Vintage bikes rally, bring family fun

The 1970s are making a comeback, on the back of a motorcycle, and the groove is headed straight for Ponoka.

The 1970s are making a comeback, on the back of a motorcycle, and the groove is headed straight for Ponoka.

The Central Alberta Motorcycle Group is hosting its 16th annual rally at the Ponoka Stampede Grounds, July 20 to 22.

It’s a family event,” said Skinny Labine, a member of the group. “There’s lots of old iron. It’s lots of fun.”

Enthusiasts come from as far away as St. Albert and Winnipeg. Labine recalls a man from who Ontario comes out each year. “He books it as his holiday and comes out.”

Among the rally’s events a chili cookout, a poker ride, a show and shine, Motorcycle Jeopardy, and a pancake breakfast are included, as well as prizes and awards for the show and shine and who’s traveled the farthest.

According to Labine the poker ride usually takes about three hours and the show and shine should start around 3 p.m. on Saturday.

“Everything’s free except the chili and the poker run,” Labine said.

“We’re like old hot-rod guys, except we like bikes.”