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How The Red Knights Motorcycle Club Started

During the summer of 1982, several firefighters were visiting “Randy’s Cycle Shop” in Boylston, Massachusetts and the subject of motorcycle clubs came up. Soon they were all grousing about the fact that law enforcement people had a motorcycle club known as the Blue Knights but there was no club for firefighters. After this tire-kicking session, owner Randy Wilson suggested to Ed Wright, a firefighter from Northboro, MA, that he stop talking about the lack of a club and form one instead.

Recognizing a good idea when he heard one, Ed Wright went home that afternoon and made some hand-printed posters inviting firefighters from the area to meet and determine if there was enough interest to form a motorcycle club. On August 17th, 1982, Fire Chief Jack Pierce allowed a small group of motorcycle enthusiasts to meet in Northboro Fire Headquarters to lay the groundwork for the formation of a motorcycle club.

On October 19th, 1982, firefighters Colin Mackey, Bob Bourassa, Ed Wright, Roger Wentzell, Dave Hamilton, Bob Goulet, David Hunt, Jon Tripp, Don Parker, Norm Beausoleil, and Chief Pierce met again. There was interest in promoting the positive image of motorcycling while enjoying the camaraderie of other firefighters. It was decided then that this group would be known as the Red Knights Motorcycle Club.

News of this new club spread like a grass fire. In July of 1983, a chapter was formed in Connecticut. In October of that year, a second Massachusetts chapter was formed. Soon applications came in from such distant places as Nevada and Louisiana. In August of 1983, the founding members realized the organization was rapidly growing beyond its original expectations. To properly handle this growth they elected a committee to serve as a National Board of Directors. With applications from Ontario and Saskatchewan, Canada, the club became the Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club.

As a result of the seed that was planted at Randy’s in 1982, there are now more than 300 Red Knights chapters and 9,000 members throughout the world.

North Carolina Red Knights Chapters

North Carolina 2 Lexington NC 
North Carolina 3 Shallotte NC 
North Carolina 4   Indian Beach NC 
North Carolina 5 Gastonia NC
North Carolina 6 Wilmington NC
North Carolina 7 Graham NC
North Carolina 8 Elizabeth City NC
North Carolina 9 Jacksonville NC
North Carolina 10 Greensboro NC
North Carolina 11 Garner NC
North Carolina 12 Wake Forest NC
North Carolina 13 Statesville NC
North Carolina 14 Concord NC
North Carolina 18 Rocky Mount NC
North Carolina 19 Wallace NC
North Carolina 20 Lenoir NC
North Carolina 21 Sherrills Ford NC
North Carolina 22 Rougemont NC
North Carolina 24 Albemarle NC
North Carolina 25 Taylorsville NC
North Carolina 26 Erwin NC
North Carolina 27 Pittsboro NC