The Original Wild Ones: Tales of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club

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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 ...

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Overview

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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"Hayes puts real human faces with, and lends authentic human voices to the legends, myths and lore of those early biker days . The narrative is helped along considerably by the many vintage photographs, most of them black-and-white snaps, that show clearly the youthful glint in the eyes of then-young-men. There is little tough-guy posturing in those old pictures. Most of the guys are smiling, happy to be alive and happy to be on their bikes . Frozen in time, they have no idea that they're about to ride straight into the history books. And that's what makes them so appealing and what makes The Original Wild Ones worth reading."

MinnesotaMotorcycle Monthly, December 2007

“Mandatory reading for anyone interested in American motorcycling history. Three-out-of-four cylinders; four-out-of-four if you enjoy ‘motorcycle lifestyle’ periodicals. This is one delightful book.”

RoadBike, March 2006 (circ.: 55,997)
"A raucous and heartfelt recounting of the early days of biker clubs."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760335376
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 2/15/2009
  • Edition description: First, Paperback reissue of the Hardcover
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 327,579
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted January 25, 2011

    Excellent Historical Reference

    Bill Hayes has done an outstanding job of documenting the MC community's most pivotal and influential period. The importance of the BFMC cannot be understated. This look at the early days of the club, the tales and stories of the original members told in their own words is an invaluable resource for those interested in where and how it all started. The stories are entertaining and funny. I'm sure just about everyone can relate to some of them and see themselves back in their youthful days. If someone finds these stories "boring" and not relevant, they certainly must be living in a bubble and not living life at all! This book is packed full of pictures and stories, and is a fun trip back to where it all started. Straight from those who lived it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2005

    Not boring at all!!!

    Granted that all the stories in this book are from the 'old days', but THAT'S THE POINT!!! It's not supposed to be a book about modern club activities. The cops can do their own research -) This is a book about where it all came from. How the guys from that generation lived and what was behind their thoughts and actions, and how that helped shape the fun and brotherhood that the 'real' bikers of today enjoy. This is not a book for the modern RUB rider who is into posing, this book is for the riders who wonder where it all came from and what inspired the life we love. If you love the history of 'bikers' then you'll enjoy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2005

    Five Stars for a great history lesson.

    There will always be history to write about. Many writers who try to tell it like it happened rarely do enough research.The Author of The Original Wild Ones: Tales Of The BoozeFighters Motorcycle Club receives 5 Stars for his homework and 5 Stars for the compassionate way he wrote the book.It was a great read: 5 plus 10 equals 15 Stars from me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2005

    The Original Boring Ones

    This book is 286 pages, that is about 284 pages too long. The author attempts to tell the same story over and over as if it were a new story each time. I really enjoy motorcycle books and this book does have some good historical motorcycle stories but to write and entire book about two or three incidents seems to be a waste of paper. If this book does anything it proves the BFMC have not really done much of anything in the last 58 years. I am not trying to talk trash about the BFMC, but the author focuses on 50 year old stories that might be interesting to people that are in their 70's but are very boring to anyone under 65 years of age. There is not a single story in this book the realtes to anything in the last 55 years. I am afraid this book will do nothing but cast a dark shadow on an important historical factor in the M/C world.

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