The MOONSHINERS 13 Motorcycle Club is one of the oldest motorcycle clubs in existence. The club was established in 1934, near Compton, California, by a group of guys who were all about riding bikes and raising a little hell. The club has been mentioned in several books written about the early days of motorcycle clubs in Southern California.
IN THE BEGINNING
The MOONSHINERS 13 Motorcycle Club got its name from one of its founding members, Tennessee Floyd Williams, who was a second generation moonshiner in the hills of Tennessee. In the early 1930's, Tennessee Floyd rode his motorcycle to California to look for work. Unable to find stable employment, Tennessee Floyd went back to what he knew best, making moonshine. In the years that followed, Tennessee Floyd and a few select buddies used their bikes to run their shine all over Southern California. Club folklore has it the guys sharpened their riding skills running from the law on the dirt back roads. Then in 1934, Tennessee Floyd, Vegas Jack, George and Jon formed the MOONSHINERS 13 Motorcycle Club to race on dirt tracks in Southern California. Due to their refusal to join the AMA, they weren’t allowed to run in the AMA events and were labeled an outlaw motorcycle club. Some said the members were better bootleggers than motorcycle racers, but either way they managed to have a good time.
THE EARLY YEARS
In the early 1940's, the MOONSHINERS 13 Motorcycle Club was known to hang out at the All American Bar in Los Angeles, California with the other Southern California motorcycle clubs of the time, including the Sinners, Pack Rats, Desert Donkeys, Gripsters, Jesters, Four Aces, Dust Makers, Dirt Diggers, Boozefighters, Yellow Jackets, P.O.B.O.B and the 13 Rebels. The MOONSHINERS 13 Motorcycle Club was one of the many motorcycle clubs which took part in the infamous 1947 biker invasion of Hollister. Unlike some of the motorcycle clubs that were blamed for the riot in Hollister, the MOONSHINERS 13 Motorcycle Club was able to evade the law and slipped out of town during the chaos.
Today's MOONSHINERS 13 Motorcycle Club keeps alive the traditions of the club's beginnings. They strive to continue the long history of Booze and Brotherhood. Many of the club members, like those who came before them, are current or former military members. The MOONSHINERS 13 Motorcycle Club is a proud supporter of the U.S. military and continues its efforts to support those who have sacrificed in service of their country.