August 2000 Event
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   By Steve Frizzell
Indian day starts for me on Thursday evening with loading survival supplies, beer, sleeping gear and a few scraps of Indian parts off my recently aquired eBay special Indian Chief . My teenage daughter, Sonya decided to make the two and a half hour ride, luckily we had enough room for her wardrobe. Our camping destination was a small town in western Massachusetts, called Chester. The Chester meet is the best kept secret of the New England Indian scene, the meet is in its tenth year and the meet organizers Russ and John  no longer advertise as word of mouth seems the best advertisement.

 The grounds at the meet have plenty of room for campers and even with the rainy weather there were a couple of hundred hearty souls who braved the weather all weekend. there are plenty of port o johns and and an outdoor shower that will definitely contribute to that male phenomenom known as the shrinkage factor! There is also a stream running thru the property out of the mountains that is ice cold for those hot summer days  (shrinkage factor 10 out of 10) to say this property is a great location for rustic camping is an understatement.

 Arrival at the meet meant meeting old friends like Duffy  and John from NH, George from Mass, the Siedell family, battery Bill contributer to the NE cycle paper The Motorcyclists Post, Bob from Bobs Indian in PA, Chuck and Shane from Chuck Myles Indian in NY. The Brownie Betar shirts were seen on sale, the VI shirts were on sale but if you didnít grab the elusive salesman you went away without that beautiful shirt, many disappointed fans that weekend!

 The quality of machines was excellent. There was a couple of great machines out of PA. A 41 four and a great rainbow Chief  there was a couple of cool Indians running Joe Hunt magnetos out of the oil pump housing which looks a lot easier than your standard mag setup on the front of the engine. I was told they go about $550.00 give or take some of your hard earned money, and they are ofbrand new manufacture, so no need to convert that 45 degree anymore! The machines seen that weekend were Jr. Scouts, early Fours, many late Chiefs, one very nice Knuckle chopper, and a very complete collection of Indian bicycles from the beginning of time with wooden rims to the 50s  English style Indian bicycles. Due to an injury to Chuck Myles right hand man, Chuck didnít bring his two Indian hillclimbers, a Scout and Chief: They burn some funny smelling fuel and go very fast, that's all Iím authorized to say about these fine machines. When the website for these Indians opens youíll  be the first to know!

 The band played on under the cover from 9pm until 1am on Saturday night, and I got to see some dance moves I hope I never see again, as by that time of the second day of dodging raindrops things tend to get ugly as alcohol consumption tends to rise when people know they wonít be able to drive their machines in the driving rain.

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Keep-dry area also known as the show area. After 9pm the area is transformed into the Grand Ballroom for your dancing and drinking  pleasure. Hint: Don't try the moondance on a dirt floor with a buzz on!!

One of many nice late Chiefs in attendance.

Cute little civilianized 741.

Fine assembly of Indian 4s, Chiefs, Scouts and bicycles. You're in Indian country 25 miles west of Springfield!

Nice 40s era Cheif owned by Jamie Seidell, a local boy. Tell me he's not a 
lucky kid. He was the only kid in his school driving an Indian to school!

Jamie's dad, Jim Seidell, owns this well ridden 36 or 37 upside down four.

Unknown gent. I think he's trying to learn how to read or singing karoke! :-)

Believe it or not, Jim Seidell also owns this late Chief. He could be found on the burnout board with it after he and the crew were seen bobbing for booze in a bucket filled with Jack Daniels, sugar, and other assorted ingredients. I heard by the time they reached the bottom of the bucket, everyone was talking like pirates, aye maties! 

The Chester meet is traditionally held on the same weekend as Indian Day in nearby Springfield. There may be a story from Indian Day 2000 in one of the upcoming issues of the VI magazine.
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