Patrick William Watt


Billy was one of the first motorcycling friends I met on emigrating to Canada and contributed greatly to my easy transition into my life-long hobby of classic motorcycling. With his vast knowledge and experience of all things motorcycle he was invaluable to a new Canadian fresh from another country where the machines were basically the same but culture, topography and riding weather were very different. Billy was a firm friend to Chas and my grandson Evan, who is the official mascot of our “in-house” charity; The Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Manitoba. For a very long time after the picture below taken at the 2012 Perimeteritis Run, both Evan and his younger brother Darren insisted that they had met the genuine Santa in person! Billy’s humour and knowledgeable contributions will be missed at future AMCM and CVMG meetings and activities, which he rarely missed. Go well my old friend- – – – Tom Hesom

Read Billy’s obituary here

Watch a video of Billy here


 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.

If you have a motorcycle related event you would like listed here, contact us through the form on the “Contact Us”page.


Sarah Strome talks about getting involved in motorcycles.


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.

Greg H.

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.

Open here for a read… DAY AT THE RACES-1


Larry Wooley’s ride to PlaP

Well to let you know the ride out was icy with a wet  road from Elie to almost Portage la Prairie. I saw many spots where cars had been pulled from the ditch. I was moving at about 90 kph  then the rear tire let loose a bit so I decided to drop down to 80 kph till the roads got a bit wetter. I left Winnipeg the temp was at -14C , I should have stopped in Elie to warm up but decided to continue, making me quite cold later on.
 I arrived later on at the Hermon Prior Center to  find out most of the guys from both clubs were there. Tom and Chass turned up from Morden, they said they saw many cars in the ditches. 
 Many of the, (I wish I could ride riders) ,asked many questions about my Ural, as I was the ONLY one to show up on a bike even though it did have 3 wheels, this year.
 The Ural ran very good on the way out and back home. The highway was mostly dry with lite truck traffic after I left the city. After refueling in Winnipeg the trip home gave me about 9.4 kilometers per liter average which wasn’t too bad as I mixed it up by taking the gravel road to Roblin Blvd from out west of Headingly.
 I am glad I took the ride out this year, I was safe with the side car, BUT would have been a whole lot warmer had I taken the heated car. However I would have missed  out on the experience of the ride and people I met.


Dec 9th 2104 was our Xmas dinner “meeting” at the Pony Corral on Grant, many members showed up and enjoyed dinner & drinks as well a lot of visiting and story telling. Our newly elected VP took the opportunity address the group and wish all Happy Holidays.


New motorcycle enthusiasts are given a chance to work hands-on developing skills and collecting experience.Tanner’s Crossing School and Rivers Collegiate have a shops program where students built a cafe racer style Yamaha XS650 and raffled it off as a fundraiser. It was awarded to the winner last Sept 2014. This year they are working on a ’79 Honda CX500, follow along with their progress here: TCS Kids’ Cafe


 Sept 27-28 2014 the MMC was inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Edmonton Alta.
MMC President Ross Metcalfe receives Canadian M/C Hall of Fame 2014 inductee award


Ross Metcalfe receives Hall of Fame award for the MMC


For more information on the MMC click on the above PICTURE


A Video of the Induction at the Hall of Fame Banquet by Scott Thomson

The September 6th 2014 AMCM Gimli Fishing Trip

   26 Bikes and 29 riders made it out to the 6th annual AMCM “Fishing trip” to Gimli. The day was cloudy for the most part but warmed up by the afternoon. No final tally of funds raised for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association yet, but I’m sure Greg O’Kane will have a report by the next meeting. Thanks to everyone who came out or supported the fundraising ride by sponsoring a rider.

Update: a total of $2255 was raised by the “Fishing Trip” and further donations,sales and events added to the fund for a grand total of $2564.


38th Annual Corn Roast

MMC Wed night ride to Gimli. July 23rd. Tonight I meet Scott T . at OakBluff Horton’s, from there we went up the left side of Wpg. and then north on #7. Across the Bog just south of Oak Hammock marsh and out #8 to Gimli for a coffee. Clear skies, little wind and low 20s temp make for a great ride with not a lot of traffic. Our way back to Wpg was via Hwy 9 where we stopped for another refreshment at the Horton’s on north main. Always lots of bikes in the parking lot there and we chatted with the owner of this Cafe style ’80 CB 750. Hopefully the rest of you are getting good use out of this summer weather…



A dream come true

I got a request through the web site from a lady in Anola that her 85 year old mum always wanted a ride in a sidecar. So I contacted her and on Saturday. Marie and I went to Anola and I took her for a ride.What a super lady she was so excited and surprised that her daughter had arranged this for her. She smiled the whole time she was in the sidecar and asked if we could go to BC. It was an absolute pleasure to meet these two people and we have a date for August to do it again when hopefully it is not as windy.
Greg O’Kane
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MMC Wed nite ride to Portage La Prairie July  9th , started at Oak Bluff Hortons @ 6:30 pm, but first there was a 50 minute ride for me to get there.

The group of one set out for P la P via hwy #2 The Red Coat Trail to Fannystelle then north to Elie and west on the Trans Canada hwy. Stopping for a visit with fellow MMC member Terry N. at Portage before turning around and heading toward Wpg. The weather was great for a ride, 70F with clear skies and the roads were in good condition for the most part. With the trip meter reading 240 km. for the evening it was time for a coffee at the famous Nick’s Inn of Headingley. Now it was only a 60 km. ride home to St Andrews.

The Rally…

photo 3The 2014 Bison Classic Motorcycle Rally was a great success and some thank-yous need to go out.

Chairman-Chas Peters

Co-Chair-Clarence Holigroski

Registration-Kim Robinson

Show N Shine- John Thompson

Security-Dave Bjornson

Games-Rick Warkentin

Catering-Trisha Warkentin

Cleanup-Terry Neustater

Photography-Irv Peters, Gord Peters

Prizes – Tim Klassen

Parade-Tom Hesom

Regalia-Rick Peters, Mike Baraschuk

And the many more that stepped up and helped a little or a lot and also to all that attended.

If you are interested in a DVD slide show of the Rally weekend contact us via email or at a meeting to order a copy. Cost is $5.00 and all the money goes to the The Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Manitoba.

 2014 Mud Run… Tidler Tour


The second annual Tiddler Run took place Sunday June 22nd. Hosted by Keith Blais, the group left his place close to the Birdshill park entrance on 59Hwy finding our way north along the east side of the Red River at an average speed of 60-65 kph to the Selkirk bridge. A stop for pictures at the Marine museum and then south along the other side of the river and crossed the Lockport bridge on the way back to Keith’s place. Only a couple of minor running issues on the return trip, but a few bikes did not pass tech inspection due to being bored or stroked or both, thus exceeding the maximum cc. limit of 305 even though having the correct badging. Good weather and good eats added to the great event, Thanks Keith.

 A Lap Around the Isle of Mann on a Motorcycle Made from Meccanno Here is a link to the video that John brought to the March meeting. Amazing video, but 60 minutes long, so not for the members with ADD ;-)

THE BUFFING WHEEL Of all the refurbishing jobs I love to do and with my restoration hobby, there are quite a few The one I like least, and there are not a great deal is a marathon session on The Buffing Wheel Clad in gloves, hat and mask on my face I look like an alien from outer space! That alloy chaincase or front wheel backing plate come up with a shine that bikers appreciate Black stick for the rough stuff- then brown to finish end up with white, finally green for a polish  Now off to the shower to get rid of the feel of the disgusting black stuff off – –  THE BUFFING WHEEL!

By Tom Hessom

Who’s the man behind these sunglasses? Who is behind the sunglasses

It’s a much younger Ray Houde.

October Meeting saw our Octogenarian and Honourary Member Billy Watt step up to give a most interesting talk on motorcycling in Manitoba in the 1950’s. Ably assisted by his very old friend Joe Sawtus they had both been members of the long defunct Winnipeg RoughRiders Motorcycle Club, and then later of the Manitoba Motorcycle Club which has now been officially amalgamated with the Antique Motorcycle Club. The MMC was started in 1911 and is the oldest motorcycle club in Canada. Bill was wearing his very colourful RoughRiders jacket with the patches proudly displayed and passed around pictures of motorcycle events of the 40’s and 50’s, and at least one of our members picked out his father in the one old photo. Bill and Joe have been fast friends since they were 8 years old, lived through and survived WW2 and many hair-raising motorcycle escapades together. Joe was heavily involved in all manner of motorcycle racing whilst Bill remarked that the only racing he got involved in was when he was running away from the cops! Told us afterwards that ” the cop is still alive and the bugger lives in Winnipeg!!” This video clip could well become part of the Antique Motorcycle Club’s links with Motorcycling history in Manitoba and certainly remain part of our archives for posterity. Thank you Billy and Joe.


Okay, run this by me again, to get it running, you tickle it, kick it and swear at it ????


From Greg Kendall

A Winnipeg landmark is closing it’s doors….

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A sad day has come, “Canadian Motorcycle At 981 Main Street” is closing. Advertising a blow out closing sale, by appointment only. Call the store for more details on how to get an appointment, or just to leave ole Joe a message as he finally retires.

The Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Manitoba is The Antique Motorcycle Club of Manitoba’s official charity organization. check

Ross Metcalfe (pres AMCM) hands Connie Hesom treasurer of the The Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Manitoba a cheque for $2361.00 representing donations made over the last year at certain AMCM functions. Connie then addressed the meeting with a presentation on Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and her and her husband Terence’s personal experience with the condition through their son Evan. On a side note during the meeting Evan was in charge if mystery part security making sure no one peeked in the bag.


L to R Connie Hesom, Greg O'Kane Evan Hesom

L to R   Connie Hesom, Greg O’Kane, Evan Hesom