OMG we had fun in the rain!
Yes, MTR 2015 was a huge success, despite riding head-on into the biggest rain and wind storm of the year. Kudos to the indomitable Vancouver Motorcycle Police Drill Team for leading us safely to Whistler where we raised glasses and funds for a great cause. We were short a few bikes due to weather, but many of our loyal supporters switched to cars and we were able to maintain 80% of our registrants. After a hot breakfast at Edgewater Casino, a storm briefing from the police and an inspired speech from music therapist Carolyn Neapole (see news item), we took advantage of the major wind on our backs and set off for Whistler. We had an interesting moment near Britannia Beach when a small rockslide planted itself in the middle of the police escort, between bike two and three. The police and many of our MTR riders jumped off their bikes and cleared boulders from the road while stealing glances at the sky for more falling debris. Crisis averted, we rolled on to Squamish where Chances Casino welcomed us with coffee and pastries, and Wide Mouth Mason’s Sean Verrault rocked the house with a tasty set of blues/rock. The rain picked up after Squamish but spirits were high as we pulled into the GLC in Whistler. Something about overcoming adversity brought everyone together. We had a full house for the luncheon, everyone thoroughly enjoying GLC’s hot fresh food followed by a rousing set by country chart-toppers High Valley who flew up from Nashville specially for the event. Our auctioneer/comedian extraordinaire Howard Blank rocked the house, raising everyone’s spirits even higher with his audience-poking humour and not-always-politically-correct banter. As a result we exceeded our live and silent auction target for 2015. Generous donors left with deluxe vacations in Mexico and Los Vegas, signed guitars from Keith Urban, Jack Johnson and Colin James, a private VPD Motorcycle Drill Team escort, and much more. A few special supporters were awarded MTR-signature Zildjian Cymbals for their contributions. Thanks to all who participated, and a big salute to our longstanding host/MC Patrick Zulinov for keeping the ride rolling forward year after year. Stay tuned for our big 15th Anniversary celebrations in 2016.
– Shaw Saltzberg, Music Therapy Ride
Photos by Ron Sombilon Photography