Trailriders, the name says it all.
State of the Club Report July 30, 1999
Roughly a year ago Myself, Tim Norstad, Dirk Niles, Matt Kirkwood, Mark Redetzkte, and Brian Simon were sitting in the Bloomington Park Tavern charting the course for a new 4wd club. There were a variety of reasons why we didn't all just join another club and we were going to try to fix them all with the new club.
Trailriders is a year old now and starting to mature as a club. We total 26 members and applicants as of 7/30/99.
Family oriented Trailrides have always been the main focus of our club. At this point we are really stressing the family oriented part. Many members have young children and even more of us just don't want to be a part of rowdy, unsafe behavior either in the campground or on the trail. I think it's fair to say that the club won't plan an event if we aren't comfortable bringing our children and we won't trail ride with anyone who compromises the saftey of our kids or ourselves. Loud exhaust, aggressive driving on the trail, poorly maintained trucks and loud parties in the campground just aren't welcome with us.
The club's vehicles have matured in many ways too. Some have picked up a dent or two from an encounter with a tree or rock. Many are now much more trail capable thanks to the help of fellow club members. Many lifts have been performed in members garages and many useful accessories such as lockers and stronger axles have been installed with the help of fellow club members.
Trailriders has some stock vehicles, but we also have some of the best equipped trail vehicles around. We've tackled all of the most difficult trails in the Minnesota area with ease in the built trucks and with the help of a tow strap in the less built trucks. Members have also been traveling to other places like Moab, the Pipeline in Wisconsin or the Black Hills in South Dakota looking for greater challenges.
We've picked up several new applicants and members who had built vehicles and trail driving experience when they found us, and just as many who's vehicles were stone stock and had never driven on a 4x4 trail. We welcome both. Introducing new people to the sport was one of the main intentions of this club when it was founded a year ago and we have been doing a good job of it.
The State of the club is this: Perfect. We're growing at a fast pace, but we're also staying the same - and that's a good thing.
President of Trailriders
The Trailriders inc. 4x4 club was formed in June of 1998 by six people who had met via the interent and shared trailrides together. No club in the state of Minnesota was exactly right for all of us, so we formed the new club. We are concerned with the image of the sport of 4 wheeling in this state, and have written our bylaws to reflect this. Members Trailride vehicles must be licensed and insured for street use, must display a current Mn OHV sticker, and must have a complete body. Trailriders also follows Tread Lightly guidelines, and members are encouraged to drive responsibly and act courteously when offroad.