Why + How
The Canyon Run is all about giving back to the old biker spirits, experiencing the bikes they ran and create a positive riding community.
The reason the Vintage Motorcycle Canyon Run was created was in respect and the memory of motorcycle pioneer’s who influenced myself and others when we first started riding in the 1960’s. Their humour and generosity stayed with me for all these years.
The first run in 2015 was the brainchild of Tim Renshaw and fellow rider Jon Armstrong as well as some of their friends, based on the Canyon’s riding history and came to fruition very quickly with the support of the online and offline motorcycle community. At the heart of the growth was the Old Motorcycle Buy and Sell B.C. page on Facebook, various motorcycle shops and dealers such as Jon Armstrong and Rob Janssen, which connected and agreed that this run would be not only a great way to meet other like-minded individuals but an opportunity to see and show their rare vintage motorcycles in action.
The planned run included a Show & Shine in Lillooet with trophy’s to be awarded, a big BBQ, camping, a continued ride to Spences Bridge where riders would have lunch at the Log Cabin Pub. Naturally not everything went of without a hitch, such as finding the staging point for example however this we took care of quickly.
The first run taught us not only that the event was fun and entertaining for all but also that it filled a gap which brought together a great people who could connect without a moment of hesitation. Riders came from all over British Columbia and Alberta to take part, show their bikes and spend a July Long Weekend with like minded riders, many of which would become friends.
Until the day of the event we were unsure of the number of riders who would actually attend and were pleasantly surprised by the sheer amount that turned out. David Brewin of Full Throttle Photography took some amazing shots of the first run which you can see in our photo section.
We are always trying to improve the run as this run is put on by riders for riders, so we welcome any input and ideas you may have. Don’t hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We were extremely grateful for the support of the Town of Lillooet, the Legion, and the Women’s Auxiliary as we wouldn’t have been able to create this event in any other way. We also wish to thank the Gospel Riders Motorcycle Club, Greg Girouard from High River (our BBQ Specialist) and many of the other volunteers who helped make this into a successful event.