Updated May 11, 2016
Born in 1932 (yes, I'm now 84 years old & raised in
South Dakota & graduated in 1951 from Mitchell Senior
High School and went into the Army in 1952 and ended up
in Korea. Only spent 21 months in Korea because I was
stationed on an outpost and receiving 9 points a month,
36 points got you home. After working a short time for
my father building and repairing roads and highways in
SD my father bought the Fox Deluxe Bar & Liquor Store
for me and I owned that for approximately 3 years before
heading for Calif. Bar tending was not something I
wanted to do for life.
Arrived in Inglewood CA. in Feb. 1957 and went right to
work for North American Aviation in El Segundo CA,
thanks to Larry Mann another graduate of Mitchell SD
High School. There I worked as a turret lathe
operator, tool & cutter grinder and a jig bore
machinist. During that same time period I was also
working for the US Postal Service in El Segundo CA.,
holding down 2 jobs and working 16 hour days to get
money to get my wife and children moved out to CA.
On April 1st, 1960 I started my 31-year career as a fire
fighter, with the City of Inglewood CA. Fire Dept.,
retiring on April 7th 1991 on an Industrial Disability
Retirement, having reached the rank of Fire Capt.
During all this time I had managed to get married and
have 2 children, a son Rodney and a daughter Janell.
Rodney lives in Moreno Valley CA. and works for that
city, he has 4 boys. Janell lives in The Village,
Florida. and owned her own business for some time, sold
that and was studying Real Estate before the recession
hit, Janell has two daughters and a son. Rodney is also
a HAM (KE6WOD). Rodney rides an 06 Harley Davidson. I
got a divorce in 1978 and Bonnie and I got married in
1989. We have been married 27 years as of May 1st
Motorcycles have played an important part of my life
since 1947, when my father purchased and brought home an
Army 45-inch Harley Davidson for me, still in the crate.
The old Army Air Force Base was closing North of
Mitchell (P-38's & B-25's) at that time and selling off
everything dirt-cheap. Before that I had owned a Doodle
Bug, Cushman Eagle and a Whizzer Motor Bike. As of May
2015 I had been riding motorcycles for 68 years. But I
stopped riding after doing the Southern CA Motorcycle
Assoc. 3 Flags Classic over Labor Day Week End. I just
donít feel comfortable riding at the age of 84 and I
donít like the idea of getting seriously hurt at my age.
Just a few of the rides I have completed are: all 49
states in 15 days once, all lower 48 States twice, the
Southern California Motorcycle Assoc. (SCMA) USA 4
CORNERS RIDE, 13 times, that ride goes from San Ysidro
CA., to Blaine WA. to Madawaska ME., to Key West FL. in
any order you want to ride it, and its 10,500 miles by
the time you get home. Have done the SCMA 3 Flags
Classic Ride, from someplace in Mexico to someplace in
Canada 34 consecutive years over Labor Day Week End.
Attended 22 Wing Dings, and 8 Sturgis Rallies. I made my
first trip to the Sturgis Rally back in the days it was
called the Gypsy Tour, in 1947. In the summer of 1997 we
put 41,070 miles on the 1990 SE which had over 219,000
miles when it was sold to the insurance company in June
1998. In 2001, we put nearly 55,000 miles on the 96 Gold
Wing. All five of the Gold Wings we have owned have had
over 200,000 miles on them when sold. In the summer of
2004 I put 42,000 miles on Casper, the, then, new white
2004 Honda Gold Wing. Casper now has 222,000 miles on it
, as of Jan 1st 2015 .
I had ridden Harley Davidsons from 1947 to 1978. When
the Honda Gold Wings first came out in 1975 I bought one
and owned both a Harley Davidson and a Gold Wing from
1975 to 1978 and then sold the HD in 1978 and have not
been back on a Harley Davidson since.
Now we keep ourselves busy with the charity events MARC
participates in. This year (2016 ) we will assist the
Orange County Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis 150K
Bicycle Ride, and at least 4 other charity events, at
least 3 of them for the American Diabetes Assoc. Our
MARC member volunteers have helped raise well over 300
million dollars for charities since 1992.
To say that MARC (Motorcycle Amateur Radio Club) has
played a major part in the lives of Ray and Bonnie Davis
since its birth in 1992 would be a gross understatement.
We have a very large family in MARC now and we love them
all. MARC (The Motorcycle Amateur Radio Club) was 24
years old in May, 2016 .
MARC Board Member