M ore than sixty Norton fanatics descended upon Joli Voyageur Resort in Lavigne, Ontario for The Great White Norton Rally. Hosts Carol and Rodney did a great job accommodating us. Coffee ready in the morning followed by breakfast and dinner both nights. Saturday’s fresh Pickerel dinner was fantastic. They even had a one man band to entertain us at the campfire.

Rodney liked us so much he bought a 1961 Norton Atlas 750 and joined the ONo!

Saturday Morning started off with coffee and eggs for breakfast, before kick stands up at 10:30 AM.  We had two group rides this year. One long run led by 2 Meter Peter to Temagami via Hwy’s 64, 575 and 11. The second shorter run was led by Manse followed the same route, but turned back at Marten River. After the run we lined up our bikes for photos by Rob Onaville. Thanks Rob.

Richard Metcalf won Best Norton in show with his Atlas. James Sculland won Best British Classic with his ’69 Triumph Bonneville. Peter Gillette won Longest Distance Traveled with his ’75 Commando Interstate. The Bent Valve Award went to 2 Meter Peter because on the pre-ride shakedown the day before the rally the needle dropped in his carb. All was fixed at the side of the road in about 10 minutes.

We had free beer! donated by Macleans ales.  It was enjoyed. Gary Martel  of  White Knight Promotions in Ottawa donated 9 Norton ball hats for door prizes. Thank you Gary and Maclean Sales.

Thanks to all who attended the rally and helped to make it a great time, we will do this again next year. If you’re ever in Lavigne Ontario… stay at Joli Voyageur.

Special Thanks to Carol and Rodney!

Photos©2021 Rob Onaville

Esprit de Nor[ton]

Ontario Norton Owners inception ’99
Invited for a special show with seafood and with wine

Rivers French and churches tall teaming lakes so grand
a perfect setting for all riders – of the Motherland

Inspired by the Guzzi guys and tired of Muskoka flies
we scouted out the J and V just down the road from brother Guy
who added to the song and dance with a trio called “The Angry Pants”

To own a Norton same old spiel for most of us is an ordeal
A metaphor for life of sorts stripping threads in heads & ports
If you want no trouble seen go and buy a new machine
or be like Rodney check his ways he bought a Norton in 2 days

Fish fry under open skies a baker drops off cakes and pies
wedding tent the cook so keen while Nortons line up on the green
Richard Metcalfe hands down wins the “Finest Norton” trophy pin
the feast in fields may now begin

Carol, Rodney, listen up on behalf of our Norton owners club
a heartfelt thank you straight from us for the atmosphere & hosting us

Shooting stars a summer gift cut across horizons swift
Waxing moon a one man band sending sound waves across the land
Eclectic mix of people and rides lets meet again at August Ides

Thank the force behind it all and may your Norton never stall