After a several year hiatus of an “Official” Hollister Rally, the Hollister City Council unanimously and enthusiastically voted to bring it back for 2013. The event will take place on July 5 & 6, 2013. Now if you don’t know about Hollister its where the ‘bad boy’ image of bikers began way back in the summer of 1947.
The annual Gypsy Tour was holding an event on the outskirts of town and reportedly a group of them became rowdy in town and law enforcement re-inforcements had to be called in. The media at the time blew the event out of proportion with an allegedly staged photo being published as part of LIFE Magazine’s account. The event was then immortalized in the movie “The Wild One” which starred Marlon Brando.
Soon after the 1947 incident the event went dormant for several decades until some folks decided to honor the 50th anniversary of the historic event in 1997. With a lot of work the “Return of the Wild Ones” was held July 4th weekend 1997. The event was so successful that the Hollister Independence Day Rally became an annual event. That is until 2009 when the City of Hollister put the “official” Hollister Rally on hold.
That didn’t deter people from showing up in Hollister to celebrate. Rally supporters like Mike Corbin kept the spirit alive by welcoming riders to town by holding their own events over the weekend. Efforts to bring an “official” rally back to town continued until January 7th, 2013 when the City Council voted to sanction an event. Worldwide Dynamics Inc. was been named to manage the rally. Worldwide Dynamics is an active member of the Motorcycle Industry Council and is known for organizing vendors and sponsors at rallies like Leesburg Bikefest, in Laconia, in Sturgis and at Bikes, Blues and BBQ.
If you go you’ll find motorcycle-only parking filling downtown Hollister with a wide variety of rally vendors on the side streets. There will be 2 large entertainment areas downtown will offer live entertainment. On Saturday, center lane parking downtown will be for the official rally bike show. You can expect to receive an enthusiastic welcome back from local businesses, eateries and taverns. Hollister is surrounded with excellent scenic riding, wine tours and a summer concert series at a local vineyard’s outdoor amphitheater. In addition don’t forget to stop by Mike Corbin’s annual Rider Appreciation Day at the Corbin factory on the north side of town.
BTW, I had a blast at that rally back in 1997!
Source: Worldwide Dynamics
Posted by Sam Kanish