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European Cade Raid
Cavalcade Europe Community for all European Suzuki Cavalcade Clubs
© Suzuki Cavalcade Club UK - 2013-2023
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