Mark McGuire

Vintage Bicycle Show celebrates five years

 

By Jolene Perron

 

After travelling to attend the Canadian Vintage Bicycle Show in Brantford, a local couple decided they could hold their own similar event in their own backyard.

“I have been collecting vintage bicycles for the last 17 years,” explained event coordinator and property owner, Mark McGuire, who runs the event with wife Cori. “The intent of acquiring our first bicycle was to add to the decor in our basement. As I began to research and learn more, my interest grew, as well as my collection. Canada has a rich history of the bicycle especially with CCM (Canada Cycle and Motor), which unfortunately met its demise in 1983. The history of CCM, the bicycle, and the political and manufacturing relationship between Canadian and the U.S.A. is fascinating. When CCM was established in 1899 through the amalgamation of five Canadian bicycle manufacturing companies, Canada was still looming in the shadow of the Americans trying to impose on Canadian industry. CCM sought to make Canadian bicycle manufacturing strong. At this time in history, the bicycle was a main mode of transportation.”

Event coordinator Mark McGuire shows off his  personal collection of bicycles at the 5th annual Southern Ontario Vintage Bicycle Show Sunday.

Event coordinator Mark McGuire shows off his
personal collection of bicycles at the 5th annual Southern Ontario Vintage Bicycle Show Sunday.

The show started as away for the family to show their interest, collection and share their history knowledge with others. Since beginning the show five years ago, they have attracted collectors from London, Brantford, St. Jacobs, St. Catherines and more who all display, sell and trade bicycles, parts and memorabilia from the past. They typically bring out more than 200 visitors and the number grows each year.

“Collecting antiques is in my blood,” explained McGuire. “My dad has an extensive collection of various antiques, specifically farm related. Ironically, he did not collect bicycles, so at least there was no competition there for me. Dad did enjoy coming out to our past bicycle shows. We enjoy sharing stories with all ages about people and their bicycles and bicycle history. Everyone has a “bike story,” whether it was given to them as a Christmas gift or whether it was a fond childhood memory or even a critical means of transportation.”

Rick Wolfe, who has one the largest pre 1900s vintage bicycles, demonstrates how to properly mount a Royal Mail, circa 1884, with a 54” wheel.

Rick Wolfe, who has one the largest pre 1900s vintage bicycles, demonstrates how to properly mount a Royal Mail, circa 1884, with a 54” wheel.

McGuire said the only requirement for the show, was for all visitors to have fun and enjoy themselves at the family friendly educational event for bicycle enthusiasts.

Antique bicycles on display at Southern Ontario Vintage Bicycle show

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Bicycles and motorcycles from the 19th Century to the present were on exhibit Sunday at the Southern Ontario Vintage Bicycle open house.

The open house was held at the Concession 6 North home of Mark and Cori McGuire with exhibitors from out-of-town coming in to show their collections in addition to the collection compiled over the years by the McGuires. Cori explained their first antique bicycle was originally acquired as a decoration for their basement.

“It kind of grew from there,” she said.

Vendors, exhibitors and vintage bike collectors came from as far as Brantford, Elmira, London and even parts of the United States. While rain late in the day hampered the event, Mark was still pleased with how things turned out.
“We had a good turnout,” he said. “We had a good day.”

Cori and Mark McGuire hosted the Southern Ontario Vintage Bicycle open house again this year at their Concession 6 North home.

Cori and Mark McGuire hosted the Southern Ontario Vintage Bicycle open house again this year at their Concession 6 North home.

Bicycles stretched from as far back as 1885 to the present with Cori stating many of the bikes were from the pre-1900 era. She added modern bicycles are now being modeled after bicycles from the past.

“I think the appeal of vintage bicycles is growing,” said Mark. “There are more cyclists nowadays and they want to know where (the bikes) come from.”

Mark added they don’t believe there is any show like their show in southwestern Ontario.

“There are a select few collectors and we come together and put on shows,” he said.

There were about 42 door prizes, Cori stated, pointing out they are grateful to the businesses that donated.

A variety of vintage and modern bicycles were on exhibit during the Southern Ontario Vintage Bicycle open house Aug. 28.

A variety of vintage and modern bicycles were on exhibit during the Southern Ontario Vintage Bicycle open house Aug. 28.

Rick Wolfe said he travels to shows in the U.S. and Ontario and brings some of his collection with him. He brought a 1907 motorcycle to the Amherstburg show and the Molokai, Ontario native added he also brought bicycles dating back to 1889 with him along with other memorabilia.

“It’s my first time here and it’s a great show,” said Wolfe. “For what it is, it’s a killer show.”

Wolfe added he travels around and spreads history of vintage bicycles as it is a subject not usually taught.

“What I enjoy seeing here are the young faces,” he said. “It’s good to see youth interested.”