Member of 13 REBELS Something undisciplined, "Wino" Willie FORKNER (1920-1997) started to be excluded from this club after forcing a course organized by the American Motorcycle Association, (El Cajon Race). He decided to create his club with Vern AUTREY (1926-2017), "Crocker King" Jack LILLY (1917-2005), Jim CAMERON, "JD" John CAMERON (1915-1996), Georges "Herkermer" MANKER "," little "Bobby KELTON," red dog "Edward DAHLGREEN (1912-2000), Robert" Dink "BURNS, Gil ARMAS (1919-2008), CB CLAUSEN (First President)," Shark ", Johnny ROCCIO (1926-2007), Johnny DAVIS, "Fat Boy" NELSON, Lance TIDWELL and "Womp" (1919-2013), Paul STANFIELD (1912-1998), Jim HUNTER (1923-2001), "King Baja" The HASEROT (1917-2004) and many others ...
Faithful customers of the "All American Cafe", they meet every weekend looking for a name for this new club ... Strangely, the suggestion will come from one of the "pillars" of the bar, lonely biker who will never be Member, a certain Walt PORTER. Seeing them fight for a few cans, Walt threw them across the counter into a semi-alcoholic coma: "Boo ... Boo ... Boozefighters ... This is the name you should adopt, because the only thing you really know how to do ... is to come here and drop bottles of alcohol (Booze) ... ". This name does not seem, at first, to satisfy the protagonists ... Until the day when, at a rally organized by another Club, a partially alcoholic Member, trying to draw circles on the clay with his bike spreads out all the way. Stuck under his machine, girls come running to rescue him, but finding him "dead", ask him what "damned" Club he could be a part of. In lack of inspiration the latter answers them: "Boozefighters of Los Angeles !!!" Like a trail of powder, the news is spread over the event, in a few words: "Beware of these Boozefighters Los Angeles !!!" ... The legend is running ...
In early 1946 the first chapter of the Boozefighters MC was born in Los Angeles, very quickly followed by two others in San Francisco and San Pedro. It therefore becomes necessary to find an appropriate distinctive logo. The idea comes from the founder Wino Willie who, during a meeting at "Big A" offers a green shirt, with embroidered on the left sleeve, a bottle with three stars. The significance of this symbol could have been forgotten, not to mention the memory of Jeanine Roccio, wife of Johnny Roccio whose sister had done the embroidery. This one is categorical; it is a bottle of Hennessy Cognac with three stars on its neck until 1953 .... And Wino to exclaim: "With such a name of alcoholic and known as such, we owe to display the Bottle of the best drink ever tasted !!" .... And this alcohol, it is from France that the GI's had brought it back. The shirt, donated by Wino, currently held by the Boozefighters MC and on display at the new HARLEY DAVIDSON Museum in Milwaukee, was not accepted by Club Members at the time ... The "Three Star Bottle" logo, however, was adopted enthusiastically and affixed full breast on wool sweaters and green and white cotton jerseys.
During 1946, under the impetus of Wino, the Boozefighters MC is structured and creates its own rules, it is called " By law ". This " By law " defines the terms of the prospection of the new postulants, thus the bases of a true biker fraternity.
All excuses are good to meet, evenings watered at " Big A " Runs furious towards the Mexican border, pushing even to Tijuana. At the same time, the Race was a big place. Banished by the puritanical AMA of the 1940s, the Boozefighters temporarily trade their green and white jerseys against those of the Yellow Jackets (whom they consider to be a Brother Club), to participate in the courses and different " Gipsy tours ".
July 4, 1947, " Independance Day ". It is precisely during the " gipsy tour " organized each year by the American Motorcyclists Association in the small town of Hollister in California, that the Boozefighters MC will be illustrated ... More than 4000 bikers are expected today National Day, or in the guise of great Kermesse, the races and other motorcyclists events will succeed one another two days during. For the first time, the three chapters of the Boozefighters were a great opportunity to party. The Club caravan ( nicknamed "Trojan" ) is hitched up, filled with crates of " Old Gold " beer and Whiskey Gallons, towed by an old Cad. 36 and driven by a Hangaround. Members and Boozettes of Los Angeles, San Pedro and Frisco look forward to motorcycles. at Hollister, the party is in full swing. With the help of alcohol, wild "Runs" are organized on the sidelines of the official course, the " main street " becomes a playground. Jim Cameron park is biker against counter inside the lounge under the "cheers" of the bikers present. " Red dog " is arrested and put in jail for street blending and intoxication, which has the effect of raising the tension towards the overwhelmed police forces. The prison is stormed, which will be worth "Red", his second name " Jailbreak ". After two days and with great police reinforcements, calm returns to the small city. "The San Francisco Chronicle", then by "Life Magazine", July 21, 1947. A shocking photo and 115 words to make headlines, which "snowball" and come to shake America's thinking, creating the myth of the "bad rider outlaw ..."
The following year, July 4, 1948, the same events occur in Riverside California, perhaps more violent still. This time it's the National Guard that will restore calm. None of the Boozefighters MC members will end up in jail at Riverside events.
The photo on the left, with Fat Boy Nelson, Vern Autrey and Teri Forkner at Riverside 1948, is nothing more than a "wink" to the photo taken in 1947 by a San Francisco Chronicle journalist depicting a drunk man (identified as Eddie Davenport), sitting on a motorcycle surrounded by bottles of beer on the ground.
The story begins when contacts are established between a "band of friends" from the South of France, connected OLD SCHOOL, and the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club in the USA.
It's June 1st of this year that the "French Boozefighters Tribute Group" is born officially, in direct connection with the Boozefighters of the United States. Relationships continue to intensify.
In May, the Boozefighters Tribute Group (BTG) receives in France an Officer of a Northern California Chapter, the first links of Fraternity are created. In October, seven BTG members set off to visit the Boozefighters in Texas. Upon their arrival, they are nicknamed "The Magnificent Seven" ("The Seven Mercenaries") by the American Members. During this visit to the BFMC National, and with the approval of Vern AUTREY (Original Member), they are offered to start a Prospection, and thus to become the 1st extension outside North America.
In May, this time, two Californian Officers who for nearly 15 days come back to visit the French Prospect's Chapter. Comes October 28, 2006 and the presentation of Full Patches in Texas. That day, Chapter 74 becomes the First European Chapter of BOOZEFIGHTERS Motorcycle Club
Micio - Chapter 92
To your memory Brother " Micio "
Yes, as a well-spent day gives happy sleep
so a well used life gives happy dying.
(Leonardo da Vinci)
Rest in Peace and Ride Free in Chapter One Brother !
Boozefighters Up! ∗ ∗ ∗
Jo - Chapter 176
To your memory Brother "Jo"
You who always had a smile !!!
We will never forget you !!!
Rest in Peace and Ride Free in Chapter One Brother!
Boozefighters Up! ∗ ∗ ∗
Pilou - Chapter 176
To your memory Brother " Pilou "
You who were always there for others !!!!
We will never forget you !!!
Ride hard & fast in Chapter 1 Brother!
Boozefighters Up! ∗ ∗ ∗