Boozefighters MC is a motorcycle club founded in California in 1946 by “Wino” Willie Forkner and J.D. John Cameron, they also go by the acronym BFMC.
The Boozefighters are one of the classic clubs who are well known for their involvement in the Hollister Riot, also involving the Pissed off Bastards of Bloomington MC (POBOB), Market Street Commandos and Galloping Goose MC, in 1947. They have never identified themselves as a “one percenter” motorcycle club, despite being involved at the Hollister event.
Boozefighters MC History
Boozefighters Motorcycle Club was founded in California in 1946, the founders being Willie Forkner and J.D John Cameron. Some other of the original members included Fatboy Nelson, Dink Burns and George Menker. Their regular bar at the time was the All American Bar, located in South Gate, Los Angeles, California.
The club gained notoriety in 1947 for their involvement in the Hollister Riot, also involving the Pissed off Bastards of Bloomington MC (later involved in the founding of the Hells Angels MC) and Galloping Goose MC. It was this event that resulted in the term “One Percenter”, although the club have never identified themselves as being a “One Percenter” club, as they don’t claim territory or involve themselves in some of the other political issues faced by 1%er clubs.
The first of the European chapters of the club was opened in 2006. More information on the existing chapters can be found further down in this article.
The headquarters of the motorcycle club is now in Fort Worth, Texas.
Members of the club are expected to ride Harley Davidson motorcycles, or an alternative motorcycle made by an American or other Allied Forces motorcycle company.
Some tensions occurred within the club after mass expansion in the later 20th century, with Wino Willie Forkner decided to hand over the rights to his Fort Bragg chapter and leaving the club.
Five members of the club were expelled in 1996 under the belief that they were using drugs. These five expelled members along with 20 others went on to form Wino’s Crew MC.
Boozefighters MC Patch / Motto
The Boozefighters Motorcycle Club motto is “The Original Wild Ones”. This motto has links to the 1953 movie “The Wild One” which starred Marlon Brando. The actor Lee Marvin played the character based on the Boozefighters founder, “Wino” Willie Forker.
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The name of the club, the Boozefighters, is not intended to mean that they don’t condone drinking, this is a common misconception. In fact, the club are sometimes associated with the motto “a drinking club with a motorcycle problem”.
Boozefighters MC Chapters
The club has a significant number of chapters spread over the USA and has more recently also expanded internationally. Some of the Boozefighters charters are listed below.
- Canada Boozefighters Motorcycle Club Chapters
- Chapter 23 – Boozefighters Ontario Canada
- Chapter 77 – Boozefighters Ontario Canada
- Chapter 128 – Boozefighters Newfoundland Canada
- USA Boozefighters Motorcycle Club Chapters
- Chapter 3 – Boozefighters San Diego, CA
- Chapter 6 – Boozefighters Grass Valley, CA
- Chapter 8 – Boozefighters San Diego, CA
- Chapter 9 – Boozefighters North Carolina
- Chapter 10 – Boozefighters Denton, TX
- Chapter 12 – Boozefighters Northeast Ohio
- Chapter 15 – Boozefighters North San Diego, CA
- Chapter 19 – Boozefighters Washington D.C.
- Chapter 25 – Boozefighters Seattle WA
- Chapter 28 – Boozefighters Wichita Falls, TX
- Chapter 32 – Boozefighters North Nevada
- Chapter 33 – Boozefighters Amarillo, TX
- Chapter 35 – Boozefighters Gloucester, VA
- Chapter 38 – Boozefighters Chesapeake, VA
- Chapter 40 – Boozefighters Richmond, VA
- Chapter 42 – Boozefighters Minnesota
- Chapter 43 – Boozefighters Woodlands, TX
- Chapter 44 – Boozefighters South East, IL
- Chapter 48 – Boozefighters Richmond, VA
- Chapter 54 – Boozefighters South West Houston, TX
- Chapter 57 – Boozefighters Memphis, TN
- Chapter 58 – Boozefighters Cleveland, TX
- Chapter 66 – Boozefighters Romance, AK
- Chapter 68 – Boozefighters Edgewater, FL
- Chapter 69 – Boozefighters Fort Worth, TX (now the club’s Headquarters)
- Chapter 71 – Boozefighters North East OHIO
- Chapter 76 – Boozefighters Parker County TX
- Chapter 80 – Boozefighters Warrensburg, NY
- Chapter 82 – Boozefighters Pasadena, TX
- Chapter 100 – Boozefighters Austin Texas
- Chapter 101 – Boozefighters Santa Clarita, CA
- Chapter 102 – Boozefighters South Carolina
- Chapter 103 – Boozefighters Georgia
- Chapter 104 – Boozefighters Colorado
- Chapter 105 – Boozefighters LOCO, NV
- Chapter 109 – Boozefighters Eastern, NC
- Chapter 115 – Boozefighters Riverside, CA
- Chapter 117 – Boozefighters Las Vegas
- Chapter 118 – Boozefighters Florida
- Chapter 119 – Boozefighters Maryland
- Chapter 121 – Boozefighters Hangtown, CA
- Chapter 135 – Boozefighters New Boston, TX
- Chapter 169 – Boozefighters Fort Worth TX
- Chapter 186 – Boozefighters Northern Virginia
- Chapter 199 – Boozefighters Oahu Hawaii
- International Boozefighters MC Chapters
- Chapter 16 – Boozefighters The Alpine Chapter, Europe
- Chapter 74 – Boozefighters France
- Chapter 92 – Boozefighters Italy
- Chapter 116 – Boozefighters Belgium
- Chapter 120 – Boozefighters Hessen, Germany
- Chapter 131 – Boozefighters South Korea
- Chapter 175 – Boozefighters France
- Chapter 176 – Boozefighters France
- Chapter 192 – Boozefighters Lithuania
Famous Boozefighters MC Members
“Wino” Willie Forkner – Founder
Willie Forkner founded the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club in 1946 in California, USA and died in 1997. Willie Forkner was portrayed in the Marlon Brando movie “The Wild One” by actor Lee Marvin. The movie is loosely based on the events at the Hollister Riot of 1947.
View our full article on Wino Willie Forkner.
Robert Patrick – Hollywood Actor / Chapter 101 President
Hollywood Actor, Robert Patrick, is the President of the Boozefighters Santa Clarita Chapter 101.
He is best known for his role as T-1000 in Terminator 2, as well as major parts in the X-Files and The Unit.
Boozefighters MC Crime / In The Media
2014 – Three members of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club are shot in a confrontation with a rival club, Wino’s Crew, at the 2014 Hollister Rally in California. There has been an ongoing rivalry for many years between the two groups. The name “Wino’s Crew” refers to the original founder of the Boozefighters MC, “Wino” Willie Forkner (see “Enemies” below).
Boozefighters MC Enemies and Allies
The Boozefighters have had feuds with the motorcycle club Wino’s Crew MC since 1996. Wino’s Crew Motorcycle Club was formed with the goal of remembering the values of the founder of the Boozefighters MC, “Wino” Willie Forkner. They believed that the current Boozefighters Motorcycle Club members were sending the club in the wrong direction.
Boozefighters MC Books
Book – The Original Wild Ones: Tales of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club by Bill Hayes.
This book tells the story of the history of the Boozefighters MC, who were one of the clubs in attendance at the Hollister Riot. Statements made in the book by members who attended the rally make it clear that the situation was widely blown out of proportion by the media. Find out more on Amazon (link opens in a new tab).
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- Pissed off Bastards of Bloomington MC
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- Brother Speed MC
- Galloping Goose MC
- Market Street Commandos
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