The Original Wild Ones: Tales of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club

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Motorbooks, Feb 15, 2009 - 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

The Tale of Grandpa and the Bottle of uh Milk
1
The Tale of The Bats Thank God They Didnt Fly
9
The Tale of Evil Images Typical Speed Demons The Riverside Riots An Honest Sheriff Wild Red Hair and the Electric Seat
13
The Tale Of Vern Autrey the Shanghai Red Bar Too Much Fun at the AllAmerican Gas Girls Cold Feet in the Stove The Toughest Corner in the Worl...
53
The Tale of Nine Toes Hennessys and the ThreeStar Bottle
69
The Tale of Gil Armas C B Clausen the Daytona Hustle Wheres My Bike? and the Origin of the Stroker
73
The Tale of the Bikers Code of Life Death
85
The Tale of Jack Jordan the Twilight of the immortals and the Rusted Nuts
91
The Tale of Cops
191
The Tale of the Big Bluff
217
The Tale From South of the Border
227
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
239
The Tale of Kokomos Big Adventures
249
The Tale of Jim Hunter a Tale of Speed the Brutal Death of a Bultaco Turn Left Go Right at 200 MPH
255
The Tale of Tommie Greathouse
261
The Tale of the Sound of Straight Pipes Heard Round the World
267

The Tale of Irish Ed a Dedication to the Era of the Original Wild Ones a Closet Preacher Pawnshop Julie Flying Colors Alone
103
The Tale of the Oldest Living Boozefighter
119
The Tale of Snowmans Quest for the Originals the Funeral of Bobby Kelton the EightValve Winos Busted Tooth and the Dremel Tool Dentist Willie ...
125
The Tale of the Mysterious Lost Boozefighters Stories
137
The Tale of Faces From the Past The ThreeWeek Party the Old Farmer in the Model A
159
The Tale of Big Jim Three Hundred and Eighteen Bikes a True Bikers Last Will Testament
165
The Tale of McWino Burgers Showtime at the All American Shiny Tambourines and Wild Monkeys The Studebaker and the Forklift The Drunk in t...
169
The Tale of One More Journey Back to 1947 Hollister Revisited Eyewitnesses to the Riot
179
The Tale of Red Dogs Funeral Jack Lilly Steps Out From the Past Echoes of a Last Request
276
The Tale of the ThreeWay Deal the Search for the Lost Crocker
276
The Tale of Boozefighters UP Original Minutes 1946 ByLaws Ink Smears Good Clean Fun and the Sour Pickles of the Road
276
The Tale of Winos Open Letter to the Club Insights into a Holy Heritage
281
The Final Tale
285
INDEX
287
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About the author (2009)

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.

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.Dave Nichols has been involved in many forms of media both in front and behind the camera since 1978. He has written and produced over 1,200 TV commercials with Shadoe Stevens, Inc., a series of television comedy specials for HBO/Cinemax, and American Top 40 for ABC Watermark. He has produced live events for Jani International and live sports programs for television, created early-learning software for Microsoft, and developed ad campaigns for radio, TV, and feature film trailers for New World Pictures. Dave has been the editor-in-chief of Easyriders and V-Twin motorcycle magazines since 1998 and is currently overseeing ten automotive and motorcycle magazine titles for Paisano Publications, including the new Road Iron custom touring bike title. Nichols was the on-camera host of V-Twin TV, a 26-episode motorcycle-related television series seen on the SPEED channel. He is also the bestselling author of Top Chops, Indian Larry: Chopper Shaman, One Percenter, and One Percenter Code, all published by Motorbooks. He lives in Ashland, Oregon, and Los Angeles and is currently creating TV series and feature film projects with HBO producer Michael Hill.

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