Springshow names Vada Seeds Motorcyclist Volunteer of the Year
Our congratulations and gratitude to Vada Seeds for making her mark in the motorcycling community with another year of exceptional volunteering.
SPRINGSHOW 2017’s Motorcyclist of the Year
SPRINGSHOW 2016’s Motorcyclist of the Year
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
SPRINGSHOW 2015’s Motorcyclist of the Year – ‘Volunteer’ Category
SPRINGSHOW 2015 is launching an annual “Motorcyclist of the Year” award which will be presented to a outstanding motorcyclist deserving of recognition from the entire motorcycle community. The recipient will be a VIP Guest of the Show for the entire weekend and will be presented with their award during a stage presentation on opening day. This year’s honouree, in the Volunteer Category, is Betty Anne Clark.
Betty Anne Clark is a presence that you can’t miss. The motorcycle world has had the benefit of her gregarious personality since the late 80’s when she joined the Brampton Motorcycle Association (BMA) and began volunteering at numerous motorcycle events… and hasn’t stopped since. She was with the BMA for over 20 years, many of those on the executive committee. She has been secretary, treasurer and Chair of the Ontario Road Riders Association (ORRA), secretary and Chair with the Motorcycle Rider Safety Council, active member with several executive positions with the Nortown Motorcycle Club and a current member of the BMW Owners of America.
As a member of the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group (CVMG) since 1989 Betty Anne has worn many hats including treasurer of the Old Fort York section, and as an active committee member of the Paris National Rally to which she dedicates an extraordinary amount of time, both in the pre-registration and on-site filling whatever roles need to be filled. She currently works on the National executive as Membership Secretary looking after member issues and overseeing records of over 2500 members and was instrumental in developing the new membership side of the web-site.
Always willing to lend a helping hand, her energy is inspiring and infectious.
Besides these (and more) motorcycle events she also volunteers at a local church and at her health club. Her latest endeavour is her position on the campground committee where she has recently found a permanent site for her summer trailer.
Betty Anne is now retired, having worked for 25 years as a medical technologist which eventually led to her vital position as Technical Director of Laboratories and Infection Control, and of course she held many executive positions with numerous medical associations in her field.
Did we mention she rides? Boy, does she. She currently has a 2013 Honda PCX 150, a 2005 Suzuki 400 Burgman, a 1977 Honda CT90 and a 1969 Honda Cub. In the recent past she has ridden a 1986 Suzuki 450 to Vancouver and back, a 1999 Virago 1100 to Newfoundland, and she’s even ridden ‘The Dragon’ on a 1988 Honda 800 Shadow. Most recently she took her Burgman to the National BMW Rally in Gillette Wyoming and Johnston CityTennessee where, you guessed it, she volunteered.
This year the Show producers of the SPRINGSHOW ran into Betty Anne at BarberMotorsportsPark in Birmingham, Alabama for the Vintage Racing Weekend. There was Betty Anne riding around on her scooter amidst all the motorhomes and trailers up on the hill overlooking the track, probably looking for anyone in need of help or information. From there a trip to New Orleans was on the schedule with her traveling companions. As you can see she’s on a permanent adventure.
The SPRINGSHOW is proud to recognize Betty Anne as our Motorcyclist of the Year. Her talents are invaluable, her dedication is admirable, her generosity is immeasurable and her smile is irreplaceable. Please make a point of saying hello if you spot her in the Show, shake her hand and thank her for all she does for motorcycling.