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1947 Hollister California saw the birth of the one percenter. That changed the way the world saw the motorcycle culture until 5 of the world’s most powerful motorcycle clubs formed the Outlaw Dynasty. That changed the way the world saw motorcycle clubs, forever.
Since the production of the first motorcycles, groups of ‘like minded’ enthusiasts formed clubs. These increased in frequency following World War II when veterans sought the camaraderie and brotherhood they had in the military. Many believe that the Hollister Riot of 1947 was a pivotal point in motorcycle culture. What was in fact a small disturbance in Hollister California was sensationalized by the media (They wouldn’t do that would they?) as lawless outlaw bikers terrorizing a town. The 1953 cult classic starring Marlon Brando The Wild One would cement public impression of bikers.
The mysterious and elite world of outlaw one-percenter clubs continue to intrigue the general public as did, and still do, Billy the Kid and Jesse James. Unless you have honestly participated in the life, you would never fully understand how much the media has distorted and fabricated stories for the general public’s opinion of those individuals. Anyone remember what the 1936 cult classic Reefer Madness did to public opinion of a once harmless weed?
If you are looking for another book about ‘gang wars’ over territory, guns, drugs and the often ludicrous and comical portrayal in television series, this book may not be for you. This is different. Though the foundation is of a motorcycle club set in a fictitious town of Spring City, California, the president of the club who is a well educated man of Italian/Irish/Navajo heritage had a vision that ultimately formed a council of five of the major outlaw motorcycle clubs on the West coast into a single, and very profitable council without ‘patching over’ or disbanding their clubs, and eventually elevates the council into the high-end legitimate business world giving bikers a voice in politics never seen before. The strength of the council is enhanced with the acquisition of members of law enforcement and political lobbyists and politicians. Law enforcement labeled them as an ‘army’ as the original council brought nine thousand ‘like minded’ individuals together. Law enforcement feared that those numbers would increase, and they would.
The theory behind that is similar to when the five main families of New York: Gambino, Lucchese, Genovese, Bonanno and Colombo families united, which in turn, strengthened their power into a formidable entity that continues to exist to present day. The five motorcycle clubs slowly overcame the obstacles of traditional territorial boundaries and even though the transition was rough, it is through the guidance and leadership motivated by a common goal; do what has never been accomplished before.