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April 2016 Essex-Kent VMG Meeting


Spring has sprung but no birdies sung when on April 7, 2016 some 25 members of the Essex-Kent VM Group gathered at Brews & Cues for their monthly meeting. After Dale had carefully scrutinized his watch, he banged down his gavel at exactly 7:00 pm and opened the meeting. He immediately introduced us to the Fund Raising Committee of the 2016 “Hogs for Hospice Motorcycle Rally” which will occur on July 29, 30, 31, 2016 in Leamington, Ontario. This is a fund raiser for the Leamington Hospital Hospice and, hence, a very worthy cause. There will be a block party, a vintage bike show, a concert, a rodeo, flat track races, etc. The intent is to make this an annual event and draw people from all over Canada and the United States. The committee provided us with website: WWW.HOGSFORHOSPICE.COM and I suggest you consult it for further information. As you may know, Leamington is one of Canada’s most southerly towns situated on the north shore of Lake Erie. Adjacent to Sea Cliff Park one can find the ferry dock to Pelee Island and a little farther on you will find the entrance to Point Pelee Park, Canada’s smallest national park. The Leamington area is home to a tomato processing plant which now produces French’s ketchup and the area’s greenhouse complexes stretch far and wide. The committee is looking for a partnership with Essex-Kent VMG and the membership readily agreed. We have committed to a Sunday afternoon presence and we will also pay for a quarter page announcement in the CVMG Newsletter.

There are plenty of events coming up in the coming days and months. The Toronto Motorcycle Show at the Airport is taking place at this very moment but instead you may have decided to partake in the Bob Williams breakfast at the Husky gas station situated near the Walker Road entrance to the #401. An ad in The Windsor Star announces that as of April 15 motorcycles will be especially welcome on Monday evenings at Webb’s Steakhouse, 1640 Lesperance Road, Tecumseh; it is open from 11:00 am-11:00 pm. The Southwest Trials event will take place in Creemore, Ont., on April 17 and on Saturday 23 from 1:00-5:00 pm the AGMM will take place in London. Dale P., our man at the helm, will definitely be there but all members are invited to participate. On April 30 the Kitchener section is holding a swap meet at the Paris Fairgrounds but there is also a swap meet on May 1 organized by the Fort Erie section. Anglophiles can partake in the Windsor British Festival on Sunday May 7 at the Rock Bottom pub, 3226 Sandwich Street, Windsor. The very same can also join the Spring British Car Gathering on Sunday May 22, at Camp Dearborn, Milford, MI. Then again, all of us are invited on May 28 to the Round House –across from the Devonshire Mall- where the Round House Spring Sidewalk Sale event will take place. In return for our participation $200 will be donated to our coffers. As per usual, the Essex-Kent section also meets every Wednesday at the Tim’s Essex-Bypass but the time will change to 11:00 am and, of course, there will be regular Sunday breakfasts at locations to be announced.

Somewhat farther in the future will be the gathering at the Walkerville Brewery on July 23-4 from 11:00-3:00 pm and the car/bike show on Wyandotte East Street on Saturday September 10.


Round Table discussions.

Mike G. regaled us once again with his monthly “show and tell” event. This time he brought in a well-worn chain from his Laverda as well as a new o-ring chain and sternly admonished us to buy one with a clip!! Jim L. is having the frame of his ’72 Norton Commando powder coated and Bob D. announced that new safety regulations are coming down the pike; apparently a 300 page pdf has been created to explain it all. Bill F., president of the London section, announced that he would like to organize a Silent Auction in late February 2017 with other area clubs. Carl K. announced that the Plunkett show is coming along well and that his Matchless G80 is now ready “to go.” Dave B. is working on the sheet metal of his 45 Knucklehead and Dennis H. has the front of his BMW done and switched his attentions

to his Triumph Trophy. Chris C. has had problems with a “cheap” Japanese chain and Kevin R. is painting his ’72 Honda CL. Peter F. is putting the finishing touches to his 650 Yamaha and Brian S. is trying to remedy the poor aerodynamics of his H-D Road Glide. Yours truly was in Belgium, France and Holland last month. Saw only one or two vintage bikes even though South-Eastern France provides great riding opportunities. However, beware of the speed limit in towns! It is 30km and the speed bumps are “sky-high.” We also intended to go to Ireland but we arrived 15 minutes after the bombs exploded at the Brussels Airport so we never got there. However, we both returned safely home via Amsterdam on April 1. Dennis H. won the 50/50 draw of $26. Our next meeting will be on May 5, 2016. At this meeting the Ride Committee will be nailing down dates for the summer excursion so if you wish to participate make sure you are present and provide your input.


Your intrepid traveller and assiduous scribe,


Adrian van den Hoven


vdhoven@uwindsor.ca

 






  




 






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