It is a matter of history that the United States and its allies waged a protracted war in Vietnam during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Australia, being one of the United States allies was involved from 1962 until 1972.
The aftermath of this war and the social upheaval it caused left a large number of veterans deeply traumatised and adrift in the society they had returned to. All experienced to a larger degree the bitterness and sometimes hatred of the general public who had not shared their experiences in Vietnam. Many veterans were shunned, and in turn shunned society and turned to the only people who they could trust – their Brothers in Arms, fellow Vietnam Veterans.
In late 1989, an advertisement was placed in a Melbourne newspaper seeking those Vietnam Veterans who were also Motorcyclists, and who would be interested in starting a Motorcycle Club. There was a strong response and, so, at the Broadford Hotel, the Victorian Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club was born. During the same time other likeminded Vietnam Veterans across Australia were coming together and forming chapters.
In April 1992, the Vietnam Veterans South Australian Chapter was formed. Since then we have grown from strength to strength and now have a great clubhouse at Lonsdale.
In 2010, the South Australian Chapter proposed a name change to Veterans Motorcycle Club, thus allowing veterans of other conflicts to become full patched members.
On the 20th July 2013, the Club was re-named the Veterans Motorcycle Club, and has since welcomed many veterans from Afghanistan, Iraq, East Timor and other applicable overseas opeations.
The Veterans Motorcycle Club is comprised of men who served this nation. They were trained and risked their lives to preserve the rights and freedoms of all Australians while protecting this country from threats abroad.