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European Cade Raid
Cavalcade Europe Community for all European Suzuki Cavalcade Clubs
© Suzuki Cavalcade Club UK - 2013-2021
The Cade Raid Label came about in 1998 when I was wondering what label I could use to call the events that I was organising. I looked at the Gold Wing club and their Wing Dings and thought what rhythms with Cavalcade. Most of the words did not sound right and did not roll off the tongue so to speak. After thinking for about 30 minutes it came to me, what rhythms with Cade, Raid, so the label for Cavalcade events was born, Cade Raids. The Americans liked it and asked if they could call their events Cade Raids and of course I had no objections. At the time there were only 100 members of Cavalcade_USA. The very first European Cade Raid was held in June 2002 at Heeren, Netherlands and was a week long event. This was supposed to have been jointly organised by the Norwegian/Swedish clubs organiser, Dutch and British Cavalcade Clubs, but in the end I was left to organise the event on my own, receiving no communication from the other people concerned. When Ronnie & I arrived at the site there were three tents and 6 people on the site; 1 person from Belgium, 1 from Holland and a family from Sweden, Kenneth Norlin, his wife and their two children. Kenneth and family stayed all the week and the other two people left on the Sunday. There were other day visitors through the week including two from Norway, but they only stay 2 days and left. The main thing as far as Ronnie & I were concerned, was for the children to enjoy their trip to Holland, and the ride outs we did were mainly to places that they would enjoy, including Efteling Theme Park. To see the joy on their faces, on the rides, was all the reward that I needed to think that it was worth all the effort, although the event its self was not a success. Due to the lack of communication between the UK Club and the other clubs at that time, I decided not to put on any more European events due to there being no support. However, in 2007, I revived the European Cade Raids and the rest has they say is history.
History of Cade Raids written by David Hebblethwaite