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Get Your Motor Running: 25 of the World’s Best Motorsports Museums

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If you love all things motorsports, delve into the long history of racing by taking a trip to any of these museums dedicated to roaring engines and cheering crowds. You can see vintage and beloved cars up close while discovering more about worldwide racetracks and organizations.

We’ve found 25 international motorsports museums that will make you want to plan a road trip, stat.

Barber Motorsports Museum, Alabama

Racer George Barber opened the Barber Motorsports Museum in 1988. Although he preferred Porsches, that museum had already been done, so he decided to open a motorcycle museum instead. At least 650 motorcycles, some vintage and some modern, are on display. The bikes are regularly switched out so you can eventually see Barber’s whole collection of 1,400 bikes.

Eastern Museum of Motor Racing, Pennsylvania

A group of motorsports fans called the Williams Grove Old Timers would spend a lot of time together talking shop, so in 1975 they decided to take their collective passion and make a museum dedicated to racing. The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing has 40 acres of space that includes a racetrack. Sometimes, you can even see the display cars being driven.

National Motor Museum, England

In the village of Beaulieu, you can find the National Motor Museum, which mixes motorcycles with other vehicles on display. Some exhibits that you may see include World War I cars, a chronology of the British Land Speed record, an auto garage from the 1930s, the history of the Formula One and more. More than 250 cars and other vehicles comprise these displays.

Grand Prix Museum, Macau

The Macau Grand Prix is a beloved racing event. For the race’s 40th anniversary in 1993, the Grand Prix Museum became a public attraction. Celebrating a motorsports history that dates back to 1954, the museum has since undergone renovations to celebrate later anniversaries.

Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, Florida

Daytona Beach is a famed racing destination, but beyond the track you can also find the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. No matter what kind of racing you enjoy, nearly 50 vehicles are on display at any given time. You can also check out about 100 exhibits chock full of memorabilia. Play driving simulation games and watch videos highlighting the history of racing to close out your day.

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Musee des 24 Heures du Mans, France

A museum established in honor of the 24 Hours of Le Mans event, the Musee des 24 Heures du Mans was actually called the Automobile Museo de la Sarthe when it was built in 1961. It wasn’t until 1991 that it changed focus to the Le Mans race. When you visit, you can see car pictures and videos, race collectibles, and more than 100 vehicles that have participated in Le Mans races over the years.

Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, California

Wally Parks himself opened the NHRA Motorsports Museum in association with the Automobile Club of Southern California. Since 1998, race lovers have been able to stroll across 28,500 square feet of motorsports history. There’s a “Chrisman, Brinker Gallery of Speed” exhibit that opened in 2014 and also artwork, driving uniforms, helmets, race trophies, and almost 50 vehicles from various generations.

Hendrick Motorsports Museum & Team Store, North Carolina

Another major racing city is Charlotte, North Carolina, which is home to the Hendrick Motorsports Museum & Team Store. NASCAR fans should not miss this one, as you can learn more about the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, discovering the technology and thinking that makes these races possible. The museum is free to visit.

Spa-Francorchamps Racetrack Museum, Belgium

Another famous European motorsports museum, the Spa-Francorchamps Racetrack Museum celebrates Belgium’s rich racing history. You can see beloved vehicles such as Coopers, Porsches, Chevrons, Marches and Ferraris across the ages. As you walk through the museum’s cellar, you’ll feel like you took a step back through time when you look at documents and other old memorabilia.

Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, Florida

Whether you know him as the “King of the Dragsters” or “Big Daddy,” Don Garlits is one of the most popular drag racers in the history of the sport. The Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing is his creation, and it includes 17 of his own World Championship titles and a slew of classic cars from the beginning of Garlits’ racing career in the 1950s to his retirement.

Arizona Open Wheel Racing Museum and the Motorsports Hall of Fame, Arizona

You can keep yourself entertained all day when visiting the Arizona Open Wheel Racing Museum, which shares a building with the Motorsports Hall of Fame. Steve Stroud opened the museum after customers at his Phoenix Parker Store would inquire about his memorabilia. With 16,000 square feet of space, there’s plenty of room for exhibits featuring cars from the Phoenix International Speedway, the Copper World Classic and more.

Richard Childress Racing (RCR) Museum, North Carolina

Richard Childress Racing has won 15 championships in nearly 50 years. Celebrate that heritage at the RCR Museum, which is 47,000 square feet. Any vehicle that Childress or his team drove is on display, including the Monte Carlo that won the 1998 Daytona 500, All Star vehicles driven by Dale Earnhardt between 1995 and 2000, Earnhardt’s No. 3 Goodwrench Chevrolet, and more.

Hajek Motorsports Museum, Oklahoma

Heavily featuring cars and memorabilia from Bill Elliott, Dale Earnhardt, Bob Glidden, Don Nicholson and other racing legends, the Hajek Motorsports Museum was founded by racer Brent Hajek. The museum is a repurposed school that includes the Hajek Motorsports Racing Car Collection. Don’t miss other gear from the likes of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Joe Amato, Dale Jarrett, Kenny Bernstein and more.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, Indiana

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is yet another revered US destination for motorsports fanatics. If you’re here to see a race, make sure to book some time for a trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. Founded in 1956 by Karl Kizer and Anton Hulman Jr., the museum expanded in 1975 and is now 30,000 square feet. The Hall of Fame is still active, while the museum itself features vehicles of all kinds, including drag racers, motorcycles, midget cars, NASCARs and INDYCARs.

Donington Grand Prix Exhibition, England

The Donington Grand Prix Exhibition is also a must-see. You can visit any of its 130 exhibits, full of antique Williams and McLarens. The Wheatcroft Collection, created by Kevin Wheatcroft, features motorcycles and cars driven during World War II. “The time is right to open the doors to some of these treasures,” Wheatcroft said. “I have been badgered for many years to show these vehicles to the public and very much look forward to adding more vehicles as each month goes by.”

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Hockenheimring Motor-Sport-Museum, Germany

The Hockenheimring track Baden-Wurttemberg hosts the German Grand Prix. Nearby is the Hockenheimring Motor-Sport-Museum, which was founded in 1986 and has more than 300 exhibits showcasing touring cars, bikes and Formula 1 winners. With 23,680 square feet of space, the cars that you see in the exhibits are switched out regularly. Guided tours are available.

Museu do Automobilismo Brasileiro, Brazil

If you’re ever traveling in Brazil, particularly Passo Fundo, don’t miss the Museu do Automobilismo Brasileiro, which translates to the Museum of Brazilian Auto Racing. The Prix Hotel, erected in 2012, is nearby. The museum opened in 1996 but expanded in later years. Learn more about the history of Brazilian auto racing with more than 100 cars produced in various eras.

World of Speed Museum, Oregon

A nonprofit, the World of Speed Museum encompasses all racing, including hydroplanes, NASCAR, open wheels, motorcycles, land speed racing and drag racing. Any time you visit, you can see nearly 100 cars in changing exhibits, including the 1979 Oldsmobile 442 driven by Cale Yarborough, the 1988 Chevy Monte Carlo driven by Terry Labonte, the 1974 Dodge Charger driven by Jim Vandiver, the 2000 Chevy Impala driven by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and more.

Museo Ferrari, Italy

The Museo Ferrari in Maranello is a Mecca for many and a testament to the history of this luxury car manufacturer. Test your own sharp driving instincts with interactive pit stop walls at the World Championship and Formula One exhibits. Other exhibits are changed out often, so no two experiences are alike. Watch clips of Grand Prix races through the years, take souvenir photos and drive in a Formula One virtual simulator while you check out some seriously impressive vehicles.

New England Auto Racers (NEAR) Mobile Hall of Fame Museum, Connecticut

Dig deep into New England racing history at the NEAR Mobile Hall of Fame Museum. This nonprofit relies on work from volunteer car lovers and donations from Connecticut patrons to keep running. Unlike the other museums on this list, this NEAR establishment is mobile and travels with the organization. You’ll have to check the NEAR calendar to see when the museum is coming to a town near you.

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Museo Juan Manuel Fangio, Argentina

The Museo Juan Manuel Fangio honors Argentinian racing great Juan Manuel Fangio and is just a short stroll from his childhood home. A Formula One champion five times over, Fangio’s prizes are all on display, as are the 27 vehicles that he raced to achieve victory, like his 1939 Chevrolet and 1929 Ford A. Cars that belonged to other popular racers, including Edward House and Juan Galvez, are also proudly shown off.

National Motor Racing Museum, Australia

Expand your horizons as you take in the thrill of Australian motorsports at the National Motor Racing Museum. The Bathurst Light Car Club opened the museum in 1988, and the Bathurst Regional Council became owners in 1997. With 60 motorcycles and 50 cars on the museum’s grounds, it’s a good thing the building is open seven days a week.

Miller Motorsports Park Museum, Utah

Housed inside the Comfort Inn & Suites in Tooele, Utah, is the Miller Motorsports Park Museum. Created by car fanatic Larry H. Miller, the museum began as a place for Miller to teach others about Carroll Shelby’s Cobra. His collection grew to include Shelby Mustangs, Ford GT40s and more. Some of his vehicles have competed in races, like the 1966 MKII Ford GT40, the 1964 Cobra Daytona Coupe and more.

National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum, Iowa

Can’t get enough of sprint cars? The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum in Knoxville, Iowa, should be your next road trip destination. This nonprofit was established in 1992 and has four stories. The 8,000-square-foot Donald Lamberti National Sprint Car Museum is on the first floor. With 25 vehicles plus various memorabilia such as helmets and trophies, there’s a lot to take in.

NASCAR Hall of Fame, North Carolina

Immerse yourself in all things NASCAR at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte. When you walk in, there’s a huge video screen with a looping video introducing you to the history of this racing giant. The exhibits change during any given month, but some permanent fixtures include race memorabilia such as drivers’ uniforms, photos and original vehicles. You can learn what it’s like to be in a real NASCAR race with a virtual simulator. After you practice, climb into a NASCAR replica vehicle on a recreated track to digitally compete with others.

 

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There are few better feelings than giving back to a charity organization that’s doing its part to make the world a better place.

Although many associate the holidays with giving, any time of the year is a good one to donate to your favorite charity. Sometimes, these organizations even make it easier by hosting events where you can mingle and raise money for a great cause.

Here are 21 winter charity events in Colorado that are all worth checking out.
 

Spay-Ghetti & No Balls in Lakewood

When and where: Thursday, February 25, at the Lakeview Wellness & Event Center

The coyly-named Spay-Ghetti & No Balls dinner is hosted by SpayToday, Neuter Now!, a group that promotes low-cost sterilization services so animals don’t end up unwanted in shelters. This is the group’s first dinner and coincides with World Spay Day Week. Nicolo’s Chicago Style Pizza is one sponsor, but other restaurants will serve food.

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The Denver Street School 2016 Shine Gala in Denver

When and where: Friday, February 26, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High (United Club Level)

Named such because the event lets attendees see the beautiful lights of Denver, the Denver Street School’s Shine Gala includes a dinner and a silent auction with items for bidding such as gift certificates, jewelry, purses, art and more. The Denver Street School, established in 1985 by Tom Tillapaugh, helps students who are at risk of getting into drugs and crime.
 

The State of the Town & 2nd Mayor’s Ball Gala and Silent Auction in Parker

When and where: Saturday, February 27, at the Pace Center

Those who are a part of the Rotary Club in Parker are all volunteers who are passionate about their community and want to make Parker the best town it can be. The first part of the group’s event will be the State of the Town, which includes a luncheon. Later in the day will be the 2nd Mayor’s Ball Gala and Silent Auction, where there will be food, dancing and excitement, and all for a good cause.
 

An Elegant Evening in Eolus in Durango

When and where: Saturday, February 27, at Eolus Bar & Dining

Eolus, a local restaurant, will honor iAM MUSIC, a nationwide nonprofit organization that introduces the beauty and power of music to students after school. Professional musicians act as teachers, instructing children how to play and enjoy music. This event will feature the music of Hello Dollface and includes a cocktail hour, wine pairing and a seven-course dinner.
 

The 2016 Denver Heart Ball in Denver

When and where: Saturday, February 27, at the Hyatt Regency at the Colorado Convention Center

The Denver Heart Ball calls this night “a celebration of caring and sharing.” In the past, the event earned $51 million in funds that were used to better neighborhoods in Colorado and other states. In its 17th year, the event has a theme called a Stroke of Red and will raise money to improve stroke awareness and treatments.
 

A Kick-Off Celebration to CKS Paddlefest in Buena Vista

When and where: Thursday, March 3, at Eddyline Restaurant at South Main

Colorado Kayak Supply, or CKS, founded in 1978, has been around longer than any other store of its kind in the state. The first CKS Paddlefest was in 2001, and since then the store’s purpose has grown to teach others about safety on the water while having a blast. Before bringing out the boats, make sure to attend this event, which includes a basket raffle, a live art raffle, a performance from Douglas Francisco and a four-course meal with Eddyline craft beer.

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Salute to Excellence in Education Scholarship & Awards Gala in Denver

When and where: Friday, March 4, at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Denver

Also known as TheEduCtr, the Education Center offers workshops and educational resources to save young students who might slip through the cracks and never obtain their GEDs. The nonprofit’s Salute to Excellence in Education Scholarship & Awards Gala will focus on black teachers and mentors in particular.
 

Invest in Kids 17th Annual Jane-A-Thon in Denver

When and where: Friday, March 4, at Mary Jane Mountain at Winter Park Resort

Aiming to provide a better way of life for kids in poverty, Invest in Kids has hosted its Jane-A-Thon for nearly 20 years. It blends snowboarding and skiing with prizes, raffles, food and entertainment. In 2015, Invest in Kids received $70,000 in donations.
 

The Fourth Annual Journey Event in Denver

When and where:  Friday, March 4, at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center

The Junior League of Denver welcomes any and all Denver volunteers who want to improve literacy for those in the city and the state. Former first daughter Jenna Welch Bush Hager will be the keynote speaker at the organization’s event, the Journey. Hager’s speech will reflect “the Power of Compassion,” the thematic focus of the night’s festivities. With silent auctions, live auctions, dinner and drinks, there will be plenty going on that evening.
 

The Denver Jewish Day School’s 2016 Annual Dinner & Gala in Denver

When and where: Saturday, March 5, at the Grand Hyatt Denver

The Denver Jewish Day School is a K-12 school that teaches students all they need to know to prepare for college while including the importance of their Jewish heritage into some lessons. In March, the school will have been open for 40 years, and so its staff will host an Annual Dinner & Gala. This event is in honor of Bryan Hay, and Jocey and Jeff Kraus.
 

Saturday Night Alive to Benefit the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in Denver

When and where: Saturday, March 5, at the Seawell Grand Ballroom

The Saturday Night Alive event in honor of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts is always a big hit each year. Denver residents gather to connect with more than 800 prominent city figures who are involved in the arts. The proceeds from the event benefit up to 68,000 students who may receive a theater education program so that these kids can experience the fun and wonder of live theater.

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Reach for the Stars Gala Presents a Spaghetti Western in Westminster

When and where: Saturday, March 5, at the Denver Marriott Westminster

Founded in 1985, the Five Star Education Foundation has expanded its reach to most Five Star education facilities in Westminster and beyond. The Reach for the Stars Gala will have live bluegrass music, a spaghetti meal (chicken is an optional alternative), and silent and live auctions.
 

Maverick Thinkers 2016 in Denver

When and where: Wednesday, March 9, at Grand Hyatt Denver

Helping prevent homelessness for young people in Colorado Springs and the greater Denver area, Urban Peak will host its yearly Maverick Thinkers event. Some kids and teens who have been supported by Urban Peak will be there, as will Project Helping and Snooze: AM Eatery. The event, organized by Bruce DeBoskey, will have a Q&A session and a dinner. You can reserve your own table.  
 

The CBCA Annual Business for the Arts Awards Luncheon in Denver

When and where: Wednesday, March 9, at the Seawell Grand Ballroom

The Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, or CBCA, has a 30-year history of introducing the importance of art in young lives. This nonprofit’s Annual Business for the Arts Awards Luncheon will “salute exemplary business engagement with the arts through philanthropy, innovative programs, volunteerism, creative workspaces and personal leadership.” More than 700 businesspeople and artists are expected to attend.
 

The 17th Annual Denver & Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame Dinner in Denver

When and where: Wednesday, March 9, at the Mile High Ballroom at the Colorado Convention Center

Visit Denver is a tourism organization that offers information on the city’s restaurants, hotels, events, entertainment, travel, activities and more. For nearly 20 years, Denver residents have had the Denver & Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame Dinner to look forward to. Joni Watkins is organizing this year’s festivities, which will include dinner and entertainment.
 

Great Chefs of the West Gala in Denver

When and where: Thursday, March 10, at the Denver Marriott Tech Center

Known for attendance numbers of more than 400 people in the Denver area alone, the Great Chefs of the West Gala, hosted by the National Kidney Foundation, continues to be a hit. Patrons have donated more than $112,000 in the past, and that all goes toward learning more about kidney conditions and cures.

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Jokers, Jewels and Justice in Denver

When and where: Thursday, March 10, at Brown Palace Hotel

GLBT Community Center of Colorado is raising money for its Training and Legal Program with its Jokers, Jewels & Justice gambling fundraising event. Those who were involved in helping the U.S. Supreme Court rule in favor of Amendment 2 will be celebrated that night.
 

The Annual Circle of Light Photo Project & Reception in Denver

When and where: Thursday, March 10, at the Space Gallery

With its goal to preserve vision for residents across Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank will host its Annual Circle of Light Photo Project & Reception again this year. There’s a VIP reception an hour before the photo exhibit opens to the general public. There will also be a silent auction and reception with drinks and food after the exhibit. All art on display is from those who received corneal transplants and had their sight restored.
 

The Mental Health Art Benefit 2016 in Denver

When and where: Saturday, March 12, at R2 Studio & Gallery

A mental health organization staffed entirely by women, Empowered Partnerships is hosting its First Annual Mental Health Art Benefit. All proceeds received at the event go towards furthering Empowered Partnerships’ goals. Silent auctions will go off all night, each art piece created by someone involved in mental health services on a professional or personal level. Several speakers will also attend.
 

The 35th Boulder Distinguished Citizen and Eagle Scout Dinner in Boulder

When and where: Wednesday, March 16, at the CU Touchdown Club

The Indian Peaks District is a branch of the Longs Peak Council in association with the Boy Scouts of America. The organization invites children to become Boy Scouts and learn various life skills. The 35th Boulder Distinguished Citizen and Eagle Scout Dinner will reward Gina and Frank Day for their commitment to the organization. The Indian Peaks District will welcome donations at the event to keep the nonprofit running for another successful year.
 

Second Wind Fund’s Gift of Life Luncheon in Golden

When and where: Thursday, March 24, at the Applewood Golf Course

Named such because of its dedication towards preventing child and teenage suicide, the Second Wind Fund finds therapists for kids and can even cover the cost of some appointments if families are struggling to make ends meet. The Gift of Life Luncheon through the Colorado Trust will feature live music from the Green Mountain High School band and a speech from Colorado School Safety Resource director Christine Harms.

 

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By Popular Demand: 30 More Awesome Motorcycle Clubs for Women

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Last month, we highlighted some of the most impressive women’s motorcycle clubs in the United States and beyond.

However, we received a lot of feedback here at the auto repair shop and quickly learned that original list of 30 organizations was just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more groups that deserve some spotlight for their charity, toughness, community and dedication to their rides.

Here are 30 more women’s motorcycle clubs, from all around the world, that deserve praise.

Chicks in the Wind, Florida

A nonprofit established in 2012, Chicks in the Wind was founded after several women riders in the Hudson area decided that they could get more done in their neighborhood if they banded together. “We ride to raise awareness for the women and children who live in the abuse and homeless shelters,” Chicks in the Wind President Terri Kirchner tells us.

A variety of businesses have helped the Chicks host scavenger hunts, poker runs and other fundraisers. If you can’t necessarily join the Chicks (who have chapters in Hernando, Pinellas and Pasco), you can always buy a supporter patch and show your love that way.

Sisters Eternal Women’s Motorcycle Club

Sisters Eternal Women’s Motorcycle Club (WMC) is a neutrally chartered club with the American Motorcyclists Association and are recognized as professional, family-friendly, fair and legitimate by communities, participants and the motorcycling industry. Our Sisters come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels.

Furies MC, Illinois

Chicago’s own Furies MC are named after mythological creatures in Greek and Roman history: “These goddesses who made their home in the underworld would punish all crime, both personal and those made by society.” They further their objectives with meetings each month, where they outline their next riding plans while enjoying a laugh and a meal. The women participate in annual rides, including Ride to Work Day, International Female Ride Day and the Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade.

Lost Girls MC, California

Having donated nearly $90,000 towards breast cancer treatment over the past 11 years, the Lost Girls MC are a mainstay in Visalia and always host their annual Lost Girls’ Breast Cancer Ride. Continue to support their valiant efforts by purchasing a patch on their website or by donating to the Girls.

Curve Unit, California

Want to join up with the ladies in Curve Unit? You just have to be there for the monthly Curve Unit Group Ride through the San Francisco Bay Area. You also need your own motorcycle, your own insurance and an active registration, but riders of any and all skill level are welcome.

Guilty Girlz RC, Michigan

With five chapters throughout the state — in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Tecumseh, Mt. Pleasant and Lansing — the Guilty Girlz RC truly live by their slogan, “be guilty of your passion.” The group, established in 2011, is a part of the Michigan Confederation of Clubs as the first of its kind. The women want their group to be a supportive environment that produces feelings of “trust, sisterhood, respect and empowerment to women who ride.”

Amazons WMC, Inc., North America

Named after the hardened Amazonian warriors, the Amazons WMC, Inc. members uphold six principles at all times, which the women also use as their code of conduct: commitment, loyalty, respect, truth, honor and love.

The group has chapters across the US and Canada. If you want to join the club, you must follow some ground rules such as always using common sense, having an open mind and a positive attitude, understanding the road, and never drinking alcohol before a ride.

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The Bikerni, India

There weren’t any women’s motorcycle clubs in India until 2011, when Urvashi Patole had the idea to create the Bikerni. Patole, along with Chithra Priya and Sheetal Bidaye, act as the core committee that sets up events and spreads awareness of the club. The group has grown in popularity so much that most cities in the country have a chapter, and new members are always welcome.

Lady Biker, India

Since the Bikerni was founded, other groups such as Lady Biker in Kolkata have come into existence to further spread riding culture in India. These women are, simply put, very devoted to riding their motorcycles.

In the spring of 2015, one member of the group went on a multi-day trip through India, taking in its beauty. “Solo ride is always unique and challenging,” she wrote on the group’s blog. “No one is there to help you if anything goes wrong. But, at the same time, one can truly feel the ride if one is going solo. It’s a ride Nirvana for the rider.”

The Foxy Fuelers, Australia

If you’re a fan of classic or even customized motorcycles, then you have kindred spirits in the Foxy Fuelers. These Australian motorcyclists were inspired by another Sydney group, the Sydney Café Racers, and now ride with them and other women. They learned by doing, and they want to encourage other women who are interested in riding to do the same.

Ghetto Girlz MC, California

Since 2009, Ghetto Girlz MC has promoted a sense of family for women of all backgrounds. If you’re not in the Oakland area, you can always join the New Zealand, Ireland, UK, or Fort Wayne, Indiana branches. Make sure to check out the club’s website to see the women’s informative page on bike maintenance and safety.

Devil Dolls MC, California

Devil Dolls MC was established on Valentine’s Day in 1999. Initially, the group only allowed members to join if they owned a Harley-Davidson. Today, the rules are more relaxed, with bikes made in the USA and Europe welcome. T-Rexxx is one of the founders and the president, while vice president Kupkake has been with the group since 2010. Sid Sinister is the club’s sergeant at arms.

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VCMC, England

The VCMC has an easy philosophy: “More women on bikes & more women building.” The group is planning to announce their 2016 riding plans soon, so keep an eye out for that news if you are in the UK. In the meantime, feel free to support the club and look awesome at the same time by picking up a tank top, a t-shirt or a sticker with the VCMC logo on it.

Women’s International Motorcycle Association GB, worldwide

Sponsored by the Motorcycle Club for Women, the Women’s International Motorcycle Association was founded in 1958. The group hosts rallies and rides in Australia, Asia and the UK. If you happen to travel to meet up with the group, there’s always members around to get you acclimated. Members receive stickers, pins and badges, discounts on the online shop, up to 11 newsletters, and access to every ride or any other event the group is taking part in.

Tenacious Dames RC, Montana

A nonprofit that’s always welcoming new members, Tenacious Dames RC also has chapters in Bozeman, Miles City, Great Falls and Billings. Women in the group aren’t limited by age (some are in their 20s, some are in their 60s and still wild), skill level, or location (members live in Kalispell, Butte, Helena and elsewhere). The women in this group all obey this credo: “Women empowering women through the love of riding.”

Celtic Sisters WMC, Ohio

Lisa Thuning established the Celtic Sisters WMC in 2014 and serves as its president. She works alongside vice president Criket Jones and public relations professional Sallie Todd. The group is dedicated to helping children with cancer. If you want to tag along, you can apply to join right on the Celtic Sisters’ website. The women participate in various Ohio events throughout any given year.

Asphalt Angels MC, Utah

The Asphalt Angels MC always ride safely, insisting that you “never ride faster than your angels can fly.” This group, founded in 2013, supports organizations and charities in the St. George area, often volunteering and riding in fundraisers and other events.

Want to join? Asphalt Angels describe themselves as “women who are brave, loyal, trustworthy, accomplished, adventurous, and kindhearted, but also have a healthy appreciation for the perfect tattoo, a great set of pipes, a love of laughter, and the smell of leather.”

GLOW Motorcycle Club, Texas

Since 2006, the women in the GLOW Motorcycle Club (which is short for Gorgeous Ladies on Wheels), have made Houston a lot pinker, as that’s the group’s signature hue. The club only opens availability for new members on a limited basis, so make sure to jump in when you can. The women support local businesses and post flyers on their website to promote small companies.

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Chrome Angelz RC, worldwide

Chrome Angelz RC started in 2012 with one chapter in New Jersey and actively recruited in 2014 to grow to over 65 chapters across the US, Canada, South Africa and Europe. They support women motorcycle riders, promote safety and encourage chapters to help their local communities.

Femme Fatales WMC, Ohio

Emerson and Hoops, two friends and riders, co-founded the Femme Fatales WMC in 2011. They recognized that there was a lack of women’s motorcycle clubs in Ohio, so they decided to give women riders in the state a chance to gather together.

Of course, they do more than just ride. Members also support nonprofit groups like Susan G. Komen 3-Day, Bright Pink, the National Cervical Cancer Coalition and the Heather J. Kwiate Foundation.

Xtreme Vixens MC, Nevada

Although Las Vegas is known for its crazy entertainment, the city didn’t have any sanctioned motorcycle groups with just women riders until Nina came along in 2006 and created the Xtreme Vixens MC. The club became such a beloved institution that it in 2008 it created a California chapter. While the group once only allowed for sports bikes, as of 2012, any and all motorcycles are welcome.

Las Marias MC, Mexico

They keep their description brief, but Las Marias MC is in the middle of producing a short film called On the Road to Sisterhood. There’s a slew of patches you can buy in support of the group, and make sure to check out their catchy riding playlist.

Iron Sirens WC, Canada

As long as you’re a woman with a motorcycle, the Iron Sirens WC wouldn’t mind if you joined them for a ride. No parts of Canada are off-limits — you’ll find chapters in Addington County, Alberta, Rose City, Port Dover, Halton Hills, Muskoka, Wasaga Beach and more. The club often participates in open events where anyone can ride. There are also member-only activities planned for every month in 2016, some of them rides and some of them social gatherings.

Free Spirit Chapter, Michigan

Boasting more than 70 members as of this writing, the Free Spirit Chapter has been a Michigan mainstay since 1995. Washtenaw, Wayne, Livingston, Macomb and Oakland County women riders all gather for monthly meetings and regular rides. The club will participate in an event in Warren in February, the 9th Annual Bowling for Camp Quality, so be sure to check it out.

GRIPsters, Oregon and Washington

The GRIPsters, or Girls Riding Independently Proud, are spread out between Oregon and Washington. They’re open to any woman motorcyclist joining as long as you can attend the Portland meetings, which occur monthly on Thursday nights at the Bradford’s Sports Lounge.

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Steel Cowgirls, Tennessee

The Steel Cowgirls, also known as the Motorcycle Women of Tennessee, are based in Nashville, but the group has been known to venture far out for certain riding events. When you join, you get official access to the group’s locked Facebook page so you can keep abreast of club news and upcoming events.

Diva Angels, Inc., Florida

Nonprofit Diva Angels, Inc. has both local chapters and a national chapter. You can find branches near you in Tampa Bay, Pasco and more. You can either join by sending mail to the group or save time by applying online. The women request that you show up to one of their chapter meetings before applying, though, so you can get a feel for how you’ll fit in.

Smokin Curvz MC, Virginia

Inspired by another Virginia motorcycle club called Bloc Burnaz MC, Smokin Curvz MC was founded in 2010. The women are dedicated to making Fredericksburg a better place through charitable acts. “We believe actions speak louder than words, and are ready to prove that we can ride with the big boys, cook the meals, take care of the kids, uplift our community and still look fabulous!” the group pledges.

Chrome Divas, Worldwide

Whether you call Australia, Canada or the US home, with more than 45 chapters there’s undoubtedly a Chrome Divas branch near you. Founded in 2002, the group began in Tallahassee, Florida, before growing bigger and bigger into the powerhouse that it is today. Feel free to add to the club’s numbers, but be prepared to abide by the rules, which insist that you’re respectful of other members. The Chrome Divas Midwest Winter Retreat is coming up in February, so don’t miss that.

Missouri Women on Wheels (MO WOW)

Why is MO WOW such a huge hit in its home state? Women of all skill levels and ages are encouraged to participate, which has led to the development of chapters throughout Missouri, including Ladies of the Roubidoux, Golden Valley Girls, Lady Road Runners, Lady Cruisers of the Ozarks, the Heartland Chapter and the Show-Me Riders. The group is currently filling its 2016 calendar and is welcomes new members.

Caramel Curves, Louisiana

Sometimes, a little competition is a good thing, as in the case of Caramel Curves, a New Orleans group created by a woman known only as Caramel (check out the piece Vice did on her recently).

Caramel started the club to go toe-to-toe with the male riders in the city, and the group’s popularity grew quickly. That changed after Hurricane Katrina, when many group members left the state for good, but Caramel Curves has since regrouped and encouraged many others to join.


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