Congratulations to all our past contest and award winners!
2018 50/50 Award
Congratulations to Mike Clements with ticket no. A-29128 for winning the ATLANTICADE 2018 50/50 draw for $3400!
The Rino Fournier Memorial Award Longest Distance Rider-Male
The Rino Fournier Memorial Award is presented to a male rider who travels the greatest distance to attend the festival. A close friend of Ben’s, Rino made several trips from his Moncton home to Laconia and the west coast. His grandson Matt Hicks was strapped to the back of his grandfather’s Harley before he could walk. Rino passed away from cancer a few years ago, and Matt chose to honour his memory by purchasing his own ride in 2010.
So if you’ve come quite a ways to be here, drop by the registration desk to submit your name for consideration. This award is also presented during the Awards Breakfast.
Congratulations Ben Thielen of Rochford, Illinois – USA!
2017 – Angus
2016 – Patrick
2015 – George Toms of Florida
2014 – Bill Reynolds of Cold Lake, AB
and Steve Price of Memphis, TN
2013 – Barry Leclair of Fort Nelson, BC
2012 – Ira Rosnel of Alaska
2011 – Alan Ginsbury of Vancouver, BC
2010 – John McInnis of Manitoba
2009 – Jeff Vint of Alberta
2008 – Paddy Tyson of Ireland
The Ben Richard Memorial Award
A Moncton native, Ben
Congratulations Yvon Pelletier of Grand Falls, NB!
2017 – Gilles Arsenault of Moncton, NB
2016 – Ian Henderson of Charlottetown, PEI
2015 – Keith Anderson of Moncton, NB
2014 – Skip Bearisto of Summerside, PEI
2013- Harry Watts of Kitchener, ON
2012 – Zeke Eaton of Summerside, PE
2011 – Trapper Cane of Drayton, ON
2010 – Merritt Keith of Saint John, NB
2009 – Warren (Smokey) Schella of Moncton, NB
2008 – J.P. Arsenault of Moncton, NB
2007 – John Johnson of Moncton, NB
Gail Neilson Memorial Award Longest-Distance Rider Award-Female
The Gail Neilson Memorial Award is presented to a female rider who travels the greatest distance to attend the festival. Born and raised in Campbellton, NB, Gail spent her younger years zipping around town on a moped. In 1987, she became hooked on motorcycles after her son Randy took her for a spin on his new Harley Davidson. The following year, she took a motorcycle safety course with her husband and purchased a 650 Suzuki Savage. She would go on to purchase five Harley’s throughout her riding career. In 1990, Gail became one of the first New Brunswick members of the Motor Maids organization, attending her first convention in Emporia, Kansas the following year. Over her 25-year membership, she travelled to 16 Motor Maid conventions across North America, including the 2015 Moncton convention where she received a Silver Life Award. Gail’s final convention was in Sante Fe, Mexico in 2016 before she passed away on May 18th, 2017.
Gail received many long-distance rider awards throughout her life. Therefore, it’s only fitting that we name ours in her honour. If you share Gail’s spirit and stamina, don’t hesitate to submit your name for consideration.
Congratulations Rebecca Thielen of Rochford, Illinois – USA!
2017 – Sheila Best of Victoria, BC
2016 – Myrna Bragg of Eastbrook, ME
2015 – Julie Sculland of Pakenham, ON
2014 – Cathy Caseley of Mill Bay, BC
2013 – Nicole Munns of Brantford, ON
2012 – Hazel Ibbs of Campbell River, BC
Still Running After All These Years
This award goes to the participant with the oldest running fully functioning motorcycle.
2018 Winner is Terrence Bourque of Moncton with a 1976 Gold Wing
2017- Charles Beal and his 1977 Honda CB750