Friday the 13th in Port Dover Continues…

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friday_the_13th_port_doverAfter suffering through a summer of mostly mediocre weather, attendees of the Friday the 13th Bike gathering in Port Dover, Ontario this past weekend were treated to unseasonably pleasant temperatures. The event proved to be a huge hit as organizers estimate about 15,000 people flooded the streets for this surprisingly warm November rally.

Huge photo gallery link after the jump.

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This was my first trip to the Port Dover rally and though I really didn’t know what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised by the whole event. As soon as I got within 30 minutes of Port Dover motorcyclists could be seen en masse and it was apparent there would be a solid turnout. Even when I left the rally hours later, people were still riding in.

Cruising around the rally you could see everything from stretched sport bikes to raked out choppers… even a few vintage Vespas! Of course, a few thousand Harley riders were on hand as well.

_MG_9507If you live close to this Lake Erie destination I think it would be worth your while to make the trip up for the next meet in August, 2010. I guarantee you there will be more than triple the turnout if we get typical summer riding temperatures.

See you in August!

Full Photo Gallery Link Here.

Friday the 13th in Port Dover history.

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  • dennis

    This may be of interest to bikers who want to stopover after the ride to Dover August 13th 2010

    GRAND RIVER ABOUT TO ROAR
    Posted By CATHY PELLETIER, THE CHRONICLE

    The Grand River will soon roar once again with the sound of thunder.

    Former champ Mike Werner Jr. is scheduled to compete against fellow speedsters in fast-paced boating action when the Thunder on the Grand makes its triumphant return.

    “Dunnville is the oldest site in Canada that still holds racing events,” said Jim Misener, Vice President of the Toronto Outboard Racing Company (TORC), “and we’re excited to be back.”

    To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Canadian Boating Federation, under which all Canadian boat racing is sanctioned, TORC has reduced the racing entry fees -from $30 per entry to 60 cents for the junior classes.

    Purposely planned to coincide with Friday the 13th festivities, the event is sponsored by the Sesquicentennial Committee and is expected to draw huge crowds along the river on Aug. 14 and 15. Committee members hope bikers will make a pitstop in Dunnville on their way back from Port Dover.

    Wingfield Park will host a Bavarian Garden from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, along with live entertainment from local band, Dunn, appearing on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    The County will set up a booth at the municipal parking lot by the bridge, and in addition to handing out bikers’ maps that provide routes to Port Dover, County staff will give visitors questionnaires asking for feedback on Dunnville.

    Besides receiving free entrance to the Bavarian Gardens, anyone who fills out a questionnaire will also receive coupon booklets for downtown businesses, valid for two or three days during that weekend.

    For all three days, Knowles Restaurant will offer 10 per cent off any purchase totaling more than $10 and Grand Island Bar-B-Q will feature 25 per cent discounts on any regular priced food. At Sweet Retrospect, people can buy one single scoop ice cream cone and get the second one free. Every coffee or tea bought at Bohemian Friday gets a free second. Flyer’s Café is offering a 20 per cent discount on everything, and Bob’s Place will provide a free coffee or tea with purchase of a full meal. JJs Gallery will eliminate the tax and D & D East Coast will offer nautical theme items and guitars at 20 per cent off.

    Two-day coupons include Chestnut Lane’s 20 per cent discount on all gift items -excluding calendars and consignments -and Bayberry Road and Gifts’ 15 per cent off anything in the store.