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February 2/17 Essex-Kent CVMG Meeting Report

Close to thirty members braved the cold in order to attend our February meeting at Brews & Cues. Although George, our president, had not planned another auction for this meeting, Kevin R. showed up with a Multi-meter which he thought might well be thirty years old; Chris C. entered a Ducati plaque, and, in addition, there was an Alfa Romeo Gran Sport to be assembled and Dave B. provided a signed Streamliner plaque. George brought down the gavel at 7:01 and introduced new members Rob N. and Randy S. as well as his spouse Tami and son Jacob as associate members. Next, George went over the January minutes and then Carl, our Events Promoter, took over and provided a detailed account of what will be happening at the Paris National Rally in respect to the newly created Moto Expo on Saturday June17. Then it was Dale’s turn to elaborate on CVMG’s financial picture. He too went into great detail but since you will able to read about all of this in the March Newsletter, I’ll leave you in suspense. Next, Dale mentioned that a printed copy of the “Roster” is in the works and that the AGM is open to all members and it will be held at Niagara Falls, Regency Athletic Resort! Once again see the March issue of the Newsletter.

                     There was a swap meet on Sunday Feb.5 in London, at 6888 Tempo Road which is right off Hwy.4. As per usual, the group meets for coffee at Tim’s off the Essex bypass every Wednesday at 11:00 am and on Sunday Feb. 12 there will be a breakfast meeting at the Whistling Kettle on County Road 42 and another one on Feb. 26 at Roma’s in Lasalle. From Feb.24-26 you can attend the Montreal Motorcycle Show which takes place at the Palais de Congrès. Apparently for Rob D. this is just a simple jaunt! George and Jennifer now regale us with a series of videos and George also showed a chart of motorcycles owned by CVMG members in 1991 versus 2017. It clearly showed the huge impact Japanese bikes have had but it also showed a decline in the ownership of certain British marques. I believe a lot of Brit bikes are being sold back to the “old country.” I am sure you’re all aware of the Mosport Fiftieth Anniversary of the Canadian Grand Prix on August 11-13. Many luminaries will be in attendance including Canada’s most accomplished racer Michelle Duff, so keep that weekend open. Since it rained last year, I am sure the sun will be out this time around. Graham C. won the 50/50 draw and returned his winnings to the group’s coffers; thank you Graham. All the auction items were also sold and I walked away with the Ducati plaque (after a frantic bidding war with Graham!). After all, if you no longer have a Duck in the garage, you should have at least some pictures of them on your wall. Bruce D. our connection to ice racing gave us an update and is doing very well! Our next monthly meeting will be March 2.

Cheerio from your “vintage” scribe,

Adrian van den Hoven

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