The End MC

The End MC

THE END MC is one of the oldest Motorcycle Clubs, not only on the South Coast but within the UK it was founded in 1969 by a group of friends who used the Cottage Cafe in Totton, Hampshire. Younger members of the group ('''''''''''' '''''''''''''''''''''''', ''''''''' ''''''''''''', ''''''''' ''''''''''''''''' etc) who used the Cafe approached the older lads (John Kimber, '''''''''''' ''''''''''''''''' ''''''''''''''''', ''''''''' '''''''''''''''', Brian Winch) about forming a bike club. This was to be discussed latter at ''''''''''''' '''''''''''''''''''s flat in ''''''''''''''''' Road Southampton, all of them knew pretty much what they wanted from the club, so, it was decided that it would be an MC back patch club. However, the club name was not so easy and took a lot of debating (arguing) about. During the discussion a film on TV was just finishing, and after the credits THE END appeared as it will after most films etc, at this point ''''''''''''' '''''''''''''''''' girl friend said, why don't you call your club THE END. Although there were variations of that theme put forward, John made the first of his many decisions as the President of the club, it would be called THE END MC.
Material was needed for the club colours, so canvas sheet was obtained from the beds of local trucks, why the green colour? because that was the colour removed under the cover of darkness.

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The End MC colours from 1969

THE END MC insignia, the Monster, was Brian Winch's contribution, a variation from the '''''''''''''''''' ''''''''''''' ''''''''''''' cover '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''', the lads spent most evenings in ''''''''''''''''' flat painting the club colours as embroidered colours were just not available then.

The End MC from Cottage cafe days

The local meeting place for all Southampton and the surrounding area bikers was the Cottage Cafe, if you rode a bike that was the place to go. The word soon got round that a Bike club had started, within a short space of time the numbers in the club had risen to about 70, by now Jimmer Smith & ''''''''''''''' were all members of the club. Like so many clubs that have survived from that era it's roots were very much working class, riding, drinking, partying, shagging,fighting and whatever is the bond that goes on forever and only bikers understand that.

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The End MC from Cottage cafe days

The club lost a few members when the realisation of what the club was about became a reality, THE END had numerous battles with the local skin heads, closed down the Living Dead MC on their own turf in Leigh Park and faced off the Amesbury Hells Angels (That was in the days before charters and all kinds of bike gangs emulated the HA but were never sanctioned or approved by the real thing) and many other clubs who tried it on. THE END MC ruled Southampton, they clashed with authority and those who thought they were hard enough to have a go on more than one occasion, caused havoc on the Isle-of-Wight, had a police escort out of Frome and ensured that a pub in Weymouth never forgot us (shame about the optics). THE END MC and their way of life carried on until late 1971, when a number of hard core members ('''''''''''', Jimmer, Spider, Winchy and ''''''''''''') all left the club and started the Hells Angels Druids. THE END MC carried on until 1973 when it shut down, however,the club was to re-open in 1985.

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