Motorcycle Clubs and Groups

Zodiacs Chapter of Greater Kansas City

Written by  April 30, 2005

The Zodiacs club of greater Kansas City was established on Aug 27, 1973. Wilbert Neil is the oldest original founding member of this club. They are not just a club who rides together; they are a Non for profit organization that is currently the oldest African-American motorcycle club in Kansas City.

Since moving to Kansas City, I have been introduced to a several members of this club, and I am very impressed with the attitude of all the members. They focus on the importance of keeping the peace, and stress the importance to younger riders not to street race. When I interviewed Carl “Boonie” Criswell, I am glad to hear that his beliefs match that of his President.

I recently had the privilege to interview Gary McGhee, the current club President at their club house located at 1825 Vine Street in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz district. Gary stated that there are currently 22 active members, and he explained that the term Zodiacs is not exclusive to this club. Other clubs have and currently use this name. The Zodiacs are very well known in the KC Metro area and I am deeply impressed with the amount of time and effort they spend to help keep kids on the right path for success. They currently sponsor four major events each year, that other clubs and the general public is welcome to attend. The Zodiacs are also sponsoring the bike show at the Kansas City International Speedway (KCIR) with Darwin Barnett of the Soul Brothers Racing Series on June 25, 2005. Make sure to come to this event, so we can see who really has the fastest bike in KC.

The Zodiacs will be sponsoring the following four events this year:

- April 30, 2005 - Annual Spring Kickoff. All motorcycle clubs, both in and out of Kansas City are invited to attend, and will include a car and bike show.

- June 18, 2005 - African American Car & Bike Show. This show is open to everyone. The entry fee is $10 for bikes and $15 for cars. Trophies will be presented.

- June 24-26th - Annual Field Meet. All motorcycle clubs, both in and out of Kansas City are invited. The entry fee is $10 if wearing colors and $12 for the general public. Friday night is the Beer Bust, and Saturday there will be games, such as the boot race, tug of war and two-legged race. Trophies will be awarded. This is one of the largest in & out social events of the year.

- October 29, 2005 - Annual Anniversary. This event will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott in Blue Springs, Missouri. The events will be announced the week of the event.

Gary also wanted me to mention that the 32nd Annual National Biker Roundup is scheduled for August 1–7 this year in Rockingham, North Carolina, and will not return to Kansas City until 2007. This event has become very popular since its initial debut in 1977, and the attendance level has grown to over 100,000 riders & families.

Wilbert and I had the opportunity to meet and discuss various topics, and I was happy to admit that this was my first bike club interview with a club that is so widely recognized in the Kansas City area. Wilbert and Gary made me feel right at home and I would love to go their sometime for a game of pool or just to have a beer and hangout.

So keep up the great work and all of us at Cycle Connections wish you the best!

By Dave Miller