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
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
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.
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.
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 2014 Bison Classic Motorcycle Rally was a great success and some thank-yous need to go out.
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.
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.
THE BUFFING WHEELOf all the refurbishing jobs I love to do and with my restoration hobby, there are quite a fewThe one I like least, and there are not a great deal is a marathon session on The Buffing WheelClad 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 appreciateBlack 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?
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.
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.
We are starting to believe Barry Smith who claims for the third consecutive year that he “has influence,” and is responsible for organizing the perfect weather once again! Thanks Barry for a perfect Saturday afternoon which saw no less than 50 motorcycles and seven cars out this year.
CVMG President Terry Newstater and about eight of his members were the first to arrive at the meeting place in Carman, soon to be joined by a whack of AMCM guys from inside the perimeter and further north. A couple of casualties (inevitable on old motorcycles) had some being picked up by car and one: said to be a 450cc Honda hooked up to a sidecar with passenger, overheated. Once it had been left to cool down and having shed the passenger we believe it made it the rest of the way. Rumour has it that there were many offers to pillion the female passenger!
The Bob Diemert visit was interesting as were Bob’s stories of classic cars and aircraft. Then Greg and Marie led off for the trip to Morden with a guarantee of getting there after Tom’s offer of leading was turned down by popular vote! Chas’ lawned and shady backyard was again the perfect venue for homemade burgers, chilli and dessert. Over 80 hungry motorcyclists sat down to enjoy the barbecue and ther was plenty of food for even the most voracious apetite. Tom’s burgers fell apart AGAIN much to master barbequer Terence’s displeasure. Too spicy perhaps. The distinctive roar of V8 engine heralded the arrival of the “Black Widow”; a trike with a motorcycle front end built in Morden by students of a local welding school.The helmet was passed and an amount of $260 was donated to our Spina Bifida charity after expenses.
President Ross gave thanks to the organizers, family members and helpers of this 7th Conquering Perimeteritis Run; perhaps the most successful yet.
A hardy group of members and guests made there way out to the 13th annual Metcalfe’s Movie Night. Jan 28th 2014. 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 2013 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
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 15th2013 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.
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.
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 Harderwww.SoulPixPhotography.cacel: 204-392-b-You(2968)
Perimeteritis 2013 was a resounding success again largely due to the weather clearing rather miraculously at the last moment. Chas and Tom would like to thank all the invaluable helpers who worked so hard (again), not forgetting the one who claimed he had influence and arranged the good weather!
The following Limerick will make sense to those who rode from Carman to the Thresherman’s Museum.
The weather cleared and no less than 31 motorcycles turned out to Wellington Crescent to see Dave’s superb collection of classic motorcycles, Jaguar cars and memorabilia, all beautifully displayed and presented in an idyllic setting. Rather difficult to estimate but general consensus was that well over 100 members and visitors came and went during the evening. (Someone said just count how many donuts were eaten!) Three new members joined right away. Another very successful AMCM event and our thanks go to “Digger” Pritchard for hosting and supplying donuts and coffee.
Tuesday 22nd January, 2013 saw a near record turn-out despite one of the coldest Manitoba evenings for a number of years. The indomitable Larry Wooley again amazed everybody by arriving on his Ural outfit to put us lesser mortals arriving on four wheels, to shame. Some of us who have attended for many years agreed that President Ross had been busy collecting even more cool and very collectable memorabilia to add to his truly impressive museum-like basement. A huge collection of old Manitoba license plates, interesting and rare motorcycles, dealer advertisements, motorcycle-related trivia, ad infinitum, all beautifully displayed with dummies and props. A good number of visitors and non-club members added to the camaraderie. Some faces not seen for a while braved the cold drive out. Anyone who has not seen Ross’ amazing and valuable collection of bikes and memorabilia, is losing out.
Another successful AMCM event to kick off what promises to be busy 2013 for our club, with some interesting new events in the pipeline.
The Pony Coral on Grant was the new venue for our dinner this year and was a good choice with more space for the 48 members present and good food ably served. Guests of honour for the evening were Niverville Town employees Donna and Robin, who have been so helpful in facilitating our rally over the past two years. President Ross handed over a commemorative trophy to Donna as a token of our clubs appreciation. A fun evening was enjoyed by all.
The group met at the Tim Hortons in Stonewall at 11am on the Tuesday morning as arranged. Very cold but no wind or rain. There were 11 bikes and 14 people. After a hot chocolate warm up we saddled up and rode to Gimli for fish and chips for lunch. Some of the group took advantage of the all you can eat fish (one of our group ate 8 pieces of fish and he is not the biggest person in our group). After a great lunch we went for a walk on the Pier where someone tried to catch their own fish to take home without success. We then went to get the customary picture with the VIKING. Gimli fish was our next stop where most of the group purchased fish one of our group bought 50 pounds lucky(that was why he was pulling a trailer). Our next stop was Tim Hortons on Fermor where we had supper and then went to the meeting. A great ride enjoyed by all despite the cold and we raised $1835.00 FO Spina Bifida so I would say a very successful day. Thank you to all our riders and passengers and a BIG THANK YOU to all our sponsors.
The 12th Annual Metcalfe Movie Night held at the end of January went off without a hitch, with some 40 attendees enjoying scrumptious finger snacks and motorcycle-related movies. The 35th Birthday of the club was celebrated in fine style with a magnificent Birthday Cake. Another memorable celebration was the awarding to Siggi Klann of Honourable Life Membership
in recognition of his 35 years of unbroken service as Club Treasurer. Members and guests browsed around Ross M’s amazing memorabilia collections of mainly motorcycle-related stuff, but also rare books and badges and you-name-it!. Projects in progress lined the floor and walls, ranging from early Indians and Harley’s to a very rare Johnstone motorcycle V twin engine, said to have been manufactured by the same factory that makes the Johnstone outboard motors.
Ross M’s Movie Nights are now a popular yearly event and every year seem to attract some faces who have not been seen for many a year, and always some new ones not familiar to the regular club meetings. A good thing for the Club and the Classic Bike Movement in general. Well done once again La Presedante !!
No less than 55 members partners and guests attended the AMCM Dinner, and Inchabods Lounge at DJ’s Restaurant was hard pressed to seat everybody with extra chairs having to be brought in. John T was on form with an impromptu quiz which went down well with most questions being answered. (All British bike related of course!). David P sporting a budding beard and arm in a sling as a result of running out of road on their recent motorcycling trip to Peru, handed out the latest newsletter. (One wag was heard to say that he looked like Yasser Arafad!)
President Ross welcomed Rally Photographer Kathy Harder and her husband as our guests and handed her a Trophy to be given to the town of Niverville in appreciation for their co-operation at the Bison Rally. He went on to thank a surprised Greg O’Kane for graciously accepting the Treasurers job for 2012. Much camaraderie ensued with general consensus that we had all enjoyed a great evening.
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 Manitobamotorcycle 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
Nine hardy bikers from the South braved the fall early morning chill, to ride to Gimli to “go fishing with our wallets!” After eating our fill at “Kris’ Fish Shop” and listening with ill-concealed envy to Tim’s tale of his recent “barn find” 1967 Norton Commando, which he “stole” from some unsuspecting old lady for a ridiculous amount, we went on to one of the many Scandinavian commercial fishing outlets to buy pickerel and smoked fish treats. Then on via the scenic “coastal drive” (lovely fall colours) to Tim’s/Wendy’s on Fermor to eat some more, before going on to the September meeting. Seven of us rode back southwards getting home round about midnight. What a day! What good company! Good grub! Life is good! Lets do the same next fall EH!?
Four AMCM members who can certainly be categorized as being “the older section of our club”, set off soon after the Bison Rally to attend the “Top of The Rockies” BMW Rally in a small town called Poania, in Colorado. Greg and Marie on their 1972 /6 with Marie in the sidecar proudly flying the Canadian flag, leading. Tom H following on his 1978 R100S and Chas bringing up the rear on his trusty 1975 R90 /6. Chas has owned his old airhead since new and has covered over 300,000 MILES!
No rain or wind but VERY hot approaching the 100 degrees through North and South Dakotas and Wyoming. Cooled off somewhat when we got in to Colorado with the higher altitude. The small town of Paonia (Pop 1200, altitude 8000 feet) was an ideal setting for this medium-sized rally of approximately 700 BMW’s. Stunning scenery, lovely shady camping, magnificent rides through winding mountain passes, all combined to make an unforgettable trip. At 75 next birthday I truly had expectations of winning the “Oldest/furthest Rider” trophy but was beaten by an old geezer who gave his birth date as 1927!
My speedo which measures in Km, read just under 5000 km when we got home and I came to the rather painful realization that this was my “last hurrah!” Just getting too old for long trips and tootling around Manitoba will be my lot in future until I will have to hang up my helmet for good. Those old airheads just hummed along, not without some “incidents” but we all agreed that “what happened in Colorado, stays in Colorado!”