The Polka Dots Motorcycle Club was started in 1963 by a group of men that met every Saturday morning for breakfast and then went out trail riding. They decided to raise some money and buy a piece of land on Brooks Road, bordering the Pine River.
The club’s Facebook page lists Ed Allen, Russ Barth, Tom Fath, Bill Lavender, Don Mapes, Chuck Melicki, Wayne Malone, Jack Mayer and Manard Munson as the men who created the club.
“All of the work like clearing trails, bulldozing, putting ditches in and so forth was all done by members back then. They even put up the clubhouse that we have today,” said club member Herb Buchalter in 1982.
The club, which continues to meet on that property at 760 W. Brooks Road, is made up of members of all ages interested in the sport of motocross. Motocross is described as a natural terrain motorcycle race with jumps, mudholes and a series of bumps called whoop-de-doos.
The Midland Motorcycle Club formed in 1946 and was active as late as 1959 in Daily News files. The club hosted a fall turkey run for several years along with spring endurance runs that saw motorcyclists from throughout the state travel a 110-mile backroad course in Midland and Gladwin counties.
The club in 1954 elected Robert Young of Midland as its president and had 40 active members. They met at a log house located off Sasse Road in Ingersoll Township.