If you’re wondering where Hells Angels go on vacation, the answer, at least in 1986, was the Stoner Lodge. Situated in the San Juan mountains of Colorado, the lodge was the location of an enormous party for Sonny Barger in the summer of 1986. Roughly 200 Hells Angels and their families were in attendance.
The 318-acre ranch and lodge, which was built in 1890, were put on the market in 2016 for a whopping $13.9 million. In this photo, you can see Hells Angels riding up to join the party.
When Hells Angels Tie the Knot
In this photo, which was originally published by the Manchester Daily Express, a Hells Angel by the name of John Fernihough also nicknamed Walkden just married his beloved, Marie Clarkson aka Eccles. The British groom was just 17 years old, and the bride was 16. They tied the knot at the local Registrars office in October 1971.
Unfortunately, some of the club’s more recent nuptials have taken a more aggressive turn, like a wedding service which took place in Vegas in 2008 and ended with 13 men getting arrested for assault. Coming up next, the Hells Angels 50th-anniversary celebration.
Celebrating 50 Years
On March 17, 1998, the Hells Angels celebrated the motorcycle club’s 50-year anniversary. Charters around the world held parties on that date to mark the occasion. Here you can see local and visiting members standing together in front of the Ventura County Courthouse.
The infamous George Christie Jr., who was still Ventura character president at the time, invited a teenage member of a narcotics ring to attend anniversary celebrations which were taking place at the clubhouse. He also let him hold his 15th birthday party there.
A New Image?
In 1978, following the events at Berkeley, the Manhattan charter of the Angels decided that they wanted to improve the club’s image in the city. The best way they came up with to do that was to throw a party. The celebration took place at the Thrush nightclub on February 28, 1978.
They club members invited their girlfriends and wives and also the press. This photo was originally published in the New York Post with the caption, “So here’s the new image.” The party went over well with the press, but law enforcement was still skeptical. Keep reading to find out what happened when the Hells Angels became acquainted with LSD.
The Merry Pranksters Welcome the Hells Angels
Ken Kesey, the countercultural novelist and LSD experimentalist, held a party at his La Honda, California ranch on Saturday, August 7, 1965. He invited not only his bohemian intellectual friends, who were known as the Merry Pranksters, but also the Hells Angels. To make them feel welcome, he even hung a banner reading “The Merry Pranksters Welcome the Hells Angels” above the entryway.
The party, as documented in several books, apparently included Kesey introducing the Angels to the hallucinogenic drug LSD. In this photo, you can see Hells Angels members dancing at another one of Kesey’s “Acid Tests” parties. The parties usually included music, drug use, strobe lights, and other psychedelic effects.