THE HISTORY OF THE 

BOOZEFIGHTERS MOTORCYCLE CLUB

Boozefighters MC is a motorcycle club founded in California in 1946 by “Wino” Willie Forkner in South Gate Los Angeles.

They first gained notoriety at the Hollister riot in Hollister, California the

4th of July weekend in 1947, later portrayed in the 1953 film 

The Wild One starring Marlon Brando.

Due to the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club and other well known clubs,

like 13 Rebels taking part in the Hollister Riot and being a

non–American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) motorcycle club they are

partly responsible for being referred to as the 1% from the AMA officials

for not belonging to he AMA.  Without the lawless behavior of these early motorcycle clubs at both

Hollister Riot in 1947, the “1% Outlaw Rebel Biker” term wouldn’t exist today.

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