rossmJust dawned on me that I have been riding Vintage Motorcycles for almost 50 years. My friend Ted Hector and Siggy Klann even longer. Especially Ted and my friend Gary MacDonald  with 6 Bonneville Land Speed Records. I have been privileged to call friend, Ray Houde, Joe Sawtus, Tiny Robins, Jake Houtop, Irv Loewen, Bert Bentley, Len Hardy, Laddie Nos, Barry Seib, Jim Simmons, Ed Pauch, Mike Baraschuk, Jim Harrison, John Choquette, Alex Grant and many more who I will write about as I retire as the head honcho.(can’t possibly name everyone in this great hobby)    The 3 amigos will always be my heroes from an era bygone. To Bert, Alex, and Irv “as the going down of the sun”, we will remember them. “We will remember them”. Please buy 3 poppies for 3 of my dearest friends. I will be counting poppies at the November meeting even though the 11th will have past. I will wear FOUR POPPIES to honour my own Father who was a charter member    (WW2 Vet) and the 3 Amigos who allow me and my family the freedom we enjoy and let me live in the land free to do what I choose. Yes, Siggy and I  started the CLUB almost 40 years ago but not a lot has changed as I really think about it. People who like and ride old motorcycles are still my friends and members. Siggy, Ted and I were all in our 20’s when the concept of this club rolled out, so what has changed. Collector value has come into play for some brands BUT.. the real enthusiasts will stay  with  a make and make it work regardless of trends and values as they will buy old and affordable and will still roll down the road with the wind in their hair. That’s what really means something.. So as my term ends, go out and restore an old beast and let the wind be your hair dresser. See you at at my last meeting as chair. I’ve enjoyed the ride. Could anyone ask for more. Cheers  Ross


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