Only a name was required and they all agreed on a name, "THE BLUE ANGELS", for various reasons. Alan Morrison and Lenny Reynolds because blue was Scotland's national colour and Tommy Howells who had worked out the letters of blue stood for bastards, lunatics, undesirables and eccentrics of which he said just about summed them up.
Over a period of time the image attracted others who liked the Sunday runs which the Blue Angels organised to race on the hill roads around Glasgow and every so often trips into the Western Highlands which were quite near the city. It was also about this time that the mod gang culture was starting to take off and gangs like the Maryhill Fleet, the Calton Tongs, the Townhead Shamrock, the Gorbals Cumbie, the Govan Team, the Drumchapel Buck, the Pollok Bundie and the Partick Cross Boys were starting to carve out their territory, literally, while other gangs and sub gangs would proliferate the big boys would go on to organise protection rackets shebeens, (illegal drinking dens) and some even prostitution.
Soon the police arrived in droves and waded into all and sundry and making no distinctions, some were captured and some got away. Many of the Blue Angels were incensed and what was to become a pillar of policy "Retaliation, out of proportion" followed in the weeks to come with cafes and bars petrol bombed and sneak attacks done in the night by both sides. Soon wiser heads decided that guys getting injured and imprisoned was not conducive to a good lifestyle, and soon talks took place to end the strife, by the end of the night drinks were exchanged and many of the suits were introduced to the joys cannabis resin, promises were made to help fix cars and scooters, while individual fights would break out over the period, the two gangs held each other in mutual respect and never carried out hostilities against each other again.
The Blue Angels were Glasgow’s premier because of the reputation they had built in the war with the Maryhill Fleet and whilst some like Lenny Reynolds were slashed and stabbed in a very short period, this did not detract from the style of the bikes, the image and the penchant for violence which saw the Garthamlock Blackhawks join with the Blue Angels and later some of the Roadburners. After a battle in an Asian Restaurant the nickname "The Blue Gang" became prevalent and the walls of Glasgow and its outskirt towns began to see alongside local gang graffiti, slogans such as Blue Angels OK, Blue Angels, Best in the west, the slogans started to appear on the hill roads, on mountain passes and as the Blue Gang travelled the slogans appeared in places like the Ace Cafe, the Busy Bee, various truck stops and transport cafes and further afield like the Eiffel Tower and the Necropolis in Athens. The American magazine Saturday evening Post arrived in the middle sixties with an article on California’s Hell’s Angels and the sleeves were cut off the Wranglers, a new style of bike was appearing after the Blue Gang viewed Peter Fonda and Bruce Dern in "The Wild Angels", the chopper!
The travelling would go on, time would go on, some died, but fresh blood would replace them, more wars came, biker wars this time, as savage as biker wars are, but yesterday’s enemies are todays friends and yesterday’s foes look down their noses at the new kids on the block who don’t have the wounds and scar tissue or the traditions of the old combatants. The reputation and the history has spread from Frisco Bay to Sydney Harbour, 28 have died for and because of the lifestyle including one on a life sentence. Names of the legends are spoke of with reverence, Billy Rolling Stone, Sammy the Fox, Shannie, Nasty Bob, Mad Fitsy, Big John Herne, Danny The Fish, Scoobie, Chaza, Bunker Tha Coalman, Bugsy. The talk of the dead and what they done creates today’s pride, brotherhood and loyalty and the men today know what is expected of them. The Blue Angels are the oldest outlaw bike gang in Europe, established in 1963 and getting stronger day by day.