This weekend: Toy runs, dual sport rides, drag racing

Go for a ride with Lawrence Hacking and Dualsport Plus this weekend in Ontario.
Go for a ride with Lawrence Hacking and Dualsport Plus this weekend in Ontario.

There’s a lot happening this weekend, coast to coast.

Let’s start with Moncton, where the annual H.O.G. rally kicks off tomorrow and runs until Sunday. Of course, this is event is for Harley-Davidson’s official riders club members. So if you’ve got a Sportster, Road King, Wide Glide, or whatever, head to New Brunswick’s Hub City and party hearty (you can find the rally’s schedule here). Otherwise, you can hang on until Friday-Saturday, and take in the MotoMoncton instead, which appears to be open to everyone.

You can find out more about MotoMoncton here (there’s a band lineup, times for the poker runs, breakfasts, scavenger hunt, and so on); it costs $10 to register.

The Dutch Mason Blues and Motorcycle Lifestyle show runs at the Truro Raceway and Exhibition Grounds this weekend, Friday-Sunday. Find all the details on their site here; bands coming this year include the Marshall Tucker Band, the Georgia Satellites and the Sheepdogs. Of course there will be be vendors, a custom bike show, and all that other exciting stuff.

The Coastal Drifters Annual Memorial Toy Run takes place this weekend, based out of Barrington (call Doug at 902-745-2061 for information, bring a new unwrapped toy or cash donation).

The Valley Shifters MC is hosting their 2012 Valley Rally this weekend in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. There doesn’t seem to be much information on their site about the rally, but it’s been running for 13 years. If you want more details, you might get some from emailing

There are also some bike fundraisers going on in Ontario this weekend, including the 21st Lindsay Toy Ride at Riverwood Park, taking place on Sunday. This event raises money for Victoria’s Shelter and Amy’s Second Stage Housing, and as the name implies, it starts off in Riverwood Park in in Lindsay. Find out more details, including their schedule, here. There will be more than a group ride at this event – there’ll be music, a BBQ, and prizes for oldest rider, youngest rider, most toys raised, etc.

The Fourth Annual Ride for SickKids takes place this Sunday, starting at 10 a.m. at Mackie Harley-Davidson in Oshawa, and ending in Port Perry, with live entertainment and food. Cadence Grace will be performing. There are all sorts of other details here.

Dualsport Plus is hosting a dual sport ride with Lawrence Hacking (called, co-incidentally, Lawrence’s Dual Sport Ride). This will start at the Gellert Community Center in Georgetown South at 10:30 a.m; the ride should take about three hours, with an easy paved road only option. It will cost entrants $30, which includes lunch. There will be a silent auction, with all proceeds going to the Dave Morrison’s Kid’s Trust Fund. More details here!

The Canadian Motorcycle Drag Racing Association will be racing at Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga this weekend, on Saturday and Sunday. You can find the schedule for a CMDRA weekend here, and the racetrack’s website is here.

Moving west, there’s a fundraiser for the Irricana Fire Department in Irracana, Alberta on Saturday. Call Corinna at 403-667-6873 for more information.

There’s another Revelstoke Rumble dual-sport weekend at the Glacier House Resort, running all day Saturday. It costs $139 per person, plus tax. You can visit the resort’s website here.

And finally, the fourth annual Cumberland Motorcycle Roundup takes place in the village of Cumberland on Vancouver Island in B.C. on Saturday and Sunday. Apparently there were some issues with the judging at last year’s event, but organizers say they’ve revised the judging categories to improve things this year. Find out more about the event here.


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