Looks like a dozen with the intention of coming, from Ct, VT, NH, Ontario. No one from NY, NJ, PA, Great Britian, Germany or Australia though. Weather is looking good, this is the last big hoorah north of the Mason Dixon Line for us of the two wheel persuasion. Bring warm clothes, the cabin has heat and a fireplace, but my bike doesn't! Bro Steve has loaded 13 motorcycle movies on his laptop/projector for evening choices, along with many clips and New England MC competition footage.
Good eating, good riding, good weather and great comraderie! Why aren't YOU coming? Reminder, bring personal items, a towel and a sleeping bag/blanket. Plenty of good cold well water, and coolers with ice, just BYOB (and one for the cook!).
Pic of the cabin one week after the 2015 MC Rally, yuk yuk!
Hopefully, NY will be represented. Although I'm "just outside of Bennington, VT", I'm actually 2 miles across the border into NY. Thought I'd be riding the GL500I that I drove to the Amish Rally, but today the temp gauge started reading higher than usual. The fall back plan is the GL650, if I can finish a few a few things in time. Of course if my daughter decides to deliver our 5th grandchild before Thursday, all bets are off.
Hope you can make it Paul/NY! PM me if you need any info, and if you have an idea of when you might be in attendance (for meal headcounts). David, yes JT has been at previous NE Rallys, but I have not heard from him in a loooong time! I'm your host, Kevin and I will be your kitchen staff, Bro Steve (past president of Meriden MC Club, probably the oldest MC club east of the Mississippi) is providing the "Bedsheet MC Movie Theater Series" likely Thurs/Fri and Sat evenings. We'll have plenty of cooler space and ice (ice courtesy of bro Dave and his Hose Company Number 1's ice machine), but BYOB. This will be the biggest little CX/GL/ST Rally and a last HOORAH before winter for many of us northern species. Vt paper maps are available at most highway rest stops and other places and are quite good, also a nice souvenir of the Rally.
Steve has provided me with a list of movies he is bringing, a bit lengthy, but for your anticipation, here it is:
World's Fastest Indian
Major motion picture staring Sir Anthony Hopkins
The moving story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years building a 1920
Indian motorcycle into the bike on which he set a land-speed world record at
Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967. Burt was 68 years old when he set the
land-speed record on a highly modified 47 year old Indian. A don't
underestimate the nice old man story.
Documentary about world championship road racing, when Americans, who learned
their trade on the US Grand National circuit dominated the world. The 1980s
were a high point of factory involvement in Grand Prix motorcycle racing.
Suzuki, Honda and Yamaha battled for technological dominance in the high-powered
world of 500cc two-stroke racers - and to ride these beasts they employed the
very best riders in the world. The likes of Schwantz, Lawson, Mamola and Gardner
struggled to tame the raw power and brutal handling of bikes built without
constraints and without any of the modern rider aids which make today's MotoGP
four-stroke machines seem bland in comparison. The riders might have been paid
handsomely for their efforts but as this film shows they earned their pay checks.
The Unrideables 2
Sequel to The Unrideables focusing on the late 1980s and early 1990s. The bikes
were still hair triggered monsters and the Americans were still the best -
Eddy Lawson and Wayne Rainey dominate. Wayne Rainey who is now the elder
statesman of racing and rebuilding rebuilding American road racing through his
Moto America racing series, goes down and ends his career. Produced by Richard
Documentary about the Dunlop family Tourist Trophy racing dynasty. Motorcycle
"road" racing is the most dangerous of all motor sports. One in which men compete
at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour on closed country roads. Roads that are
lined with trees, telegraph posts, stone walls. Ireland and the Isle of Man are
two of the few places in the world where the sport still survives. Narrated by
Liam Neeson, this is the dramatic and poignant story of two sets of brothers
from Northern Ireland who have dominated road racing for over thirty years. Two
generations of one family that have been united by success and tragedy.
Joey the Man Who Conquered the TT
Documentary about Joey Dunlop, a man rightly remembered as one of the all-time
greatest motorcycle racers, many consider him to be the single greatest. The
quiet, humble Northern Irishman had a natural talent for riding motorcycles
very quickly on exactly the kind of tight, twisty road circuits the British
Isles are famous for. He won the Isle of Man TT a total of 26 times, usually
competing in multiple engine size classifications. In 1985, 1988, and 2000 he
won exceedingly rare hat-tricks at the TT – taking outright victory in 3
classifications in the same year. This film offers an excellent look into the
life and history of Joey, including some of the best onboard racing footage
you’re ever likely to see of the Isle of Man TT.
Unchained = The Untold Story of Freestyle Motocross
Documentary tracing the rise of freestyle motocross, arguably the world's most
extreme sport, and highlights to lives of its pioneers. From throwing whips
and nac-nacs to double back flips, this documentary shows the courage and
sacrifice it took to take motorcycle jumping to extremes no one thought
On Any Sunday
The 1971 ground breaking American documentary film about motorcycle sport,
directed by Bruce Brown. It was nominated for a 1972 Academy Award for a
Documentary Feature and it is now motorcycle movie classic. The film
features flat track racer Mert Lawwill, actor and amature racer Steve
McQueen and Malcolm Smith the legendary off-road racer. One of the few
movies to show the difficulty of ISDE. A must see for anyone who grew up
riding motorcycles in the 1960s or 1970s.
On Any Sunday II
1981 sequel to the ground breaking classic ON ANY SUNDAY. Interviews with
various racing legends are combined with races in just about every possible
environment: dirt, sand, hills, tracks, valleys - anywhere motorcycle
Moto 6 - The Movie
Another chapter in the “MOTO The Movie” film saga. “MOTO 6” travels the
globe in pursuit of the most talented and elusive riders, those that truly
live their lives by the twist of the throttle. Famous motocross racers,
strange individuals and some cool locations.
Motorcycle Sport 1950
Vintage documentary showing the state of United Kingdom motorcycle sport
in 1950. The UK motorcycle trade show, road racing, trials, vintage
(I didn't know vintage motorcycling existd in 1950). A treasure for
British motorcycle buffs.
Magoo - The Danny Chandler Story
Documentary about the life of Danny "Magoo" Chandler. Danny Chandler
came from an average rural American family to become one of the most
thrilling and successful motocross racers of the early 1980s. A wild
rebel against the establishment, who would take tremendous risk to win
and ultimately paid a very high price for success.
Penton, The John Penton Story - From the Woods to the World
An American story about family, hard work, ingenuity and business.
What began with a farm and a humble motorcycle shop in Ohio, turned
into an international off-road racing career and the birth of KTM
motorcycles. An amazing, although somewhat obsessive man.
Motocross of Nations - 60 Years and a Day
The Motocross of Nations is the oldest, most prestigious race in the
sports organized history. Created shortly after WWII, this great
event has pitted nation against nation on a single Sunday afternoon
since 1947. Each nation battling for national pride and the coveted
Peter Chamberlain Trophy. On Sunday Sept 23, 2007 the 60th MXoN took
place in Budds Creek Maryland - only the second time this storied
event had been held in the USA. It was the last race for the greatest
motorcross racer of all time, Ricky Carmichael, and where Ryan
Villopoto beat the entire world, including the all those riding 450s,
on a 250.
TC Bank - Dream Rangers
Riding the White Rim Road in Utah
Climbing Trees with Pat Smage
Tight Rope Riding with Pat Smage
Salada Tea Motorcycle Commercial
Numerous races from all over New England during the 1950's and 1960's
I received the HTTA Banner from Cobram, (thanks, heal well friend). So it's Official! You'll all have a chance to put your John Hancock on it! If that Banner could only talk, it would remind us all to toast our past riders this weekend, RIP. Dibs on Gene riding pillion with me. Or vice versa!
I don't know what yous'all are doing this weekend, but I will be whooping and zooming the hills of rural Vermont on a great fall weekend! And apparently a dozen or so like minded riders will there too. YEEEEHAAAA! :vs_bounce:
Just an FYI,
I will be bringing some CX/GL pins, that the late Trev_H shipped to me, shortly before his passing.
They are $10.00 each and ALL proceeds go to the charity chosen by Trev and his good wife Rose Home
A quick note, more to follow. We had a great weekend of riding/eating/drinking/movies and camaraderie! Attendance numbers were a moving target, but generally 8-12 souls, a total of 13 unique (?) individuals counting maple syrup maker/haymaker neighbor, bearded Bill (14 if you count Capt Morgan!). Off the back of his old truck I think he sold us a couple of hundred dollars worth of his 5 years running 1st prize winning maple syrup, made up the road a bit. We popped open a bottle for the Sunday morning pancakes. The weather cooperated wonderfully with warm September days and only a few scattered showers on some riders coming in, no rain at all at the cabin or on our rides. Sunday mid morning Kevin and I were cleaning up the place (JT helped before he left too) and it pleased me greatly to ponder that at that particular moment satisfied motorcycle buddies were flying away from Brookfield on their (mostly) classic pushrod powered machines, across rural Vermont hills in literally four directions! I think it's fair to say we made some good memories to last us through the winter. We had riders from NJ, NY, CT, MA, Vt, NH and Ontario, many thanks to all for helping to make it a fun time! Perfectly paved Appalachian Gap on Vt Rte 117 in the Green Mtn chain was perhaps the riding "high point" of the weekend, our own little New England "Tail of the Dragon". All in all a compact intense long weekend of motorcycling pleasure. I hope everyone had uneventful rides/drives home.