WHEELS: Hurt’n Old Guys bike night in support of Caledon charities
By Graeme Frisque/Special to Enterprise
As the end of September and summer quickly approach, as does the end of the Hurt’n Old Guys Motorcycle Club Wednesday night bike night season in Bolton.
Every Wednesday throughout the summer months, weather permitting, the Hurt’n Old Guys transform the parking lot outside of the Bolton St. Louis Bar and Grill into an impressive showcase of choppers, cruisers and customs.
“Every year there seems to be more and more. Lots of people come out and it’s more like a community event. A lot of people meet up with friends and new people and end up riding together for the whole summer. We call it the meeting place,” said club president Fern Doria.
Formed in 2000, the small motorcycle club has been holding a bike night in support of local charities for a number of years, moving it from Orangeville to Bolton in 2009.
The weekly event started out relatively small with about 60 bikes and has since grown to average over 150, while raising more than $5,000 per year for Caledon Community Services (CCS) through fundraising efforts held at each event.
“It’s a fantastic event because it’s open to everybody,” said CCS director of fundraising and communications Fiona Coughlin. “We’ve been working with these guys for about four years and it’s great to see pillars of the community helping out the community.”
Fundraising takes place all summer at various events held by the club, but each week all proceeds from a 50/50 draw go directly to CCS; most notably to the organization’s efforts with local at-risk children.
Mother Nature was not kind to the Hurt’n Old Guys this summer, as poor weather led to the cancellation of many nights planned this season. However, Doria is confident that they will still be able to meet their fundraising targets.
While the event is mostly non-competitive, every other week a plaque for best bike of the night is awarded. Caledon resident Remo Piccolo, a regular at the event, took home the honour earlier in August for his 2008 Harley Davidson Street Glide.
“Something like this is just an opportunity to hang out with good friends, see some nice bikes and support the local club here in the community,” said Piccolo. “Theyre doing good things so I like to come out and support them.”
Another of the summer’s award recipients was Bolton resident Paul “Spider” Manzon with his custom 2007 Harley Street Glide.
“I live in Bolton and I like to support the guys in the community. I just come out and have a good time, meet other riders and just ride,” said Manzon.
Despite a heavy dose of Harleys, Doria says motorcycles of all kinds are welcome, as each Wednesday everything from stock bikes and cruisers, to customs and speed bikes can be found on display at the event.
“It’s a bike night, so anything with two wheels and a motor is welcome,” said Doria. “We don’t get as many speed bikes, but we get more and more each year. Everyone is welcome and it’s for a great cause.”
Visit the Hurt’n Old Guys Facebook page for more information.