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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.
John has been a CVMG member since 1995. During this time John has previously assumed roles as Regalia Sales Coordinator and in most recent years as a member of the Paris Rally Committee. John and his wife, Lilian, live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where their two children, their spouses and 3 grandchildren also live. John’s love for riding motorcycles came to an abrupt end in 2012 when his vision was compromised but that same love is the drive keeping him involved with CVMG.
bill hoar, central alberta
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.
Janet Ness, Barrie-Huronia
Members of the CVMG come from all walks of life and bring to the group a variety of experiences, talents and skills. The common denominator being interest and enthusiasm of and around vintage motorcycles.
Many associate members like myself love the fringe benefits of having seasonal opportunities to get together at rallies and racetracks to share good times with good friends.
So here I am to help in the best way I know how.
Eager to contribute my time and experience I look forward to my new found involvement as Membership Secretary. I will renew your memberships, (and take your money), and keep your file up to date!
I am confident I will also work well with the current National Executive to make cooperative decisions that favour the well-being and interests of the CVMG and its members.
Nice to meet all of you!
My first experience riding was on the back of a 1967 BSA Lightning when I was fifteen. I was content and enjoyed riding on the back with Michael in control. We took a break from riding while our children were small but once our youngest was about eight Michael got the urge to get another bike. Problem was I didn’t want to sit on the back any more so for my 45th birthday/Mother’s Day I attended a woman’s only motorcycle course through Canadore College in North Bay. My first solo bike was a Suzuki Intruder (can’t remember the year) which was okay because at least my feet could touch the ground. Being vertically challenged proved to be a problem finding a bike that “felt right”. Finally we found my baby in Mississauga, a 1983 Suzuki GS750ES and we fit perfectly together.
Unlike many people in this organization, I was not carried around in a sidecar as a baby, or riding when I was two. I barely learned to ride a bicycle in my teens . . . Then a friend’s influence combined with some sort of mid-life crisis had me taking riding lessons at age 50-something. My first motorcycle (and I still have her) was a 1979 185cc Honda Twinstar, the little bike that I rode to Mexico … I bought a 50 cc scooter and commuted 40 km/day for two years, missing only a few days when the snow was too heavy (ice was no problem!), and took some BCIT courses to learn more about maintaining the several bikes I had suddenly acquired. Now that I live in Lillooet, I love that I can be on amazing roads within minutes of leaving the house. I ride to the metro Vancouver area frequently, another lovely trip through the Fraser Canyon. I’ve been on motorcycle trips in Canada, the USA, UK and Europe, riding or pillion. I have a few projects on the go and lots of unrelated hobbies and interests besides, including spinning, yarn crafts, photography, CGI and gardening. Never a dull moment.
Brock Hansler has been around since 1951, confirming his place in the “vintage community”. Growing up on 'The Danforth', he began riding at the age of 15 and has been collecting and riding motorcycles ever since. His favourites include the Bultaco Metralla Mk2, BSA Rocket III and BMW RT 1100. Proudly graduating from Danforth Tech, he has been employed in printing, the courts, a trade (elevator service), custom painting, service management, software design, and business weasel. Today his hobbies are motorcycle restoration, photography, cabinetry, and of course, riding (over 330K on his RT now).
Photo and bio coming soon!
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:
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.
I joined the CVMG OFY Section back around 1985, shortly after I purchased my brand new 1984 Honda Goldwing Interstate 1200 from McBride's Cycle.
Since we used to live in Mississauga, joining the OFY Section was the natural choice. We forged great friendships there, our Sunday breakfasts would count close to or over 20 members in a regular basis, and we had great rides afterwards. Spring weekend rides to the Haliburton area, freezing February pub crawls in the Lucas Push events, all beautiful memories we will never forget.
In 2001 I volunteered for president of OFY, and not having had enough punishment, I accepted a nomination for National president in 2002 and 2003.
This time around I am facing an even greater challenge as Website Administrator. Mark Melcher's shoes will not be easier to fill, he is a real pro. I will try my best, that's all I can promise at this point.