Friday, November 5, 2010

Motorcycle meeting held in town


By: Jeremy Nolais via :

Vintage motorcycle enthusiasts from across Canada rolled into the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre for a historic gathering Oct. 23.

More than 50 individuals gathered for the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group’s (CVMG) 2010 annual general meeting — the first in the group’s 43-year history to be held west of Ontario.

Bob Wardle, who has lived just north of Cochrane for 30 years, took part in the day’s festivities and was extremely pleased to see the meeting held so close to home.

“These guys are real enthusiasts,” Wardle said of the attendees, who were representing vintage motorcycle delegations from every province.

“All they’re interested in is preserving history.”

Wardle’s prized possession is a 1949 MK 1 Trojan, which he acquired shortly after the Second World War. He explained that, because factory production was slow following the war effort, a British company developed a motor that could be used on a bicycle and the MK 1 Trojan was born.

“You got 200 miles to a gallon of gas at 25 miles an hour, and gas was 14 cents a gallon,” Wardle proudly recalled, adding his wife won’t allow him to own more than three bikes at a time, and therefore the others he has restored are on display in museums.

Jim Kelsall sits on his 1947 Sunbeam S7 motorcycle in front of Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre Oct. 23. Kelsall, who lives in Calgary, was participating in the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group’s national annual general meeting. Photo by Jeremy Broadfield


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