A PROUD son is paying tribute to his SAS hero dad by recreating the treacherous journey from London to Paris he once took more than fifty years ago.
Brig “Red Rory” Walker OBE, who died in 2008, used a jet, helicopter and motorcycle to complete the high-speed trip from the Marble Arch to the Arc de Triomphe.
The SAS officer, awarded the Military Cross for bravery in 1958, held a record time of 57 minutes and 47 seconds for two days in the twelve-day national event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic journey of French aviator Louis Bleriot, the first man to fly over the Channel.
Red Rory was up against 135 competitors in the race including Formula One champion Sir Stirling Moss.
Now, his son Roddy, a film producer, hopes to raise £20,000 on fundraising website Kickstarter to re-enact his late father’s landmark venture for a documentary film.
Roddy, 27, of Albert Embankment, Vauxhall, has begun to track down his father’s military ex-colleagues to feature in the film, which he hopes will be underway by next summer.
Roddy will recreate the journey with the help of professionals who will operate the helicopter, jet and motorcycle, which will be the same models used by his father in 1959.
He said: “I grew up hearing my dad’s stories. He conquered some incredible things throughout his life.
“I am 27 now – the same age he was when he took part in the race. It’s time to pay homage to him and to his achievements.
“I want to create the same sort of buzz in England and France as there was in 1959.”
You can support Roddy’s project on his Kickstarter page and view his pitch video below.