The Original Wild Ones: Tales of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club

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MBI Publishing Company, Nov 10, 2010 - Transportation - 288 pages
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Get an inside look at the real beginning of outlaw biker culture with this “raucous and heartfelt recounting of the early days of biker clubs” (Roadbike).  The story starts one weekend in 1947, at a motorcycle race in Hollister, California.  A few members of one club, the no-holds-barred “Boozefighters,” got a little juiced up and took their racing to the street.  Word of the fracas spread, and soon enough Life magazine was on hand to tell the world, with sensational (albeit posed) pictures of the outlaws. And then the “Hollister riot” made its way into the movies, immortalized in Marlon Brando’s “The Wild One.”

 

What was the reality behind the myth?  Through interviews with the surviving members of the Boozefighters, current member Bill Hayes and club historian Jim “JQ” Quattlebaum take readers right into the fray for a firsthand account of what happened in Hollister, and the formation of  the Boozefighters, where the outlaw biker culture truly began.  The book, “with its great stories and entertaining real-life characters” (MotorcycleUSA.com), is “mandatory reading for anyone interested in American motorcycling history “(Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly). 

 

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Contents

Foreword
13
Preface
17
Acknowledgments
19
CHAPTER 1 The Tale of Grandpa and the Bottle of uh Milk
21
CHAPTER 2 The Tale of The Bats Thank God They Didnt Fly
29
Typical Speed Demons The Riverside Riots An Honest Sheriff Wild Red Hair and the Electric Seat
33
CHAPTER 4 The Tale Of Vern Autrey the Shanghai Red Bar Too Much Fun at the AllAmerican Gas Girls Cold Feet in the Stove The Toughest Corn...
53
CHAPTER 5 The Tale of Nine Toes Hennessys and the ThreeStar Bottle
69
CHAPTER 15 The Tale of McWino Burgers Showtime at the All American Shiny Tambourines and Wild Monkeys The Studebaker and the Forklift ...
169
CHAPTER 16 The Tale of One More Journey Back to 1947 Hollister Revisited Eyewitnesses to the Riot
179
CHAPTER 17 The Tale of Cops
191
CHAPTER 18 The Tale of the Big Bluff
201
CHAPTER 19 The Tale From South of the Border
211
CHAPTER 20 The Tale of Teri Dago and the Boozettes Jim Cameron Earl Carlos and More Warmth at the All American a Final Toast to Fat Boy
223
CHAPTER 21 The Tale of Kokomos Big Adventures
233
CHAPTER 22 The Tale of Jim Hunter a Tale of Speed the Brutal Death of a Bultaco Turn Left Go Right at 200 MPH
239

CHAPTER 6 The Tale of Gil Armas C B Clausen the Daytona Hustle Wheres My Bike? and the Origin of the Stroker
73
CHAPTER 7 The Tale of the Bikers Code of Life Death
85
CHAPTER 8 The Tale of Jack Jordan the Twilight of the Immortals and the Rusted Nuts
91
CHAPTER 9 The Tale of Irish Ed a Dedication to the Era of the Original Wild Ones a Closet Preacher Pawnshop Julie Flying Colors Alone
103
CHAPTER 10 The Tale of the Oldest Living Boozefighter
119
CHAPTER 11 The Tale of Snowmans Quest for the Originals the Funeral of Bobby Kelton the EightValve Winos Busted Tooth and the Dremel Tool ...
125
CHAPTER 12 The Tale of the Mysterious Lost Boozefighters Stories
137
CHAPTER 13 The Tale of Faces From the Past The ThreeWeek Party the Old Farmer in the Model A
159
CHAPTER 14 The Tale of Big Jim Three Hundred and Eighteen Bikes a True Bikers Last Will Testament
165
CHAPTER 23 The Tale of Tommie Greathouse
245
CHAPTER 24 The Tale of the Sound of Straight Pipes Heard Round the World
251
CHAPTER 25 The Tale of Red Dogs Funeral Jack Lilly Steps Out From the Past Echoes of a Last Request
263
CHAPTER 26 The Tale of the ThreeWay Deal the Search for the Lost Crocker
267
CHAPTER 27 The Tale of Boozefighters UP Original Minutes 1946 ByLaws Ink Smears Good Clean Fun and the Sour Pickles of the Road
273
CHAPTER 28 The Tale of Winos Open Letter to the Club Insights into a Holy Heritage
281
CHAPTER 29 The Final Tale
285
INDEX
287
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About the author (2010)

Bill Hayes is an avid motorcyclist whose articles, columns, and fiction have been published in Easyriders, Thunder Press, and Biker magazines. His column in Real Blues magazine has run for many years and several of his feature articles on martial arts have appeared in Black Belt magazine. Bill writes passionately about the things he loves and knows best: motorcycles, the blues, and martial arts.

BFMC National Historian Jim “J.Q.” Quattlebaum generously contributed his time and attention to this project on behalf of the club, supplying a wealth of photographs, memorabilia, and writings from the club’s archives. Jim is quite a storyteller in his own right.

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