THE HISTORY OF
THE HELLS ANGELS MOTORCYCLE CLUB

THE 40's

On March 17th 1948, the first Hells Angels Motorcycle Club was founded in the Fontana/San Bernardino area in the United States of America. Around a similar time, many other clubs were established in a number of places in California, however non of these clubs linked to the Hells Angels nor were associated with one another. Most of them do not exist today, but the Berdoo Charter (San Bernadino) still do. 

THE 50's & 60's

Many more Hells Angels charters formed during the 50s; each being a separate club with no links between eachother. Years later, each Hells Angels club united and a regular criteria of admission was laid down. In 1961, the club developed internationally, meaning it was no longer just a California phenomenon. The first charter - away from California - was set up in Auckland, New Zealand. Following this, Hells Angels spread out to the East Coast of the USA and later to the Midwest. On 30th July 1969, the first European Hells Angels charter was welcomed in London, England. Today, there are more than 275 charters in Europe alone.

THE 70's & 80's

Australian clubs were admitted in the late 70s, and in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil became the first South American charter in 1984.  

THE 90's TO PRESENT

In 1993, Hells Angels came to the African Continent with a charter in Johannesburg, South Africa. In the new millennium, Eastern Europe got its own Hells Angels charter and since then many more countries have been granted the now famous winged Death Head. 

The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club has spread it's wings all over the world; From Alaska to Norway in the high North, to South Africa and Argentina in the southern hemisphere. All around the globe from the Caribbean Islands to Turkey; who became the first Muslim Country to join the club in 2009. Today, the Hells Angels MC World has charters in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia.