Yeah, some of the more notorious gangs didn't take kindly to their laundry or any other artifact depicting their club affiliation found with a non-member. In fact, most of these clubs kept the bikes whether you had title to them or not. Afterall they were the judge and jury. Sounds like this guy you speak of got lucky he didn't lose his life over it. As for car club jackets and plaques, If we had a member leave for personal reasons or asked to leave, those items were retrieved whether they liked it or not. And yes, we had to get a little rough with a few. This was in the 70's. I still believe a member leaving a club should return anything associated with the club. I understand why some feel the plaque should remain on the McMullen roadster. It's a significant piece of history associated with the car. But then where do you draw the line? If the new owner gets out of control and hurts somebody in the process, then the club will take some of the blame. It's a bad rap for them. Something to think about. There may be a spike in asking price's for a '32 after this auction. But most would be buyers are not going to pay outlandish prices just because of this auction. And when sellers realize that, the prices will level back out. I can't remember Cobra's going through the roof because Carroll Shelby's personal Cobra went for $5m.