History of the Valley Trail Riders M/C
In 1964 the club started to run scrambles at Linwood Sportsmen Club. Then January 25, 1965 the members approved the first club by-Laws and the Valley Trail Rider Motor Cycle club was born. Meetings were first held at Valley Tool & Die and over the years has moved to the Sands Bar, American Legion Post 18, North Point Lounge, to the club grounds (weather permitting) and Linwood Cycle Sales. In 2001 VTR moved to the club grounds where we had meetings in a donated 50 foot house trailer near the ice racing pond. In 2008 we opened our new club house.
The club's purpose is to be a non-profit organization functioning solely for the purpose of permitting its members the opportunity to participate in group events pertaining to woods or trail riding, and the social life that goes with it.
The club's main events were Scrambles and Poker Runs. Then in 1967 we started the ever famous Mother's Day Enduro which ran until around 1989. In 1970 we started Ice Racing and ran them at various locations such as on the Saginaw Bay at the end of Linwood Rd., Pinconning Rd., the Pond on Wilder Rd, at the Bay City Armory and at Albright Shores. In 1998 we decided to build our own ice race pond and in 2000 we ran our first Ice Race at our club grounds on a new 3/8 mile oval track.
In 1968 we bought the current 80 acres of land where we are at today. The club had no money at that time and could not get a loan. One of the club member’s mothers loaned us the money to purchase the property. Then in 1991 we purchased another 80 acres that butted up to our current property giving us our 160 acres that we own today.
Today our main racing events are Hare Scrambles and Ice Racing along with a few Winter Hare Scrambles. In 2010 and 2011 we started back into Enduro’s along with the Family Enduro.