The Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group

L'Association Canadienne de Motos Anciennes

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September was a month of many firsts for the section both individually and collectively. Thank-you to all those in the section who participated in our inaugural Vintage Days display at the Maidstone Museum on Saturday September 13 and special thanks go to the Goegebeur family for riding and/or hauling out their own collection of vintage eye candy. Dale and Mike did a great job of organizing the event and, although it was pretty cool and overcast, at least the rain held off. We ended up with a display of 26 vintage machines and the People’s Choice awards went to Rob and his Chiang Jiang with sidecar (speaks Chinese with a German accent), Carl’s immaculate award-winning Matchless competition scrambler and Cyril’s equally classy Gold Star Clubman. And thank you to John who came all the way down from London to display his Laverda. It was a great beginning to what will become an annual event. The following day, at the Battle of the Brits at Camp Dearborn in Milford Michigan, two of our members won first place awards in their class, Carl and his Matchless and Chris with his yellow Ducati 450 Scrambler. Kudos to you both. On Sunday, September 28, we had out first Bikes in the ‘Burgh vintage motorcycle ride-in descending on Dalhousie Street in the historic part of Amherstburgh (1812 Naval Yards Park and Fort Malden). My good friend Steve Brooke from the Credit Valley section joined us at breakfast beforehand and regaled us with his recent riding adventures in the extreme north’s frozen tundra. Members from the Sarnia and London sections also came down to the Sun Parlour to support us. In total, we had 25 bikes in attendance at one point or other in the four hours we  temporarily laid squatter’s rights to the street. And the day’s weather was pristine which was just icing on the cake. Now there was a moment of irony. My ‘75 Gold Wing suffered an unexpected oil leak sourced to a faulty valve cover gasket, repaired by Carl who has both Harley and Brit machinery. Thanks Carl: the repair continues to hold.


Going around the table, noteworthy among the 18 members in attendance is a Yamaha Twinjet in Perth as a possibility for Adrian; Rob picking up a ‘76 KZ100 Enduro with low mileage; Ted soldiering on with his Harley flathead bobber project; Carl picking up a set of CEI taps and dies and BA taps as well as a 1960 Matchless single ex-Fire Service bike denied to Rob; progress made on Chris’s 860 Ducati GT; Denis completing a 3000 mile Maritime odyssey on his R90S; and the continuing saga of Dale’s Norton Commando project – all together but failing to hold liquids. Quelle Surprise? Nine section members did attend the Golden Horseshoe Swap Meet with two members seeing tires as the day’s bargain (Rob a full set of five winter tires for a Jeep).


Sunday October 19th is the E&K section annual Chili (or Chilly) Run this year hosted by Rob at his chi-chi-la-la place in Amherstburgh. Jan, Carrie and Kevin will provide the chili. Other food contributions are welcome (bring your own beverage of choice). Those wanting to attend the ride beforehand meet at Timmy’s at the Essex Bypass at 11 a.m. to descend on Rob’s place between 1 and 1:30 p.m. But, drive out if you wish or if the weather doesn’t cooperate. And don’t forget our Wednesday Coffee Clutch at the Timmy’s on Walker and North Talbot at 1 p.m. We’re getting great attendance mostly upwards of 10 members (with a ride after if it fits in with schedules).


Ted won the 50/50 and donated it back into the section’s account. Thanks Ted. Next meeting is Thursday November 6 at 7 p.m. at the Brews and Cues.  Hopefully snow will not be in the forecast. Cheers, Syd Girling

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