‘Mo­tor­cy­cles are ev­ery­where’

Relic Riders’ Show ‘n Shine shines new light on ju­ve­nile di­a­betes, mo­tor­cy­cle safety


High but omi­nous dark clouds and low-ly­ing fog threat­ened to put the breaks on the Relic Riders’ tenth an­nual Show ‘n Shine Satur­day, July 28.

But the over­cast weather did not muf­fle the spir­its of the bik­ers who rode along Val­ley Road and into Paddy’s Gar­den for the event held over the week­end of July 28-29.

While the rain stayed above the clouds over Car­bon­ear, it poured out of the heav­ens over St. John’s forc­ing many city bik­ers who had planned to ride around the bay that day for the show to change their plans and stay off the high­way.

Ad­mit­ting their at­ten­dance num­bers were down over last year — largely due to the weather, club spokesman, Gord Ash said, over­all, the club was “very pleased with the turnout at their tenth an­nual Mo­tor­cy­cle Show ‘n Shine in aid of ju­ve­nile di­a­betes.”

Re­call­ing, “last year we had 186 bikes reg­is­tered for the show por­tion of our event, Ash noted, “this year just over 110 (bikes) were reg­is­tered.

“We see the de­crease was due mainly to the threat of rain that day,” the club spokesman said.

“I re­ceived at least five calls from riders from out­side our area, stat­ing it was rain­ing in the area they were call­ing from,” Ash pointed out.

While they would have liked to have seen more bikes on the field, for the or­ga­niz­ers, num­bers weren’t the most im­por­tant thing.

“As long as we can help one kid at­tend the Di­a­betes camp (Camp Douwanna), we are pleased,” Ash stated.

Over the past nine years, since launch­ing the Show ‘n Shine in 2003, the Relic Riders have do­nated over $38,000 to Ju­ve­nile Di­a­betes, the char­ity of their choice.

While the pro­ceeds from this year’s event have not yet been de­ter­mined, Ash said they are an­tic­i­pat­ing a good amount to go to­wards their favourite wor­thy cause. When the re­ceipts are all tal­lied, it could push their to­tal con­tri­bu­tions to ju­ve­nile di­a­betes to date over the $40,000 thresh­old.

The fact there was no pre-set reg­is­tra­tion/ad­mis­sion fees, left bik­ers and vis­i­tors to con­trib­ute as they saw fit at the gate.

Over the years the Show ‘n Shine has gained a good rep­u­ta­tion in the mo­tor­cy­cle community far be­yond Con­cep­tion Bay North. This year, Ash noted, there were rep­re­sen­ta­tives from nine other mo­tor­cy­cle clubs, mostly from the St. John’s area, but also from as far away as Gan­der, Bot­wood and New Brunswick. Mo­tor­cy­cle Safety Too many bik­ers have lost their lives in high­way traf­fic ac­ci­dents over the last cou­ple of years.Ash told The Com­pass this year, the Relic Riders de­cided to use their tenth Show ‘n Shine “to kick off our part­ner­ship with Mol­son Coors to launch their mo­tor­cy­cle safety cam­paign.

“The club plans to place a new 4 by 8 foot sign pro­vided by Mol­son Coors some­where on the Vet­er­ans Memo­rial High­way, once per­mis­sion has been granted by the pro­vin­cial Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion. Un­til that time, the sign will be dis­played on the Deer­ing’s Sheet Metal build­ing across from the Con­cep­tion Bay Re­gional Community Cen­tre in Car­bon­ear.”

The sign, which was on dis­play on the fence around Paddy’s Gar­den on the week­end reads: “Check twice — Save a life. Mo­tor­cy­cles are Ev­ery­where.”

Ash con­cluded the suc­cess of their Show ‘n Shine would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the back­ing of their spon­sors, the Car­bon­ear Town Coun­cil and the gen­eral pub­lic. He said both the Relic Riders and the kids af­fected by ju­ve­nile di­a­betes are grate­ful for that sup­port.

Aside from the com­pe­ti­tions, Paddy’s Gar­den was filled with con­ces­sions, food, live mu­sic fea­tur­ing Four Bar­rel from Har­bour Grace and biker games.

While Paddy’s Gar­den was the fo­cal point for the show, the week­end event also fea­tured a well at­tended Satur­day night dance at the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion on Ban­ner­man Street; big biker break­fast at their club­house on Ade­laide Street and Poker Run around Trin­ity Con­cep­tion to wind up the event Sun­day af­ter­noon.

The event did not go un­no­ticed by the Cana­dian Di­a­betes As­so­ci­a­tion.

“Since 2003 a pas­sion­ate and car­ing group of mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­asts from the Relic Riders Mo­tor­cy­cle Club have com­bined their love of two wheels with char­i­ta­ble sup­port for Camp Douwanna,” said Sherry Calder, man­ager mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions (At­lantic Canada) in an e-mail from her of­fice in Hal­i­fax.

“The spirit of to­geth­er­ness, team­work and community dis­played by this fam­ily of di­a­betes cham­pi­ons is truly in­spir­ing,” said Carol Ann Smith, re­gional di­rec­tor for New­found­land and Labrador.

She re­called, the Relic Riders “gra­ciously de­cided to sup­port the Cana­dian Di­a­betes As­so­ci­a­tion’s sum­mer camp when one of the mem­bers’ daugh­ters was di­ag­nosed with type 1 di­a­betes. Their fi­nan­cial sup­port, which has amounted to $38,000 gives chil­dren an op­por­tu­nity to learn about di­a­betes man­age­ment in a safe and fun en­vi­ron­ment.”


Win­ners in the eight bike classes came to the front of the main stage to pick up their tro­phies dur­ing the tenth an­nual Show‘n Shine held Show ‘n Shine spon­sored and hosted by the Relic Riders Mo­tor­cy­cle Club (RRMC). The main event was held at Paddy’s Gar­den in Car­bon­ear Satur­day, July 28. Front row from left: Sonya Burden, Peo­ple’s Choice award; Jes­sica Power, best sport bike; Bob Young, best met­ric cruiser; and Den­nis (Den) Mar­shall, the club’s vice-pres­i­dent. Stand­ing in the back row are: Bruno Reichel, pres­i­dent, RRMC; John Lawrence, best vin­tage bike; Adam His­cock, hold­ing his son, Austin, best mod­i­fied bike; Mike Bursey, best Harley dresser; Lou Law­er­ence, best Amer­i­can cruiser and Bern Chard, best cus­tom bike.

Riders head out Val­ley Road to­wards Vet­er­ans Memo­rial High­way to be­gin a 2.5-hour run around Con­cep­tion Bay North and Trin­ity South via the Heart’s Con­tent Bar­rens, Trin­ity South high­way (Route 80) to Whit­bourne and back to Car­bon­ear via Vet­er­ans Memo­rial High­way. The run took place Sun­day af­ter­noon, July 29 to wind up the tenth an­nual Show ‘n Shine or­ga­nized by the Relic Riders Mo­tor­cy­cle Club.

Relic Riders’ vice-pres­i­dent, Den­nis (Den) Mar­shall shines up his Harley David­son dur­ing the tenth an­nual Show and Shine hosted by the Car­bon­ear-based mo­tor­cy­cle club over the week­end of July 28-29.

Devin Tobin, son of the late Kevin (Pop­eye) Tobin, do­nated this year’s Peo­ple’s Choice award in honor and mem­ory of his late fa­ther. The for­mer mem­ber of the Relic Riders Mo­tor­cy­cle Club lost his life in a tragic ac­ci­dent fol­low­ing last year’s an­nual Car­bon­ear Santa Claus Parade held in De­cem­ber, 2011. Win­ner, Sonya Burden ac­cepts the award from Devin as club pres­i­dent, Bruno Reichel (far left) and vice pres­i­dent Den­nis (Den) Mar­shall look on. Gord Ash, who han­dles the club’s pub­lic re­la­tions, can be seen in back­ground an­nounc­ing the win­ners from the main stage in Paddy’s Gar­den where the event was held.

Bik­ers with the generic term, Screamin’ Ea­gles on their jack­ets sit on the bank and en­joy the view of the more than 110 bikes that turned out at Paddy’s Gar­den July 28 to take part in the Relic Riders tenth an­nual Show ‘n Shine. They were among the vis­it­ing bik­ers who turned out in Car­bon­ear for the event.

The sign says it all. Relic Riders Mo­tor­cy­cle Club have part­nered with Mol­son Coors in a pub­lic aware­ness cam­paign aimed at pro­mot­ing mo­tor­cy­cle safety. Too many bik­ers have lost their lives in high­way traf­fic ac­ci­dents in re­cent years. Re­mind­ing the mo­tor­ing pub­lic that, “Mo­tor­cy­cles are ev­ery­where,” the sign asks driv­ers to, “Check Twice, save a life.” Plans call for the signs to be even­tu­ally placed on the high­way. In the mean­time they will get some ex­po­sure on the side of Deer­ing’s Sheet Metal Works on the Beach across from the town’s his­toric Rail­way Sta­tion.

Here are some of the more than 110 bikes that lined up at Paddy’s Gar­den over the July 28-29 week­end to take in the tenth an­nual Shine ‘n Shine hosted by the Car­bon­ear-based Relic Riders Mo­tor­cy­cle Club.

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