Saturday August 1st 2020

This weekend, should have been the  ATRA Cow Patty Trial in Rocky Mountain House, but of course this had to be cancelled like every other event on our schedule.  - This pic is from a few years ago , showing the riders who took part in the Vintage Class. - Ben, Harold, Steve, Tino,  Wyatt and Mark.
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This pic is from 1989 in Scotland - I was at the Scottish that year with my daughter Helen, and we saw Nigel Birkett on the JCM - In fact the new French Importer had a big team at the event to promote the new models. I asked Nigel what he thought of the new bike, and he said it was great !! - So I talked to the French guys and arranged to Import some to Canada - being of a cautious nature, I ordered one bike to start with  and a  further 3 on hold. -   Well the bike arrived and I decided to put Stan on it to work out any “bugs”  - He did in fact win the first Trial at Ioco, and also rode it in the World Championship event later. -  However, we found the bike to be down on power and although Stan and myself played around with it, the whole JCM thing went Kaput,  with my faxes not being answered and eventually we called it quits. - It did have some neat features, like the gas tank below the seat, but they forgot to put a fuel pump in it, so you only got to use half the tank !! (Hello)

After that, I said I wouldn’t deal with the “Frenchies” anymore, but later along came  the new Bultaco (later Sherco) -A good idea by Marc Tessier - but this time I was just a dealer.

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This is a great shot of Toni back in 2006 when he was on Beta - pic by Heath.
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I wonder how many long time motorcycle fanatics remember the first bike that “Turned them on”??

For me it was the BSA Bantam, when a buddy stopped by to show me his new prize back in 1953 - his bike was the Trials model and was quite a bit more “Trick” looking than this pic

. - Not that I ever bought one - I ended up getting a 197cc James Captain. Brand new!!!  But I can still remember the excitement of that first night when I got the “Bug” as a young lad.

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We hope everybody has a nice enjoyable weekend - stay safe. >>

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