Everyone loves a fine-looking set of wheels. There was all of that and more in Hawkesbury over the Labour Day long weekend as the town hosted its annual Bike Fest for Harley-Davidson fans on Friday and Saturday followed by the Auto Expo on Sunday.
The weather may have finished a bit wet over the Labour Day weekend, but rain or shine, people got out and about to enjoy not just one, but two big festivals in Hawkesbury dedicated to automotive excellence.
The annual Hawkesbury Bike Fest got off to a roaring start early Friday evening with the official roll-out of dozens of Harley-Davidson motorcycles for the rally tour around the Prescott-Russell region. Even before that there was a regular parade of motorcycles and their riders rolling up the streets of town to gather at the central registration site at Goulet Motorsports on Main Street across from Eglise Saint-Pierre Apôtre, to sign themselves in for the weekend and wander around, renewing old acquaintances and welcoming newcomers to the festival.
Pierre Cayen, one of the regulars at the Bike Fest, manned his own kiosk close to the registration table. He was collecting new
signatures for the Harley Owners Group (HOG), an informal organization representing all Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders. He was proud to announce that the Hawkesbury Bike Fest is now an official Pin Stop on the HOG tour calendar.
“It’s a big event for the Bike Fest to become a Pin Stop,” he said, “because only the major (HOG) events have that. And this year also marks the 100th year of Harley-Davidson in Canada.”
During the Friday and Saturday of the
Labour Day long weekend, close to 200 or more Harley owners arrived to enjoy all the events set up during the festival and welcomed both Hawkesbury residents and all other visitors to town for the weekend to join the fun, from the live music all-day either at the central registration tents or at Confederation Park on Isle de Chenail where the children’s activities and the show ‘n’ shine were held.
The festival included several performances by the OPP Golden Helmets precision motorcycle riding unit on their Harley Police Specials.
Part of Main Street in downtown Hawkesbury was closed during both the Bike Fest and also the Auto Expo, which took place on Sunday.
While the Harley fans were blessed with sunshine every day, fans of classic cars had to contend with an almost steady rain Sunday, though that did not discourage everyone, both car owners and automotive fans, from touring around to check out the vehicles and also take advantage of an afternoon autograph session with several area athletes who are playing in the Canadian Football League as part of the Ottawa RedBlack lineup.
A true work of art is a classic car with a beautiful paint job.
L’équipe des Golden Helmets, une équipe de précision de la Police provinciale de l’Ontario, démontre ses capacités de conduite devant un public appréciatf, lors du Bike Fest 2017 à Hawkesbury, au cours du weekend de la fête du Travail.
One very popular attraction at this year’s Bike Fest was the “pop a wheelie” machine which let riders and would-be riders do a wheelie on an actual Harley in a safe and controlled manner. The lineup was long for this ride.
Richard Fortier offre un repas spécial pendant le Bike Fest 2017, son mélange particulier de fruits de mer, moules fraîches et crevettes tigrées.
Ella Picard (à droite) devient une fille léopard sous la main artistique de Jennifer Morin, pendant le Bike Fest 2017.