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 turkey dinner continues to be a highlight of the event.
Current Information on the Pioneer Run
12th Annual GVMC Pioneer Run
Please plan to join us and mark September 27, 2015 on your calendar for the 12th Annual GVMC Pioneer Run for a great motorcycle ride (maybe the last of the motorcycling season).
Sunday September 27th 2015
Starting from the GVMC clubhouse at #307 - 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 23rd 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.
Event Comments: 2015 GVMC Pioneer Run - September 27. 2015
The weather cooperated for this year's run, with a clear sunny day after a rainy week. We had a good turnout, with 24 participants showing up for coffee, juice and muffins before setting out on the ride. 4 more people came out later just for the dinner.
The route covered lots of twisty roads, with questions to answer along the way. Riders seemed to enjoy the route, even though I had to add a last minute detour, as Clayburn Road was closed for construction. One of the questions caused a problem, as the homeowner had changed the decorations on the old truck cab on their lawn.
Participants enjoyed dinner back at the clubhouse featuring ham with baked potatoes and veggies, followed by pie and ice cream.
This year's winners are: 1st place solo - Phil Blackburn 2nd " " - Brent Lockhart 3rd " " - Chris Carey 1st place team - Dave Siefert & Debbie Bremner 2nd " " - Vern & Virginia Billing 3rd " " - Mike Cassidy & Lena Sterne
There was an extra award this year, donated by our friends Chris and Su from the Vintage Club of Western Australia - a trophy for oldest combination rider and bike, won by Brock Kinneard on his classic BMW.
A big thank you to Margie and Julie for their help in the kitchen, also to Ron G. for helping with registrations. Thanks to everyone who came out to make it a fun event, Bob