Hollister Rally Approved For The Next 10 Years

hollisterrally2The 2013 Hollister Motorcycle Rally – the city’s signature tradition – was last July the first in five years after shaky finances caused prior cancellations. “The City Council members sent a roaring message to the motorcycle community that officials plan to hold a downtown rally for the next 10 years, even if city politics change” stated rally manager and CEO of World Dynamics Mark Cresswell.

Interim City Manager Bill Avera mentioned there would be an early termination clause in any rally contracts, while he also noted that next year’s rally will be over three days, as opposed to the two days for the 2013 revival.

“Most important, it lets people know we are committed to this and will allow us to bring in major sponsorships,” Avera concluded. The officially sanctioned biker rally started in 1997 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Boozefighters’ famed “invasion” of Hollister that inspired the Marlon Brando movie, “The Wild One.”

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14 Responses to “Hollister Rally Approved For The Next 10 Years”


  1. 1 Blackmax Sep 4th, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Good for Hollister !!!!
    Hopefully the Police presence can be kept to a minimum
    & people remember to behave themselves.
    Remember it only takes one incident to put this event back in the toliet again.
    What is up with all these kids having “Hollister” T-Shirts on?
    Do they even know what it is all about? Do they even care ??
    Everytime I see one, I just want to smack them across the back of the head !!!!
    Good Times !!!!

  2. 2 Outsideofnormal Sep 4th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Blackmax….like you I wanted to slap those youngsters silly every time I saw them wearing a Hollister T-shirt until I realized that the owners of Abercrombie & Fitch have a clothing store called Hollister catering to 17 somethings with t-shirts and jeans. So you are right that these kids probably have no idea what or who Hollister, CA is and probably couldn’t care less. Pretty sure none of them will be in Hollister, CA next year for a motorcycle rally either.

  3. 3 Rodent Sep 4th, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    At one time Abacrombie & Fitch was a high end NYC sporting goods store selling guns, fishing equipment and safari goods to the likes of Teddy Roosevelt, Earnest Hemmingway and that type of up scale clientele. It degenerated into the store for mall rats today. Their offshoot Hollister is a make believe surf shop for make believe wanna be but can’t surfers. The closest that Hollister California comes to a surfing area is the pond at the sewage treatment plant. Hollister is about 40 miles inland from the surfing capital of Santa Cruz, California
    If it wasn’t for the incident on July 4th 1947 on San Benito Street in Hollister, you probably wouldn’t be reading Cyril or any other motorcycle writer as that was the birthplace of today’s biker. All you riding today should get down on your hands and knees and thank, Wino and his pals, Photgrapher Barney Peterson, and LIFE Magazine for the lifestyle you enjoy today.

  4. 4 Rob Campbell Sep 4th, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    This year’s event was well run and attended. Police presence was not what I’d call oppressive as it had been a few years ago. We’re psyched about doing this again. Thanks to Mike Corbin for keeping it alive in the years between official, and to Mark Cresswell for doing a great job directing the event and working with our local officials.

    Personally, I’d like to see the event spread around the county a bit more so all businesses get the benefit of the business riding through town. I guess that may be more locally grown effort to create small events to draw the bikers around.

  5. 5 ray c wheeler Sep 5th, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Thanks to Christi Howe and the committee meetings at Corbins throughout the years….

    This would not have happened without a dedicated team…

    Thank you one and all……

  6. 6 ray c wheeler Sep 5th, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Should read Christy, my mistake….

  7. 7 Woody's Sep 5th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    @ Rodent, I’d rather thank photgrapher Pompeo Posar, and Playboy Magazine for the lifestyle I enjoy today πŸ˜‰

  8. 8 Rodent Sep 5th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    The meetings at Corbin had nothing to do with Hollister 13…that was totally Mike Corbin, Mark Cresswell and the City of Hollister.

  9. 9 Mike Corbin Sep 5th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    It is very important to remember the enthusiastic Rider support we had during the off years, at the Corbin Shop.

    The Riders came out and kept the Rally idea alive , and the City of Hollister noticed.

    i can say this was one of the most important elements of getting things going again.

    Hollister PD , our Mayor and the entire City Council were fantastic.

  10. 10 Rodent Sep 5th, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    In all actuality it was Mike Corbin who deserves all the credit for spearheading the drive to keep the rally alive. He did have help from many supporters .

  11. 11 Mike Corbin.com Sep 5th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    City Officials , Hollister PD , citizens of Hollister , Rally Manager and motorcycle Riders are all working together to celebrate Inderpendence Day , only in America (:-)

  12. 12 Smitty Sep 5th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    I think that Hollister discovered that they missed the big biker cash cow !

  13. 13 Kirk Perry Sep 7th, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    ” I realized that the owners of Abercrombie & Fitch have a clothing store called Hollister catering to 17 somethings with t-shirts and jeans”
    β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’
    “Their offshoot Hollister is a make believe surf shop for make believe wanna be but can’t surfers. The closest that Hollister California comes to a surfing area is the pond at the sewage treatment plant. Hollister is about 40 miles inland from the surfing capital of Santa Cruz, California.”
    β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’
    Brilliant! πŸ™‚ They took a name like inland Hollister (biker-ville) and the Hollister Ranch (the largest private-coastal ranch in California, when combined with their northern-boundary neighbor Bixby Ranch), and made it all about them (A&F, NY). Two brilliant birds with one stone. And they spelled it in a collegiate font for the sis-boom-ba of it all.
    An outstanding cultural round-up and branding ceremony right in front of everyone’s eyes, and they didn’t pay a dime for the name. Sweet. A&F is making money by printing an esoteric name (one with many meanings, all notorious or private) on shirts. They don’t need to care about what it means. It’s a name Harley-Davidson.
    If “Mavericks” had a couple of other meanings besides a killer-peak wave, Mav’s would be a t-shirt as well.

  14. 14 nicker Sep 8th, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Hmmmmmmmm…???

    RE:
    “… people remember to behave themselves.
    … only takes one incident to put this event back in the toliet again …”

    RE:
    “…Abacrombie & Fitch was a high end……. .It degenerated into the store for mall rats today….”

    RE:
    “…thank…. Photographer ….. and LIFE Magazine for the lifestyle you enjoy today …”

    Now there’s a comparison to contemplate as a source of inspiration:
    bikers and mall rats ….. πŸ™‚

    Perhaps a little further back in American scooter history might be a better place to look for “M/C inspiration.”

    -nicker-

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