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Tammy Hilton: Remembering an LA Moto Community Icon

Photos: LA Moto, Stacie B. London, Chelsea Nicole Taylor, Mark Gamo

May 18, 2015 | Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club

Tammy Hilton was memorialized by her friends Sunday with well over 150 motorcyclists taking part in the Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club's Third Sunday Ride, which -- along with Deus Ex Machina's Sunday Mass -- was dedicated to the memory of her and all she did for the Los Angeles motorcycling community.

The day's events were as much about reflecting on the loss of a very special person as they were about celebrating Tammy's life. Some knew her very closely, others had had just a few moments to feel Tammy's warmth, her kind words, her smile.

The ride stopped at Pepperdine University, lawns which are covered in flags when we remember 9-11. For this smaller but equally personal remembrance riders lined up for a photo in a T-shape on the grass, pointing up to the heavens.

Following the Sunday Mass get-together, which included live band tribute performances and riders patches with the pink letters 'T' and 'H' embroidered on them, a smaller group headed to Dockweiler Beach around sunset to celebrate Tammy's life with photos, flowers, stories and a bonfire.

The GoFund Me Campaign, set up by the VVMC to help offset her family’s expenses, has reached it's goal of $5,000. But any additional contributions are welcomed.

Los Angeles funeral arrangements for Tammy are as follows:

Memorial Service & Reception for Tamara Michelle Hilton
March 9, 1968 - May 11, 2015

Sunday, June 7 | 10 AM
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, California 90068

Reception to follow at Pro Italia Triumph Store
3600 North Verdugo Road, Montrose, CA 91208. 

May 14, 2015 | LA Motorcyclist

LA Motorcyclist will be hosting a page dedicated to the memory of Tammy. We are putting out a call to all who knew and loved her to send in memories and special photos of Tammy which will be immortalized in a remembrance page and gallery. Submissions can be emailed to

May 12, 2015 | LA Motorcyclist

An LA motorcycling angel has left this mortal coil far too soon. Tammy Hilton, your smiles, hugs, encouragement and enthusiasm will be forever missed by us and the moto community as a whole. May heaven's highways give you the same openness and freedom you offered so many of us two-wheeled enthusiasts.


High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .

Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

— John Gillespie Magee, Jr

AMA Get Women Riding Campaign: East Side Moto Babes

May 11, 2015 | American Motorcyclist Association | East Side Moto Babes

The AMA Get Women Riding campaign features four videos that focus on the sport, camaraderie and individual enjoyment that comes from riding. The campaign is inspired by the life of the late Jeanne Clendenon, a prolific motorcyclist and long-time AMA member. Clendenon, a member of the Retreads Motorcycle Club, earned many riding awards, including completing the U.S. Four Corners Tour in 21 days and winning the Retreads long-distance award four years in a row. Clendenon passed away in 2011.