Very few men have had such a profound effect in growing the sport of off road motorcycling in Canada as Warren Thaxter. His influence runs deep touching almost every type of off road, trail and adventure riding currently happening in Ontario. Warren was constantly introducing ideas and concepts that were way ahead of their time and are only now being recognized as best practice.
His biggest contribution to the sport is as a builder. After 33 years in the automotive industry, Warren retired to become completely immersed in the motorcycle world. He envisioned a future of organized, paid trail rides in Ontario starting in 1987 with OCMC’s Algonquin 2-Day.
As the concept of organized trail riding caught on, Warren saw the need for a provincial organization to represent off road riders’ rights and along with several others, founded the Ontario Federation of Trail Riders (OFTR) in 1992. The OFTR Trail Ride Series was established and the OFTR continues to ensure off-road riders have access to some of the best riding areas in the world.
Warren was also was a founder of Offroad Ontario, a competition organization and he hosts a yearly cross country race in that series. He has been a regular columnist for Inside Motorcycles magazine since its inception. His writing has influenced countless Canadians who were either involved in the sport or riders who were considering it.
He has also served on the boards of the CMA, MCC, CMHOF and numerous clubs.
Warren Thaxter was inducted to The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame November 7th, 2015
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Meet our Level 3 Competition Judge
Cheif Judge: Bob McKay, McKay’s Cycle Creations
Bob McKay has been working on motorcycles and working in the motorcycle business since 1970. Customizing motorcycles has been his main focus and passion. He has built and modified hundreds of one of a kind custom motorcycles. Over the last 40 plus years many of Bob’s creations have been featured in national and international motorcycle magazines since his first feature in Street Chopper magazine 1974.
Bob’s career in the motorcycle industry has not been limited to just building custom machines. He has pretty well had his hands in all aspects of the business – certified motorcycle mechanic – service manager of a multi-line dealership – owning and managing custom shops – owned and operated his own paint shop – designing parts for well know companies like Custom Chrome and Drag Specialties – owning Bob McKay’s Harley Davidson Inc with his wife Dianne from 1986 till when they sold the business in 2002, so they could concentrate on the true passion of building custom bikes and custom restorations of Harley-Davidson’s.
Judge: Ryan Robinson, RNR Custom Cycle
Guest Judge (From Cork Ireland): Ger Conlon, C & C Choppers