It all began with our founder, Mr. Carl “Virgo” Bender (1941-2001) back in 1995.
In May of 1995 the first group meeting took place, not in a boardroom but as a picnic in Virgo’s back yard. Now known as “ROAR”, the first Top Cats newsletter was published under the name “The American Dream in Motion”. Monthly meetings were scheduled, beginning in June 1995 at the old Formerly Farman’s restaurant located in Lake Zurich.
Our first group ride consisted of six bikes cruising to Kettle Moraine State Park in August 1995. September 1995 saw the election of our first officers and directors. We established membership categories. Once the state approved our By Laws, Top Cats-Illinois became an organization of business owners and motorcycle enthusiasts.
Today, Top Cats – Illinois is a not-for-profit organization of business owners, professionals, executives or managers with authority over a division, department or other entity who share a passion for motorcycles. Our members possess a diverse set of talents that enables us to provide safety instruction, meticulously organize social events that appeal to the whole family, engage in charitable activities and conduct awards programs, riding activities and the sale of Club products. Everything we do as Top Cats – Illinois is focused on providing exciting, rewarding and safe activities for each and every member and guest.