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


Mark your calendar! On Saturday, April 23rd, the 72nd Trailblazers banquet will be held at our familiar meeting place at the Carson Center in Carson, CA. As always, activities will kick off that afternoon at 3:00 p.m. when the pit gate opens for the Tom Cates Memorial Bike Show presented by Hagerty Insurance. The three-hour “Meet & Greet” reception and bike show is one of the highlights of our annual gathering with the chance to reunite with many old motorcycling friends. Then at 6:00 p.m. it is time to go inside for the dinner and awards banquet.

The mission of the Trailblazers is to keep the legacy of the motorcycle sport in Southern California alive and to honor those who made their mark here in racing, industry and other ways. This year Keith Mashburn will receive the club’s top honors, the Dick Hammer Award. Keith, a past Trailblazers president and ongoing member of the Board of Directors, had a great career in racing, then moved into a life of community service in fire protection and more recently, serving on the Simi Valley City Council.

Other honors given at the banquet will be for four new Trailblazers Hall of Fame inductees: 7-time American Speedway champion Mike Bast, Ascot 8-Mile National winner Dan Haaby, 3-time world roadracing champion Wayne Rainey and famed Dirt Track race tuner and suspension expert Steve Storz. We will also recognize posthumously two Trailblazers who have previously passed on: Bruce Ogilvie and Gil Vaillancourt. Webco co-founder Tom Heininger will be the recipient of our annual wine toast and Susie Ellsworth will receive the Lucile Flanders Award.

We expect another sell-out, so stay tuned here for updates on the schedule of events and tickets, which will go on sale in early January.

Hope to see you there!

Don Emde
Trailblazers M.C.

Published Monday, Aug 24 2015

72st Annual Trailblazers Banquet 

Saturday, April 23, 2016