AMCM / MMC
The Stonewall Tribune ran a story of our MMC Run to the Roadhouse on the front page of the July 16th edition
Link to Stonewall Tribune
Thanks to the Keystone Section CVMG web master Greg B. for making and sharing this video of the 2015 Bison Rally.
MMC, Run to the Roadhouse
The sky on Sun July 5th was overcast and threatening rain as the oldest motorcycle club in Canada, the MMC (Manitoba Motorcycle Club) set out on a ride celebrating 100+ years of women motorcyclists in Manitoba. The group of 47 motorcycles made their way north from Winnipeg along the west side of the Red River mimicking a route that may have been taken by Sadie Grimm about 100 years ago. MMC Club members and a group of women riders from the CMMG (Coalition of Manitoba Motorcycle Groups) stopped at Hunt’s Country Roadhouse and Museum near Petersfield, MB for lunch and a self-guided tour of an amazing collection of antiques and memorabilia. After lunch, some of the group continued on to Winnipeg Beach then Teulon and back to Winnipeg, further tracing Miss Grimm’s route of 1914.
Early in 1914 the Manitoba Motorcycle Club offered a gold medal to the first motorcyclist to ride from Winnipeg to Winnipeg Beach. A few tried in the winter, thinking the roads might be passable but the snow was too deep. It wasn’t until late summer that a Miss Sadie Grimm decided to try for the medal. Accompanied by a gentleman friend, she slipped quietly out of town on a Sunday morning early in September. For 25 miles, she had to break gravel 8 inches deep and took several headers.
From Selkirk on, the road was mostly bogs and potholes. After trying some cow paths, Miss Grimm tried the railroad track, finding it bumpy but better than stumps and roots. After 4 hours of solid plugging, she walked into the Empress Hotel and registered as the first motorcyclist to make it to Winnipeg Beach that season. Unknown to her, another motorcyclist with a sidecar and passenger was trying to make it by way of Teulon but ran out of gas. Miss Grimm rested and returned via Teulon, completing one of the most strenuous rides attempted to date by any Manitoba motorcyclist.
A few Bison Rally Highlights from Rob Braun
Niverville Parade Report
Chas and Tom had anxiously watched the weather networks all week. Forecasts differed but all predicting rain at 80% and some warning of afternoon storms as high as 90% with torrential rain! Plan B was called for and the picnic benches were moved into Chas’ covered “breezeway” and two 10 X 10 tents erected.
An opportunity to try out our newly-arrived AMCM tent, which went up very easily for the erectors following the instruction booklet. As predicted the rain started at about 9am and continued all morning and unfortunately dampened the spirits (literally!) of the less determined, and only about half of the normal Perimeteritis number turned out, mostly on four wheels.
Not so Sarah and Joe! Completely undeterred by the pelting rain; both with no windshields, and in the true sense of “conquering perimeteritis” they arrived, soaking wet but happy and smiling! But even before Sarah and Joe, Wally was the first to arrive all the way from Westbourne. Even Larry Wooly, famous for having ridden his Ural to every meeting for one year, summer and winter, came on four wheels! The terrible affliction known as “Perimeteritis” truly conquered by these brave souls!
Barry Smith and Judy have attended every Perimiteritis for all 8 times and we have relied on Barry, who claims to have great influence, to organize good weather for us and he has come through every time! This time though we feared the worst. His influence must surly have diminished or even been lost altogether! How could the many weather forecasts all be wrong and the predicted late afternoon thunderstorm warnings be incorrect!!? Barry and Judy arrived at about 4pm and as they walked in the skies cleared and the SUN CAME OUT! I kid you not! The guys looked at their phones and the prediction was – – no more rain until the next afternoon! Morden not only had a thunderstorm the next afternoon, they had HAIL!
Thanks once again for another successful “Plan B” Perimeteritis and for all those who braved the weather and came out, plus the many helpers and family who step up year after year.
Now that the 2015 riding season is in full swing. Make sure to check the “Calendar of Events” page for a list of, you guessed it, Motorcycle related events in and around MB.
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Who is this masked man and what is he doing? find out on the Garage Tour page.
I am still looking for any other input from members with their projects….even some anonymous teaser pictures would be good. I know of at least one Indian in the works stage.
What better way to get warmed up for the upcoming bike season than a look back through a member’s recollection of attending a great day of motorcycle racing.
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