Down at the local bike stores, Harley's FX Super Glide and Honda's CB350
were in the showrooms, and Eldon Douglas decided to start what became the Washington
Motorcycle Dealers Association - WSMDA.
to see the very beginning of our state ORV program. The WSMDA had
just formed as the Washington State Motorcyle Trade Association in response
to this issue and the dialog began between dealers and the state to keep
riding areas opened. Unfortunately, it has been an ongoing fight since then
to keep trails open and to protect our funding.
Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire signs bill SBS2617 allowing
ORV's to use connector roads without being street legal and licensed. Behind
her from left to right are: Dave Hiatt, founder of CLOUT and member of
WOHVA; Pat Halstead, WSMDA Lobbyist; and Jim Boltz, WSMDA director.
It was 1970. A house cost $25,000, gas was 36 cents a gallon, postage stamps
were 8 cents, and you could see Dirty Harry in the theater for $1.50.