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FEDERATED INSURANCE SPONSORS OF THE FOURTEENTH ANNUAL CANADIAN MOTORCYCLE HALL OF FAME INDUCTION BANQUET AND REUNION

Toronto, Ontario, October, 2019 –The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is proud to announce Federated Insurance as a sponsor for the 14th Annual Induction Banquet and Reunion which takes place November 2, 2019 at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel.

“The board of Directors of the Hall of Fame is extremely pleased to welcome Federated Insurance back as a sponsor to this event,” said Paul Germain, Chair of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame. “We have appreciated their support over the past years.”

The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame at our induction banquet and reunion, honours and recognizes those who have made their mark on Canadian motorcycling history both as competitors and contributors. Supporters, like Federated Insurance make it possible for us to continue to recognize and honour these individuals.

Tickets for our 14th anniversary event are available from the web site – canmoto.ca.

Eight legends and champions including one Historical Inductee will be honoured at the Fourteenth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion. The Bar and Hedy Hodgson Award will also be presented.

Bar and Hedy Hodgson established the Canadian International Motorcycle Heritage Museum Foundation in 1999 and when Dave Lloyd came to them with the idea of a Motorcycle Hall of Fame, they gifted the Foundation to the people. In 2006, the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame was created to preserve and promote Canadian motorcycle history for the benefit of the motorcycling community and public and since then, over 130 distinguished motorcyclists and organizations have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit association with charitable status governed by an independent board of volunteer directors from across Canada. 

For information about past inductees, historic motorcycle collections, event sponsorship, silent auction and tax-deductible donations, visit www.canmoto.ca.

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The sixth of the inductees to be honoured at the Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion is Vada Seeds.

Toronto ON – September, 2019 – The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is very pleased to announce the Class of 2019.  The sixth of the inductees to be honoured at the Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion, is Vada Seeds.

It gives me great pride and pleasure to welcome Vada Seeds to the 2019 Class of Inductees, says Paul Germain, Chairman. Vada has been active as a contributor and made a positive impact though her passion for motorcycling history and will now receive the respect and recognition she so rightly deserves in the Hall of Fame. All the directors, contributors and volunteers of the CMHoF as well as myself, join together in welcoming Vada to the Class of 2019. Congratulations.

Growing up in a keen Ontario motorcycling family, Vada Seeds has been deeply involved in our sport from her earliest years. Her depth of first-hand experience, historical knowledge and extensive record of accomplishment make her uniquely qualified for induction. The phrase “Making a significant contribution to the preservation of our Canadian motorcycling heritage” barely does justice to Vada’s achievements over many years. Few Canadian kids can boast that their dad was a national hillclimb champion, a dirt track racer and a daredevil stunt rider ready to charge his bike through a wooden wall engulfed in flames.

Vada’s greatest source of pride was in placing the historic plaque at the Daytona Memorial honouring all the Canadians who raced in the early 200-mile races on the public road and sands of Daytona Beach.

Vada’s other commitments to motorcycling have been relentless, such as setting up historic displays at races in Belleville and a rally at Wasaga Beach to commemorate the races organized on the sand by BEMC in the 1930 and ‘40s. She ensured that two-time Daytona winner Billy Mathews of Hamilton, Ont., was remembered in event displays at Daytona, the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame and other shows in the Toronto area.

Tickets for the 14th Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion are available at www.canmoto.ca.

Bar and Hedy Hodgson established Canadian International Motorcycle Heritage Museum Foundation in 1999 and when Dave Lloyd came to them with the idea of a Motorcycle Hall of Fame, they gifted the Foundation to the people. In 2006, the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame was created to preserve and promote Canadian motorcycle history for the benefit of the motorcycling community and public and since then, over 130 distinguished motorcyclists and organizations have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit association with charitable status governed by an independent board of volunteer directors from across Canada. 

For information about past inductees, historic motorcycle collections, event sponsorship, and tax-deductible donations, visit www.canmoto.ca

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Canadian Outdoor Recreation Trade Associations Form New Coalition

TORONTO, ON – [October 3, 2019], A group of Canadian outdoor industry leaders announced today the formation of the Canadian Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (CORR) to provide a strong voice for outdoor use across Canada. CORR will unite a wide range of Canada’s leading industry stakeholders behind policies and legislative reforms needed to grow the outdoor economy, promote and expand outdoor opportunities, reasonably and responsibly conserve public lands and waterways, and enhance infrastructure to improve the experience of outdoor users from coast to coast.

“Protecting, promoting and enhancing recreational experiences on Canada’s public lands and waterways are the core values for those of us who work in the outdoor recreation industry,” said Sara Anghel, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada.

“Outdoor recreation continues to rise in popularity and diversity, and it is important that we continue to support this industry and ensure Canadians can get outdoors and enjoy their favourite pastimes,” noted Dennis Burns, executive director of the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations.

“Building on the solidarity of the outdoor recreation industry, CORR will foster cooperation and help bring partners together in order to grow outdoor opportunities.  It will strengthen the coordination of industry partners and formalizes the desire to work together to make outdoor recreation activities an important issue during the next federal election campaign,” said Bob Ramsay, President of COHV & MMIC.

CORR members represent thousands of businesses that produce vehicles, equipment, gear, apparel and services for the millions of Canadians who enjoy our national parks, waterways, byways, trails and outdoor spaces.  The collective outdoor recreation industry is conservatively estimated to produce $24.6 billion in economic activity for Canada each year, generating an estimated 472,713 direct jobs, $7.1 billion in taxes and $52.1 billion in total revenues.

“The outdoor recreation industry in Canada is a major economic driver providing billions of dollars per year for the Canadian economy, along with hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in total revenues,” said Eleonore Hamm. President of the RV Dealers Association of Canada.

Outdoor recreation provides high-quality Canadian jobs in industries ranging from manufacturing to retail to tourism. These jobs can be found from coast to coast and play a critical role in the economic health of local and provincial/territorial economies.

The Canadian Outdoor Recreation Roundtable strives to achieve the following:

  • Ensure the primary drivers of the outdoor recreation economy across Canada are recognized;
  • Foster federal collaboration that will enable the outdoor recreation economy to reach its full potential;
  • Remove barriers that prevent private investment in public lands and waters to improve conservation and access for outdoor enthusiasts;
  • Work with all levels of government to ensure that recreational access and high-quality visitor experiences are prioritized; and
  • Promote sound conservation practices, since Canada’s outdoor recreation economy is dependent on responsible and sustained use of our public lands and waters

Trade associations include (please note this is not the entire recreation industry and membership will continue to expand):

  • Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO)
  • Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV)
  • Canadian Camping and RV Council (CCRVC)
  • Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association (CRVA)
  • Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA)
  • Canadian Ski Council
  • Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association (CSIA) & Canadian National Sportfishing Foundation (CNSF)
  • Fur Institute of Canada
  • International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA)
  • Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC)
  • National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada
  • Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA)
  • Safari Club International Safari Club International – First For Hunters

For more information on members please CLICK HERE

For more information please contact Sara Anghel, President, National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada at 905-951-4048 or sanghel@nmma.org.

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BMW MOTORRAD CANADA SPONSORSHIP OF THE FOURTEENTH ANNUAL CANADIAN MOTORCYCLE HALL OF FAME INDUCTION BANQUET AND REUNION

Toronto ON – September, 2019 –The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is proud to announce BMW Motorrad Canada as a Sponsor for the 14th Annual Induction Banquet and Reunion which takes place November 2nd, 2019 at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel in Toronto.

“BMW Motorrad Canada is a very proud sponsor of the CMHF. It is important to recognize our Canadian motorcycle heritage as it has a long history of milestones and successes,” said director Norm Wells of BMW Motorrad Canada.  “We congratulate all the 2019 inductees and look forward to many more years of partnership with the CMHF and the outstanding team that makes it happen every year.”

“The Board of the Hall of Fame is very pleased to welcome BMW Motorrad Canada back to this event,” said Paul Germain, Chair of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame. “We deeply appreciate their continued support over the past years for our effort to preserve and promote the long history of motorcycling in Canada.”

Tickets for our 14th annual event are available from the web site – canmoto.ca.

Eight legends and champions including one Historical Inductee will be honoured at the Fourteenth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion. The Bar & Hedy Hodgson Award will also be presented.

Bar and Hedy Hodgson established the Canadian International Motorcycle Heritage Museum Foundation in 1999 and when Dave Lloyd came to them with the idea of a Motorcycle Hall of Fame, they gifted the Foundation to the people. In 2006, the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame was created to preserve and promote Canadian motorcycle history for the benefit of the motorcycling community and public and since then, over 130 distinguished motorcyclists and organizations have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit association with charitable status governed by an independent board of volunteer directors from across Canada. 

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3rd of the inductees to be honoured at the Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion is the Oshawa Competition Motorcycle Club.

Toronto ON – August 20, 2019 – The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is very pleased to announce the Class of 2019.  The 3rd of the inductees to be honoured at the Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion, is the Oshawa Competition Motorcycle Club.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome the OCMC to the 2019 Class of Inductees, says Paul Germain, Chairman. This club has been active for many years and its members have been very successful in competition as well as serving of their time on many boards which further the motorcycle world and will now receive the respect and recognition so rightly deserved in the Hall of Fame. All the directors, contributors and volunteers of the CMHoF as well as myself, join together in welcoming the Oshawa Motorcycle Club to the Class of 2019. Congratulations.

The OCMC (Oshawa Competition Motorcycle Club) was officially founded in Oshawa in 1964. Originally named the Oshawa Scramblers, the club consisted of a group of enthusiasts competing amongst themselves in all forms of riding from high speed flat track, scrambles, road racing and enduro.

For over fifty years OCMC has been the bright light which has attracted the moths and motorcycle competitors to the world of motorcycle racing. Members have achieved countless awards and accolades ranging from local to the international level. Currently seven HOF alumni are, or were, OCMC members. These include; Ron Keys, Jack Hunt, Blair Sharpless, Toni Sharpless, Kathleen Head (Coburn), Ted Wilkins and Warren Thaxter.

The members have sat on boards of CMA, both regional and national; Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada; Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame, Offroad Ontario; Ontario Federation of Trail Riders and many more.

Tickets for the 14th Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Banquet and Reunion are available at www.canmoto.ca.

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The 4th of the inductees to be honoured at the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion, is Wade Williams.

Toronto ON – September 10, 2019 – The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is very pleased to announce the Class of 2019.  The 4th of the inductees to be honoured at the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion, is Wade Williams

“It gives me great pride and pleasure to welcome Wade Williams to the 2019 Class of Inductees,” says Paul Germain, Chairman. “Wade has excelled as a competitor and will now receive the respect and recognition he so rightly deserves in the Hall of Fame. All the directors, contributors and volunteers of the CMHoF as well as myself, join together in welcoming Wade to the Class of 2019. Congratulations.”

Wade had a lot of opportunity to study hill climbing growing up as his father, John, spent 35 years of his life dedicated to the sport.

Wade started his Professional Hillclimb career in 1983 at Elkhart, Indiana in the 750cc class. His hillclimber was based on a CB750F series engine from the 70’s, outfitted by Nick Kemp of Keswick, to run on 100% Nitro. Nick’s mechanical genius provided Wade all the horsepower that was needed to be competitive in the top class at the time.

At Elkhart, Wade was the first person to successfully jump the first breaker which earned him a second place finish at his first climb. This set a precedent on how the hill was to be ridden and in order to have a shot at winning, you had to jump the breaker. He completed the season with a 2nd place at Devils Staircase, Oregonia, Ohio. Wade earned 5th place overall with 76 points his first season.

Wade combined for 22 top finishes (11 first and 11 second place) over his 10 year career, finished in the top 10 in each year and top 5 in six of those years; runner up in 1984 and 1991, 3rd overall in 1990 and 1992.

He also won – 1986 American National Champion at Muskegon Michigan, 1991 American National Champion at York Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State Champion 1984, 1988, 1990, 1991 and Michigan State Champion 1986.

Tickets for the 14th Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion are available at www.canmoto.ca.

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Regarding MMIC & MXDN

Date:   August 22, 2019
From: David Grummett, Director of Communications
RE:      MMIC & MXDN

In the last couple of days there has been some innuendos and finger pointing towards the MMIC. Unfortunately we see this from time to time and it really is not conducive to motorcycling in Canada.  The MMIC is a not for profit trade association and does not participate in competition events in Canada or internationally nor have we discussed participation in any specific events.

MMIC supports the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC) and its Competition Council which represent all of the national championship race organizations including MRC, CSBK, WEC, WTC and Flat Track Canada. We support their efforts to grow the sport of motorcycling and to develop world class competitors. We are not a race organization or promoter but we would like to ensure that the organizations, clubs and riders are provided with the environment to succeed.

MMIC reports to its board of directors (members) and represents them as a unified trade organization. The MMIC is not involved in the business or marketing decisions of the individual companies or their race teams.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

Sincerely

David Grummett
Director of Communications
MMIC, COHV, PSS
dgrummett@mmic.ca

 

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MOTORCYCLING LEGENDS AND CHAMPIONS TO BE HONOURED AT FOURTEENTH ANNUAL CANADIAN MOTORCYCLE HALL OF FAME INDUCTION BANQUET AND REUNION

Toronto ON – August 6, 2019 – The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is very pleased to announce the 2nd of the Class of 2019 to be inducted.  This year, 7 legends and champions will be honoured at the Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion, which takes place on November 2nd, 2019 at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre in Toronto.

It gives me great pleasure to announce Clive Ng-A-Kien’s induction into the Hall of Fame, says Paul Germain, Chairman. All the directors, contributors and volunteers of the CMHoF as well as myself, join together in welcoming Clive as one of our 2019 inductees. Congratulations!!

Clive Ng-A-Kien’s family immigrated to Canada from South America at the end of 1975 and the following year the talented young Guyanese rider was racing on a Yamaha TA 125 out of West Hill, Ontario Yamaha dealer, Ernie White.  He was consistently running in the top five as a first-year junior rider.  In 1977 Clive remained a junior class rider but moved up to a new Yamaha TZ250 and won both the Canadian 250cc and 500cc championships.

Clive is a five times Canadian 250 Grand Prix Champion, having won the Canadian National title for five consecutive years from 1980 to 1984.  He captured those five National Championships at a time when the 250 Grand Prix Class was one of the premiere road racing classes in both Canada and the United States.

Tickets for the Fourteenth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion are available at www.canmoto.ca.

Bar and Hedy Hodgson established Canadian International Motorcycle Heritage Museum Foundation in 1999 and when Dave Lloyd came to them with the idea of a Motorcycle Hall of Fame, they gifted the Foundation to the people. In 2006, the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame was created to preserve and promote Canadian motorcycle history for the benefit of the motorcycling community and public and since then, over 130 distinguished motorcyclists and organizations have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit association with charitable status governed by an independent board of volunteer directors from across Canada. 

For information about past inductees, historic motorcycle collections, event sponsorship, and tax-deductible donations, visit www.canmoto.ca

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Len Fitch to be Honoured at Fourteenth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion

2019.  The first of the inductees to be honoured at the Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion, is Len Fitch.

It gives me great pride and pleasure to welcome Len Fitch to the 2019 Class of Inductees, says Paul Germain, Chairman. Len has been active as both a competitor and contributor and shown passion and skills as well as sacrificed to make a positive impact on the world of motorcycling and will now receive the respect and recognition he so rightly deserves in the Hall of Fame. All the directors, contributors and volunteers of the CMHoF as well as myself, join together in welcoming Len to the Class of 2019. Congratulations.

Len has been involved in motorcycle racing since the day he was born. He started out racing on a Suzuki Hustler at local tracks around Windsor as well as Harewood Acres but then left to compete in the USA. Len competed as a privateer from 1971 to 1976 including six years at Daytona. Len retired from racing but soon joined the Vintage Road Racing Association (VRRA) and continued racing as an amateur. He competed on 125, 250, and 350cc GP Yamaha with consistent wins but retired in 2010 after a life-threatening crash in turn two at Mosport.

During his time with the VRRA, Len has promoted Canadian road racing in so many ways. He has always been an active volunteer with the club. He has served on the tech committee providing insight and information for refining the VRRA rulebook.  He has spent hours in the pits checking bikes for safe condition before they go on track. However, there is another area of promotion where Len’s efforts are nothing short of amazing. Since his retirement, Len has selflessly sponsored other riders on his own motorcycles at entirely his own cost. On any given race weekend, Len will have three or four different riders on his machinery. He does all the preparation and tuning and the racers basically just show up and ride. To date, he has sponsored 25 riders including an entire season for Stacey Nesbitt in her professional career. Although Len is well into his 70’s, he spends a lot of time on his back or knees wrenching on his bikes.

Len Fitch was the difference maker throughout a year of planning for the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Canadian Grand Prix held at the VRRA Vintage Festival in 2017. Along with Don Gosen and Domenic Aubrey, they worked tirelessly to obtain sponsors and put together the biggest event in VRRA history.

Tickets for the 14th Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion are available here.

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THE COMMUNITY IS GROWING! ALMOST 19% MORE RIDERS WILL BE TRAVELLING QUEBEC ROADS THIS SUMMER

Montreal, February 18, 2019 – The passion for motorbikes is as strong as ever.  Following the implementation of new Highway Safety Code rules last year, the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec has seen an increase of nearly 19 per cent in the number of learners’ licences (Class 6A) issued. Over a five-year period, this represents a 6.6 per cent increase in learners’ licences. Several thousand new bike enthusiasts are already looking forward to heading out for adventure as soon as the weather improves. For these new and seasoned riders, the Montreal Motorcycle Show, presented by La Capitale General Insurance, is the perfect opportunity to plan and prepare for an exciting and safe season.

“This is great news for all riders. Interest in the sport is growing and this will drive the industry to keep innovating in terms of safety, comfort and pleasure,” explained Bianca Kennedy, Manager of the Montreal Motorcycle Show.

The Quebec government used to require learners to be accompanied by experienced riders on their own bikes. According to Stéphane Guertin, Marketing Manager for Tecnic, the rule change should have a positive impact on road safety. “In fact, some were ignoring the rule. Others waited until the 11-month learning phase was over, which meant they delayed applying all the knowledge and skills acquired during the driving course. Now this knowledge will be fresh in their memories and can be more readily applied, allowing new riders to rapidly gain experience.

“We’ve noticed a more diverse clientele in our schools across the province,” said Mr. Guertin. “People who register more spontaneously and an increase in the number of women and young people. It’s hard to evaluate the recent data, but it will be interesting to see how the market changes in the short to medium term.”

The season revs up at the Motorcycle Show

Here are the attractions you won’t want to miss:

A demonstration unit will allow visitors to test Honda’s flagship Gold Wing, which offers a seven-speed DCT transmission and the ultimate in motorcycle luxury. The unit has been specially designed to highlight the benefits and ease of using Honda’s advanced dual clutch transmission. Whether you shift manually with the handlebar buttons or use the fully automatic mode, the DCT offers the efficiency of a manual gearbox with the advantage of smooth gear shifting performance (up and down). This will be the perfect opportunity to try it out!

The Show is also bringing back several always popular attractions, including the She Rides night on Friday, February 22.  In addition to ½ price admission for women after 5 pm, ladies also have a chance to win a Kawasaki Versys-X 300. The Yamaha Riding Academy is always a hit with kids 6 to 12 years old, and all ages will enjoy the Trials Demos featuring four-time Canadian trials champion Jordan Szoke and his family. Be sure to stop by Hangar 17, produced in collaboration with ONELAND. Even larger and more varied this year, it brings together motorcycle builders, artists and riders who share a passion for everything two-wheels and the open road.

All the major brands, new products, destinations, accessories and innovative technology under one roof. Be there!

February 22 to 24, at the Palais des congrès de Montréal (1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle)
Friday, February 22: noon to 10 p.m.
Saturday, February 23: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, February 24: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission (taxes included)

Adults (15 and over): $16.50
Seniors (65 and over) and students (upon presentation of a valid student card): $13.50
Juniors (6-14): $11
Children (under 6): Free when accompanied by an adult
Family pass (two adults and two juniors): $40
Friday after 5 p.m. (women only): $8.25

Buy your tickets at a dealership and save $3 per ticket (adult admission only).

Information: montrealmotorcycleshow.ca

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