The beginning of  motorcycle clubs can be traced to the return of the veterans of World War II from their overseas duties. While most of the returning veterans went back to their lives as husbands, wives, fathers and mothers, a very small minority wanted to remain in the very regimented military life that they had become so familiar with. A group of these veterans, including P.O.B.O.B. founder Norman Briggs, congregated in Bloomington, CA and formed the “Pissed Off Bastards of Bloomington” (P.O.B.O.B.). The P.O.B.O.B. were “dedicated to mocking social values and conventional society through acts of vandalism and general lawlessness".


   Then on July 4, 1947 in Hollister, California where the AMA (American Motorcycle Association) sanctioned the Gypsy Tour Run, the Booze Fighters, P.O.B.O.B.  and the Market Street Commandos took over the town for nearly three days. The P.O.B.O.B. played an integral role in the Hollister incident, on which the movie "The Wild One" was based, staring Marlon Brando. On July 4th, a member of the P.O.B.O.B. was arrested at a bar in Hollister for fighting. Upon discovering that a member of their group had been arrested,  members of  the P.O.B.O.B. descended upon the jail and demanded his release. When the police refused, the bikers “tore up the town” by rallying and fighting in the streets.


























 Two months later, the same clubs go to Riverside, California for the Labor Day weekend, another AMA sanctioned event. The same thing happens again as it did in Hollister. Over four thousand people, bikers and citizens, took over the town's main street. A Riverside sheriff, Carl Rayburn, blames a bunch of punk kids for disrupting his town, saying "They're rebels, they're outlaws." So from an angry lawman's mouth, the Outlaw Motorcyclists were born.
















The AMA made a statement that ninety-nine percent of the motorcyclists are good people enjoying a clean sport and it's the one percent that are anti-social barbarians. The term "One Percenters" is born.


   Three years later, P.O.B.O.B. came back as a motorcycle club (minus the car club), in the city of Fontana known as felony flats.

















































The club exists today as the PISSED OFF BASTARDS OF BERDOO, bigger and stronger than ever with multiple chapters throughout the western United States.































This is not a P.O.B.O.B. or a biker at all, just a man off the street posing for a photo set up by a news photographer. It is however, the photo that made the Hollister incident infamous when it was published in Life Magazine's July, 21st 1947 issue...

Hollister, 4th of July weekend 1947

Hollister, 4th of July weekend 1947

P.O.B.O.B. hill climb races, Crestmore, CA 1950's

Brothers and their wives in 1951

Phil Scherer's Urn at the Briggs House - RIP

P.O.B.O.B. Brother, Norman Briggs 1951

P.O.B.O.B. New Years Eve Party 1956

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