WOW ... what can I say, but woohoo what a ride!!! So many things have happened since the last time I took fingers to keyboard, I almost don’t know where to start!
This weekend, I’ve had the greatest time attending the National Motorcycle Show with ours truly, Belt Drive Betty... who flew to Toronto to cover the show with me.
Tons of great vendors, a plethora of beautiful chrome and machines, lots of friends to meet and greet with, and new friends and business partners gained, along with a new tattoo to top of the day!! Successful weekend just doesn’t cut the mustard when it comes to one word descriptions.
In this 31st year of this event, the organizers, Neveu Productions Inc. decided to add a new twist to this always great event, and added a whole new section to their floor plan, and offered their guests the option of ink... Crazy Wild ink... mellow 'Americana' ink... Old school, new school and everything in between.
I even managed to visit my favorite shops booth, Great Canadian Tattoo Company, and get the Chinese Symbol for FREEDOM on my lower neck!!! Didn’t even hurt... and it’s a beautiful, simple piece, so I’m quite pleased.
As always, on Saturday, the place was packed. The crowds seemed to ebb and flow with good energy and lots of great bargains to be had... from leathers, to helmets, to boots, to jewelry and everything in between. The ability to hump up their rides, or the right parts to fix them, or even a new or used one was there to be had.
It was humbling to realize just HOW MANY people here in Ontario know of us here at Belt Drive Betty. We were both made to feel welcome at each and every booth in the show.
The day was long though, and we were quite exhausted by days end, and all we really wanted to do was grab a bite to eat, and crash.
Many thanks go out to our Hostess, Crystal, for putting up with myself and Belt Drive Betty, for overtaking her apartment, using her supplies and making a mess of her table and living room, while we were there from Thursday to Sunday, as well as the fabulous Mexican dinner we had, all on her behalf.
Sunday dawned not quite as early as Saturday (thanks BE for that!). The start time for Sunday was 10 am, so I actually managed to get a good night sleep and was fresh and ready for what turned out to be a very busy, but highly productive day.
Belt Drive Betty did her morning rounds of all the vendors, introducing herself, and collecting cards for potential customers and new friends. I manned our booth, and made sure all questions posed were answered, and got to see more friends from days gone by in the meantime.
In the early afternoon I wandered over to the stage as the beginning of the live auction began. Video camera in hand, it was a grand pleasure to find out that Shawn Brittan of Brittan Appraisals was the auctioneer. Memories of meeting Brittan and his floor man, Rob van Deel Piepers at the Classy Chassis & Cycles Auction last fall, were primary in my mind when I arrived at the stage, and I managed to grab a few great hugs before the auction began and my focus became the beautiful machines that were up on the auction block.
It`s always an interesting and fun time, witnessing the two men work the crowd, liven things up, and get buyers excited about what's being offered at great prices. I must give them credit, because although the crowd was quite stiff pocketed, there were a few people who walked away with deals of the century.
After the auction, it was time for me to put on my 'sales hat' and with portfolios in hand, I visited the potential customers to be found at the show. It was a pleasure meeting everyone, and I truly look forward to benefitting them with the great deals and wonderful offers we have to market and assist these vendors in building their businesses.
I must admit, the vast majority of credit goes out to Belt Drive Betty. For having an amazing idea and building it to what it is today!
It`s amazing, humbling and motivational to be able to share her dreams with others and watching the advancements of our member businesses and the great leaps and bounds we`ve all made together.
I feel that I’m blessed with the amount of people who I know, all of whom were happy to see me, and spend even the smallest of moments with me.
Those who show genuine concern for my well being, and those who support me in my life choices and actions. I’d just like to say THANK YOU to all of you....
It was a great show, as always, and a special thanks goes out to Carolyn and Bob Neveu for the parking ticket coverage, and for allowing me to be a small part of a wonderful event.