It's a storied history Muskegon's love of everything motorcycle, and it goes back nearly 100 years now. August 5th we'll gather as a community to enjoy the fun and fellowship of Mt. Garfield in Norton Shores as high flying dare devils from all over the country face one of the toughest spots anywhere to launch a motorcycle from a stand still up a 55 degree bank in seconds. It's not a sport for the faint of heart and it's built on serious technology and competitive advantage that the racers work every angle to maximize their performance under!
Let's go back a few though. We're rapidly approaching the century mark for the Muskegon Motorcycle Club. It's easily in the top 10 of oldest active motorcycle clubs in the United States. Their work is done to promote motorcycling, motorcycle safety and rights, community needs and fellowship among riders and non riders. It's not what you'd expect from the traditional "biker gang". The do an awful lot of good work for great causes and do it without a lot of pomp and circumstance or fanfare. They do their work because it's the right thing to do. So, take the 60's "B Movie" image out of your head and realize that this is a dedicated group to Muskegon and our community who's been at it for nearly a century...and we really have something to be proud of.
They promote events like the Spring Run early every riding season. Of course, there are plenty of activities for club members at Mt. Garfield or Dan Raymond Park during the year but on the even numbered years, the big one comes and that tiny little patch of land, with that monsterous hill on it comes to life in Norton Shores and we all get to see motorcycles think they are rockets as they hit the gas, or the methanol, and haul ass almost vertically for the points, payout and thrill of it all.
Attendance wise, it's usually a draw of about 3000 people. Some will come and camp all weekend and enjoy the party atmosphere with the primitive camping and camaraderie, others will be in line early Sunday morning to get their seat as close to the starting gate as they can to be part of the action. On site you'll find vendors, music and fun. It's an all inclusive ticket, so if you're coming to camp, get ther early Friday and get your spot. If you're arriving Sunday...get there early and avoid the traffic jam.
Rick Perreault of the Muskegon Motorcycle Club and I met up over at his place to talk a little about the rich history of the Muskegon Motorcycle Club, some of the common misconceptions of what they are all about and what to expect at the 98th running of the Muskegon Hill Climb August 5th. Take a listen!
Proud to be from Muskegon yet? You should be! Almost 100 years of community service, advocating for motorcycles and fellowship among it's members. We have much to brag about when it comes to the Muskegon Motorcycle Club and to support some of their events is the least we can do! Rick outlined the costs in the video, so pack up the camper and make a weekend out of it at Mt. Garfield and think of it as a warm up for the century mark in 2 years! Our many thanks to the MMC for all they do for our community and those who love riding on two wheels! To learn more about the Muskegon Motorcycle Club, click on their logo below to visit their website!
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