Modern day motorcycling is in many respects a very 'broad church', and covers many genres or styles of motorcycles and indeed their owners, with different outlooks, functions and of course attire - it has certainly developed a long way in the last 50 years or so. A group of Freemasons with a shared interest of what we consider 'mainstream motorcycling' discovered and joined the Masonic Motorcycle Club International, an American based organisation formed in 1984 that keeps Freemasonry and inclusion at the heart of what it stands for, and which operates in accordance with its motto, 'Ride with Discretion'
Members wear more usual attire worn by the average day-to-day motorcyclist. The initial few joined the MMCI as overseas/ unattached members (MMCI has a branch called Chapter 8 for such members) and understanding the demand for a UK-based association that represented their shared outlook, and with a total of 15 founding petitioners from across the country, gained permission to form the first UK-based branch. MMCI branches usually take their names from their town or area, so it was decided to take the name Wirral Branch.
The formal application was made to the MMCI, which was granted and approved on 9th March 2022. By coincidence, it was noted that number 59 was next to be allocated, which of course in British motorcycling is the name of the historic and iconic 59 Club, now based at the Ace Café in London. Whilst maintaining the Masonic values promoted by the MMCI, the Wirral Branch aims for a more 'Anglified' feel, using English terminologies instead of American. It plans to meet once a month for a breakfast and ride out (weather permitting), with the first meeting in April 2022. The Branch will also be looking to project a positive image of Freemasonry in the community and to have a presence at suitable local events from time to time so as to attract new members of a similar outlook.