92-year-old recalls glory days as a Motor Maid

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Oct 26, 2011 - 03:23 PM

Photo: Helen Main, right, charter member of the Motor Maids womens’ motorcycle organization, walks down memory lane with a current executive counselor for the organization, Jeanne Deak, during a recent visit by the group. Memorabilia from Main’s motorcycle-riding days line the walls of this cottage on her property. Photo by Sherry Hamilton.

Helen Main, right, charter member of the Motor Maids womens’ motorcycle organization, walks down memory lane with a current executive counselor for the organization, Jeanne Deak, during a recent visit by the group. Memorabilia from Main’s motorcycle-riding days line the walls of this cottage on her property. Photo by Sherry Hamilton.

Photo: Main in 2009 during a Motor Maids gathering at her Mathews estate. Photo courtesy of Judy Castleman.

Main in 2009 during a Motor Maids gathering at her Mathews estate. Photo courtesy of Judy Castleman.

Helen Kiss Main is a petite, charming fireball of a lady who fondly recalls her days as an active member of the motorcycle group Motor Maids in the 1940s.

A Pottstown, Pa. native, Main has spent much of her life in Hampton, with regular weekend trips to her beloved second home, Eastbrooke Estate, in Mathews. Now 92, she hosts a yearly gathering of Motor Maids at Eastbrooke, welcoming members from across the region. A group visited her on Oct. 15.

Main started riding motorcycles in 1933, when she was just 14 years old. Her father had an Indian Motorcycle dealership, and he sparked her interest by teaching her to ride. Her mother, the mechanic for the dealership, was in full support. Main and her father often rode together, and for graduation from high school, he gave her a brand-new white Indian with red trim and a matching white and red uniform.

"I was the envy of the other kids," said Main.