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The Hollister Independence Rally

June 30-July 2, 2017

BIRTHPLACE OF THE AMERICAN BIKER

Motorcycle Gathering, free event in Hollister, California
thehollisterrally.com or roadshowsreno.com

What does a small California city of 37K residents do when 150K people rip- roar into town on HOGs (Harley-Davidson), Yamahas, Hondas and Kawasakis? In Hollister, they set up the beer gardens for opportunities to earn money for local causes, they prepare for the onslaught by quadrupling up on the food supplies and they order plenty of port-a-potties. In anticipation of the annual Motorcycle Rally which was welcomed back in 2013, 2014 and into the future, World Dynamics owner Mark Cresswell, is presumably doing much of the planning. He's in the business of producing motorcycle and sporting events throughout the U.S.

The City Council members felt good enough about his company that they committed to a 10 year-plan for allowing Hollister Motorcycle Rally to take place starting in 2013. Even if politics change, there's a commitment by the city (and also an early termination clause in any rally contracts,) but Hollister's long tradition of motorcycle rallies make its location a natural for the huge event.

The officially sanctioned biker rally started in 1997 but was cancelled in 2009 with economic factors and event managers cited as reasons for its not coming back. The 1997 rally commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Boozefighters (bike club) famed "invasion" of Hollister that inspired the Marlon Brando movie, "The Wild One." Motorcycle rallies actually began after WWII and around 1947 were eclipsed by a small ruckus among a few unwieldy individuals who likely had too much beer. The city was

Where to stay

Official Camping Host for Bolado Park
THE HOLLISTER RALLY
Camping under the trees or on acres of grass
tent camping, first come first serve
RV for up to 4 people
Call for reservations: (831) 628-3421, fees charged
RV sites range from full hookups to dry camping
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