Hells Angels ready to celebrate 50 years

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Hells Angels were originally formed in Fontana in 1948. By the 1960s, the club had become synonymous with the outlaw biker counterculture. George Christie, the group’s Ventura chapter president, said the event is drawing members to Oakland from all over the world. “I anticipate it’s going to be one of the biggest events the club has had,” he said. “I just think everybody’s in a festive mood.” OAKLAND – Even with members old enough to collect retirement pay, a party at Hells Angels headquarters is no party for the police. As the club planned to mark its 50th birthday this weekend, police were putting extra officers on duty Thursday even as they downplayed the chance of trouble from a club with a long history of run-ins with the law. The motorcycle club’s Oakland chapter, which is best known for providing security at the 1969 Altamont Free Concert during which a fan was killed by a Hells Angel, is expected to have 600 to 800 bikers at the event that kicks off today with a concert, police said. The group has secured the necessary permits, but police will patrol the events to make sure nothing gets out of hand. last_img

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