History of the Retreads

The RETREADS are motorcycle enthusiasts who have attained and passed the age of 40 (spouse of the member need not be 40 to be a member). We are riders, mechanics, dealers or just people who enjoy associating with the motorcyclist and motorcycles. We are members of the RETREADS MOTORCYCLE CLUB INTERNATIONAL INC., American Motorcyclist Association, Charter # 3233. Our headquarters are located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA. The International President and Secretary are Lloyd and Barbara Smith. The Club was born in 1969 by five men through a "letters" column in a motorcycle magazine. The first President was George Spidell of El Cajon, California. He was President from 1969 to 1974, and again from 1978 to 1981. Since the beginning the RETREADS have continued to grow until we now number more than 6,000 across the United States and Canada.

RETREADS are found in Germany, Australia, the United Kingdom and anywhere there are motorcycle enthusiasts. Don't be surprised to be recognized and acknowledged when you wear the RETREADS crest. Many great friendships have been started by the recognition of the RETREADS crest. Then the story-telling starts! The club is non-political in nature and affiliates with no other organization other than the American Motorcyclist Association.

RETREADS OFFICERS: There is an international President, Secretary, Legislative officer, Referee (as required by the American Motorcyclist Association) and 6 directors.

The RETREADS are a friendship club, a get-together club. Our common interest in the motorcycle leads to many new friendships. The club encourages participation in all aspects of the motorcycle world. Club activities are as varied as the members themselves. Activities range from local breakfasts and "get-togethers" to area, regional and international events. Members are kept informed of the various activities by the Club Newsletter. There are no dues, no membership fees. However, annual donations are requested to support the publication and distribution of the Club Newsletter. Club regalia is available to each member at a reasonable cost. Otherwise, the price of membership is simply a desire to enjoy the company of and good times with fellow motorcycle enthusiasts. Membership lasts in the RETREADS for as long as you wish. However, annual donations to your local chapter are necessary to maintain current membership cards and to ensure receipt of the Club Newsletter.

The Retreads Crest

The Retreads Crest and XL+ Logo are REGISTERED and TRADEMARKED INSIGNIA in the United States of America and other countries, and as such their use is restricted and protected by law. Misuse of the Crest and/or Logo will result in prosecution.

About the Retreads Crest

The chief is a field of GOLD representing the Golden years, with the name RETREADS thereon. The band sinister is BLUE and BLACK, upper sinister field being RED with Stallions in place. The lower dexter field being WHITE with Roman Numerals XL in RED letters and the word "PLUS" underneath. The name RETREADS is obvious. We have reached an age where a retread is necessary! The shape of the Retreads Crest was taken from a U.S. Navy award plaque presented for that which is considered to be the best! The GOLD field at the top is to denote the Golden years over forty. The RED field which contains the rampant stallions is for the valor and blood that we have shed. The STALLIONS who appear so proud, represent the strength and stamina of the Retreads. Used as a pair, they indicate that we work together as a team. The BAR SINISTER which slants upward from left to right across the field signifies the BLACK and BLUE marks that we all acquired while we were learning to ride. The WHITE field symbolizes our purity of mind and thoughts, and also the color of our face in the first tight squeeze. The RED Roman Numerals XL "Plus" designates our age of over forty...and as everyone knows, life really does begin at forty! The BLUE overbar above the field of gold is reserved to designate the state, region, or province in which the wearer resides. Wear this CREST with PRIDE. It designates you as a member of a select group that enjoys a wonderful sport, good times, many laughs and miles of open road.