Paul chose the name Ghostrider for the band for a number of reasons near and dear to his heart. Paul and his brother began riding motorcycles at an early age while growing up in rural Nova Scotia and continue to do so. Their uncle rode and owned a Harley Davidson dealership in Sydney, Cape Breton in the 1970s and this was an early influence on them. Perhaps their passion for biking was "handed- down", or "in-the-blood" as their grandfather was a motorcyclist with the Canadian Army during World War 2. Sergeant S.E. Morse was a colorful character and Dispatch Rider with the Canadian Provost Corps (Military Police).
One night during the German Blitzkrieg on London, Morse came across a broken down ambulance driven by a young nurse. He offered her a ride and she instructed him to drop her off at the gates of Buckingham Palace. It was none other than Princess Elizabeth whom a scant decade later would become the Queen of the British Empire.
The Morse boys never really knew the man whom they so resemble as he passed away when they were quite young, so to them the biker and veteran was merely a ghost.
Sergeant Morse continued to ride "the old Harley" when he returned home to Canada after the war. It was during this post WW2 era that the modern biker and motorcycle club as we know it was borne. Having survived the horrors of the second Great War scores of servicemen sought to replace the excitement and camaraderie that they had experienced in Europe after they got back home to North America and many turned to motorcycling for adventure. The infamous Hell's Angels for example was initially started by a group of American air-men.
From Hollister to Halifax the decades following the war saw motorcycle clubs spring up across the continent. Hollywood even glamorized and promoted the lifestyle. Europe also saw the same phenomenon with riders fortunate enough to pick up WLA and WLC Harley Davidson or Triumph motorcycles left behind by the thousands by Allied Forces.
Dispatch riders appeared on the battlefield in the late 18th century on horseback carrying messages between the command post and the front lines. The "Ghostriders" were replaced by bikers early in the 20th century with the advent of the "motor-driven-cycle".
Although the dispatch riders role has been diminished in modern warfare, specialized motorcycle units attached to battle groups are still used today by Coalition Forces in the middle east for example, so the Ghostrider's journey continues.