The American Federation of Motorcyclists (AFM) is the oldest road racing club in the United States. The AFM was founded in 1954 in part by John McLaughlin, a member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. The AFM features one of the most progressive class structures in the motorcycle racing industry and features one of the largest contingency and class sponsorship programs of any racing club in the United States. The AFM is a regional racing sanctioning body who will hold seven racing rounds during 2014 at Sonoma Raceway, Buttonwillow Raceway and Thunderhill Raceway, located in northern and central California. Many AFM competitors hold a current AMA Professional racing license and some of their racers actively race abroad.
The American Federation of Motorcyclists is a professional racing club with an experienced technical inspection staff, many of whom are certified technical inspectors with the AMA, World Superbike and MotoGP. Race Director Barbara Smith has over 20 years of race director experience and is one of the most experienced race directors in the United States. The AFM facilitates a mentor program for newer racers to enhance their transition from being a motorcycle enthusiast to becoming a motorcycle racing competitor and the AFM endeavors to maintain a benevolence fund to assist injured racers.
National and international racers and champions have raced at AFM events. Current and previous professional athletes include Eric Bostrom, Jason Pridmore, Cameron Beaubier, Cameron Gish, Tucker Lancaster, Melissa Paris (Hayes), Joey Pascarella, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Kenny Roberts, Steve Rapp, Sebastio Ferreira, CJ Weaver, Shane Turpin and many more.