When Darrell Quimby decided to start a F.A.I.T.H. Riders chapter locally, he wasn’t sure it was going to be possible. Members of the Bandidos motorcycle group showed up at their first gathering.

Quimby was afraid it was going to be a fight because his groups “colors” were going to have Vidor, Texas on it. 

Quimby told them, “You can have the state, I just want the people.”

F.A.I.T.H. Riders are now friends of the infamous group. “They wave when they go by,” said Quimby.

Started in February 2002 in Lakeland, Fla. by two couples, there are now over 70 churches involved in the organization. The group ministers to the biking community, in their element. Anyone is eligible to join, owning a bike is not required.

Quimby’s chapter, the only group in Texas, is celebrating its first anniversary this month. They will be recognized at First Baptist Church of Vidor’s Sunday services this week, at 9 and 10:30 a.m. The church is located at 410 N. Main. 

F.A.I.T.H. Riders next Bike Night will be at 6:30 p.m., April 10, at Main Street Ministries, which is located across the street from First Baptist. 

Bikers are encouraged to wear their riding clothes, it is an informal setting. One of the patches on Quimby’s vest says, “These are my church clothes,” while another claims they need more bikers in heaven. 

When the weather is good, they socialize and show off their bikes at night and ride the next morning at 8 a.m.

For information, contact Quimby at (409)553-6630.

About Penny LeLeux

Penny has worked at The Record Newspapers since 2006. A member of the editorial staff, she has "done everything but print it." Most frequently she writes entertainment reviews and human interest stories, with a little paranormal thrown in from time to time.She has been a lifelong member of the Orangefield community.