Mar 6, 1940: We were the "Old Timers"
From TrailBlazer Jerry Hatfield, we get the following:
Above is the very first Trailblazers' banquet held March 6, 1940. The date is certain because the room conforms to the small picture on page 22 of the March, 1940, "Motorcyclist" magazine. The affair was held at the T. V. G. Hall in Los Angeles (no, I don't know what TVG stands for). At this banquet, the following statistics applied: One man rode before 1900. Seven men started in the period 1900 to 1905. Sixy-six men started in the period between 1905 and 1910. Fifty-five men started in the period between 1910 and 1915. Twenty-five me started in the period between 1915 and 1920. Paul Derkum was elected president and A.F. Van Order was elected secretary and treasurer. The picture was taken by TrailBlazer Hall of Famer, Kenny Scholfield, who was quite a short track (called "speedway" today) rider.
March 18, 1944 We definately called ourselves the Trail Blazers
The caption reads: "5th Annual Dinner of Trail Blazers, Rossslyn Hotel, LA"
1946 Trail Blazers' Banquet. These are the folks who helped make our sport and industry
The caption reads: "7th Annual Trailblazers Banquet, Rosslyn Hotel, Los Angeles, March 16, 1946"
1947 TrailBlazers' Banquet: from Motorcyclist, April, 1947, P11
1950 TrailBlazers' Banquet: from 1950 Cycle Magazine, May, p 10-11
Derkum, Pres. AF Van Order founder and secretary
Photo: Acme Art Labs
When Van Order passed away in November, 1954, publisher and former racer Floyd Clymer picked up the gavel, schedualling meetings in Los Angeles area banquet facilities.
The 1960 TB banquet was March 19 at the Elks Club, LA.
April 1, 1961 Banquet. Photo by Weaver
1963 Trail Blazers' Banquet
The caption said: "26th Annual Banquet, The Trail Blazers, The Elks Club, Los Angeles, Mar 16, 1963
1965 Trail Blazers' Banquet.
Caption said: "28th Annual Banquet, the Trail Blazers, Elks Club, Los Angeles, April 3, 1965"
After Floyd's death in 1970, the annual gatherings were in limbo for several years until they were reactivated by Max Bubeck and Earl Flanders. Eventually, publisher Bill Bagnall, editor of Motorcyclist magazine, took the helm and presided over the club activities for many years. Recently, the TrailBlazers became affiliated with the Motorcycle Industry Council, the industry's major trade organization. Recently, too, the words Trail Blazers became merged together into TrailBlazers.