Starting August 15, ten of the original grandriders from Taiwan will be touring California to promote their movie Go Grandriders and also to ride with their American counterparts. In November 2007, 17 octogenarians motorcycled around Taiwan on a grand tour organized by the Hondao Senior Citizens Welfare Foundation. Over the course of some 730 miles, through foul weather and health challenges, they prevailed. Go Grandriders is a documentary about their journey. First screened in Taiwan in 2012, it quickly broke box office records for a documentary film in Taiwan.
Next month, the grandriders from Taiwan will join American seniors and ride in tandem, from Northern California to Southern California. The group’s kick off ceremony will take place in front of the Santa Clara County Hall on August 20. They will ride to Cambria, Santa Barbara before arriving in Arcadia, Los Angeles.
On August 16 at 4:00pm, The Sequoias, a senior community in the heart of San Francisco, and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco will co-host a reception for the group at the Art Gallery in The Sequoias.
In an effort to match like-minded seniors who are not letting age stop them from living a full life, these seniors will have a chance to meet at the reception before the screening of Go Grandriders at 5:00pm in the Community Auditorium.