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Essex-Kent VMG Meeting May 5, 2016

We had a very informative monthly meeting but it required that a different format be adopted. As Dale announced to the twenty some members who were in attendance there would be no “Round Table” discussion because, after he had dealt with the “Events Calendar” and “New Business,” we would immediatelymove on to Graham C.’s illustrated talk entitled: “1950’s Italian 500 GP four-stroke multis. Gilera, MV Agusta, Moto Guzzi.”

Dale has already posted the multiple upcoming events on the Essex –Kent VMG website which can be consulted by anyone. All you need to do is click on the Menu button and the events can be found on the left side. Consequently, I will only focus on those events that are of particular importance to the section. About half a dozen of us attended the Little British Festival on Friday evening, May 7 on Sandwich Street, Windsor, behind the Rock Bottom restaurant. There was food, beer and a pseudo Beatles band as well as some four hundred cyclists dressed up in fake British outfits. There was a slew of British cars and a handful of bikes. Kevin R. brought his Norton, Mike G. his Triumph and Carl K. his Matchless. Two stalwart and real “Brits–in-exile,” Jim L. and Keith A. made their presence known

vocally: both own very quiet recent Triumphs. Yours truly arrived in his MG Midget which could stand a paint job and also needs to have its twin SU carbs synchronized yet one more time. My passenger, Clarisse, Kevin’s spouse – not wishing to risk life and limb on the back of his Norton - exited deftly from the Midget but I had to fold myself double just to get my right foot past the door jamb! Then again, those members who ride “Brit bikes” but BMW’s can go to the Bracebridge area on May 27-28 for the Muskoka BMW Rally. The total cost of this weekend get-away ç only a puny $250. At the same time, on May 28 from 10:30-3:00, our E-K section will be participating in the Roundhouse Spring Sale event. The venue is located across the road from the Devonshire Mall and as a feature we will have our own bike display. The group has already invested $225 in a 10x30 ft. party tent with side walls which will be used for such occasions. Dale is urging all the members to come out especially since the section will be the recipient of a $200 gift. E-K member Marty H. is once again organizing the British Car and Motorcycle Day on July 17 from 9am-2pm at the Canadian Transportation Museum, 6155 Arner Townline, Kingsville. Marty is hoping that all those who own British cars or bikes in South-Western Ontario and Michigan will join him on the Museum grounds. Kevin R. spoke to the August 14-17 Summer Ride. Kevin, Dale, Rob D. and George J. have already indicated that they will partake. They will leave from the Mosport race track and motor on to the Sharbot Lake Provincial Park, which is situated along Hwy 7 just west of Road 38. Some adjacent campsites have already been reserved and the intent is to explore the region’s roads and attractions on the ensuing days. Since yours truly has spent some 40 years in the area, I will assist Kevin in identifying the most scenic routes – of which there are many – as well as worth wile attractions. All those who wish to come along on this riding venture should contact Dale asap.

Dale also announced that from now on we will meet every Wednesday in Essex at the Bypass Tim’s at 11:00am (rather than 11:30) for our regular coffee and ride sessions and that the Sunday breakfast encounters will gather first at the same location at 8:30 am and then move on to a designated restaurant. Adrian did the draw for the 50/50 prize and Dale’s spouse Jan won and graciously returned her winnings to the section’s pot. We have also been the recipient of a subsidy of $400 from the National CVMG. As well, on June 11 and July 9 there will be Cars and Coffee meets at RM Classic Cars which is located along the #401 at the Hwy 40 (Blenheim) exit; however, exact times have not as yet been fixed. As you know, RM has a fabulous collection of cars and motorcycles so these meetings will

definitely be worth attending.

Graham’s 30 minute talk was fascinating and, as Dale indicates in the meeting summary posted on our website, if you wish an e-mail copy, all you need to do is contact Dale.

Your (as ever) assiduous scribe,

Adrian van den Hoven




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