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The Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group

L'Association Canadienne de Motos Anciennes

CVMG National Executive Committee - 2014 

Voting Members:

Jim Briggs – President (e-mail president@cvmg.ca)

Simon Blake – Vice President (e-mail vicepresident@cvmg.ca)

Anthony Petti – Correspondence Secretary (e-mail secretary@cvmg.ca)

Betty Anne Clark – Membership Secretary (e-mail membership@cvmg.ca)

Alison Green – Treasurer (e-mail treasurer@cvmg.ca)

John Pepper – Newsletter Editor (e-mail newseditor@cvmg.ca)

Ian R. Sandy – Director (e-mail director_o@cvmg.ca)

Wayne Spears – Director (e-mail director_e@cvmg.ca)

John Tankard – Regalia Sales (e-mail regalia@cvmg.ca)

 

Non-voting members:

Bill Hoar - Past President (e-mail pastpresident@cvmg.ca)

April Spears – Paris National Rally Chair

Neville Miller - Competition Chair

VACANT – Chief Judge

Rod Sheridan – Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Museum

 

Bios and pictures below:

 

President - Jim Briggs, NORAL Section


 

Growing up, no one I knew had motorcycles, or ever expressed an interest in them. It wasn’t until I was about 12-years of age that I got my first ride. It was on the back of a step-through Honda belonging to a friend’s older brother. From that day on, motorcycles were my focus. But why did I have such a strong reaction from a Honda 50?

Back in the spring of ’44 my dad was in the Army. Unknown to me until my teen years, he’d been issued a motorcycle. But a slip on some sand led to a tumble as his Indian went down, leaving him with a broken shoulder. Sent home to convalesce, he was in my grandfather’s store one morning when a gentleman came in & spotted the injured soldier. He insisted the recuperating officer come to his home for dinner, neglecting to mention his two daughters. That September my parents were married & one result of this union was me.

Without that Indian, my mother & father may not have met. So clearly, my debt to motorcycles & my subsequent appreciation for them was firmly established before I ever came into this world… & I’ve never met one I didn’t like!

 

 

Vice President - Simon Blake, Old Fort York Section


I started riding motorcycles in 1971 in Ottawa. As a kid, I was a committed car guy but just before I turned 16 my dad pointed out that I couldn’t afford to build a hot rod like I was planning, so he suggested I get a small motorcycle. I started looking at bikes and lusted after a BSA Victor, but my dad lined up a 175 Honda for me – probably a wise choice. A succession of British bikes, Harley's and BMW's followed, along with Honda dirt bikes, and I have been active with motorcycles ever since. I joined the CVMG in 1981 at a time when my 650 Triumph served as my main transportation in Edmonton and it seemed like a good way to meet like-minded people and find parts. As a journalist, I have moved around the country quite a bit and have belonged to the Noral, Keystone, Great Pine Ridge, Barrie-Huronia and Old Fort York sections over the years.

I am currently president of the Old Fort York section and was somewhat surprised to be elected national vice president, but will do my best.

Correspondence Secretary - Anthony Petti, Kitchener

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It was only a short ride on a friends dirt bike in the neighbourhood park, but I was hooked! Nothing could compare to that feeling of being propelled solely by my right hand!  My parents didn't share my passion, so it wasn't until my early twenties where I was rekindled with motorcycles again and I have been riding rain or shine ever since.  I found the CVMG in 2002 through the purchase of my Bonneville and soon formed great friendships within my Kitchener section.  I was invited to join the National Executive in late 2005.

Membership Secretary - Betty Anne Clark, Old Fort York

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Betty Anne became interested in motorcycles in her early teens having seen a photo of her Dad on an old Indian and then meeting a fellow with a Marusho.  In 1962, she became the proud owner of a Mobylette Moped and has been interested in vintage machines ever since, both riding them and “wrenching” them.  She retired in April of 2006 but continues to do part-time work as a consultant in the health care sector. Betty Anne has been very involved in the motorcycle community since the early eighties working on a number of groups and committees, is past chair of Ontario Roads Riders Association, and has held executive positions in a number of motorcycle clubs.  With a working garage that includes a motorcycle hoist, air compressor, parts washer and too many tools to mention she is the envy of her neighbours and a few CVMG members as well.   She was introduced to the CVMG by an avid member and since joining has been active with the Paris Rally and most recently volunteered to take on the role of Membership Secretary and tackle the challenge of our new on-line membership database.

 

 Treasurer - Alison Green, Nickle Belt Section


" When passion is the motivation, and reason takes care of the details, we have a chance to experience the exhilaration of truly living..."

This quote is from Dr. Barnes, Motorcycle Consumer News and I am doing my best to follow this advice.  Between motorcycles, horses, and being active outdoors, my life is full and rewarding.  Next year will mark the 40th anniversary of my first BMW,  which is still going strong and remains a very comfortable and reliable ride.

After three years at the helm of the CVMG NEWS, I am now launched on a new learning curve called 'Treasurer'  of the CVMG.  Life without learning is flat - but I sometimes wish the hills weren't so high!  With a bit of luck and some help from our terrific executive, I will do my best to keep all things financial in proper order.  I also hope to meet many old acquaintances again this year and to make many more new friends within the CVMG.

 

Newsletter Editor - John Pepper - Great Pine Ridge Section

 

  
John was born in Ireland and learned the fine art of off-roading on a stripped-down Norman-Villiers given to him by his father at age 12. By the time John was fifteen (pre-licence) he was getting up before dawn to ride his first road bike (a 1966 Honda Benly 154) before the local police sergeant would be likely to be awake! John now lives in Toronto and rides a 1956 Norton ES2 and a 2005 Ducati ST3. John's last big ride was to Utah and Arizona with his wife Angela. Before that he rode from Toronto to Newfoundland on his Norton. Check out John's website at http://john-pepper.spaces.live.com. Prior to taking on the editorship John has contributed a number of travel and other motorcycling articles to the CVMG News. 

 Director - Ian R. Sandy, Rocky Mountain Section


Ian till recently was the RMS section web admin and currently is still web admin for the CVMG national site. As well, he maintains the Suzuki T/GT Resources pages, and is also the author of 'The Field Guide to the Suzuki GT750' . You can read about his current projects on his web site OldJapaneseBikes.com.

His first bike was a 1966 Yamaha YA6 which he had to hide at a friend's house, as his parents had forbidden him to buy it. Funnily enough, the high school student he bought that first Yamaha from is a current CVMG member in GPR - it's a small world ! Ian has owned many motorbikes since then - mainly two strokes, but also a few Honda's and a BMW R75/5.

Ian is retired and lives in Calgary with his (very patient) wife Donna.

Director - Wayne Spears - Kitchener Section

Wayne is an active member of his section and a long time supporter of all things related to the CVMG.  He has served as Director before and was instrumental in helping to make our organization a truely  National one.

 

Wayne loves to take his Triumph Tiger to shows and events and spends a great deal of time letting "little" folks sit on the bike.  This brings many smiles and also helps to encourage both young and old to support our CVMG aims and objectives.

 

Wayne can be found at many events handing out information about our Paris national Rally and also encouraging folks to join the CVMG. 

 

 

Regalia Sales - John Tankard, Keystone Section

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My first recollection of motorcycles is a Vespa scooter, which appeared in the backyard when I was about five years old.  My father had gotten it from someone and it needed some repair. It lasted a little while and then was gone when we moved.  When I was eight, one of the neighbour kids’ uncle came around with a Harley. I think it was a 45, red and black with the fringed saddlebags.  The quintessential old HD!!  It was ten years later when I got my first bike.  It was a Suzuki 150cc S-32 twin.  I paid ninety dollars for it and it came home in six boxes.  Three weeks and an additional thirty dollars later, I had an operating motorcycle.  Insurance for that year was twenty dollars.  Going through about twenty-five bikes since then, I currently have a 1974 Bultaco Frontera 250 (my vintage bike) and a 2006 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail ( my daily rider)


 

Paris National Rally Chair - April Spears, Kitchener Section


When I was fourteen I read an article in Teen Magazine – everything you needed to know about getting into a sports car gracefully while wearing a miniskirt”.  I practiced this “skill” until I was confident that when I met my boyfriend I would have no issues with the skirt /sports car.  Unfortunately, there were two things I never considered:

  • My mother was not going to let me wear a miniskirt, and
  • My future husband rode up on a Yamaha 650 Maxim.

Here we are years later and since then  I've traded the miniskirt for chaps.  Still no sports car but I do own a 1985 Yamaha Virago and sometimes it’s not that graceful.

 I have been a committee member for many years and have been fortunate enough to work with many great people.  As the Paris Rally Chairperson, I look forward to another wonderful year and am especially looking forward to meeting friends - both old and new!

Competition Chair - Neville Miller, Ottawa

 

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From the age of 11, after my first ride on the pillion of my brother’s ex-army G3L Matchless, I’ve been hooked on motorcycles.  I began riding legally as soon as I turned 16 on a BSA Bantam.  After I passed my driving test, I bought a Velocette MAC, on which I rode about 100,000 miles in various guises during the 1970s in England.  My competition career started with a season of sidecar racing in 1975 on an uncompetitive Triumph outfit.  I was the one ‘in the chair’.  In 1978 I took up vintage racing with the VMCC and had a lot of fun over the next five years at the various circuits around England on a 1938 Velocette MSS.  Soon after arriving in Canada in October 1982, I discovered the fledgling CVMG and started attending the monthly meetings of the Ottawa section.  I am also an active member of the sister organization, the VRRA (Vintage Road Racing Association).  I’ve even had a go at trials riding at some of the Eastern Ontario events.  In recent years I have bought three ‘cammy’ Velos, the earliest of which I have rebuilt as a replica of the bike Alec Bennett rode to win the 1928 Junior TT in the Isle of Man.

 

 



Chief Judge - VACANT

 


CVMM Representative - Rod Sheridan, Great Pine Ridge 

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