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article imageFriday the 13th Happens Twice a Year

By Posthappy     Apr 12, 2007 in Lifestyle
Friday the 13th happens twice a year, two months only, every year. No big deal to most people, unless you have some weird superstitious beliefs of course, but a big deal in the motorcycling industry…and a small town called Port Dover…. Why?
Because twice a year, in only two months a year, in rain, shine, snow or sleet, riders from everywhere gather in Port Dover, Ontario, Canada for…. well…. basically a good time….
It all began back in 1981 when some 25 friends decided to get together in the small Canadian town of Port Dover. Chris Simons, who owns a bike shop called Biker’s Delight wanted to get together with his friends and fellow bikers. They met at the Commercial Hotel, now known as Angelos of Dover, one day in November. It was cold and it was a Friday…. the 13th of November. They all had such a good time that they decided to continue the tradition every Friday the 13th and thus the event was born….. This year the two Friday the 13ths fall in April and July and yes the months change every year.
With only two every year and since it’s inception, the event has grown astronomically, from the first 25 fellows to now more than thousands of motorcyclists & enthusiasts who drive, walk, crawl to this event; one that just gets bigger every year. Dubbed PD13 a visit to the website will give more information. Even this sleepy town has come to enjoy the event and the tourism dollars it brings to the area. The official Norfolk County website explains this event like this:
Like the irresistible force of migrating birds, motorcycle enthusiasts flock to Port Dover every Friday 13th!
An amazing display of motorcycles!”
The first story I heard many years ago was that a restaurant in the area served the best buffalo wings going or maybe it was fish and chips…. A group of motorcyclists, with nothing better to do, decided to “get on and go”. It turned out to be in a month that had a Friday the 13th and so the tradition was born.
No matter how it started, the event gives all MC enthusiasts a reason to get together and talk/display/purchase all things bikes. In the warmer months, more people turn this day into a “get-away-weekend” while enjoying the countryside, bed & breakfasts along the route and the hospitality of this small town; during the colder months Friday the 13th still draws a fair crowd and even some die-hard riders. This Friday April the 13th could be a cold one as it's snowy and rainy right now, but it could all turn sunny and warm. No matter as I'm sure the turnout will still be good.
You can read the Mayor's welcome here.
Get directions here.
See you there! Or perhaps on Friday the 13th of July, 2007 when the weather is warmer.
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