Summer being the season of vacations, family commitments, touring and the like, our Thursday, August 7th meeting at the Brews and Cues fell short with only 15 members showing up but, on a high note, almost all rode bikes. The weather gods cooperated for a change providing ideal riding conditions. Dale jumped right into section business thanking Paul and Marcie for hosting a very successful bar-b-que at their trailer in Rochester Place, St. Joachim and Paul H. for providing the privvy. Thirty people and 19 bikes basked in ideal weather and among the guests were six London members who rode in and were made welcome. All told, a successful day enjoyed by all and sundry. Thanks also to Jan and Dale who organized the meal. Speaking of bar-b-ques, Ted and Julie will be hosting a second annual section cookout at their twee cottage property in Colchester on Lake Erie on Saturday, August 16th. Aim for noon and look for the barn quilt mounted on the garage plus a parked Nimbus pointing you in. Dale has already sent out directions to Ted and Julie’s by email. The following day, Sunday August 17th will be our second annual ride to RM Restorations in Chatham. Meet at the Essex Bypass Timmy’s at 8:30 a.m. where we’ll head out for brekky along the way. If driving, the RM tour begins at noon. As I write this, several of our members will have enjoyed this past sunny weekend at the Grey Bruce Rally at Hepworth while Kevin attended the Norton Owners’ Rally with his new 916. The VRRA races at Mosport will happen on the 22nd to the 24th, the same weekend as the Dorchester Rally. Let the cloning begin. September-wise, our section has been invited to participate at the Maidstone Museum on County Road 25 for a vintage bike ride-in on Saturday September 13thwhere there’ll be blues and burgers provided between 11:30 and 3:00. Dale again will be forwarding riding directions closer to the event. Also the Camp Dearborn, Milford Michigan Battle of the Brits vintage bike show happens onSeptember 14 as well as the Andrew Grennan Memorial Ride same day. Mark September 28th on your calendars for OLD BIKES IN THE ‘BURG where our section will be hosting a vintage bike ride-in on historic Dalhousie Street in Amherstburg between 10:30 and 2:30. It dawned on Dale that we hadn’t yet done our roundtable. Jim regaled us with his riding experiences to Colorado; Chris sold his Monster to Rob and has begun work on a 600 TL Pantah; Charles told of his years of Bonneville speed exploits with local racer Bob Williams; Marty thanked members who attended his All Brit Day; Commando projects of Rene and Dale were brought up to speed; Ted spoke highly of the machine work he’s had done by Vince Rawlings; and Carl’s award-winning Matchless competition scrambler was front page and centrefold in the latest North American Matchless Owners newsletter. Congrats Carl. Charles pulled Jan’s ticket for the 50/50 and Dale returned the winnings to the coffers. Our September meeting will happen on Thursday the 4th at Bob Williams House of Speed at 6:30 p.m. at 1450 Janette Avenue. Here we get to oggle Bob’s record-setting streamliner. Don’t miss it!
Cheers and A’,