Ex-cop Cam Stokes knows gangs. His explosive novel takes you inside an outlaw motorcycle gang, the Devils M.C.

Gang prospect Rotten craves respect and power. He wants his patch so badly he'll do anything for it. But before he's accepted, Rotten must prove himself to the gang.

Rotten's got problems. The cops are on his tail. He's struggling to control his violent temper, and his growing reliance on P is threatening to ruin everything.

And all this is happening, here, now.

The Devils Are Here was released in September 2008 and spent four weeks in the top five for New Zealand fiction.

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MOTORCYCLE GANGS

There are three major international motorcycle gangs in the world today - the Hells Angels, the Bandidos and the Outlaws. Their origins start at the end of World War Two when some ex-servicemen returning from the war found their civilian lives boring. Small numbers formed groups and headed to the highways on high-powered motorbikes in search of adventure and excitement.

start of motorcycle gangs - hollister 1947 photo
Hollister 1947

The American Motorcycle Association (A.M.A) held motorcycle races in Hollister, California over the weekend of July 4th 1947. Some groups of motorcyclists who attended the event held drag races in the main street and caused violence and disorder. The local police were heavily outnumbered and a riot started when a group of bikers tried to make the police release one of their members who had been arrested. The weekend gained widespread publicity throughout the United States.

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Marlon Brando and Lee Marvin starred in the 1953 movie "The Wild One" which was based on the Hollister Riot. (The movie helped to increase the notoriety of the Hells Angels).

HELLS ANGELS M.C

Hells Angels California PatchHells Angels Motor Ccyle Gang New Zealand Patch

The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club (HAMC) was formed on March 17th 1948 in San Bernardino in California. This chapter became known as “Berdo” and celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2008.

The second chapter of Hells Angels was formed in San Francisco in 1954 and the Oakland chapter was formed in 1957, lead by Ralph “Sonny” Barger. Under the leadership of Barger, the Hells Angels power-base shifted from Berdo to Oakland. Sonny Barger has been a Hells Angel for more than 50 years and is the Hells Angels unofficial figurehead.

photo of auckland hells angels chapter 1960
A rare photo of the original Auckland Hells Angels before they gained their official charter. (1960)

The Auckland chapter was formed in 1960 by Pete Skinner, 'Pinky' Moran and an American named Jim Carrico, who was an associate of some Californian Hells Angels. 'Auckland' received its charter on July 1st 1961; becoming the first official chapter formed outside of the United States. It's the fourth oldest in the world today.

The Hells Angels currently have around 3000 - 3500 members in over 260 chapters worldwide. They have chapters in 36 countries and prospects or hangarounds in a further five.

The HAMC has chapters in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, USA and Wales. They also have hangarounds in Japan, Lavtia, Slovakia, Romania and Lithuania.

They have three New Zealand chapters, Auckland, Wanganui and Nomads.

The Wanganui chapter was formerly the Galgoffa MC, which was formed in 1975. They became Hells Angel prospects in August 1989 and gained their colours almost three years later on June 23rd 1992.

The Loners M.C from Hastings became Hells Angel prospects in 1997. They became patchmembers in June 2000, however, this chapter was closed down in April 2008.  Some Hastings members transferred to the Wanganui Chapter.

The Hells Angels formed a "Nomads" chapter in late February 2011, made up of former Auckland and Wanganui members.

In March 2009 the Hells Angels established a Red Devils chapter in Nelson. The Hells Angels have shown strong interest in the Nelson area for many years and this is a clear sign that they intend to establish a chapter there in the future. The Red Devils are a puppet club for the Hells Angels and have chapters in Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Heregovina, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey and the USA.

HELLS ANGELS TERMS INCLUDE...

81’s      
Stands for H A, meaning Hells Angels.

184's    
Stands for R D, meaning Red Devils.

1 6 6 1
Stands for A F F A.

A F F A
Angels Forever. Forever Angels.

A O M D
All Outlaws Must Die.

ANGELS
Hells Angel members.

BIG HOUSE CREW
Hells Angels who are in prison.

BIG RED MACHINE
This is another name for the Hells Angels. Support the Big Red Machine clothing is often worn by Hells Angel supporters.

H A's
Hells Angels.

L & R  
Love and Respect. This is how Hells Angels often sign-off letters and other correspondence to each other.

RED AND WHITE
This is another name for the Hells Angels and comes from the colours on their patch.

FURTHER READING

There’s been many books written about the Hells Angels. The ones that I think are worth a read are...

  • A Wayward Angel by George Wethern and Vincent Colnett.
  • Angels of Death by Julian Sher and William Marsden.
  • Bikers by Maz Harris.
  • Buttons: The making of a President by Jamie Mandelkau.
  • Hells Angel by Ralph Sonny Barger.
  • Hells Angels by Per-Olof Sannas.
  • Hells Angels by Hunter S Thompson.
  • Hells Angels. Into the Abyss by Yves Lavigne.
  • Hells Angels Motorcycle Club by Andrew Shaylor.
  • No Angel by Jay Dobyns and Nils Johnson-Shelton.
  • The Road to Hell by Julian Sher and William Marsden.


BANDIDOS M.C

Bandido's Texas Chapter PatchBandido's Gang Patch

The Bandidos were formed in Houston, Texas in 1966. They have chapters in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Channel Islands, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand and the United States of America.

The Bandidos and the Outlaws generally get on well with each other and both are traditional rivals of the Hells Angels.

BANDIDOS TERMS INCLUDE...

BANDITS     
Bandido members.

B F F B
Bandidos Forever. Forever Bandidos.

G F B D
God Forgives. Bandidos Don’t.

L L R
Love. Loyalty. Respect.

N F G
No Fu--ken Good.

P B O L   
Proud Bandido Old Lady.

FURTHER READING

There haven’t been many books written about the Bandidos. Worth reading are...

  • Dead Man Running by Ross Coulthart and Duncan McNab.
  • The Bandido Massacre by Peter Edwards.

    Others include...
  • Befriend and Betray by Alex Caine.
  • Out in Bad Standings by Edward Winterhalder.
  • The Assimilation  by Edward Winterhalder and Wil De Clercq.
  • The Fat Mexican by Alex Caine.

OUTLAWS M.C

Outlaw's Chicago Chapter Patch Outlaw's Gang Patch

Law Enforcement generally states that the Outlaws were formed in 1959, however they trace their origins back to 1935 when the McCook Outlaws MC started. This club changed it's name and colours in 1950 to become the Chicago Outlaws MC, which evolved into the Outlaws MC.

They currently have chapters in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the United States and Wales.

The Outlaws M.C is sometimes known as the A.O.A which stands for American Outlaw Association. Members commonly wear the A.O.A badge on the front of their vests.

The Outlaws M.C from Napier in New Zealand is not part of the international Outlaws gang.

OUTLAWS TERMS INCLUDE...

A D I O S
Angels Die In Outlaw States.

A H A M D
All Hells Angels Must Die.

CHARLIE
The skull and crossed pistons symbol in the centre of the Outlaws patch is known as Charlie and is based on the skull on the back of Marlon Brando's leather jacket in the movie The Wild One.

G B N F
Gone But Not Forgotten. This term relates to Outlaws who have died.

G F O D
God Forgives. Outlaws Don't.

O F F O
Outlaws Forever. Forever Outlaws.

O L's
Outlaws.

S Y L O
Support Your Local Outlaws.

FURTHER READING

Although there haven't been many books written about the Outlaws, the following books of photographs are well worth a look as they contain some classic photos.

  • One Percent by Michael Upright. (Photographs from the mid to late 1990s).
  • Portraits of American Bikers. Inside Looking Out by Jim Miteff and Beverly Roberts.
  • Portraits of American Bikers. Life in the 1960s by Jim Miteff and Beverly Roberts.
  • The Bike Riders by Danny Lyon. (Photographs from the mid 1960’s).

BOOKS ON OTHER BIKE GANGS

GENERAL

  • American Biker by Bill Hayes.
  • Wild Ride by Tom Reynolds.

MONGOLS M.C

  • Honor Few, Fear None by Ruben "Doc" Cavazos. This was written when Cavazos was the international president of the Mongols M.C. He has since been kicked out for informing to the "Feds".
  • Under and Alone by William Queen,who became a member of the Mongols while working as an undercover cop.

PAGANS M.C

  • Riding on the Edge by John Hall, about the Pagans in the 1960's.

NEW ZEALAND MOTORCYCLE GANGS

For further information about New Zealand Motorcycle Gangs please refer to the Gang Clothing section.

 

 

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