CVMG National Executive Committee

Voting Members

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 President Jim Briggs
 Vice President
 Chris Ness
 Correspondence Secretary
 Bill Hoar
 Membership Secretary
 Dale Prisley
 Treasurer Deborah Hickey
 Newsletter Editor
 John Pepper
 Director Craig Cooksley
 Director Robbie Wilson
 Regalia Sales
 Holly Ralph

Non-voting members

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 Past President Bill Hoar
 National Rally Chair April Spears 
 Competition Chair Neville Miller 
 Chief Judge
 Website Administrator Mark Melcher

Bios and pictures below:

At the 2016 Members' Meeting, the following changes to the Executive Committee were made:

- Robbie Wilson was acclaimed as Director to replace Wayne Spears

- Lorne Reesor was voted Correspondence Secretary, replacing Betty Anne Clark

- Deborah Hickey was acclaimed as Treasurer, replacing Holly Varey who stepped down

CVMG members can view the full set of Executive moves in the minutes on the Members' Meeting page (note,  you need to be signed in to this website to view)

President - Jim Briggs, NORAL Section

Growing up, no one I knew had motorcycles, or ever expressed an interest in them. It wasn’t until I was about 12-years of age that I got my first ride. It was on the back of a step-through Honda belonging to a friend’s older brother. From that day on, motorcycles were my focus. But why did I have such a strong reaction from a Honda 50?

Back in the spring of ’44 my dad was in the Army. Unknown to me until my teen years, he’d been issued a motorcycle. But a slip on some sand led to a tumble as his Indian went down, leaving him with a broken shoulder. Sent home to convalesce, he was in my grandfather’s store one morning when a gentleman came in & spotted the injured soldier. He insisted the recuperating officer come to his home for dinner, neglecting to mention his two daughters. That September my parents were married & one result of this union was me.

Without that Indian, my mother & father may not have met. So clearly, my debt to motorcycles & my subsequent appreciation for them was firmly established before I ever came into this world… & I’ve never met one I didn’t like!


Vice President - Chris Ness, Barrie-Huronia

Growing up on a large dairy farm, there wasn’t much time for anything else but milking cows, driving tractors and shovelling manure. That all changed following the summer of ’69 when Chris went away to University and promptly found a used 100cc Yamaha Twin-Jet. Freedom was at hand.

Since then a variety of two-wheelers have come and gone (some have stayed…) and at this point he cannot imagine life without motorcycles. Yes, riding is a big part of the passion, but he’s sure you’ll agree, it runs much deeper than that.

The first “restoration project” found him in 1980. A few years later he discovered the CVMG and the membership privileges it offers. What a fabulous fraternity of which to be a part. As a volunteer he has learned that the more you put in, the more you get out. That in itself is a wonderful thing.

The road ahead will offer peaks and valleys, twists and turns, smooth and bumpy surfaces. He looks forward to continued work with those members already in his life and those yet to be discovered along that road.

Correspondence Secretary - Bill Hoar, Central Alberta Section

I seem to have circled back into the CVMG National Executive team, although still being the current past President, maybe I never really left.  I was born, raised and I am still working and farming right here in Central Alberta.  My love of motorcycles hit me at an early age and has never left.  I seem to still own almost all the motorcycles I have ever acquired over the years and love them all equally.
I’m here to serve members.  My belief is one of supporting grass roots functions and activities within Sections throughout Canada.  National must exist for its members and for member reasons and without their interest and enthusiasm for old or important motorcycles the cause is lost.  You have a voice in this group, I urge you to get involved in any small way possible.
Most memorable motorcycle viewed:  Lawrence of Arabia’s 1929 SS-100 Brough Superior in England; amazing story about the man and the machine.
Most memorable motorcycle visit:  Honda Collection Hall in Motegi, Japan; again more about the vision of one man.
Most memorable ride:  Cross Canada ride in 2007 with Mr. Skinny Labine; doesn’t get any better than this. Just do it!
Next memorable ride:  Stay tuned!

Membership Secretary - Dale Prisley, Essex Kent

I was born, raised and have spent my life in the Essex County area of Ontario. I like to say Essex county is the "antithesis of the Tail of the Dragon as we have 322 miles with 11 turns. I started motorcycling in the 70's with an S2 Kawi and then moved to a GT550, GS750, KZ 750 and then got married. Jan and I were bikeless for a period of time when the only riding I did was demo days anywhere and everywhere. At the turn of the century we decided it was time to get a bike again and the BMW R1150RT was what we chose. This morphed to the K1200GT. During these days I also took up road racing with the VRRA. I raced an H1 and a GPZ 550 for 2 years. Following this time I entered a dark phase when I rode a Harley Road King. After the Road King I went vintage and rejoined the CVMG in 2011. I am currently the president of the Essex/Kent section and a member of the Paris Rally committee. I enjoy the motorcycling community and I am always impressed with the extensive knowledge within our group. I am looking forward to serving you as the membership secretary.

Treasurer - Deborah Hickey

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Newsletter Editor - John Pepper, Old Fort York Section

 John was born in Ireland and learned the fine art of off-roading on a stripped-down Norman-Villiers given to him by his father at age 12. By the time John was fifteen (pre-licence) he was getting up before dawn to ride his first road bike (a 1966 Honda Benly 154) before the local police sergeant would be likely to be awake! John now lives in Toronto and rides a 1956 Norton ES2 and a 2005 Ducati ST3. John's last big ride was to Utah and Arizona with his wife Angela. Before that he rode from Toronto to Newfoundland on his Norton. Check out John's website at Prior to taking on the editorship John has contributed a number of travel and other motorcycling articles to the CVMG News. 

 Director - Craig 'Bentley' Cooksley, Central Alberta Section

I was a late starter being 23 when I got my first motorcycle [parents thought they were death machines] '46 Knuckle.  Like me it changed through the years.  Me being a long hair hippy biker;  it being a chopper with 18in. over springer  & molded in peanut tank.  As I went though a few years of married life it lived in storage.  Then, as I re-entered  the single life and more of a weekend independent rider, the Knuckle became a bobber with bobbed rear fender & stock chrome springer with 21in. front wheel   In 1986 I started Bentley's in Red Deer - a paint & body shop.  The Knuckle changed to a stock looking '46 with candy purple paint & stock bags.  In the 1990's Bentley's downsized and moved to the farm doing mainly restorations & street rods and bikes.  In '92 we did the Alaska Highway proving too much for the Knuckle.  It then got merched.  And, like the bike, in 1999 I was diagnosed with Hepatitis C and Bentley's changed to "only motorcycles".  Last year they cured the Hep C.  The Knuckle is now in the living room  de-merched to were I can start it.  Along the way I've added about 100 motosicles to my barn & I'm hoping to expand the museum this winter.

Director - Robbie Wilson, London Section

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Regalia Sales - Holly Ralph, Olde Norfolk Section

My first bike was a Norton Atlas, bought directly from Harry Firth--not that I'm old!  There have been many bikes since, including several Bridgestones and a BMW with an R69S frame and 75/5 engine. 

My sons had the good grace to settle in Vancouver and Denver, thus giving me an excuse to ride to see the grandchildren each summer.  The past few years, I have also been honoured to represent Canada at the FIM rallies in Europe.

Paris National Rally Chair - April Spears, Kitchener Section

When I was fourteen I read an article in Teen Magazine – everything you needed to know about getting into a sports car gracefully while wearing a miniskirt”.  I practiced this “skill” until I was confident that when I met my boyfriend I would have no issues with the skirt /sports car.  Unfortunately, there were two things I never considered:

  • My mother was not going to let me wear a miniskirt, and
  • My future husband rode up on a Yamaha 650 Maxim.

Here we are years later and since then I've traded the miniskirt for chaps.  Still no sports car but I do own a 1985 Yamaha Virago and sometimes it’s not that graceful.

I have been a committee member for many years and have been fortunate enough to work with many great people.  As the Paris Rally Chairperson, I look forward to another wonderful year and am especially looking forward to meeting friends - both old and new!

Competition Chair - Neville Miller, Ottawa

From the age of 11, after my first ride on the pillion of my brother’s ex-army G3L Matchless, I’ve been hooked on motorcycles.  I began riding legally as soon as I turned 16 on a BSA Bantam.  After I passed my driving test, I bought a Velocette MAC, on which I rode about 100,000 miles in various guises during the 1970s in England.  My competition career started with a season of sidecar racing in 1975 on an uncompetitive Triumph outfit.  I was the one ‘in the chair’.  In 1978 I took up vintage racing with the VMCC and had a lot of fun over the next five years at the various circuits around England on a 1938 Velocette MSS.  Soon after arriving in Canada in October 1982, I discovered the fledgling CVMG and started attending the monthly meetings of the Ottawa section.  I am also an active member of the sister organization, the VRRA (Vintage Road Racing Association).  I’ve even had a go at trials riding at some of the Eastern Ontario events.  In recent years I have bought three ‘cammy’ Velos, the earliest of which I have rebuilt as a replica of the bike Alec Bennett rode to win the 1928 Junior TT in the Isle of Man.


Chief Judge

                  The position is vacant

Website Administrator - Mark Melcher, Great Pine Ridge

It all started in 1973 - one day I decided I wanted a motorcycle, so my neighbour taught me to ride on an H1 Kawasaki.  I was pretty sure motorcycles weren't supposed to be that scary.  Just to make sure I've owned a number of them - Kawasaki, BMW, Norton, Suzuki and Yamaha.

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