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The Original Wild Ones

Tales of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club

The Original Wild Ones

Bill Hayes

Foreword by:

Dave Nichols

Format: Paperback, 288 Pages
Item: 145820
ISBN: 9780760335376
Publisher: Motorbooks
Illustrations: 32 color & 100 b/w photos
Size: 6 x 9
Weight: 1 lb.
Edition: First
Published: February 15th 2009
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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” (, is “mandatory reading for anyone interested in American motorcycling history “(Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly). 

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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