VA Chapter News

Author: Wags
10.12.17

From the Virginia side of the river:

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Tradesmen MC welcomes Overtime to the family – TFFT

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Rolling Thunder was the best ever. Thanks to all those who came out to relax and remember our Veterans who gave it all for us.

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The air-conditioned amenities were a big hit!

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What would we do without our cell phones?

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Thanks to everyone who came out to make Tradesmen MC Virginia Chapter Spring Run a great day! We hope to see all ya’all in Maryland next week 😎

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Tanya the big winner with the best hand shares a hug with Mike, who’s just big.

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Quaker State & Lube, outdoor relaxation was a popular choice.

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Our Vets set a good example by following proper maintenance schedules at the Lube Tube.

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Can you find the Camaro in this picture?

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New friends and old acquaintances.

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I can’t believe we all fit in here, or did we? Thanks again to everyone!

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Congratulations to “Hillbilly”, the newest member of The Tradesmen Motorcycle Club’s Virginia Chapter

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Another memorable Memorial Day morning – Thanks to everyone who showed up through out the day, we had a great time!
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Would you believe it’s only 7am… must be 12pm somewhere!

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The Maryland Brothers arrive early, hugs all around

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Where’s Randy?

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The reason we’re all here… except for that guy on his phone?!?!

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We know where your going 😉

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The TMC-VA Spring Poker Run was a roaring success. I can’t tell you how much we had to pay the weather man to forcast sunny weather. Thanks to all who showed up and braved one more cold wet weekend. Thanks again to all who showed up and shared in the good times at the First Annual Osama bin Done-In Poker Run!

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Rain, sleet, hail, or snow, the MD brothers arrive early!

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The Blue Fox provided a cozy wide open atmosphere

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Has anyone seen the waitress?

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We’re not bored at all.

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I rode 50 miles in the rain, PLEASE give me an ace.

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Sissy tries to bribe the dealer.

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DC Pat’s a Winner – All winners turned winnings back over to Fisher House, the real winner.

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We had a fantastic turnout on this year’s Fall Poker Run, to raise funds for Fisher House.

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Breakfast & coffee with friends at Mickey Finn’s

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Bob wonders if that guy ever washes his Road King.

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From Wings to Go to Jerry’s Sports Bar.

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Now for a smoke.

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Another great get together.

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Winner Beth “gives back” to the cause!

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Even 2nd place is worth a smile.

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OC Bike Week brought good weather and friends together again.

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Brothers in “arms” meet in OC

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Cruz and Pothole stop to say a few words.

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Thanks to all that joined us, there was no room at the inn.

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Alias leads the boardwalk parade.


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The Tradesmen MC thanks all our friends who joined us for good times and good weather at the Virginia Chapter’s Spring Poker Run, benefitting the Fisher House.

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The Virginia 2010 Spring Poker run has a Winner!

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Having all the ribs they could eat, this group is ready to roll

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Pick a card, any card…

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Memorial day, we gathered early to wait for sunrise and friends to remember all those who have served.

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A Capitol City Rep stopped to make sure we had everthing we needed

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Red, White & Blue were the theme of the day

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Breakfast for two

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Ask him what time the parade starts…

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There must have been a sun glasses sale on Thunder Alley

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I think the line ends here.

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Dirtball and son… and others

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We know where you’re goin!

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Spring Poker Run – Thanks to ALL who joined the fun and especially our patrons (Backyard Grill, East Side Raw Bar, Big Daddy’s BBQ, and Mackeys) and Todd James, who managed to contribute even though he couldn’t make the run.

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DelMarVa Bike Week 2009

Many of the Tradesmen MC traveled to Ocean Maryland to celebrate the annual gathering of bike. It’s our pleasure to host our brothers and sisters, friends and neighbors at the infamous Admiral Inn courtyard parking lot. We thank you all for joining us and we hope you had as much fun as we did. Here are a couple of pictures from there.

Gathering begins early in the day, and the circle grows all day long

Folks mingle, chat and taste test the beverages

Photos of friends mugging for the camera

Front row seats are very important in this spectator sport.

Roughly 70 bikes parked in the courtyard that supported 13 rooms.

Distraction are unveiled to motivate the passing motorists to become dumb idiots.

Yep! She was distracting.

The morning after, well ornimented chopper

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Here are some pictures from the United States Marine Corp Reserve, Toy for Tots event held on November 14th. This Toy run was co-sponsored by The Wednesday Night Crew, The Knights of Iron MC and the Tradesmen MC, but give all the credit where it’s due – Rusty Hall from WNC did all of the hard work. I can tell you that we had a ball with the Marines that attended, gathered up some really nice toys and even a few dollars of loose change for charity. Enjoy the look on all of our faces as we realize that we really do receive more than we provide.

Kilroy’s of Springfield, VA is a great place to start a run. Folks are gathering.

…and enjoying a beverage or two.

Getting ready to ride out.

On the Road

The group rides very tightly, especially when we’ve stopped.

Leaving Patriot Cafe, Fairfax, VA. They are great hosts as well.

The Marines seem happy to take a picture with Rusty, but…

… they really seem happier with this picture.

A great time was had by all.

We were honored to receive the Commander’s Award for the part we played in Sponsoring this event. Thanks to Kilroy’s (Springfield, VA), Patriot Cafe (Fairfax, VA), Buffalo Wing University, (Fairfax, VA) and Peyton Place (Springfield, VA). We hope to see you there next year. You’ll be glad you did.

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Tradesmen MC Virginia Chapter proudly announces our latest member, “ZZ”

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Virginia Fall Poker Run

We had great weather for our fall poker run – much better than the rainout we endured during our spring run. Reports from riders indicate that the route was wonderful and the stops were full of great food and beverage. Mackey’s in Manassas held the upstairs open for our end point and Casey, our friendly bartender there did his usual bang-up job of keeping up well lubricated. But most importantly, we raised money for our charity – Fisher House. Come back to this page soon for pictures and a full report on your donation to this great cause.

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Congratulation to our newest Tradesmen – Stones

Smilin’ Bob presented Stones his final patch 7/18/09 – and he was very, very happy!

~~~Congratulations to Pinball and Marlene on their anniversary. They say they’d do it all over again!

Some of their closest friends witnessed this wonderful event, in case it goes to court.

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ROLLING THUNDER 2009

Getting there early in the morning!

…Real Early, as you can tell by the number of visitors at the Wall on Sunday morning.

They didn’t even bitch about some women bringing her dog down there.

Always an emotional visit.

Always special remembrances.

The bikes are beginning to arrive at our spot.

But it’s still early

It’s good to see our brothers and sisters on this occasion.

Overflow parking

Clinch and Hardwire keeping an eye on things

Toe is making his rounds.

Pinball & Lucky

Some took advantage of the shade, provided by the Tradesmen.

Peter Panhead and Snakeman

.com always has a smile for everybody.

Cheeseburger had a good time.

The answer is: Where’s Randy.

Hangin’ around the trailer

There’s Brother Dave, lead by his body guards, returning from the Wall.

A crowd has gathered and volunteered to help up unload the trailer.

Lot’s of help

The Boozefighters came by to visit.

This is the message we sent to all those that passed our way.

The pooch decked himself out in a red, white and blue flag coloring.

Everyone milling around visiting each other.

Fat Albert stopped by for some cool water.

Toe relaxes.

Alias grabs the shade.

Marlene and Jonnie catch up on things.

Relaxing and people watching.

This looks technical..

Spike eave-drops on Angie.

Thud chats with a friend.

Thanks to Wags for providing these snapshots.

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On Sunday, May 3rd, the Tradesmen MC sponsored their first Poker Run of the year in Virginia, benefiting our friends at Fisher House. Well, the heavens opened up early that day and the waterworks continued all day. A surprisingly large number of people rode in to show their support, but we decided not to take the 100 mile ride. We did accept donations for Fisher House and gathered in $300 soggy dollars. Much thanks to the U.S. Military Vets MC, The Boozefighters MC Chapter 19 and Mr. Bob Seoane for their generous contributions. Here’s a couple of pictures taken at the Backyard Grille, Chantilly, VA.

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Thanks again, for your generous contributions and for posting up, even in the hardest of rainfall.

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Fatboy & Hank chewin’ the fat

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The Tradesmen Motorcycle Club proudly introduces it’s newest member. Hank joined the Virginia Chapter on November 15, 2008. Welcome, Hank. We are happy to have you.

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What a great toys for tots event. This event was Co-Sponsored by the Wednesday Night Crew, Knights of Iron MC, Knights of Iron MC and your local Tradesmen MC. Given the tornedo watch, it’s amazing that around 70 bikers showed their support, bringing a truck load of holiday cheer. The official accounting from Rusty is 1) A $1000 donation to the WNC adopted Marine Corp family, and 2) around 500 toys and $1,600 to The Marine Corp Toys for Tots charity. Now thats really a whole lot of cheer. ~~~

The Lost Highway Band heated up Peyton Place Restaurant

Hundreds of toys filled the entrance

A Toys for Tots event brings out the best in bikers. We were happy to see so many Clubs help make this event special. Thanks to:

U. S. Military Vet’s MC

Desert Knights MC

Knights of Iron MC

Iron Warriors MC

Tradesmen MC

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We sponsored poker runs in Maryland the last weekend in September and in Virginia the first weekend in October. In Virginia, there was no weather crisis. It was absolutely gorgeous and the Road Captain found us a great route. Your webmaster estimates around 100 folks showed up, including most of our Brothers from the Maryland Chapter. The Backyard Bar and Grille set up early to greet us, bringing in extra help to serve “coffee” to those who needed it. Our bartender’s father is a rider, so she was happy to come in early and get us on our way.

The Horseshoe Curve Restaurant was also humming, with good food and beverage. The proprietor has a lot of stories to tell from his earlier years. He definitely served his country with distinction over his long career.

Joe’s Pizza in Marshall, VA did their usual good job in handling the large crowd, and many of us lingered an extra few minutes to see the Redskins take the lead over the Eagles.

Finally, Mackey’s American Pub in Olde Towne Manassas held their upstairs hall for us. They were swamped with football nuts, and we were glad to hear that the Redskins had come to Philadelphia to play. The crowning moment was the award of prizes. I’ll update our success in raising some money for the well deserving beneficiary of our run – The Fisher House – once I get the details, but from memory, the 50/50 prize went to Okie from the U. S. Military Vets MC. Okie donated his winnings back to the fund. Penny won $50 for the worst poker hand and made a contribution back to the fund. Becky won 2nd place and returned money to the fund and Carl from the Boozefighters MC won the Grand Prize of $200 and returned it all to the fund. In addition, several made additional contributions to us that we’ll send directly to The Fisher House. Thanks to U. S. Military Vets MC, Bob Seoane and Incognito Tony from Fairfax for your generous contributions. And you U. S. Military Vet MC members do us proud by understanding that supporting the troops doesn’t stop when you’re discharged. The Fisher House does great things for our returning wounded Servicemen.

Thanks to all that joined us, and to those that couldn’t make it but sent their regrets.

Regrettably, your web master forgot his camera, so no photos of this. If you took some, feel free to forward them to me at Tradesmenmc@gmail.com

THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT!!!

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We’re always happiest when we can intorduce a new memeber to the Tradesmen Motorcycle Club. Our heartfelt congratualations to “Wags” on his entry into the Club on the Virginia side of the river. Now, Do Us Proud, Wags!!!

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TMC trailer at Rolling Thunder

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Another fine Rolling Thunder. This year we were forced by Emergency No Parking signs, to move from our usual spot to 18th & C streets – just a block away. Turns out, it’s an even nicer spot than before!

This year, Rolling Thunder was especially nice for us. The weather was outstanding and the Wall succeeded (again) in making your webmaster cry, like so many others there. The folks who joined us from around the country will always be our friends. They came for the right reasons and left feeling invigorated (and a little tired and hung-over).

Our annual tradition of honoring all those who served our Country in uniform and celebrating the freedom that those soldiers guaranteed for us will continue. We’ll see you next year.

Here are some photos of our staging area:

Yes, it’s not yet 6:00am!!

Some of the folks from out of town are getting to know us.

OK, I think we’re almost out of beer. Let’s pack it in.

Fatboy and water? We must be totally out of beer!!!

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We had a great poker run on May 4th in Virginia. We also raised some money for the Fisher House. Here are some photos.

Drawing cards at Patriot Cafe:

Drawing an Ace at the Backyard Bar & Grill (Chantilly, VA)

Your cordial hosts:

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Three members and a Probate rode to Angel City, GA for the rally this year. Here’s a couple of snaps.

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Merry Christmas, from the Tradesmen Motorcycle Club, Virginia Chapter

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Virginia Fall Poker RunThanks to all who attended our Fall poker run.

The Virginia Chapter held this poker run at the end of October, with the majority of proceeds designated to go to Fisher House. We also raised the price for a hand by $5, to also raise some funds for Tradesmen “Cheesburger”, in his fight with cancer.Results – We stroked a check for $1,100.00 to Fisher House, with an additional $350.00 going to Cheeseburger.Noteworthy, Two chapters of the U.S. Military Vets MC proudly (and quietly) provided $150.00 of this contribution. The poker run winner, Dave Horna passed back $180 of his $200 winnings and the third prize winner returned his winnings of $50. We hope you had as much fun riding with the Tradesmen MC as we had in hosting you. Your generosity is unsurpassed.Special thanks to U.S. Military Vets MC Northern Virginia, U.S. Military Vets MC Culpeper, Boozefighters MC, Band of Brothers MC and Desert Knights MC for their support. They have a couple of runs coming up in Nov & Dec. Check them out.Real special thanks to Patriot Harley-Davidson of Fairfax, VA and Custom Cycle Accessories of Springfield, VA. They provided kick-booty run prizes. We appreciate their contribution and support and encourage you to visit them again.Finally, thanks to Mickey Finn’s Marine Corps League, Patriot Cafe, Sully’s and The Clubhouse for their kind hospitality.