Brother Speed Motorcycle Club was “Officially Established” in May, 1969, although the roots of the club were established much earlier.
As I recall, it was about 1960 in the 3rd grade, when 2 other guys and I struck up a friendship and started hanging around together. (Later becoming Chartered members of the Boise Chapter) The fact that all of our fathers rode motorcycles also provided a common interest in bringing us together.
During high school we all rode bikes and eventually graduated into the larger bikes. Boise, in 1967, was such a small town, we knew everyone that owned a Harley or were in the process in building one. There was getting to be quite a few of us hanging around together. Even though a few of us had joined the military, or was lost to the draft, our numbers had continued to grow, including some that just returned from The Vietnam War.
In the spring of 1969, Hollywood had produced a few biker movies, thus making being a biker a popular thing to be. We saw an influx of guys building bikes and wanting to ride together. We then decided to run an add in our local paper stating that anyone interested in riding together and starting a motorcycle club, attend the meeting that we had organized. We had at least 20 guys attend the first meeting, and a couple weeks later we came up with the name, “Brother Speed”. Another guy had a sketched drawing of a winged skull with the helmet, goggles and scarf. That becoming our center patch.
The following year we started a chapter in Logan, Utah and Portland, Oregon. Since then, with our outstanding motorcycles and guys that are always having the most fun, we have established a total of 7 Chapters here in the Northwest.
Author: Fred
Brother Speed MC Charter Member, Boise