TORONTO - Motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the U.S. and Canada will be returning to the Toronto area this weekend for the annual Ohio Valley Birmingham Small Arms Club Rally at Cables Campground.
While the bikes and ages of the owners may differ, they share a common destination - the campground, known to many Torontonians as Coulter's Rock.
The Ohio Valley BSA Owners Club, founded and headquartered in Toronto since 1982, will host the 32nd-annual British and European Motorcycle Rally Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the campground just south of Toronto off state Route 7.
READY TO RALLY — Mike Richmond of Claysville, Pa., and his dog, Muffy, will be two of the participants showing up in his restored 1940s vintage Chevrolet and his BSA motorcycle for the Ohio Valley Birmingham Small Arms Club Rally Friday through Sunday at Cables Campground. -- Contributed
The event annually attracts people from all over the United States and Canada, and this year's event should be no exception, with the club expecting several visitors from Europe and Canada, according to organizers. This year's special guest will be Billy "Ace" Meyer of Florida. Also expected is well-known endurance racer Rob Meadows of Vermont.
"We talked to Meadows over at a meet in Orleans, Md., earlier this year, and Rob said he's coming in specifically to ride our 100-mile Reliability/Dual Sport Run on Saturday morning," said Clark Francy, rally co-organizer. "This year he will be contesting the event on his 1967 Triumph Trophy model cycle."
Other action scheduled for the meet includes a parts swap, vintage trials, an auction on Saturday and a bike show on Sunday.
"Our meet is open to all makes and models of cycles," said club President John Schultz of Amsterdam. "We will have classes in our bike show for all cycles, including those of European, American and Japanese manufacture. "Action gets under way on Friday morning, but early birds are already arriving."
The official opening ceremonies taking place 8 a.m. Saturday with a flag raising conducted by Boy Scout Troop 3 of Steubenville and the singing of the national anthem by Keith Barnett, a club member from Harlem Springs.
The meet will be capped on Sunday afternoon with the presentation of the bike show awards at 3 p.m. followed by the drawing for this year's grand prize - a fully-restored 1968 BSA Victor cycle. "Some lucky ticket holder is going to be awfully happy when this meet is over," said the club's Past President Dan Speaker of Steubenville, as he admired the bright and shiny BSA.
The Ohio Valley BSA Owners Club is dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of motorcycles last manufactured by the Birmingham Small Arms Co. of Birmingham, England, in 1972. BSA cycles were sold locally at the Al Hinch shop in Toronto, Honda Motors in Weirton and the George DeShong agency in Mingo Junction.
Cable's Campground is on county Road 56 a few miles west of Costonia. For information, call (740) 544-5984 or (724) 945-6018.