House of Tartan
Iron Horse Tartan
Woven by "House of Tartan"
Mary Ann Ackerman, Larry Stump
and Donald Ackerman
colors were patterned after the age old Iron Wolf clan's black and grey
tartan of the 1400's with the red, white and blue stripe added for the
USA. We have 55 members to date. Some more active than others, but all
have something to give and contribute to this group.
Our History is that, not unlike
the Iron Wolf Clan who, while not bound by a single family last name in
common, were bound by a common goal.
We are a group of motorcycle
enthusiasts who were all at one time stationed together by the United
States Armed Forces in and around Stuttgart, Germany and the surrounding
area. In the motorcycle world, identity can be a tricky thing. Not
wishing to be prey to the motorcycle "gangs" and neither wanting to be
bound by Harley Owner Group laws, ( which eliminate all other makes of
motorcycles other than their own) we felt a deep need for kinship and
ties with Scotland stem from one of their great motorcycle rallies held
annually in Aviemore. Where Don Ackerman was rather adopted by a few of
the local bikers there, and deemed fit to wear a kilt, with much pomp
and ceremony, I might add. te he ;) And ultimately where he proposed
to me, I might add!
And so now we are a little band of
bikers, who meet at regular "gatherings of the Clan" - our monthly get
togethers, where we ride our motorcycles in from all parts of the US ,
and sometimes Europe and UK as well, for biker games, good food, great
fun, song and dance, a little beer and ale, telling of tall tales, and
a meeting much like any Clan Gathering or Family Reunion. Sometimes
only a few can attend, sometimes more> But always everyone of us know we
are welcome and belong.
( do you know the difference
between a Fairy Tale and A Biker Story? - One starts out "Once upon a
time..." and the other starts out "No shit, there I was..." )
Most of us are still connected to
the Armed Forces, and this has been a trying year for our friends and
families and our "Scottish Heritage" gives us courage and strength, a
brief reprieve, fond memories, and a breath of fresh air.
is sometimes hard to describe how we got started and why the connection
to Scotland, and maybe you had to be there to understand, maybe not, I
am never sure! But our military family is important to us, and our Biker
Military Family is ever growing, and our "We were all stationed together
in Europe Family" is so unique and so special it is hard to put to
words. We road the highways and byways of Europe, UK , and beyond,
together. We became each others' family. We rode in celebration, we rode
in honor of, we rode together. We were there for each other, for
Mother's Day , for Father's Day - births of children, for deaths in the
families - for Christmas, For New Years', for those days that only US
citizens celebrate, like Thanksgiving, and 4th of July and we rode.
If you have anything you would
like to ask, or if I have not explained it very well, please feel free
to ask me anything you like. It is most difficult to put into words.
Mary Ann, Iron Horse Bard
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