The OPP Golden Helmets precision motorcycle team will be performing in the area not once but twice this weekend! On Friday, September 11th, they will be performing for Thessalon’s Career Day with the show set to begin at 7pm. If you can’t make that performance, on Saturday they will be motoring over to St. Joseph Island for a second performance at the Hilton Beach Lyon’s Club set to begin at 1pm.
The Ontario Provincial Police Golden Helmets Motorcycle Precision Team was formed in 1963. Each year they tour the Province attending fairs, festivals and parades providing exhibitions of their superb riding skills.
The 20-member team, comprised of OPP officers on regular patrol duties, consists of the Ride Master, Commentator, the motorcycle technician and 17 riders. Each team member must have successfully completed a three week motorcycle course and at least one season on motorcycle patrol. The members must be in good physical condition and possess a police fitness pin.
The motorcycles used by the Golden Helmets are Harley Davidson Police Specials. They have 1690 c.c. engines and weigh 800 pounds. These motorcycles are the same ones used on normal patrol. During each 30-minute performance the riders take their machines through a series of complex patterns, which are intended to demonstrate the maneuverability of the machines and the riders’ skills.
If you are planning to be in either of these areas this weekend, take a few minutes to stop by one or both of these events. You won’t be disappointed!