Au­to­mo­tive Ex­cel­lence!

Tribune Express - - FRONT PAGE - GREGG CHAMBERLAIN gregg.chamberlain@eap.on.ca

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.

—pho­to Gregg Chamberlain

A true work of art is a clas­sic car with a beau­ti­ful paint job.

—pho­to Gregg Chamberlain

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.

—pho­to Gregg Chamberlain

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.

—pho­to Gregg Chamberlain

Ri­chard For­tier offre un re­pas spé­cial pen­dant le Bike Fest 2017, son mé­lange par­ti­cu­lier de fruits de mer, moules fraîches et cre­vettes ti­grées.

—pho­to Gregg Chamberlain

El­la Pi­card (à droite) de­vient une fille léo­pard sous la main ar­tis­tique de Jen­ni­fer Mo­rin, pen­dant le Bike Fest 2017.

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