Sunday, January 24, 2016

1908 CCM

Every Friday the 13th, thousands of motorcycles descend on the small town of Port Dover on Lake Erie. On a nice summer's day, attendance can reach +100,000.
I've never been. But, I have seen news reports of the event and heard from others who have been. This year there will be only one Friday the 13th - in May.
It all started in 1981 when a few friends got together at the suggestion of biker Chris Simon. They had such a good time they decided to meet up on the next Friday the 13th, and the next ... and a tradition was born. 
As for this stamp, issued in 2013, it shows a unique view of a 1908 CCM. It was designed by Mark Warburton with illustration by Mark Pilon. 
The Light Weight Motor Cycle had a Swiss designed engine that could be installed on any conventional bike frame, which made maintenance simple. It was billed as a "Gentleman's Motor Cycle" and was said to have no noise or vibrations.

for cycling at Sunday Stamps

12 comments:

  1. That is one wimpy motorcycle lol.

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    1. I know, isn't it? In fact, when they first came out, I didn't realize it was a motorcycle!

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  2. I like the unusual perspective of the picture.

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    1. It is an interesting concept to show the bike from the perspective of the rider

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    1. I haven't so far. But every time I am almost tempted ...
      (not on a bike, of course)

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  4. At first sight I thought it a bicycle, too!
    I love the perspective, it's a beautiful stamp!

    And such a brave habit, to ride on Friday 13th (I think I don't dare to drive a motor cycle at all :-)

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    1. It is a rather fun tradition
      I have been on a motorbike, but I would rather have been the driver than hanging onto the driver and seeing only his back!

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  5. Great story, stamp and postmark.

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    1. Thanks.
      And thanks to Eva for the suggested theme.

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  6. The stamp invites you to throw a leg over and motor off. I love old motorcycles. I'd probably have second thoughts about a Friday 13th ride but then I'm not a devil may care biker which coincidently is a name connected to where hundreds of bikers gather each weekend near me at Devil's Bridge.

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    1. I live about an hour away from Port Dover, and I am always reminded that it is Friday the 13th by the number of motorbikes I see on the road (probably either heading to, or returning from, Dover)

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