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Pictured from left are A Team members, standing, Otis Boyd, Hercules Haynes, Bobby Franklin, Shawn Glenn and George Walters; seated, Alton Wade, Benny Bingley and James Singletary

It was in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s that a group of young men from several South Carolina counties who shared a love of motorcycles and motorcycle racing decided to organize a bike club.

The 15-member strong motorcycle club mirrored already well-established clubs in the state. They quickly gained recognition from the already established clubs by visiting all the annual bike shows in the state and participating in the various competitive events.

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The A Team Club really became well-known after they participated in races and out-performed some of the fiercest competitors in the state. Every weekend during the summer months, they were on the road headed to a bike show or to Daytona or Atlantic beaches for bike week.

They held car, bike and truck shows on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends on the baseball field in the Shady Grove community. These shows provided opportunities for members of the community to showcase their prized vehicles, and trophies were awarded in the various categories.

It was always a family-friendly atmosphere, with competition for bikers and children. Community meant a lot to the bikers and they always tried to give back.

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As members grew older, they moved on to other things. Recently, two members passed away, and after attending the home-going services and seeing each other as a group for the first time in years, they decided to gather for a reunion dinner.

The reunion dinner was held on Labor Day weekend 2019 at member Hurk Haynes’ restaurant, Highway 301, Orangeburg. The dinner went off without a hitch and although some of the remaining members were unable to attend, they sat for hours and told stories of times past. There were expressions of appreciation for one another. They remembered, with great fondness and a sense of great loss for those who have passed on.

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In a statement, the A Team said they would like to convey appreciation to everyone who supported them over the years and offer special thanks to those who still come up and share with them their fondest memories of the A Team Motorcycle Club.

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