • Ashley Pover
  • James Ringshall
  • Stu Griffiths
  • Steve Hands
  • Simon Ralphs
  • Voiceover Man - Peter Dickson
  • Mark Hackett (Mayo Heavens Angels)
  • Nigel Davies
  • Deborah Harrison - Social Secretary
  • Gareth Syms
  • Hugh Andree
  • Daniel Dilks

Patrons - musicians who support us:

  • Zoe Nicholas Susie Webb - Fabba Girls & Rock Chicks
  • Danny Bowes - Thunder
  • Chris Childs - Thunder,The Union & the Ultimate Eagles
  • Paul Guerin - Quireboys, Down n Outz
  • Glenn Hughes - Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Black Country Communion
  • Harry James - Thunder, Magnum, Monsters of British Rock, Bad Influence & Shadowman
  • Kipper - One Nation, Sting, independent producer
  • Simon Lowry
  • Phil Martini - Quireboys, Joe Elliott's Down n Outz, The Union
  • Benny "2 Scoops" Matthews - Thunder
  • Horrendous Mendez - The Savages, Judie Tzuke
  • Tony Moore - Cutting Crew & Kashmir Klub
  • Luke Morley - Thunder & The Union
  • Matt Rascher - Prodigy, Kylie Minogue
  • Peter Shoulder - The Union
  • Trevor Thornton - One Nation, Asia, Q-Feel, Walk on Fire, Saxon
  • Bailey Tzuke
  • Judy Tzuke
  • Logan Wilson
  • Leslie Anders
  • Papa George
  • Buddy Greco
  • Pete "6 Bulb" Rees - Gary Moore
  • Bobby Tench - Humble Pie, Streetwalkers & Jeff Beck
  • Roger Pomphrey- ex Eurythmics & film maker
  • Patti Paladin
  • Cent Carlstedt - Swedish Stunt Fighter Pilot
  • Arthur Louis
  • Aj Webber
  • Eddie Quinn - Childsafe Martial Arts

Cultural Attache:

  • Andrew Hewkin MA