Last night we received the sad news of the passing of long time member Robert Skrzypa. Many of you knew Robert as the projectionist at the WMC stag dinner. Robert went into the hospital and had suffered a heart attack from which he did not recover.
The meeting began with the introduction of Paul H's guest Nelson. We also had Don H in attendance for his first meeting this year. Don has been very busy and last night was one Thurs. he was in the area. Paul J also made the trip in from Rochester Place on the RD400.
We would also like to welcome Jim and Jan McArthur as new members. They were listed in this month's newsletter.
In the Round Table Rene had received a new clutch cable form Walridge but it was apparently a few inches short. It will be traded for a longer one. Progress on the Norton recovery is progressing. Don was having the Trident tank painted and found the side panels to be cracked and in need of repair. He also obtained side covers for it from the Netherlands and the painting will begin this week. Steve had an enlightening experience with his son Jason's Ducati. Brake problems lead to the discovery that Ducati will not sell brake parts but only the full units for a very dear price. Chris was able to steer him to a possible solution through Brembo in the US. Kevin's Norton rebuild continues with parts arriving and some assembly will begin soon. Kevin had his plating work done by M&M Plating in Scarborough. He has only praise for this firm as the owner is willing to do small projects for motorcyclists. Kevin had many parts plated for a more than reasonable cost. Chris is getting the 450 Ducati ready for Paris and is also getting the 160 running again but it will not see Paris. Ted made a trip out to Darren Stomp's to meet with Credit Valley's Nimbus guru Ed Olsen to get Darren's Nimbus problem sorted out.
Rene mentioned the Windsor Motorcycle Cub's trials event being held in West Lorne on July 13th/14th.
The date for the Jolicue has been set as Saturday the 27th of July. The 28th being the rain date. At the next meeting, please be able to tell us if you will be attending. This years fare will be burgers and dogs and corn on the cob.
We will be looking into a Saturday road trip to RM Restoration in Chatham to see vintage bikes that were purchased by Dukes Harley Davidson from a museum in the Carolina's. Ted offered to tie in a barbecue at his Colchester cottage on the return trip. Thanks Ted. Info on the date and times will be emailed.
We will be contacting Ranta Marina with regards to their "Wheelz and Water" weekend on Aug 10th to have an Essex/Kent Vintage Motorcycle presence.
We have changed the next Breakfast Run which was to be June 16th (Paris Rally) to the 23rd.
Ted drew Jan's name for the $17 50/50 and Jan donated it to the section funds.
Next meeting could bring fireworks as it will be July 4th.
Hope to see you in Paris and/or on the 23rd for the next Breakfast Run.
Dale for Syd
On Sunday June 2nd 3 of us made an early meeting at the Manning Road and 42 Tims to head up to Bayfield for the Sarnia Sections display. We left Windsor with sun and a few clouds but that changed as we headed north on 79 towards Bothwell. We could see the showers all around us but we managed to stay out of any precipitation. We paused in Grand Bend for a beverage and then continued on to Bayfield. When we arrived we saw fellow member Bob M who had misread our meeting place and come up on his own. The sun made a brief appearance but the bikes were what brightened the event. I would hazard a guess at about 50 - 60 bikes of various makes and models.
From Ross Thompson's Norton Deluxe to a custom made H2 there was lots to see. The H2 was a more modern frame which could have been a GSXR with the H2 engine dropped in. It was very nice. There was also a pack of Kawasaki KZ 650's, a BSA Goldie, several Beemers from varying decades and a smattering of Triumphs and Nortons. There were also some vintage Harleys and one Laverda belonging to our Mike G.
The trip back was like the trip up except we took the time to take the "River Road II" from Thamesville to Chatham. Once we were further south the sun appeared again. All in all a good road trip.