The Boozefighters MC was formed in South Gate, California in 1946. They officially got things started at the All American Bar in this Los Angeles area town.
Origin of the Boozefighters
The first members of the Boozefighters were veterans fresh out of World War II. “Wino” Willie Forkner is recognized as the group’s founding member. Forkner died in 1997.
Boozefighters MC Insignia
The official insignia of the Boozefighters consists of a green background and a white bottle with 3 green stars on it. It is an obvious reference to the group’s fondness of alcohol.
The Hollister Riot
The Boozefighters MC were present at the Hollister Riot in 1947. The event, which involved this and several other MCs, quickly overwhelmed the small police force of Hollister, California. A lack of sufficient infrastructure and heavy drinking led to bike races, fighting and broken bottles on the streets of this small town.
Various media outlets were quick to sensationalize the event. As such, the Boozefighters were unknowingly part of the event that led to the rise of the outlaw biker image. The movie The Wild One was based on the event and actor Lee Marvin played “Wino” - the group’s founder.
From it’s original home in California, the Boozefighters have expanded nationwide and beyond. The group currently has chapters in the United States, Canada and in several European nations. This motorcycle club is currently headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.
Based on real events, media sensationalism and cinema, crime and motorcycle gangs often interweave in the minds of average citizens. However, the Boozefighters have generally stayed out of the watchful eye of the law - at least since the Hollister Riot.
The group forbids the use of non-prescription drugs. Also, they prohibit any involvement in illegal activity. Of course, they probably wouldn’t endorse such behavior publicly, anyway, but they do not have the rap sheet that groups such as the Hells Angels and Pagans have, suggesting that they tend to follow their stated rules.
Unlike the Hells Angels, Pagans and other well-known biker groups, the Boozefighters are not a “One Percenter” MC. They explicitly mention that they refrain from participation in the politics of other groups and they don’t claim territory.
The Boozefighters portray themselves as a group of alcohol-loving bikers who party hard.
As most would expect, the group’s name implies a fondness for alcohol, not a battle against it. According to Boozefighters Chapter 19, located in the suburbs of Washington, DC, “Boozefighters never fight booze, they abuse it.” Chapter 70, located in West-Central Indiana, fancies themselves as “Beer drinkers and hell raisers” and claims that “Riding, partying and preserving our rich history is our only business.”
Membership In The Boozefighters MC
The rules are not uniform for each chapter, but many follow similar rules as Chapter 70. An interested individual must contact the group and then may begin participating in some rides and parties. If a mutual interest develops between the individual and the club, the individual may be asked to prospect. Eventually, if all goes well, the individual would become a “Patch holder”, signifying membership.