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By Jeff Pack

Motor Maids roll into Temecula


Last updated 7/19/2019 at 12:29am

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More than 300 motorcyclists from the all-female motorcycle club Motor Maids parade through Old Town Temecula, July 9. The Motor Maids chose Temecula for their annual convention gathering from July 7-11, and many members traveled from across the U.S. and Canada.

The sound of hundreds of motorcycles thundering down a city street can inspire fear, confusion or uneasiness – but this time, it inspired smiles, waves and a sense of camaraderie.

The Motor Maids, the oldest continuing women's motorcycle club in North America, brought 250 motorcyclists with them for a parade in Old Town Temecula Tuesday, July 9, to kick off the group's 79th annual gathering.

Wearing matching white vests, gloves and blue shirts, the group cruised through Old Town waving to fellow club members and members of the community who came out to welcome them. When the parade was over, they parked their bikes behind the Stampede Bar and Grill to catch up with friends, tell stories and celebrate the start of their annual meeting.

For many, it was the end of a long journey to the convention held at Pechanga Resort Casino. One of the rules is that attendees must arrive on their motorcycles which means they rode in from Ontario, North Carolina, Minnesota, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Virginia and everywhere in between.

The group is diverse with new and experienced riders, young and old, including the Golden Life members, who have been riding for more than 50 years with the club. This year, eight Golden Life members came to Temecula.

Shane Gibson photo

Motor Maids member Darlene Robbins, who also goes by the nickname of "Heelz," adjusts her boots after a ride in Old Town Temecula with her peers.

Gloria Struck became a member in 1946 and came to the convention from New Jersey. Kathy Anderson joined in 1955 and visited from Minnesota.

Motor Maids of America was the idea of Linda Dugeau, a young motorcycle enthusiast from Providence, Rhode Island. Her vision of a national women's motorcycling organization for women who owned their own bikes was to unite women riders from coast to coast and to inspire other women to participate in the sport of motorcycling.

In 1939, she wrote to dealers and other enthusiasts including Dot Robinson, a well-known off-road racer from Detroit, who loved the idea and helped with the groundwork. In 1940, with 51 charter members from 19 states and the territory of Alaska, the Motor Maids of America was founded.

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Jeff Pack can be reached by email at [email protected]


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