The F.A.M. national meet was not just about racing. For nine years, manufacturers of the motorcycles and representatives of the “allied trades” (tires, headlights, apparel, etc.) had annually attended the F.A.M. convention, previously held in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, New York City, and Buffalo. The 1912 invitations went out for members to arrive in downtown Columbus by July 18th for a four-day event that would include speeches, elections, and other industry business. When the meetings were over each night or day, the attendees could go enjoy the races at the motordrome that was built 2 miles north at the Olentangy Amusement Park in North Arlington.