Our History

Formed on Monday, May 20, 1907, in Pasadena, California, the Pasadena Motorcycle Club (PMC) is the third oldest motorcycle club in the United States and the oldest in Southern California. The older clubs are the Yonkers Motorcycle Club (est. 1903) in Yonkers, NY and California’s San Francisco Motorcycle Club (est. 1904).

The club's first home was on Green Street in Old Town Pasadena in the early 1900's.  The club then moved in adjacent to a shipping warehouse post World War I.  The club's current clubhouse, a World War II era Quonset Hut and Pasadena Historic Landmark, was purchased by the PMC in 1948.   

The Pasadena Motorcycle Club has had a prominent impact on the motorcycling community in Southern California and was the fourteenth chartered by the American Motorcyclist Association.  The club is proud to have 7 members inducted in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

The pride of the PMC is the historically significant Greenhorn (1937-present) ride which started as a nationally recognized, famously rough, 500+ mile enduro traversing the mountains and deserts of Southern California.  With the passage of time and increasing environmental scrutiny the Greenhorn evolved into a popular 2-day road ride and rally, still organized and promoted by the PMC. The ride is open to the public and takes place each year in late spring or early summer.  The route, travelling on spectacular twisting roads, is always new and kept secret until the start of the event.

The PMC is a non-profit corporation and a family club, not an outlaw motorcycle club.  The members meet every Monday* night at 8PM to discuss club business.   The club promotes several public motorcycle rides and events every year; often benefiting a local charity such as the Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services.

May 21, 1907 – “Pasadena has a large number of motorcyclists and last evening they formed an organization which will be known as the Pasadena Motorcycle Club. The members of the organization concluded their meeting by electing H.C. Folts as captain with Philip Senour as president; Alfred Wenger, vice… president; Edward Koudenclose, secretary, and Marshal Hayes, treasurer. The club is the third of its kind organized in the state, the only other two being in Los Angeles and San Francisco.” Los Angeles Herald, Volume 34, Number 233, 22 May 1907 [1]

*Excluding Federal Holidays