Motorcycle Clubs and Groups

Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts (HoAME)

Written by  June 30, 2007

The Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts Club was founded in the late 1980’s by a small group of riders as a way to promote the sport of motorcycling and enjoy the fellowship of those who love to ride. Membership has grown to 175 individuals and 10 dealerships. Most of the members live in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Members pay $15 dues annually and must sign a membership/waiver form. According to club President Jim Van Eman, the only membership requirement is, “enthusiasm for motorbikes.” The group takes pride in its diversity. Members ride a wide variety of motorcycle makes, both modern and vintage.

In 1992, HoAME hosted its first weekend motorcycle rally and show at Clinton Lake near Lawrence, Kansas. The rally became the club’s major annual event. Other annual events include a dealer tour, Hunter Memorial Ride, and an annual meeting and party. Members also gather frequently to ride for a meal or to some destination of mutual interest. The club provides volunteer corner workers during road races at approximately eight Midwest racetracks including Heartland Park Topeka. HoAME is involved most actively with the Championship Cup Series, Great Plains and Midwest Divisions. Robert Putnam is the club’s Corner Worker Captain and is certified by the A.M.A. as a Corner Marshal. Roughly 15 club members are involved in this activity, and I can tell you from experience that it is a real thrill to be so close to the racing action. Alert corner workers are absolutely critical to the safety of the competitors. A few of the club members actually race their motorcycles, particularly at vintage racing events.

Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at the Lucky Brewgrille, 5401 Johnson Drive, Mission, Kansas. Many of the members arrive prior to the 7:30 meeting time to have dinner or to chat. The downstairs meeting room provides plenty of room for members and guests. After the approval of the previous month’s minutes, the program is informal and includes discussion of past and upcoming events as well as reports on who bought a new motorcycle (treated as a birth announcement), who participated in a race, who had a crash, and who went on a particularly interesting trip.

HoAME’s monthly newsletter includes a wealth of information about past and upcoming events as well as interesting articles by various members covering a wide variety of subjects. Their website is also a great way to learn about the club and keep up with its activities.

Having been very impressed by the recent Vintage Motorcycle Show , I decided to attend the June monthly meeting. It was obvious the members have a great time whenever they get together. If you love motorcycling and seek to join a group of fun-loving people who share your passion for the sport, you should head for HoAME.

Story and photos by Stripe