In last month’s column, I went through the club’s history as best I remember it but this month, I’d like to review who we are today and the concept.
I personally am not a fan of very organized clubs. When asked why we ride a motorcycle, about 99% of us will mention the word freedom in our explanation somewhere. This is why there is no formal decorum in our breakfast or dinner meetings. If there’s something you’d like to bring up to one of the board members in attendance, just ask away and we’ll do our best to address it. Out on the road, as groups get bigger, for safety’s sake, there has to be a bit more decorum and following etiquette.
The club was founded as a Triumph Owner’s Club (Riders Association of Triumph) but over the years as Triumph owner participation dwindled, the concept had to change in order for the club to continue to exist. The club’s focus has changed over the years from what you ride to the ride itself. I personally love motorcycles of all brands and types and enjoy the variety that we have that participate in our events.
Continue reading “The State of the Union, Jack (Part Deux)”
The title of my column this month is taken from my yearly summary of the club back when we were a Triumph owners club. Now that I’m completing my 10th year of being president and the AZRATPack going into its 20th of existence, here’s a summary of where we’ve been, where we are, how we got here, where we’re going and some other tidbits.
I first heard of the AZRATPack in 2003 while on a bus transporting me and other Ducati dealer representatives from Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama to the local airport. I was sitting with a group at the front of the bus which included Peter Kramer of Phoenix International Motorsports whom I knew as one of my customers from my days at Fast By Ferracci. He was telling the group about the new initiative that Triumph had started similar to that of Harley Owner’s Group and that he had started a local R.A.T. (Riders Association of Triumph) Pack in Phoenix.
Continue reading “The State of the Union, Jack”
Parts Unknown, AZ
We are happy to announce that registration for all 2023 rides is open. Full details on all of the rides will be updated as soon as they become available so check AZRATPack.info often!
Also, Ride Chair, El Chino Loco is going to revisit the original concept for the 2-Day Tour set for March 25-26 that was originally set to go into California and ride around the Salton Sea.
Continue reading “Registration For All 2023 Rides Open, Possible Change To March Tour”
Carlos and Dean Accept New Rolls For 2023
The roll of the Board of Directors is to organize club activities, administrate, market, seek out and interface with sponsors. Our philosophy is to have a bunch of people doing a little so to not impact too much of our time while getting the necessary things done.
With that said, I’m happy to report that Carlos Goodwin will be taking over as Membership Services Director. Also, Dean Sarrocco will be taking on the role of Count Di Monet (Treasurer). Both are rolls I’ve been handling this past year and now will have more time to devote to other aspects of the club along with personal endeavors.
I sincerely thank both of them for taking on these responsibilities! Also, I would like to remind everyone that we do have two more seats open for the right people. Please let one of us know if you’re interested. We do ask that you are or become a member of the AMA.
Our current Board of Directors are: Victor Castaneda (President, Sargent of Arms), Rodney Chew (Risk Manager, Vice President), Dean Sarrocco (Treasurer), Carlos Goodwin (Membership Services Director) and Shain Bare (Member). The following is a list of positions on our board of directors:
Continue reading “Board Member News”
Parts Unknown, AZ
The results have been tabulated in less than a day! The 2022 GO AZ Motorcycles Ride Series Awards will be presented at our 8th Holiday Dinner & Awards Banquet on December 27th at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral. It would be great if you could attend and receive your award in person along with some of our famously funny awards along with the Crowd Favorite Ugly Christmas Sweater Award!
Continue reading “2022 GO AZ Motorcycles Ride Series Award Recipients Announced!”
We currently have two openings on our board of directors. Though we are at five members, it is better to have more people doing less, no? Interested? We are looking for people that are on board with the philosophy of how our club is run and the way we interact with our members and sponsors. You will also need to be a person that engaged and fairly tech friendly.
At first, new board members will not hold a title so they can acclimate to the way we handle club business, once familiar and comfortable, you will be asked to take on the responsibility of one of our open positions. Board members may hold more than one position.
Here is a list of positions on the board with descriptions/qualifications, who holds it and what’s open:
Continue reading “Looking For Two People For Our Board of Directors”
Parts Unknown, AZ
The AZRATPack Board of Directors is proud to announce our 2023 Ride Schedule! In celebrating our 20th Anniversary, we present to you some all new rides, some new twists on tradition and the return of an old favorite! The highlight of next year’s schedule is the 20th Anniversary Tour which will be four nights out combining some of the traditional elements of rides we’ve held over the years along with a new and exciting stop along the way. As always, things are all subject to change.
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From our friends at the SCMA:
May 13/14, 2022 Playa Bonita Hotel, Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point), Son Mx.
It’s been a long, long time since we’ve had the opportunity to connect with one another. Between COVID, world events and just life it would be nice to be motorcycle people again!! You know, burn gas, eat great food, hang out and tell all our stories…..
To fill that that burning desire SCMA members and friends, affiliate clubs and friends are invited to join a bunch of SCMA people in Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point), SON, MX for a weekend of good company, relaxation, and fun. Oh, by the way, at the beach. What else could be better?
Continue reading “Southern California Motorcycle Association Meet Up”
Since 2016, we have given out awards annually, except in 2020 for obvious reasons, to participants in the rides that we partner with GO AZ Motorcycles. It is with great pleasure that we get back to a little normalcy and announce our awards recipients for 2021.
Continue reading “2021 GO AZ Motorcycles Ride Series Award Recipients”
Keeping track of who was on the 2021 rides was a bit of a challenge for a variety of reasons. For 2022, we are implementing some changes to registration so that we can better keep track on who is on our rides and have a backup in case a question arises at the end of the year for when we hand out awards.
Continue reading “2022 GO AZ Motorcycles Ride Series Registration & Check-In Procedures”