My name is
Lloyd Chapin. I am one of the "Original Five" members of ATMC or
AIRTIGHT MOTORCYCLE CLUB.
David Marshall was the founder and leader of our club. I was 34 years old and rode a 1976 Harley Superglide when I met David at the Marine Lounge in Tulsa circa 1978. The Marine Lounge was a biker bar and David was a bartender there and he also rode a 1976 Superglide rat bike. Larry H. was David's close friend and was always with David when not working and also rode a Shovelhead rat bike. Then there was Terry S. whom I had actually met back in '75 or '76. Also a Shovelhead biker. And then came Bear H. Bear was a co-worker with Larry at an airplane plant and he rode a Shovelhead Electra Glide. We were the "Original Five". We had a hang-a-round "Chuck Frost" that followed us everywhere with a van filled with beer, music, and tools.
We were also charter members of ABATE of Oklahoma and rode together to motorcycle events across the Midwest. We were very, very close friends and if we weren't working we were riding or hanging out together. We all had the deepest of RESPECT for one another and were very "tight". In 1982 David kicked around the idea of forming our own club. A club of Brothers with closed membership that was airtight. What happens in ATMC stays in ATMC. So in 1983 David decided to make it official and the rest of us approved. In 1983 there was no CoC or Confederation of Clubs in Oklahoma. But, there was a dominate MC in Tulsa, the Mongols MC. MC protocol demands that any new club get approval from the dominate MC in your area before forming. We had no officers and had no cut with colors. However, we did have a mitt or "Love Glove" with our colors stamped on it. Early in 1983 David and Larry had a visit with the Mongols MC President. All of us knew him and were friends with most all the local Mongols MC members during that era. The Mongols MC president gave us his blessing a few days later with the stipulation that we NOT wear colors on a cut but the Love Glove was accepted for our colors. It was official, we were a club.
We had our first official ATMC Run on Memorial Day weekend 1983 at the Tiff City Swap Meet. Later dubbed the "Ass Beat Swap Meet".
(Lots more coming. To be continued.)