In 2001, the GVMC Executive felt that the Club needed an extra Run to complete the Riding Season, so it was decided to set up a Run for the weekend before Thanksgiving. Because of the proximity to Thanksgiving, they thought it would be nice to have a turkey dinner in the clubhouse, at the end of the Run. Thus, it was called the “Turkey Run" with the first one being organized by Len Stenersen for the Fall of 2001. It was hugely successful with everyone enjoying the idea of a full course dinner at the end of the Run and became a regular event with Len continuing to organize the Turkey Run for 2002, 2003, and 2004. During this period, the Club mourned the passing of several long term early club members culminating with the death of Barry “Bear" Illingworth. At this time, the Executive decided that we should have a Run dedicated to the Club Pioneers. Therefore, the Turkey Run became the Pioneer Run. Pat Peters, long time friend of Barry, donated a totem pole statue that belonged to Barry to become the topper for a Pioneer Run trophy. Len Stenersen set up this first Pioneer Run, trying to use as many pioneer roads in the Lower Mainland as possible, with a few questions for riders to answer along the way, and of course the popular turkey dinner at the end.
For 2005, Bob Vickers took over the organization of the Pioneer Run turning it into an Observation Run by adding more questions along the route, while still trying to keep some historical aspect. The Pioneer Run continues in this format, the routes changing from year to year, but always trying to use lots of scenic, twisty backroads. The emphasis is on having a fun ride, more than a contest, but there are trophies given out to the riders and passengers with the most correct answers, and the full course dinner continues to be a highlight of the event.
Current Information on the Pioneer Run
14th Annual GVMC Pioneer Run
Please plan to join us and mark September 17, 2017 on your calendar for the 14th Annual GVMC Pioneer Run for a great motorcycle ride (maybe the last of the motorcycling season).
Starting from the GVMC clubhouse at #306 - 9785 192 Sreet, Surrey.
Sign up from 9am - 10am. First rider out at 10am.
This is an observation road run (with questions to be answered along the way), on some of the best "twisties" in the Fraser Valley. Answering the questions is optional, for those who just want a fun Sunday ride.
Includes a full course dinner at the Clubhouse at the end of the run, with presentation of trophies for winning riders and teams (rider and passenger).
Cost - only $20 (plus applicable service charge if signing up via PayPal).
Pre-register by September 12th to confirm dinner.
The Pioneer Run is dedicated to the memory of all those loyal and hardworking club members who have passed on, but who had a tremendous part in forming the GVMC into what it is today.
Check under Past Events and in the Photo Gallery for information and photos from previous Pioneer Runs.
Check in the Photo Gallery and under Past Events to see the fun had at this event in the past.
Event Comments: 2017 GVMC Pioneer Run
This year’s Pioneer Run took place on Sunday Sept 17th, a little earlier than usual, in the hopes of getting better weather and not conflicting with other events. Unfortunately the weather forecast for the day was for rain, which possibly scared off some potential participants. As it turned out the rain did not come until about 3pm after everyone was back from the ride.
We had a total of 16 participants, 8 solo riders, 2 teams of rider and passenger and 2 teams in cars.
After a pre-ride snack of muffins, juice and coffee the riders had an interesting route through many backroads out as far as Yarrow, then back via Mission and some interesting roads in the Ruskin Dam area, coming back to the clubhouse across the Golden Ears bridge which is now toll free. It being an observation run there were questions to answer along the way if the participants so chose.
Back at the clubhouse they were treated to a traditional English dinner of “bangers and mash” (sausages and mashed potatoes) with vegetables, followed by a dessert of English style trifle. Several more members came just for dinner. Everyone said that they enjoyed both the ride and the dinner.
After dinner the awards were presented, this year’s winners being as follows: 1st place rider – Phil Blackburn (again) 2nd place rider – John Taylor 3rd place rider – Jim Brooke 1st place team – Jim Sloat and Jackie Heppler 2nd place team – Dave Massey and Renee Lehoux 3rd place team – John James and Irene Jack
Many thanks to everyone who helped make the event possible, including Kevin O’Brien, John Taylor, Ron Gaudette, Jackie Heppler, Richard Brown and Rob.
Special thanks to my wife Marjory for her big help with preparing dinner.