Dave was impressed with the torque of the BSA and the sound of the Triumph. He admitted it took extra effort to overcome his muscle memory to brake with the left foot and shift with the right. After the ride, he joined in with Mario to spend a good part of two hours shining up the bikes for the parade. Dave wanted to spend more time to make it perfect, but Mario’s wife, Louise had prepared a delicious Carbonara pasta dinner that easily changed his mind.
VMCC Chair, Mario Costa-Sa himself was the man behind the genius of the VMCC / AMCA Travel Exchange idea. He rolled out the red carpet for Dave but please don't expect this kind of royal treatment for everyone. They went above and beyond to test the waters.
At the close of the trip as Dave boarded his flight back to Minnesota, he said, “My UK adventure has safely been completed and it was nothing short of phenomenal!” He was appreciative of the club members throughout the journey. He ended up riding with four VMCC Sections, visited countless members and had the time of his life.
It goes without saying that the first test of the VMCC/AMCA Reciprocation Program came off without a hitch and was a resounding success. Now, I don’t want to misguide anyone into thinking all visits will be royal treatments as Dave enjoyed and I would not expect the top brass of the club to be hands-on for every occasion, but you have to admit it’s a pretty sweet deal.
The VMCC owns about a dozen motorcycles which are maintained, licensed and insured for use to known active members in good standing. For those AMCA members who are interested in attending one of many popular VMCC club events, visit www.VMCC.net
Several AMCA members have already committed to participate in this program on our shores. Would you be willing to help? If so, write to me personally at Kizer@AntiqueMotorcycle.org simply saying, “I’m interested in working with VMCC”, and we will keep you informed as we finalize plans. If you fancy yourself as a world travel and willing to monitor a Facebook page which is dedicated to this program, we would love to hear from you.