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


The 72nd annual Trailblazers banquet was held on Saturday, April 23rd with a record crowd of 750 attendees filling every available seat at the Carson Center for this year’s dinner and awards program.

As usual, the “Pit Gate” opened at 3:00 p.m. for the annual meet and greet, better known as the Tom Cates Memorial Bike, this year presented by Hagerty Insurance. Without fail, many members showed up with some great old motorcycles from their garages to display in the courtyard, leading to much bench racing.

At 6:00 p.m. we all went inside to find our seats and the show soon began. After some opening remarks came our “In Memoriam” video about friends lost this year, followed by a toast to longtime Trailblazer Tom Heininger (co-founder of Webco), then dinner, some thank you’s and on with the show.

The highlight of the whole event was the recognition given to this year’s selected honorees: Speedway champion Mike Bast, Ascot 8-Mile National winner Dan Haaby, former Harley factory race mechanic Steve Storz, 3-time World Roadrace champion Wayne Rainey, plus two posthumous awards—Baja legend Bruce Ogilvie and suspension maker Gil Vaillancourt—our 2016 Lucile Flanders Award recipient Susie Ellsworth and finally, this year’s Dick Hammer Award went to Keith Mashburn.

The date has been announced for the 2017 Trailblazers banquet. On Saturday, April 22, 2017 we will gather at the Carson Center for the 73rd annual banquet. Tickets normally go on sale the first week of January. This year we sold 700 the first week, thinking that was our capacity. We later worked with the Carson Center about rearranging a few things and added five more tables to get our capacity up to 750.

The best way to know what the dates and plans will be for next year is our member’s e-newsletter, emailed to all members at least 2-3 times a month. If you bought a ticket this year and provided your email address you will automatically be receiving them. Your annual membership is included in the price of your banquet ticket. If you aren’t sure, send an email to our club Secretary at and she can make sure you are on there.

If you didn’t attend the banquet, then we do have a membership available for $10 a year and that includes being on the list. The order form for a membership is available here on this website on the link above for “BANQUET TICKETS.”

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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