With Remembrance Day on November 11, I hope you take a few minutes out of your day to attend a ceremony in your closest town or city. It really is a touching event that we should not miss. This is also a very good time to check out Terry Kelly’s video A Pittance of Time, at www.terry-kelly.com. If you have not seen this video you should make the time, it is well worth it.
This past summer on our way through Gagetown, NB, we had stopped for lunch and noticed a guy wearing a Kandahar Harley-Davidson shirt. He was standing beside his bike and since we were not in any hurry and were curious about his shirt, we stopped to talk to him. We gave him a copy of our magazine and it was great to hear him say that he had seen the magazine before and knew a bit about Jody Mitic’s story. Turns out he had just returned from Afghanistan a few days earlier. I happened to have with me, some copies of the issue with Jody’s story in, so I gave him a few to take back to the base.
We spent a good half hour chatting about what it was like in the war zone and how he feels about it. Of course there are good days and bad, but overall he feels they are making progress. We managed to get a photo of this soldier but did not write down his name – so of course have forgotten it. We were so caught up in his story that writing down his name didn’t cross our minds. If you happen to be reading this, send us an email, we’d love to hear how you are doing and how many kilometres you have put on that new bike.
Recently I was speaking with Cory from Barrie Harley-Davidson and he was commenting that last winter went by so quickly because everyone was heavily involved in Jody’s bike build. What will we do this year to pass the time…anyone out there have any ideas?
With show season almost here, we are busy working on some new ideas for our booth display, so be sure to drop by to say hello and see what we have come up with. The first two shows are very hectic as they entail larger spaces and involve some major set-up. The December show in Toronto will feature some bike builders in our area which you won’t want to miss.
In January, at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow we will have a different theme to our display, and will be unveiling a new project we have on the go. In the next issue we will tell you more about our plans for this.
Over the years we have had some interesting guests at our booth. One year we featured Luc LeBlanc, a custom bike builder from New Brunswick, who turned out to be pretty popular…especially with the Yamaha girls. Another year we had Jason McCoy, (The Road Hammers) signing autographs and drew a tremendous line-up of people waiting to meet him…also a big hit with the Yamaha girls.
It is always exciting trying to come up with something unique and different that will make people want to stop and see what we are up to. Stu Seaton will be on hand at some of the shows to chat about bikes of course and maybe he will even let you in on his adventure for next year. We will have our usual show staff of Ang, Charlene, Christine, myself and Glenn (when we can find him). If you have any reasonable ideas of what or who you would like to see at our booth, email me, I look forward to hearing from you.