A group of motorcycle enthusiasts get together on Wednesday evenings to talk and socialize.
And the community benefits, in the form of contributions to worthy causes, like Caledon Community Services (CCS).
The gatherings are organized by Hurt’n Old Guys, and they take place outside St. Louis Bar and Grill in Bolton.
The group consists of 10 members.
“It started a while back,” vice-president Steve Moricz commented, recalling it started when he, club president Fern Doria and others were sitting in a coffee shop and came up with the idea for a club.
“It’s basically just a club for local motorcycle enthusiasts to come out,” observed Moricz’s wife Christina, who along with wives of some of the other members, helps out with the organizing various activities, such as the 50-50 draw, T-shirt sales, etc. She added it’s also a chance to listen to music.
Some of the proceeds of the 50-50 draws go to cover expenses, such as the sound system, acquiring T-shirts, etc.
“We meet all year ‘round,” Steve observed. “We’re always looking for new recruits.”
Motorcycles are a big interest for all the members, according to Steve, who in his working life is a customs officer at Pearson International Airport.
“We all ride,” he said. “We do some road trips together as a group.”
But it’s the weekly Wednesday evening sessions that are the main activity for the group. They average between 100 and 150 bikers per week, from various places, including Oshawa, Brampton, Orangeville and Woodbridge.
“All bikes are welcome,” she said. “We get all kinds.”
“It’s just a word-of-mouth type of thing,” Steve added.
They both added St. Louis Bar and Grill has been a great place to meet. “Their staff’s fantastic,” she remarked.
Steve said the group’s been meeting since 2000. At first, they supported Family Transition Place in Orangeville. They started holding the meetings in Bolton about six years ago, with proceeds going to CCS.
One of the main attractions of the group is just seeing the wide assortment of bikes every week.
“The bikes and the people,” Christina explained, pointing out it provides someplace to ride after work. “It’s a ride for people too.”
“It breaks up the week,” Steve observed.
“I’ve never known so many people before,” he added.
It’s not necessary to be a member to attend the meetings.
Bolton resident John Byrne said he attends meetings when he can, aboard his Harley-Davidson Classic.
His interest in motorcycles goes back to his days with OPP. He served at the Port Credit detachment, and then Snelgrove (before it became Caledon OPP). He also was a member of the OPPGolden Helmets precision team.
“It’s just close,” he said. “I enjoy meeting other bikers.”
Written by Bill Rea