Vintage Motorcycle rally roars into Ponoka July 22-24

Riders are expected from across North America for the three day event

Walt Healy’s classic Cannonball 1939 Indian is featured front and centre along with a line-up of many other superb old models at an annual Central Alberta Vintage Motorcycle annual summer rally at the Ponoka Stampede grounds. The 20th annual event

Bill Hoar and Skinny Labine and the rest of the Central Alberta Vintage Motorcycle group are really excited about hosting their gala 20th annual Ponoka Vintage Rally at the Ponoka Stampede grounds from July 22 to 24, 2016.

This year’s event, which is open to vintage motorcycle owners from throughout Alberta, Canada and beyond as well as spectators of all ages will feature the ‘Twins are In’ theme, and will salute the countless powerful and flashy two-cylinder models from that always colorful and never forgotten era of early motor-mania.

The very active and longstanding Central Vintage section is a part of the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group, which features 21 sections from across the nation from St. John’s to Vancouver and is growing fast. These men and women come from all walks of life and occupations, and have a very strong pride and passion for their magnificent vintage motorcycles, which range in age from 25 years to historical models from as far back as the early 1900s. Whether they have one bike or a garage full, it has all become a year round hobby and constant work in progress among a special fraternity of very good buddies. Some of these ‘cycle fanatics’ work for countless hours to restore, perfect and pamper their prize possessions, while others just love to jump on their bikes for a leisure ride with family and friends, to poker runs and fun swap meets, to lots of BBQs, and to many other special events where they can share and show off their very unique set of wheels with everyone. The camaraderie is always very keen and great fun among the vintage motorcycle group, to which long-standing member and congenial Ponoka shoe-maker Skinny Labine fondly refers to as ‘an eating club with a motorcycle problem.’

Celebrating 20 years at the Ponoka Stampede grounds

The Central Alberta Vintage Motorcycle Group, which has grown to over 60 members, are very pleased that they have been encouraged and welcomed to host their annual vintage rally at the spacious Ponoka Stampede grounds over the past 20 years, during which time the event has grown rapidly to become the largest vintage motorcycle rally in Canada. Entry fee to the Ponoka Rally for vintage motorcycle owners is $60, which includes free camping on sight, a chili cook-off on Friday night, steak supper on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. Spectators are free, and are encouraged to attend the weekend activities, where they can browse through the grounds and check out all the unique displays, admire all the great old bikes and meet and greet the owners, and may also register for the special ‘meal events’ up at the grounds.

The opening Friday, July 22 evening events include a tailgate swap meet and chili cook-off, then on Saturday there will be a poker run, show and shine, steak supper and the zany game of ‘motorcycle jeopardy’. Sunday, July 24 will kick off with a breakfast, followed by the exciting bike games and closing out with the annual award presentations.

Our Central Alberta Vintage Motorcycle Group, who proudly stress safe driving practises and courtesy on the road at all times, hold their regular monthly meetings on the last Wednesday of each month at Sherry’s in Lacombe at 7 p.m. to which everyone is welcome to attend, bike or not. Along the way, the CAVMG have also been very pleased to make donations to the Food Bank, Big Brothers and Sisters, and other special community causes over the years.

Those wishing to register or get more information on the 2016 Ponoka Vintage Rally are welcome to get in touch with: Bill Hoar at 403-396-9915 (Cell) or 403-786-2718 (work) or email: billhoar @cciwireless.ca; or ‘Skinny’ at Phone 403-783-4648 or email: skinnys1@shaw.ca.

 

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