TrailBlazers - We are a social organization of pioneer motorcycling enthusiasts. Meeting annually since 1940.


Okay, it’s 2017 and time to get ready for the 73rd annual Trailblazers banquet, to be held on Saturday, April 22nd. We expect another capacity crowd filling every available seat at the Carson Center for the dinner and awards program. The last two years we have sold out all 750 tickets in the first week, and this year's event is no different! Tickets for the 2017 Trailblazers banquet are sold out. We do often have cancellations, however, and seats often become available. So if you are still interested in attending, please send a note to our club Secretary to get on the waiting list. Don’t delay, send email to:

As usual, the “Pit Gate” will open at 3:00 p.m. on April 22nd for the annual Meet and Greet, better known as the Tom Cates Memorial Bike Show. Without fail, many members always show up with some great old motorcycles from their garages to display in the courtyard, leading to much bench racing. (Note: if you want to bring a bike, be there between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. and see Tom White or one of his bike show assistants. Its first-come, first-served for a spot.)

At 6:00 p.m. we go inside to take our seats. After some opening remarks and our annual “In Memoriam” video, we will this year offer a toast to the legendary race promoter J.C. Agajanian, then dinner and on with the show.

The highlight of the banquet will be the Trailblazers Hall of Fame inductions to this year’s selected honorees: World and U.S. National Speedway champion Billy Hamill; pioneer motorcycle dealer, racer, sponsor and K&N co-founder Norm McDonald; frame and wheel innovator Jim Buchanan; international roadracer and noted journalist Tony Murphy; Van Tech frame creator Bill VanTichelt; desert and Baja racing legend Gary Preston – plus presentations to our 2017 Lucile Flanders Award recipient Judy Whitson and, finally, this year’s Dick Hammer Award recipient Dave Ekins.

If you have any specific requests to sit with someone, once you have purchased your tickets, you can contact our Seating Director Bill Cooper at and he will do his best to accommodate your request.

Your $10 annual membership is included in the price of your banquet ticket.

If you can’t attend the banquet this year, then we do have a membership-only available for $10 a year and that includes being on the member email list to receive our online newsletters. The order form for a membership-only is also available here on the BANQUET TICKETS link above.

For any questions, send an email to our club Secretary at We also have a Facebook page to keep up on the news relating to the banquet.

We hope to see you there!

Bike show photo by Scott Heidbrink. Award photo of Trailblazers VP Keith Mashburn (left), 2016 Hall of Fame inductee Wayne Rainey (middle) and Trailblazers President Don Emde. Photo by Rex Jones.

Published Monday, May 02 2016

73rd Annual Trailblazers Banquet
Saturday, April 22, 2017

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