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
15th Annual GVMC Pioneer Run
Please plan to join us and mark Sunday,September 30, 2018 on your calendar for the 15th 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 19th 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: 2018 15th Annual GVMC Pioneer Run
The weather forecast for this year’s Pioneer Run was for a rainy day, and unfortunately they were correct - it poured. Consequently only two brave souls came out on their bikes, while six others took part in the drier environment of cars. After a snack at the clubhouse of muffins, juice and coffee all completed the route through lots of twisty roads in the Fraser Valley out as far as Chilliwack, answering the questions from the route sheet along the way. The trickiest part was the memory-testing question, which asked them to try and keep track of how many fire hydrants, they passed en route, which was a huge number.
On returning to the clubhouse our intrepid riders got to dry off, and everyone enjoyed a dinner of ham with raisin sauce, scalloped potatoes and veggies, followed by pie and ice cream. Several more members came just for the dinner.
This year’s winners were as follows: Solo Rider 1st place Dwight Harris, 2nd place Jim Brooke Team 1st place Phil Blackburn and Zena Bowman, 2nd place Jim Sloat and Jackie Heppler, 3rd place Brock and Kevin Kinneard.
Thanks go out to my wife Margie, Don and Zena for their help with preparing the dinner and to all there who helped with clean up.
In spite of the rain all who came out had a good time, better luck with the weather next year! Thanks, Bob Vickers