Bike rally coming to Ponoka

Motorcycles of all makes and models will roar to the Ponoka Stampede grounds as Central Alberta comes together in the town for the 12th annual Ponoka Rally on July 25 to 27. The Central Alberta section of the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group is celebrating ‘60 Years of Honda 1948-2008’ with this year’s rally and anyone is invited to bring their bikes old or new of any make.

By Eraina Hooyer

Staff Reporter

Motorcycles of all makes and models will roar to the Ponoka Stampede grounds as Central Alberta comes together in the town for the 12th annual Ponoka Rally on July 25 to 27. The Central Alberta section of the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group is celebrating ‘60 Years of Honda 1948-2008’ with this year’s rally and anyone is invited to bring their bikes old or new of any make.

Organizer Klaus Ruschin says there are currently 120 people registered and expects that people will bring more than one bike.

The celebrations for the weekend will include a show and shine, swap meet and vendors, CVMG Challenge and bike games, poker and observation run and more.

The Ponoka rally is virtually the largest vintage motorcycle rally in Western Canada and attracts people from all over the western provinces.

“This is a very low key rally and the riders love the camaraderie,” said Ruschin. “People really enjoy themselves.”

Those who attend the event will see names such as Vincent, Velocette and Manx Norton as well as various British, European, Japanese and American models including Laverdas, Guzzis, Indians and a variety of forms of Harley Davidsons.

The rally will be stationed at the Stampede grounds where there will be a sheltered space to park the bikes and anyone in invited to check it out.

Registration is on July 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. and July 26 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The festivities will begin soon so shine up those bikes, grab your helmet and ride on to the best motorcycle rally in the west.

For more information visit www.cavmg.com or call 403-340-3737.

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