I’m writing this on Halloween eve wondering if the kids are out trick or treating.  Our neighborhood has only a few kids with houses spaced out so they don’t come around here.  I stepped outside and can hear the kids in the neighborhood across the street – they are out and having a great time!   With Thanksgiving and the holidays coming, how will things change this year with celebrations. 

We had some sad news this month with the passing of Bob Wadell, a long time club member.  We will all miss him!  Our hearts go out to Lady.  

As goes with 2020, the weather for the Red River Shootout was cold and windy vs the previous week that was warm and lovely.  I had my Triumph jacket and toot hat so was good to go.  We had ~35 people join us in Sherman for some driving, eating and chatting. It was great to get out and enjoy some time with friends.  

Did you see the holiday flyer of RRTC Gear that Dave sent out?  Please get your holiday orders to Wynnell by November 12th.  There are great gifts for all from t-shirts, polos, denim shirts, jackets, blankets, bags, hats and masks! 

Our annual  Turkey Trot is coming in a few weeks on November 21st that includes a rally and lunch.  Join us!  We also have tentative plans for the Holiday party January 9th.   We’ll have Officer elections in January for 2021.  Are you interested in volunteering?  We can always use some help in organizing events and bringing new ideas to the group.  

Why is November 5th celebrated? It’s all to do with Guy Fawkes who, on 5 November 1605, was arrested while guarding the explosives he and a team of accomplices had placed beneath the Houses of Parliament in London.  The Gunpowder Plot was intended as a murderous prologue to a Midlands revolt. It was designed to disrupt a ceremony in which King James I’s nine-year-old daughter was to be installed as the Catholic head of state. But it failed when authorities were tipped off by an anonymous letter. At that time Catholicism was heavily repressed under Queen Elizabeth I.  

In Scotland, the night is one of community wide celebration and good fun, despite its origins being a lot more sinister. The celebration was rebranded as ‘fireworks night’ or ‘bonfire night’ in 1910 by firework manufacturers. 

By the 20th century, the event had become more like the Bonfire Night we know today, with the setting off of fireworks considered a tongue in cheek nod to Guy Fawkes’ sternly guarded cargo. Bonfire night saw Scots of all ages coming together, bringing any kind of material that would burn, and create sizeable bonfires.  On November 5th, have a fire for Guy Fawkes!  

Did you remember to roll your clocks back an hour on November 1st?  

As the weather has changed finally, get out and drive your Triumph!  Stay connected everyone!  Make it a point to reach out to fellow RRTC members.  Call, text, email or video conference are great ways to stay connected.   

See you back out there when you are ready!