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About Full Throttle MC
Full Throttle MC is an AMA sanctioned District 38 Desert Racing Club. Its members come from all over San Diego and Imperial Counties. The membership ranges in age from youth riders to the mid sixties, and includes single individuals, couples, families of all sizes, working people, retired people, business owners... in other words, people of all kinds who share a passion for riding and racing motorcycles and quads in the California desert.
Full Throttle was originally the brainchild of Bud Stratton. His long time friend, George Ryan, had been injured in a motorcycle accident and has limited use of his left shoulder and arm. After a long recovery it was thought that he would no longer be able to race a motorcycle, but might still be able to ride in a more limited manner.
Bud conceived the Full Throttle Motorcycle Club around the idea that if George couldn't race a motorcycle, then he could help put on races and still be in the desert and ride some; still be involved in his sport. So Bud and his family and a small group of friends put the club together, and Full Throttle began.
There were other things that were important to them, too, so the founding members formed the club around a few core principals: They enjoyed not only the racing element, but also spending the whole race weekend camping in the desert with family and friends. They wanted to foster an environment in which a racer could bring his family along for the weekend, or a younger racer's parents could load everyone up and head to the races and feel comfortable about the safety of the kids, and that the non-racing and even non-riding members of the group felt welcome and among friends. They also made it a point to watch out for all of the members, being sure they not only got all the pit support they needed, but that someone would come looking for anyone who didn't turn up on time. And, in the event the any member of the club needed help getting himself to a doctor, or getting his gear home because of an injury or whatever, the club would stand ready to help. It's a lot like "no one left behind". The club still adheres to these same values today.
Since then, the club has grown steadily, although it's still not one of the biggest ones in the district, and we have racing and non-racing members who ride both bikes and quads.
Our primary purpose is to promote, participate in, and to produce desert racing in the district, and we currently put on two races annually. All the work that goes into each club race day is done entirely by volunteers, almost all of whom are club members. Most of the racing members give up their race day to chip in for this, too. As a member of a D38 club, each racer working a race day receives 90 points (equal to a second place finish in class), and can earn workers points twice a season. Those who are not a member of any club can only earn 70, so it's a 20 point potential bonus to join up.
At all other races, the club provides full pit support for all its racers, whether they are a three time #1 plate winner or a novice on his first ride, and offers each competitor the important security of knowing that someone will come looking for him even if he has no one there with him that weekend. If you put your number on our pit board, we make sure you get back.
The club also tries to put on one or two big potlucks a year. All our revenue comes from running the two races, and from any donations we might receive. We collect no dues from our members. All we ask in return is that a member should conduct him or herself in a reasonably civilized manner off the course, be a good sport on the course, and pitch in once in a while when able to. And we do require members to have a good time.
So come by the pits at the next race and check us out. We usually have a banner up or a flag flying. Sit down and visit for a while. Whether you join this club, a different club, or none at all, (or spy for another club) you're always welcome, just the same.