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Yep. The original rally got its bad rep mostly from exaggerated stories and a famous pic of a "biker" brandishing a bottle of liquor from a parked bike. The "biker" was just some non-riding drunk that the photographer posed on the bike.

The rioting/anarchy stories were a fabrication. The bikers were supposed to have taken over the main street and terrorized the locals by racing up and down it. As I understand it, the local police/authorities actually closed the street so the bikers could use it in good fun and provide a little entertainment. Nice cops, actually.

Then, of course, Hollywood stepped in and made "The Wild One," which had almost nothing to do with the actual event. A legend was born.
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