TTMC was founded in April of 1987, at the Orange County, Virginia Airport Café, and is the brainchild of Herman S. "Dap" of Charlotte Court House, Virginia. In the beginning, the Club was kept purposely small and its collective aim simple: recovery and ride. Through all the ups and downs, members going back out for further research, the deaths of Charter Member Sluefoot and Patch Holders Smokey and Boomer, and all the fussin and cussin; a core group of members has always stuck together to make it work. The foundation of the Club's survival has always been in placing emphasis on recruiting only those people who are serious about their program of sobriety.
Membership in TTMC is only by invitation of a Full Patch Holder and is open to those who meet the following criteria: active involvement in AA and/or NA, at least six months clean and sober, and ownership, and exclusive access to, a properly licensed, street legal and insured motorcycle. There are five levels of membership: Hangaround, Prospect Full Patch Holder, Sweet Heart and Associate member.
Patch Holder status affords the Member the right to vote in any and all Club meetings and to hold offices. Full Patch Holders are required to meet all membership requirements, stay current in all dues, participate in all Club functions, and to represent the Club in a positive manner at all times.
Members in Good Standing may retire their colors after having served seven years as a Full Patch Holder in Good Standing. Retired members cannot hold office and are admitted free of charge at all official TTMC functions.
TTMC currently has four chapters statewide: the Southern Chapter located in the South Central Region of VA; the Freedom Chapter, located in Northern VA; the Outer Limits Chapter, located in the Southeastern Region of the state and the original Jefferson Chapter, located in Central VA.
Whenever the Charter Members founded the Club, they took care to include a statement in the Preamble making it very plain that TTMC was not to be a substitute for AA and NA. Dap is found of saying, "This thing of ours is the icing on the cake." Today, with our emphasis on quality over quantity, most TTMC members agree that the icing tastes pretty good.