One of Southern California’s first motorcycle clubs, and one of the first in the nation to have a Hispanic / Chicano membership, The Psychos (also known as Los Psychos) formed in San Bernardino after WWII and quickly developed a reputation for toughness. While The Psychos became known for some of their community activities — including supporting military veterans and participating in events to promote the preservation of Route 66 — an offshoot of the club known as Vatos MC has a more notorious history.

Shot in the 1970s by a proud member of the club, this silent home movie documents a typical weekend ride on Harleys and choppers. The film starts near Pixley, California between Bakersfield and Tulare, and shows members of the club riding on the freeway during a rainstorm. The material was filmed from a car (:00). The men gas up their bikes at the gas station, the vests the men wear read: Psychos Redlands (:14). A man sleeps inside a house (:35). A woman cooks breakfast for the club members. The woman shows her pinky finger, either meaning “up yours” to the cameraman or possibly just an attempt to be fancy (1:19). A man in sweat pant bottoms walks into the room (1:13). Two women talk outside. A man tries to kiss one of the women who laugh (1:25). A woman walks by, smiles, sits on a motorcycle (1:43). Two men look at a motorcycle (2:06). The club’s bikes are now lined up outside of a diner; next door is a laundromat and a hair salon (2:16). Inside a room in the salon (?), a woman talks to one of the Psychos, she appears to smoke a joint or marijuana cigarette. Another guy next to them sits on a toilet, seems to be in another world (2:30). Oe of the women hair stylists walks into the salon (2:56). A Chicano couple walk on a sidewalk (2:56). Motorcycles shown parked (3:17).

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