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Date Posted: 10:47:06 02/17/15 Tue
Author: Mike O'Reilly
Subject: Constance Bay Wrap Up

So 2015 is in the books!

There were no worries about ice quality or anything like that! I think that this will likely go down as the coldest Sunday of this winter. On behalf of Branch 616, thank you to each and every one of you who came. It was a tough one for sure. We had a total of 86 riders (68 original & 18 restored). Not like last year, but not bad for the temps.

I can't say enough about how this community and the Legion members have rallied around this event. I won't mention them all, for fear of leaving someone out, but do want to thank a couple of special people: Arlene Morrow our President, who is doing a great job in a thankless task, and Alfie Currie who has backed away from kitchen duties, but offered to come out of retirement to quarterback breakfast and the chili.

Thanks as well to our sponsors (these folks are amazing - I don't have time to chase around, and most of them come to me!):
- Ward 5 Councillor Eli El-Chantiry
- Almonte Sign Company (Rodney & Blair)
- Malwood Station (Harold Rowe)
- Point Lounge (Rick & Mary)
- Greystone Grill (Daryl & Nadine)
- Gavan's Hotel (Nick Matechuk)
- Snow City (Rick and Randy Wyatt), Kars
- Glenn "Bones" Carr

And finally, this year's awards:

Long Distance: John Glinski, North Bay
First Breakdown: Mark Trahan, Pettawawa, '69 SnoHawk

Oldest Machine: Allan & Ruth Flinn, Smiths Falls, '53 Eliason (no relation to the councillor) Autoboggan
2nd Oldest: Kevin Percy, Almonte, '63 Penguin

Best Original: Brodee Campbell, Quyon, '75 Polaris Colt
2nd Original: Tyler Clarke, North Gower, '70 Rupp Sprint 29

Best Restored: Rob Foster, Nepean, '67 Snow Cruiser 207
2nd Restored: Jerry Fryc, Rankin, '79 Skidoo Citation

Best Muscle Machine: Barry & Sandra Beach, Carp, '76 Arctic Cat Jag F/A

Best Rat Sled: Dennis Lambert, Carleton Place, '70 Snow Cruiser "Wrecker"
2nd Rat Sled: Bucky Buchanan, Kemptville, '67 Olympic "69er"

Best Rare Iron: Rick Charlebois, Buckham's Bay (West), '07 Polaris Edge "Julie Special"
2nd Rare Iron: Mike Villeneuve, Rockland, '69 BoaSki Big Twin

Best Custom: Dennis Lambert, Carleton Place, '71 Snow Cruiser #69

Best Vintage Suit: Jamie McCoy, Franktown, Polaris Robin's Egg Blue
2nd Suit: Ryan Baird, Carp, John Deere (what else!)

Councillor's Choice: Rodney Groulx, Almonte, '71 Yamaha SS 433 (It's all Yamaha for Eli now I guess)

Award of Merit: Alfie Currie, chef extrodinaire.

I'm working on photos & should have them up in a day or so. Thanks again to everyone, and see you in 2016.

Mike

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