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The CVMG Education Initiative

After two years in development, we're proud to announce that the CVMG Education Initiative is now providing college level scholarships to three Colleges across Canada: Centennial (Ontario), Red River (Manitoba) and Fairview (Alberta).

These partners provide certificate courses in motorcycle mechanics and small engine repair. We provide for a student bursary of $1,000 at the beginning of the school year based on need and a second award of a $1000 to be presented to a student at the end of the year based on merit.

The Education Initiative is part of our ongoing work to introduce the CVMG to a younger audience. We've heard a lot of support for this type of program from the membership and look forward to it stimulating activities for the sections such as ride-ins to local high schools and other events.

Stay tuned! We'll be pursuing other opportunities with Canadian motorcycle journals and a broader social media presence around the program. If you're interested in being more involved with this or have ideas on how we can better get in front of the next generation of enthusiasts please let us know at (John) or (Brock)

The CVMG Enthusiast Pin Program

Long time CVMG member John E. Pepper has come forth with an excellent proposal with the main objective of encouraging and recognizing those within the CVMG that keep old motorcycles running, reward riders who stay active, and to encourage younger members.

This gives younger riders the opportunity to be recognized for keeping older motorcycles running and active, and gives older riders recognition for continuing their passion, and allowing them to use younger machines that may be easier to ride or be more reliable. It will also encourage new, younger members to experience the joys, and overcome the challenges, of riding vintage motorcycles.

Stay tuned to the website for more details on contest rules and award levels, as the finer details are still being worked out.

Daniel Klestorny



New forum for and by the members with valuable tips for the vintage motorcycling enthusiast.

Tech Tips & Info Forum


Virtual Show


Members are encouraged to submit stories to be featured in the home page to:


(You will need to be a member to read the full article)

Source: CVMG News March 2010 Tech Chat With Ken Mortimer:

Tools and Spares.

What to carry? There is a lot to consider when packing your bike for a possible breakdown. And as many different ideas as there are riders. I won't pretend to tell you exactly what you should carry but we can discuss the things that should be part of your decision making process...

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National Executive Date Change

Please note NE virtual meeting will take place on Sept 19th, 2021 instead of on Sept 12th as previously advertised.



This month's feature: 

Carl P Jackson, B.A., M.Ed.

Resident of Franklin Centre, Quebec since the mid-1950’s; Degrees in science and education; A teacher and school principal, Carl has an encyclopedic memory and is a sharp nonagenarian. He and his sons are long time motorcyclists. These are some of his motorcycle recollections.

Early Motorcycling and Motoring Memories

In order to go to Bishop’s University (2nd year), Dad bought for me in 1949 a 1946 Excelsior motorcycle with a Villiers 125cc open-flywheel engine from a young fellow in Stanstead for $175. I drove it for one year - 8,000 miles at 120 m.p.g.

I soon got tired of mixing oil + gasoline, so in 1950 I got a new BSA 500 single (B33) for $575 from Harold Munkittrick, Belvedere St., in Sherbrooke (the English pound had just been devalued, otherwise it would have been $675).

I drove it for three years – 15,000 miles at 72 m.p.g., then sold it to a young fellow from Megantic for $500.

However, I had always wanted an Ariel Square Four, advertised as – “the most luxurious touring machine in the world – 10 to 110 mph, in 4th gear.” In 1954, while teaching at Campbells’ Bay (aged 24), I needed wheels to attend a summer course at Carleton College. Through Austin Ladd, a friend, I bought a Square Four from Munkittricks on Wellington St., in claret (deep wine colour) with dual seat and side-view mirror for $1,000, which I had saved from my $2,800 salary! I drove it for a year – 4,230 miles at 57.5 m.p.g.

In 1955, at Easter, I traded it with Arthur Morin in Lennoxville for a 6 cylinder, standard transmission, Dodge Regent - $2617 with a trade in allowance of $917! Fe didn’t want the Ariel, but Harold Munkittrick told him, “If it’s Carl Jackson’s machine, it will be like new”.

Eventually the Ariel was sold to another man from Megantic – it burned up – evidently it was run without oil.

I drove the Dodge for seven years, 93,068 miles at 18.1 m.p.g.; total operating cost for gas, oil and all repairs - $0.036/mile (3.6 cents per mile!).

When we had the 1978 Cadillac ($11,000 used for 18,000 kms) from 1981-89 for 299100 kms, for gas mileage it was the 2nd best car we ever had at 19.3 m.p.g., better than the 1962 Ford – 16.1 m.p.g., the 1970 Chev Caprice – 15.9 m.p.g.; the only one to better it was the 1977 Pontiac at 19.7 m.p.g., 500 lbs lighter and with a 350 cubic inch engine instead of a 425 cubic inch!

Since then: 1988 Linclon – 23.6 m.p.g.

1999 Lincoln – 27.0 m.p.g.

2003 Ford Crown Vic – 25.9 m.p.g.

2007 Lincoln – 24.98 m.p.g.

I keep good records!

I guess it was hearing Bob Patton driving his Square Four through Lennoxville that made me decide to get one. One of his sons still has that machine.

At Campbell’s Bay I used to get Ronald Sparling, one of my grade 8 students, to wash and wax (Johnson’s “Car Plate”) my machine for $0.75; then he’d spend it at the Chinese restaurant on main street!

Austin Ladd had the first BSA Golden Flash I ever saw in 1951. He put an H2O injector on it – he said that made it run more smoothly.

MOTORCYCLES and I – History!

In 1969, Pat and I were at Braithwaite Bros. in Huntingdon and there Garth Stephen had a Honda 50, step-through model, 3-speed with automatic clutch. Pat said, “I can’t drive a car but I think I could drive that”! That was all I needed to get back into motorcycling again after 1955! We bought it for $300.

In 1970, I placed an ad for an Ariel Square Four in “Canadian Motorcycling” and had two replies: Dr. Eric Toye of Scarborough and W.J. Brown of Prescott, Ont. Dr. Toye had a 1959 Square Four with Watsonian sidecar (11,570 miles) and a Vincent Black Prince with a Steib sidecar - $1,700 each. I took the Ariel – that was a mistake financially!

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If you need info about the closest CVMG Section to you, or who to contact in that Section,
don't hesitate to email Janet Ness, our membership secretary:

You are welcome to attend a monthly meeting as a guest, just to see what we are all about.



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79Jack P Jackson, Continued...

Now, with Pat and Barry on her Honda 50 and I and Sean on the Ariel and Colleen and Dawn in the sidecar, the whole family could go anywhere!

In 1972, I bought the 1958 Ariel (12,750 miles) from Mr. Brown for $1,375. It was also a black machine, so I had Howard Welburn of Rockburn paint it Burgundy, a Ford Thunderbird colour.

Later, Jack Williams, a friend of Dr. Toye, had a 1959 Square Four and Watsonian sidecar for dale, so we bought it for $1,800.

Bert Coleman of Claremont, Ont, had a 1952 BSA 650 Golden Flash (36,000 miles) and I bought it for $1,000.

We heard somehow that Jean Guy Gagnon of Granby had a 1953 Square Four for sale in 1973 (21,437 miles) and I got it for $300 – flames on the tank, high handlebars and coon tails flying! He started it up with a 12 volt battery – I had a fit!

Craig Skinner, Pat’s cousin Verna’s son, had a Honda 350, so in 1977 we bought it for $250 and our son Sean drove it.

In 1971, I wanted a modern machine, a Honda 500 Four, but all were sold out and I got a Honda CB450 twin in “candy red” - $1,210 – from Bert Irwin in Cornwall, Ont. Soon I had a matching Wixrom fairing and fibreglass saddlebags installed.

Vern Pope, from Hudson, QC, taught at CVR, Ormstown, and drove by Honda 350. In June 1982, our daughter, Dawn, bought it for $450 (about 1,000 miles). She used to drive to Vanier College field station near Lachute.

Austin Ladd of Lennoxville had one of the first BSA Golden Flashes. At Birchton, Bud Miller and I would say, “Show us a really fast take-off, Austin”. When leaving, he would get on the machine, turn the throttle, blip through the gears, and with that staccato, particular to those mufflers, he was off! Happy days!!

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