In 1985 after returning from Americade in Lake George New York, three motorcycle enthusiasts got together and discussed their trip. While in Lake George they attended the open house hosted by the Harley Davidson Motor Company. It was at this open house that they saw Chapter Rockers for the first time and these Chapter Rockers had names from cities throughout New York State, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Pennsylvania as well as other states. They decided to find out what was required in order to form a Chapter, so they spoke to the owner of Ab’s Motorcycle Shop, Ab Everest, their local Harley Davidson retailer and he spoke to the Canadian distributor for Harley Davidson Fred Deeley Imports. They told Ab what was required to form a Chapter and Ab passed the information along to the 3 riders who were Gord Barnes, Howard Siddall and Jim Haslett.

Gord Barnes a local Real Estate Broker in Bowmanville and long time rider, Howard Siddall an employee of Ab’s and also a rider for many years, and lastly Jim Haslett the Branch Manager of Household Trust in Oshawa. Once they found out what the requirements of forming a Chapter they set the wheels in motion to
form a local Chapter. Once they determined that there was sufficient interest to form a Chapter, a meeting was arranged to take place at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch at Simcoe Street South in Oshawa. The Executive Board Room was full and the meeting took place with various comments by those who had inquiries as to what the Chapter hoped to accomplish, what the Chapter would be called, what the requirements for membership where. Nominations for the various officers where accepted and a vote was held and the election of the first executive. Gary Pardy was the first Director elected. Below is a picture of the first anniversary of the Oshawa Chapter #9016 and the names of those people who were in attendance.
1986 Chapter Members
1986 Chapter Names

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