One of the best-loved female riding pioneers, Gloria Struck
, turned 90-years-old in 2015 and she's
That means there's no better time than now to appreciate her
And if you don't know Gloria Struck
, it's time you did.
90th birthday on July 7th in New Brunswick, Canada during the Motor Maids Annual Convention
Those two events have overlapped for years; she joined Motor Maids in 1946 so the celebration has become a tradition of sorts.
, "Me and Betty Fauls, (Motor Maids Founder) Dot Robinson's daughter, were the first to reach 60 years as a member and still riding, then 65.
Betty joined when she
I was 21.
Both Gloria and Betty
are on track to receive recognition at next year's convention for reaching 70 years as members, "and, God willing, still riding," said Gloria
The Motor Maids
convention moves locations each year but no matter where it's held, from Oregon to South Carolina, Gloria rides there from her
home in Clifton, New Jersey.
still rides to Daytona and Sturgis, too.
It was in Clifton that Gloria's father started his
motorcycle shop in 1915, selling Excelsior-Hendersons and bicycles.
"All businesses at the time were storefronts with little apartments above or behind, so that's where I was born, behind the motorcycle shop," she
"When I said I wasn't going to learn because I didn't want to, he
changed my mind," said Gloria
If you know Gloria
at all, you know that changing her
mind would come easy.
took to riding naturally and spent the next 12 years exploring, often riding on her
own to distant locations, until she
married in 1954.
"I always acted like a lady and was treated like a lady," she
"I dressed appropriately and I still do."
ever run into trouble?
Speaking of Daytona, Gloria
has been riding there since 1951 and has lots of pictures from the days they raced on the beach, but she
didn't hang out with racers.
Not until now.
"I was there twice when Klamfoth won on the beach," she
But, justified Gloria
, "It's not safe to go by speed limits, you have to keep up with the traffic."
Lori is also a Motor Maid and has accompanied Gloria to conventions since 1996.
Something that made this year's convention even more memorable was the presence of Gloria's
25-year-old granddaughter Kathy, Lori's daughter.
was just determined," said Gloria
was an Avon Lady for 44 years and she
is still radiant.
credits consistent good habits, soap and water, and the avoidance of chemicals.
Remember, this comes from a woman who has traveled many miles on a motorcycle in harsh conditions.
plans to write a book on healthy living and how to live to be 120.
Who wouldn't read that?
Positive and down to earth, Gloria
has a sense of how lucky she
has been but there's no attitude or entitlement whatsoever.
recent birthday, the Wheels Through Time Museum
posted the event on their Facebook page and it went viral.
, we feel the same about you.