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Vintage motorcycle club puts local community first

Members of the CVMG Montreal were on hand to donate $4000 to the Barrie Memorial Hospital Foundation including from left to right Eric Pritchard Foundation President Madeline Greig Bill Magnussen and Bernie Vinet PHOTO Fred Bedard

 

Every year since 1991, motorcycle enthusiasts have gathered in the Chateauguay Valley for their annual Vintage Motorcycle Rally and Show – MOTO EXPO. 2019 was a record year and attracted over 1000 visitors from across Canada and the United States to the event held at the Pritchard Farm on the Gore Road in Hinchinbrooke. The rally is the biggest event of its kind in the North East. Every year has a theme, and the 2019 event celebrated older machines from the 1900s to the 1920s, which compete even today in the famous Cannonball Run from the east coast to the west coast of the USA. Everybody likes a show, and the gathering of vintage motorcycles from the 1900s to the 1990s in the Concours d’elegance area was spectacular. There was something for everyone, from field games showing off riding skills, to the large Flea Market for those hard to find parts. An on-site canteen, great music in the background and a sunny day completed the fun. Folks arrived by car or motorcycle – it was open to all and all for a good cause. MOTO EXPO is run by the Montreal Section of the national club – CVMG (Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group) – and is a non-profit organisation with the proceeds from the event donated to charities. In fact, since 2011, the Montreal Section has donated a total of over $32,000 to seven different charities. This year a total of $8,000 was spilt between the Barrie Memorial Hospital in Ormstown – $4,000, the Food Bank in Huntingdon (La Bouffe Additionnelle) – $1,000, and the Montreal Children’s Hospital – $3,000. The event relies on a great team of 20 plus volunteers led by local Fred (Satch) Bedard and involves other locals such as Bill Magnussen, Gary Stewart, Bert Pit, Steve Bakos (who is taking over the team lead for 2020) and many others from Montreal and points far away. Also important are the many local merchants who support the event and donate prizes etc. It’s a real community effort. 2020 will be the 30th anniversary of MOTO EXPO, and the theme will be “motorcycles through the ages”. Everyone is welcome at the Pritchard Farm on Saturday, August 1, 2020!  (Eric Pritchard)

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