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 was the fourteenth chartered by the American Motorcyclist Association.
The PMC, since its formation in 1907, has remained continually active, including throughout World War I and World War II. It has inhabited several clubhouses in Pasadena; the current one, a Pasadena Historic Landmark, was purchased by the club on Howard Street in Pasadena in 1948. The members meet every Monday* night at 8PM to discuss club business. The PMC, a non-profit organization, is a family club, not an outlaw motorcycle club. The club promotes several public motorcycle rides and events every year; often benefiting a local charity such as the Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services.
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 and concern 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.
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 
*Excluding Federal Holidays