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Possibly the best Vintage Rally ever

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This Father’s Day weekend my wife and I spent a very enjoyable Saturday at the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group’s rally in Paris, Ontario. The weather could not have been better and it was a very large turnout. The motorcycle-only parking area had to be expanded a couple of times throughout the day.

I have complained in the past about the rally morphing into more of a giant swap meet than a concours d’elegance. This year I decided to just go with it and enjoy it for what it has become and I was not disappointed. As the years come and go, there are more and more bikes from 1970’s (which is 40 years ago after all) on display. Makes me feel vintage too…

As in past years I have found almost as many interesting bikes in the parking lot as inside the gates — the road warriors as I like to call them. Inside the gates there was a long row of early Gold Wings on display. I remember how huge the original GL1000 seemed when it came out. Looks light and elegant by today’s standards.

Possibly the most interesting bike on display was a hand-built special owned by a guy that came all the way from Cleveland, Ohio. It looked like an early Harley at first glance but was actually an Arlen Ness frame with countless details, like the instrument panel hidden in what looks like a brass tank for an acetylene headlight.

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More pictures from around the rally

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June 21st, 2015 at 3:12 pm

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