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May 24, 2021 29 min

Havoc in Hollister /Motorcyclist Horde Stages Riotous Rally

event  that occurred at the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA)-sanctioned  Gypsy Tour motorcycle rally in Hollister, California from July 3 to 6,  1947.
On July 3, 1947, festivities in Hollister began. But as  previously mentioned, the popularity of motorcycles had grown  dramatically and this rise in popularity caused one of the main problems  of this event: massive attendance. Around 4,000 motorcyclists flooded  Hollister, almost doubling the population of the small town. They came  from all over California and the United States, even from as far away as  Connecticut and Florida.Motorcycle groups in attendance included the 13  Rebels, Pissed Off Bastards of Bloomington, the Boozefighters, the  Market Street Commandos, the Top Hatters Motorcycle Club, and the  Galloping Goose Motorcycle Club. Approximately ten percent of attendees  were women. The town was completely unprepared for the number of people  that arrived, since not nearly as many people had participated in the  pre-war years.

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