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BIKER NEWS: Yellowjackets motorcycle club marks 65th anniversary

BN- Former members of the Yellowjackets Motorcycle Club are getting together to celebrate their glory days. Organizers are reaching out t...

BN- Former members of the Yellowjackets Motorcycle Club are getting together to celebrate their glory days.

Organizers are reaching out to anyone who may be been part of the Georgetown-based club in the 1950s and ’60s, for a reunion on the weekend of Sept. 12-13.

It has been 65 years since a group of bike enthusiasts first met at Don Hutcheson’s barbershop and later in Jim Buck’s garage, creating a social club with a focus on competition.

They will ride out from the Acton Legion at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, headed for Rattlesnake Point. Dinner will be at Ares Restaurant at 5 p.m., with a breakfast meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.

“We used to be able to have some fun in those days,” said Martin.

The organizing team includes former members Dan Martin, and Wayne Wilson with his wife Marg. The club has not been active since 1968, but they still get about 25 people out to reunions.

Martin was a member of the old Georgetown Police Force and is now retired after serving with Peel Regional Police.

A former Harley rider, he’s now on his third Honda Gold Wing—with heated seat and grips, navigation system, airbag and six cylinders putting out 120 horsepower. At 76, he still rides with the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club and the Southern Cruisers Riding Club.

In 1953, the Yellowjackets held their first Observed Trials on the river flats at Norval. Each competitor started with 1,000 points and started losing them as they traversed the course. Jim Buck was the first winner.

Hundreds of spectators would come out to watch the thrills and spills of their hill climbing meets on Glen Lawson Rd. east of Acton. Riders came from across southern Ontario, each getting three tries at the steep slope in each class.

“We used to be able to have some fun in those days,” said Martin.

One highlight of the meet was the Flaming Wall Crash— a rider would burst through a cedar wall that had been soaked in gas and oil, and set ablaze. It was a stunt that Wilson says, “hurt a bit.”

There were Field Days with events such as the slow race (last one across the finish line wins) and the competition in which a bike would drive by a suspended mustard-dipped wiener and the passenger would have to take a bite. This got harder as they lowered the wiener.

They were proud to have led the Players 200 Parade prior to the international Grand Prix race at Mosport, and to have hosted the Ontario Enduro Championship, in which riders would carry a saw and axe in a sidecar to deal with obstacles.

They’d get together for some sliding around the plaza parking lot, or get dressed up for the annual Church Parade, starting at the Delrex Market Centre and proceeding with police escort to St. John’s Anglican Church in Stewarttown.

Police escorts were not always so friendly. One time, about 1957, a half-dozen of the members took a ride into Milton. The police chief let them know they were not welcome, and personally escorted them back to Georgetown. The chief had probably watched The Wild One, a 1953 Marlon Brando/Lee Marvin film about a nasty group of bikers invading a small town.

The Georgetown club always promoted its good reputation. They were a registered with the Canadian Motorcycle Association, and presented themselves at public events in gold satin shirts, black ties, and black pants with a gold stripe.

More: http://www.theifp.ca/community-story/5827463-yellowjackets-motorcycle-club-marks-65th-anniversary/

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