“In this economic climate it’s hard to find help. Help from the government, help from banks, help from big industry. This is not true in the motorcycle and custom motorcycle industry. When I asked Cyril if I could write a blog entry to thank my sponsors he was naturally concerned. This blog was intended to be a valuable and news worthy place for industry people and enthusiasts to go. This was not a place to shamelessly “plug” my sponsors, this letter’s purpose is not to “plug” my sponsors, rather to give credit, where credit is due. I would like to start out by saying this, the size of a contribution or donation to an after school program like mine is not what I am thanking anybody for.
I am simply thanking those who have trusted me and believed in my kids that they could step up to the plate and deliver a home run when one was needed. The Donnie Smith Chopper Class Challenge is a great and wonderful event. This event has brought more attention to my little Klub than I could ever hope for so they will be first on the list to thank. I thank them first because without the competition, the drive, the ambition to succeed would have been harder to achieve. Most of the people that have helped my program out, did so without thinking twice, without me or the members having to beg or plea for support, allowing us to hold on to our pride when it seems we were asking for a “handout”. We don’t see these as “handouts”, we see them as a “hand up”, friends and peers, helping each other out. The Chopper Class Program has high school kids from all over the world, building motorcycles.
Some of these programs are part of the regular curriculum and taught during the school day, others, like mine, are after school and receive no funding and depend on the small amounts we can raise selling cookie dough and raffle tickets. The real support comes from those who give of what they have, they give with the knowledge that soon, these kids will be out there in the real world, building bikes. I know my kids will not forget who contributed, these kids are the future of the industry. Knowing that, folks like Joe McGlynn of Crime Scene Choppers donated parts to the Klub in a “raw” form, he also sent me the instructions as to how the students could bring them to a “finished” state. The Klub ended up with some cool parts and the know-how, thanks Joe. Sponsor like Russell Mitchell, who not only gave and gives to my program but put up with the kids and myself two years in a row at the Digby Wharf Rat Rally in Nova Scotia by housing our booth in his space, giving the kids a sense of what it’s like to be in the limelight and “upped” the chances of exposure and fund raising because of it, thanks Russell.
I honestly believe the people who have sponsored my program or any of the other programs in the US and Overseas don’t fully do it just for the advertising, they do it because they want to help, help the kids and help the industry. I am hoping to appeal to all individuals in the custom motorcycle industry to support Chopper Classes, the benefits far surpass any residual sales that may come from your support. The student members of the programs feel encouraged by the knowledge that Master Builders and companies know they exist. This gives them the drive they need to continue when times get tough, when deadlines approach, when it’s time to promote their own programs and themselves, because the bottom line with all of this, is the kids. So when I say “Thank you” it’s not to meet any obligations to people or organizations for products received or money gained, it’s to sincerely convey our gratitude to those who saw fit to trust, believe and invest in the future of this industry even during these trying times. So if I may, on behalf of the Bernice MacNaughton High School Bike Klub of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada I would like to say “Thanks” to all those who helped us to this point, Merch Motors USA, Exile Cycles, Goldammer Cycle Works, Corbin Seats, Performance Machine, Avon Tyre, Mid-USA, PPG, Mid-USA Motorcycle Parts, Avon Grips, Deeley H-D Canada, all the H-D Dealers in Canada that supported us, Trick Factory Customs, Cycle Boyz, Hogzotic Cycles, Biker TV, Motorcycle Mojo Magazine, Cycle Source Magazine, Ol’ Skool Rodz Magazine, McKay’s Custom Creations, Kent County Custom, Elswick Cycles, Pyrotech Kustoms, Guilty Customs, British Cycle Supply, Todd’s Cycle & Service and countless local companies.
Along with parts donations some builders have given time and consideration to the klub. Folks like Russell Mitchell, Eddie Trotta, Matt Hotch, Brad Ruel, Bob McKay, Tim and Rod at Trick Factory and Chica, whom we have met and spent time with and even worked with. Others like Cole Foster, Roger Goldammer and as mentioned Joe McGlynn have offered technical advice and help.
It’s important that people know that there are many out there helping keep this industry alive by supporting the future custom bike builders. To those that support the other high school teams, we thank you as well. Support your local Chopper Class!!!”
Mazz. Marc Mazerolle, Bernice MacNaughton High School, Teacher/Manager BMHS Bike Klub, 999 St George Blvd. Moncton, New Brunswick E1E 2C9 CANADA