AMCM / MMC
What are people up to in January… some are spending their .80 dollar south of the border but we won’t talk about them. Others are hold up in their workshops getting ready for the upcoming riding season working on new or even old projects. A new Category has been added to the list on the right side of the page called Garage Tour. It is a look into some members projects in the building stage. Have a look at the first installment and if you like what you see members can contact me with their own workshop activities you would like to share with us.
Dues are past due, so please fill out a membership application and attach $25 cheque or cash, then turn it in to any of the executive at the next meeting which will be at John Thompson’s in East Selkirk Jan 27th.
Dec 9th 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
Election results see only one change in the creation of a Vice President position and being filled by Rick Poirier. Thanks Rick for letting your name stand for the position.
Greg Kendall’s Bultaco
Sept 27-28 2014 the MMC was inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Edmonton Alta.
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
Ted speaks to the Members at Sept meeting about the 2014 Bonneville experience.
The September 6th AMCM Gimli Fishing Trip
[slideshow id=38] 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…
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.
Show N Shine- John Thompson
Photography-Irv Peters, Gord Peters
Prizes – Tim Klassen
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.
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 http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x198i69_new-james-may-s-toy-stories-the-motorcycle-diary_shortfilms
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!
[slideshow id=34] 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 ________________________________
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
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 only 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. _______________________________________________
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.
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