Maybe so, but Hollywood decided it would make a great movie: biker gangs take over small California town, terrorize the populace, and create havoc! So in 1953 they made a film about it, called "The Wild One," starring a young Marlon Brando as the chief protagonist and rebel. (One lady character asks him "What are you rebelling against?" The Brando character replies, "What've you got?")
|Bikers in Downtown Hollister|
The Hollister Biker Rally took place over July 5th and 6th this year, and the town filled with thousands of brilliantly painted and decorated Harley Davidson motorcycles. There were booths, street vendors, food vendors, bands and even a couple of prostitutes, all watched over by an army of local cops from surrounding towns and counties.
This was the most successful biker rally that I have seen here. People really enjoyed themselves, and I think the addition of many different bands (of the musical variety) was a major factor in that. Twenty different bands took turns playing at three different locations, providing a variety of music. My favorite was the eight piece latin-based band in the Civic Auditorium, a band seemingly modeled after Santana. They are called "the Chicano Allstars" and played Santana favorites, latin jazz, and some Sam and Dave soul tunes.
Of course, there was lots of flesh on display, an unofficial contest of biker ladies on who can show the most cleavage without getting arrested. Aye Chihuahua, I'm a leg man but found myself almost persuaded to convert. This may require further study while Mrs. Chomper is looking the other way.