THE BUFFING WHEEL
A hardy group of members and guests made there way out to the 13th annual Metcalfe’s Movie Night. Jan 28th. The temps were not as cold as it had been earlier this winter but still definitely winter in MB. At least it wasn’t storming. A number of two wheel themed films were viewed during the evening including one strange “motorcycle movie” that had most everyone in the room laughing. Thanks Ross for opening up your home once again an allowing us in to your personal museum of motorcycles and related memorabilia.
Fifty six members, spouses and guests gathered at the Pony Corral Pier 7 Restaurant for the Annual Christmas Dinner. President Ross; resplendent in a dark suit and tie with his excuse being that he had come directly from a school meeting, welcomed everyone especially our guests from the CVMG. He thanked Tom for his years as club secretary and welcomed Kim to the post. The new venue proved to be roomier than last years one and dinner was served quickly and efficiently. New member Irvin Peters took photos with his very efficient-looking camera; the proof of which you see accompanying this report. A very good spirit and camaraderie was evident from the hubbub of conversation and it was good to see more spouses in attendance and meet those of the newer members. A fitting wind-up to a very successful AMCM year.
Pictures by Irvin Peters
Who’s the man behind these sunglasses?
Update on the collector plate
It turns out the collector vehicle plate program will be of no advantage to owners of collector motorcycles unless you were only looking for a different colour plate. Motorcycles have been separated out from other collector vehicles in the program and will receive NO discount on premiums where as others will get a 45% reduction in rates. (based on 12 months insurance cost)
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.
2013 ART Tour
A big thank-you to Ross and Kris Metcalfe for organizing and hosting the destination of the 1st annual Assiniboine River Tiddler Tour.
Sunday Sept 15th saw riders and their 305cc and smaller bikes (Tiddlers) gather at the Tuxedo Shopping Center for the beginning of the tour. The group proceeded along Roblin Blvd. with some stopping at times to Tinker with their “Tiddler” usually addressing fuel delivery problems. Eventually 14 riders and their bikes showed up at the Metcalfe residence although a couple of bikes required the Rescue Ranger to haul them the rest of the distance but after some more Tinkering all were running again. Rollie C. kept track of the riders and their bikes and computing their combined age and ranked them in order. Each rider received a specially labelled and serialed bottle of ART Tour wine. Ross Metcalfe took bottle with serial # 1 for the oldest combined age score for him and his 1951 Francis Barnett 197cc Tiddler. Barbequed hot dogs and a birthday cake were washed down with some prize wine and soft drinks before people eventually Tiddled off in different directions home. Talk of the 2nd annual ART Tour has already started so if you have, or come across a small bore motorcycle keep it in mind.
2013 Gimli Fishing Trip
The weather was kinder to us this year and lovely sunshine and very little wind made for a very pleasant run to Gimli. Changing to a little earlier in September and also to a Saturday helped towards a better turn-out than last year. 21 bikes came out with 24 guys and one lady sitting down to the “eat as much as you can” fish dinner. Champion fish eater Greg Kendall equalled his record from last year, so remains unbeaten! An amount of $900-00 was collected for our Spina Bifida charity. This was disappointingly well down on last years collection despite more bikes out. Hopefully some late donations will come in yet.
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Kathy Harder of SoulPix Photography has provided a sample of images from her coverage of the 2013 Bison Rally. The complete work will be available at the next meeting or she can be contacted directly : Kathy Harder www.SoulPixPhotography.ca
Okay, run this by me again, to get it running, you tickle it, kick it and swear at it ????
From Greg Kendall
An email was received from Timothy Moulson with a great story and pictures attached.
My father FRED MOULSON was a member of the MMC in the late 30′s, 40′s and up to 1955. He was the hill climb champion, dirt track and had won, along with Chuck Noakes (sp), many of the TT races in as a member of the MMC. I, his son, was the mascot for many years. I have several photos of him and even submitted some to the AMA for the museum. In 1955, my dad, mom, brother and myself, along with our dog sparky, left Winnipeg and headed first to Flagstaff AZ., then on up to Victoria, B.C. in a BSA Golden Flash and a home-built sidecar. The trip took a long time – I think a month- but we had the time of our lives. At least that’s how I remember it. He lived there until his death in 1983. He was good friends with Tiny Robbins. I was the youngest of his three children and the ony one that took an interest in motorcycling. Today I have a restored (beautiful) 1965 BSA 650 Lightning which I ride on occasion (and a 2007 Honda 600 which I ride almost every day). BTW, my mother back in the late 40′s or early 50′s was one of the women that started the Travelongs – the female branch of the MMC. I still have one of her patches on my leather jacket. Kindest regards, Timothy E. R. Moulson
A Winnipeg landmark is closing it’s doors….
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.
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.
Of possible interest to BMW owners, there is a newly created forum that can be found at: forum.bmwridersmb.ca/
Professional Photographer Kathy Harder was again present at the 2012 Bison Rally taking many hundreds of pictures of all three days proceedings. Individual bikes, parade pics, show & shine, motorcycle games, awards ceremony, general scenes and a super group picture are all available directly from Kathy.
Make sure to check out the VIDEOS category and view some videos of AMCM activities.
Another great riding event to Winkler / Morden thanks to Tom, Chas and their helpers.
Check the article by Greg Kendal here
I received a correspondence from Bill I. a former Manitoban now located in Cambodia. He shared with me that he obtained the bronze MMC plaque that hung above his great uncle’s workbench in the garage after his passing, it now hangs atop his front door. His great uncle Bob S. was a MMC member back in the 40′s and rode an Indian in hill climbing events. More information on the plaque , Bill and his great uncle to follow. Thanks Bill
April 24th weather brought out a good number of bikes to fill the parking lot and during the meeting President Ross Metcalfe gave a well received presentation on the Bert Bentley Trophy and the man behind it. An article about Bert is located here
Secretary Tom Hesom stood before a packed meeting room and led the way with the first Member and His Ride addition to the meeting format. Hopefully there will be a long queue of members wanting to share stories about their select motorcycle.
The AMCM is 35 years old, there has been 35 corn roasts and there has been 1 Treasurer for the last 35 years.
More about the 35th Birthday on the events page……..HERE
Alf Kollinger addressed the membership in attendance of the Nov meeting, informing us of his project titled “100 years of speed and daring“ a video documentary about 100 years of motorcycle racing in Manitoba. Alf appealed for pictures, films and first hand accounts of Manitoba motorcycle racing and was met with many potential sources. Interest in the project is high among the members and seems to tie in well with the 100th Anniversary of the Manitoba Motorcycle Club of which is now is a part of the AMCM.
You can get a taste of what is to come and follow along with the progress of the documentary at his web site