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

2015 Dick Hammer Award Recipient: CH Wheat

Two weeks to go! Yes, we’re just about two weeks out from the 71st annual Trailblazers banquet at the Carson Center. Every seat is sold and the Trailblazers board is getting all of the details in place for a fun-filled afternoon in the courtyard, followed by a great dinner and banquet with 700 of your closest friends.

As we get a little closer we’ll be putting out the schedule, but mainly you should be planning to arrive around 3:00 p.m. on Saturday the 11th. That’s when the Pit Gate opens and the event is on. If you are bringing a motorcycle, you actually need to be there by 2:00 so we can get you checked in and the bike in position. Its all first-come, first-served with spots for motorcycles until we fill up. So don’t get left out. Come early.

For the past few months we have been posting bios on our 2015 Hall of Fame inductees. Here is our last honoree for this year. CH Wheat has actually already been inducted to the Trailblazers Hall of Fame, but this year he is receiving the club’s highest honor, the Dick Hammer Award.

The 2015 Dick Hammer Award recipient has exemplified the attributes of “Drive, Determination and Desire” throughout his life in motorcycling. CH Wheat has had a successful career first as a racer, then as a business owner who raced, and finally as a business owner/sponsor who gives back to the sport and industry he truly loves. CH has done it all and managed to succeed with a cheerful demeanor that has made him countless friends and supporters throughout his life.

CH Wheat became a racing contender in Southern California in Class C dirt track and also roadraces, as well as off-road races in the west with top finishes at DeAnza Park, Catalina Grand Prix, Torrey Pines roadrace and more. He rode against some of the best of his era including Ed Kretz Sr., Ed Kretz Jr., Jimmy Philips, Ray Tanner, George Everett, Dick Dorresteyn, Johnny Gibson, Dick Mann, Tex Luse, Walt Axthelm, and Don Hawley. 

For CH, racing was fun and most images of him show his winning smile. His most “fun” race came at the 1957 Riverside TT Pacific Coast Championship where he battled Ed Kretz Jr. for 25 laps. The duo passed each other more than three times every lap and crossed the finish line virtually side-by-side to a standing ovation from the crowd in the grandstands.

When he wasn’t racing, CH was building his motorcycle businesses. His most successful and well-known business is IMS Products. CH saw the need for innovative products such as extended-capacity fuel tanks, high-quality wide foot pegs, and more durable shift levers. They are best known for their high capacity fuel tanks for long distance off-road racing and affordable quick fill gas tanks and leak proof dump cans.

IMS also supports organizations such as Rider Down. And Team IMS sponsors over 1,000 riders in all forms of motorcycle and ATV racing. And it all started with CH Wheat and a good idea.

Racer, business owner, sponsor, philanthropist, mentor and friend, he has done it all with courage, honesty, and a big smile. The Trailblazers congratulates CH Wheat as the 2015 Dick Hammer Award Recipient.

Published Monday, Mar 23 2015

71st Annual Trailblazers Banquet 
April 11, 2015


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3:00 p.m. - Tom Cates Memorial Bike Show Opens***

6:00 p.m. - Banquet Doors Open

7:00 p.m. - Program & Dinner begins

***Motorcycles for the bike show need to arrive between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.