The Ride Book

The Ride Book was an idea hatched in 1997 by Linda Julien to commemorate the First New England Ride (NER). On the first page, it is written, “This is Volume I of many of the Journals of the Honda Single Overhead Cam-4 Owners Group”. And so it began. The Journal, or the SOHC/4 Ride Book, as it later became known, was sent around the world to various SOHC/4 events in 1997 and 1998. Events recorded during this third year of the Club’s existence included the First NER, the First WER – West European Ride, the First Mid-West Ride, MWR, and the Honda Hoot Gathering in June 1998.

1997 - East Coast Gathering #1

The East Coast SOHC/4 Gathering was a lunch time gathering of some of the mid-atlantic region members that took place in Easton, Maryland on December 6, 1997. Attending were Glenn Stauffer, Bruce Giller and his wife Jane Prive, Doug Barton, and Andrew Price.

1997 Inaugural New England Ride

The First New England Ride took place on August 1, 1997 in Woodstock, New Hampshire, USA. Six SOHC/4 members participated in this ride:

  • Linda Julien, #315
  • Dave “From Maine” Whitney, #394
  • Jack Raitto, #128
  • Karen Brooks, #237
  • Bob Gross, #321
  • Neil Christie, #313

1997 First West Europe Ride

The First Annual WER took place over several days beginning on 8/16/97. The ride centered on Ghent, Belgium with forays to Nieuwport, Ostend, and Brugge.

Attending the ride were

  • Linda Julian from the US
  • Johnny Verhoeven of Belgium (the organizer)
  • Rene van Maanan of The Netherlands
  • Axel Griessman of Germany

1998 East Coast Gathering #2

The Honda Hoot, Ashville, NC, June 1998 The 1998 Honda Hoot in Ashville, North Carolina was the occaision for another gathering of the SOHC/4 faithful. Attending this gathering were Steven Barber, Airyn Darling, Phil Jeffey, Glenn Stauffer, John & Reneee Hilpertshauser, Lloyd Horton, William McNulty, Bruce Giller, and Dave Myers.

1998 First Midwest Ride

The inaugural MidWest Ride took place on 9/20/1997 starting in Dubuque, Iowa and followed the Great River Road along the Mississippi through Iowa, Illinois, ending up in Prairie de Chien, Wisconsin.

Attending the ride were:

  • Scott Kilborn
  • Steve Ensley
  • Brian Finnegan