Newark Knights MC has enjoyed 44 years of service to its members and continues to ride towards building a better community.
In 1972, Gregg Braunstein decided to organize independent riders into a motorcycle club. When trying to decide on a name, he drew inspiration from an organization formed as an after effect of the infamous Newark riots called “New Ark Center.” It seemed appropriate that we should be the Knights of Newark so the official name, “New Ark Knights Motorcycle Club” was born as a salute to the New Newark. Years later, a new set of colors were created that read “Newark Knights MC.” Black and Gold were chosen for our colors (the Black represented by the Black Knight and the Gold represented by the borders (the Gold representing hope)). Since the beginning, the club has contributed to the history and growth of the New Newark. The “Newark Knights Motorcycle Club” became the foremost organization of bikers in the city of Newark.
The Newark Knights first resided in an old electrical store on Washington Street, located in downtown Newark. Two years later, the club moved to our present location on Springfield Avenue in Newark.
The Newark Knights hosted many club parties and traveled to many different clubs in many states. The club “Lefty’s Magnificent Ones MC” of Newark used to host the Mother’s Day Bike Blessing. In 1976, the Magnificent Ones passed the torch onto the Newark Knights to run the event. Since then, the Mother’s Day Bike Blessing has been held at the Newark Knights Motorcycle Club and continues to grow larger every year.
Super Sunday at Melody Lake was one of the biggest summer events of the year. After many successful years, the land was developed and Super Sunday was no more. We also used to go to Rahway Park, where the club started hosting bike cook outs on Sundays. Today we continue the tradition with our cookout at Thompson Park, bringing together bike clubs from all over, family and friends to enjoy a day of food, fun and laughs.
Other Knight events include Harley Day and Sports Bike Day, both of which are hosted in September. Our Annual Trophy Party is held in November.
Throughout the years, the Newark Knights MC has been committed to the growth and development of Newark’s youth. In 2006, we started the Newark Knights MC Scholarship Fund. The Knights also host an annual Children’s Day Celebration to help prepare Newark’s youths for back to school by providing much needed book bags and other school supplies.