The original Prairie Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America was founded by nine Illinois-area owner of antique motorcycles: Pete Bollenbach, Bob Loomis, Mike Millay, Andy Anderson, Cliff Cornell, Ray Schlee, Fred Zwane, John Dohnal and Joe Orlandino, all of whom were members in good standing of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America, Inc.
The Prairie Chapter was founded with the express purpose of promoting the collection, restoration, and riding of antique motorcycles. The Chapter's organizers saw a void of opportunities to ride old motorcycles in northern Illinois and formed the Chapter to provide it's members with riding events in the local area.
From it's beginning the Prairie Chapter embraced the guiding principles and objectives of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America. In the summer of 1996 the Prairie Chapter petitioned the AMCA to become an official AMCA Chapter. The AMCA National Board of Directors granted a Charter to the Prairie Chapter on Labor Day weekend,1996. The Prairie Chapter had 93 members at that time.
Under the umbrella of our new by-laws, the Prairie Chapter Inc. adheres to the philosophy of its original founders, the laws of the State of Ilinois, and the guiding principles of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America handed down from the original four businessmen who founded the Club in 1954, who believed that the Club should foster an environment of wholesome fun and enjoyments for all members and their families, respect for all persons, and respect for law and order.
In accordance with the above philosophies, the Prairie Chapter Inc. seeks to conduct its rides, meetings, meet locations an other activities in ways which will not disturb citizens of the community, and also seeks positive, constructive and co-operative relations with police and state, county, and local municipal officials everywhere. Therefore, the Chapter expects its members to obey all traffic laws and State licensing and insurance regulations while proceeding to, participating in, and departing from Chapter activities.