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Celebrating 110 Years of Motorcycle Riding and Friendship



April 14, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

One-hundred and ten years of motorcycle riding and friendship … that’s what the Pasadena Motorcycle Club will be celebrating with a free family festival and commemorative group photo at Pasadena City Hall, May 20.

The third oldest club in the US -- behind the Yonkers Motorcycle Club (est. 1903) in Yonkers, NY and California’s San Francisco Motorcycle Club (est. 1904), the Pasadena MC also holds the distinction of being LA’s oldest riding group.

“We are excited to invite everyone to this illustrious event, marking 110 years of friendship, life experiences, personal relationships and successful accomplishments created over the years,” club referee Todd Hodgie said. “Being a part of this iconic photo opportunity will be an important and special part of history that you won’t want to miss.”

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  We are excited to invite everyone to this illustrious event, marking 110 years of friendship, life experiences, personal relationships and successful accomplishments created over the years. Being a part of this iconic photo opportunity will be an important and special part of history that you won’t want to miss.  

-- Todd Hodgie, Pasadena MC club referee
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Hodgie added: “There will be a street fair style atmosphere with food trucks, vendors, live music and other fun activities. The City of Pasadena has granted us a permit to close the streets in front of City Hall to accommodate the festivities and to take the commemorative group photo. The 110 Anniversary committee has signed our first band ‘The Loveless’ and will have other surprises to announce closer to the event.”

Formed May 21, 1907 the Pasadena MC was the 14th club chartered by the American Motorcyclist Association.

The details are even immortalized in a Los Angeles Herald article archived in The Library of Congress, Historic American Newspapers, Chronicling America:

“Pasadena has a large number of motorcyclists and last evening they formed an organization which will be known as the Pasadena Motorcycle Club. The members of the organization concluded their meeting by electing H.C. Folts as captain with Philip Senour as president; Alfred Wenger, vice-president; Edward Koudenclose, secretary, and Marshal Hayes, treasurer. The club is the third of its kind organized in the state, the only other two being in Los Angeles and San Francisco.”

Since its formation the Pasadena Motorcycle Club (PMC) has remained active, even throughout World War I and World War II. It has had several clubhouses, with the current one -- on Howard Street in Pasadena -- being purchased by the non-profit organization in 1946. The PMC is a family club or a riding club, not an outlaw motorcycle club, which promotes several motorcycle road rides and events every year that are open to the public and often benefit a charity such as the nearby Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services.

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  Pasadena has a large number of motorcyclists and last evening they formed an organization which will be known as the Pasadena Motorcycle Club. The members of the organization concluded their meeting by electing H.C. Folts as captain with Philip Senour as president; Alfred Wenger, vice-president; Edward Koudenclose, secretary, and Marshal Hayes, treasurer. The club is the third of its kind organized in the state, the only other two being in Los Angeles and San Francisco.  

-- Los Angeles Herald article archived in The Library of Congress, Historic American Newspapers, Chronicling America
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The pride of the PMC is its historically significant Greenhorn Enduro which was a nationally recognized, famously rough, 500-mile off-road race. The Greenhorn (1937–present) continues to be organized by the PMC. It has evolved into a popular two-day road tour, open to the public, that takes place each year around May/June on many scenic back roads of California. The route is always new and kept secret until the start of the event.

The May 20 110th anniversary celebration will run from 2 to 6 PM at Pasadena City Hall (100 Garfield Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101). A panoramic group photo will be taken in front of historic Pasadena City Hall, including all event participants. Motorcycle Club banners are welcome (3’ x 5’ max.) High quality, large panoramic prints will be available for purchase at $45. Online pre-orders are being accepted at PasadenaMC.com. The first 150 attendees will receive a free lapel event pin. And $25 limited edition commemorative t-shirts will be available while supplies last.

“Because of the limited number, we have created an option to pre-order shirts on our website,” Hodgie said.

For more information on becoming a sponsor for the Pasadena MC 110th Anniversary, please contact Todd at Hodgie@PasadenaMC.com.

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