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JANUARY 5, 2017 Essex/Kent CVMG Section Monthly Meeting Report

Once again we had a full house at Brews & Cues for our first 2017 meeting and George J. our new president, started proceedings right at 7:00 pm. He wished everyone a Happy New Year and reported that we had some 45 people at the Xmas party! Next he called on Carl K., now our Paris Rally Events Coordinator to inform us with the changes to this year’s National Paris Rally. As George confirmed on the Essex Kent CVMG Facebook page, there will be a new format. The Paris Rally Committee has officially given approval to the following changes: the Concourse style event normally held on Sunday will now be known as the 2017 Paris Moto Expo and will be held on Saturday. It will feature the Concourse D’Elegance motorcycle exhibit which will be held in the Agriplex exhibit hall and a People’s Choice display with four categories (European, Asian, UK, and North American). Eligible entrants for both exhibits shall be motorcycles that are 30 years or older (pre 1988). The Paris event will feature triple-engined bikes this year.

Subsequently, Jennifer J., our new treasurer, provided a financial update.

Upcoming events: George mentioned the Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto and pointed out that several members were attending. Truer words were never spoken: Bob D. drove up together with Mike G., Graham C., Dave M., Dale P., and yours truly early Friday morning and, once safely ensconced in the International Centre, we met Kevin R. at the Norton display while Peter F. made it up by himself. Saturday several other section members were in attendance, George and Carl were at the show promoting the “Hogs for Hospice” event both Saturday and Sunday. In the vicinity of the Vintage bike display I encountered a gentleman who designs exhaust systems for older bikes which Hindle manufactures for him. In case you are interested, here is his website: ripplerockracers.com. My 400F Supersport can surely use one!!

As well George handed out flyers for 87th Annual Stag of the Windsor Motorcycling Club to be held at 5:00 pm on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at the Moose Lodge, 777 Tecumseh Rd. W., Windsor. Advanced tickets (of which George has some in his possession) are $35.00 and tickets at the door are $40. If interested, please contact George J. (georendt@gmail.com) or Bob Williams @ 519-971-8155 (bob@arrowracing.org).

George also brought up that at our October meeting, nominations for our section’s officers including potentially a “Vice-President” position, will be welcomed. Voting will take place at the November meeting. He also mentioned that Jim Briggs, President of CVMG, would like contributions from individual members about the beginnings and some history of their own CVMG section.  So put your thinking caps on!

My guess is that all members have received an e-mail from CVMG with details about registering early for the Paris Rally. There are significant financial advantages to doing so, hence for the sake of your pocket book I urge you to consult the website and send in your hard earned shekels posthaste. Of course, Essex Kent members can also turn to Dale P. our national membership representative to handle their registration. Mention was also made - and a video shown - of the Gentlemen’s Ride on September 24 which takes place in the Grand Bend/ Sarnia area.

Jim L. brought up a very worthwhile suggestion which Bill F. had proposed to the London section. Namely, the creation of an “Ad-hoc Estate Assessment Committee” to help interested widows to assess the value of their husband’s motorcycle assets. The section’s President would contact the person in question and ask her if she would be interested in having members with expertise about specific bikes give her advice or present her with an approximate value of the bikes and parts in her possession. It goes without saying that all this would be done on a confidential basis with no strings attached. Finally, the group also watched a video of the bike collection of Sarnia’s section president Terry Gower. Terry has a mighty impressive collection including: BMWs, Triumphs, Nortons all in impeccable shape. Even the garage looked spotless. How do these people do it!?!

Chris C. won the 50/50 draw and graciously returned the sum of $34 to the section’s coffers. The silent auction brought in $98.00; in other words, a great success.

Our next monthly meeting will be on February 2, 2017.

Bye, bye from your nearly “vintage” scribe,

Adrian van den Hoven   vdhoven@uwindsor.ca


 






  




 






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