Port Dover revs up for Fri­day the 13th rally

The Expositor (Brantford) - - FRONT PAGE - jrobin­son@post­media.com JA­COB ROBIN­SON

The bike bri­gade is set to de­scend upon Port Dover.

Fri­day will mark the first PD 13 mo­tor­cy­cle rally since Jan­uary and only warm weather gath­er­ing since May of last year.

Or­ga­niz­ers and lo­cal ser­vice clubs are ex­pect­ing tens of thou­sands of peo­ple and their rides to line the town’s streets in a tra­di­tion that dates back to 1981.

“We’ve pre­pared for what we call a ‘warm event month,’ which means we need to pre­pare for what­ever could come, so we have park­ing out­side of town, shut­tles, roads are closed for ve­hi­cle traf­fic,” said Amie Fer­ris of the Port Dover Kins­men, the ser­vice club that helps or­ga­nize the event.

“Ev­ery­thing is be­ing done as if it was a warm sum­mer month.”

The weather fore­cast for Port Dover on Fri­day calls for mix of sun and clouds with a high of 20C.

“We’ve had a re­ally good Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber so hope­fully that stays with us for Fri­day and we have a good turnout.”

A Kins­men beer tent will be posted at the Erie Beach park­ing lot and camp­ing is avail­able at the for­mer Dover­wood school and Kins­men Park at the east end of town. The Lions Club will of­fer park­ing at Sil­ver Lake Park.

There’s a heavy Hal­loween theme to the Kins­men’s of­fi­cial event T-shirt, which de­picts a skele­ton rider hold­ing a flam­ing pump­kin head with the fa­mous Port Dover Light­house in the back­ground. They’ll be avail­able through­out town, while ven­dors are set up in Pow­ell Park and food trucks line Chap­man Street.

At Main and Walker streets, the Mol­son Main Stage presents the likes of Port Dover na­tive Feli­cia McMinn, Trag­i­cally Hip trib­ute band, The Prac­ti­cally Hip, and Back in Black, an AC/DC trib­ute band.

Fer­ris said there is a “buzz” in town as res­i­dents and busi­nesses pre­pare for Fri­day’s event.

Nor­folk OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk said there will be a heavy po­lice pres­ence.

In an at­tempt to curb drink­ing and driv­ing, spot checks will cover ev­ery pos­si­ble way in and out of town, Sanchuk said.

He urged mo­torists to be care­ful be­cause of the

“We’re ask­ing ev­ery­one, please, take those ex­tra sec­onds to check your blind spots (and) when you come up to an in­ter­sec­tion make sure you look both ways and give your­self an­other two sec­onds be­cause those sec­onds can and will save lives,” he said.

“In pre­vi­ous col­li­sions that we’ve seen, peo­ple are look­ing and can see a mo­tor­cy­cle down the road but they don’t re­al­ize how fast it’s trav­el­ling and they pull out in front of it.”

And Sanchuk said po­lice will not tol­er­ate dis­tracted driv­ing.

“They’re putting them­selves in jeop­ardy, along with ev­ery­one else on the road­way,” he said. “Let’s use some com­mon sense, let’s fo­cus 110 per cent on driv­ing.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

This is the of­fi­cial T-shirt de­sign by the Kins­men Club for the Fri­day the 13th biker rally in Port Dover.

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