The Assimilation: Rock Machine Become Bandidos - Bikers United Against the Hells Angels

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In the early 1990s, Maurice “Mom” Boucher and his fellow Montreal Hells Angels, reputedly the most ruthless and vicious bikers in the world, subdued all comers except the tough-as-nails members of the Rock Machine. Founded by Salvatore Cazzetta, an ex-friend of Boucher, the Rock Machine had every intention of standing up against the Hells Angels. Seven years of bloody conflict, which left over 160 people dead and countless injured, was the result. Heavily outnumbered, the Rock Machine appealed to the worldwide ...
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Overview


In the early 1990s, Maurice “Mom” Boucher and his fellow Montreal Hells Angels, reputedly the most ruthless and vicious bikers in the world, subdued all comers except the tough-as-nails members of the Rock Machine. Founded by Salvatore Cazzetta, an ex-friend of Boucher, the Rock Machine had every intention of standing up against the Hells Angels. Seven years of bloody conflict, which left over 160 people dead and countless injured, was the result. Heavily outnumbered, the Rock Machine appealed to the worldwide Bandidos Motorcycle Club, who rivaled the Hells Angels in terms of membership and strength. In January 2000, the Rock Machine ceased to exist and became a probationary Bandidos chapter – the first to be established on Canadian soil. Biker Edward Winterhalder was assigned by the Bandidos to coordinate the transition. Although the stage had been set for an end to the biker war and a positive outcome for all, it was anything but. Starting with the arrest and unsuccessful deportation proceedings of Winterhalder by the Canadian authorities, more intrigue, assassinations, and double-crosses, Winterhalder found himself in a situation even he found impossible to control. In The Assimilation, Winterhalder – in collaboration with author Wil De Clercq – recalls his life and times as an outlaw biker; his personal involvement in the creation of the Quebec Bandidos; his friendship with the key players who made it happen; and his eventual disillusionment with, and exit from, the Bandidos Nation.
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"Winterhalder makes an important contribution to the documentation of a quintessentially American subculture."  —Booklist

"Engaging, witty, and conversational."  —Quill and Quire

"Intriguing. . . . Winterhalder certainly has the credentials to speak with authority about motorcycle clubs in general, and the Bandidos in particular. . . . In an extremely incisive and informed dissection, Winterhalder moves out of the shadows to give his take on the [Shedden, Ontario] slayings."  —The Globe and Mail

"Details Winterhalder's efforts to take Canadian bikers into the Bandidos' fold amid a bloody war in Quebec."  —Hartford Courant

"Focuses on Winterhalder's life, and the difficulties of being a ranking officer in the national chapter, business owner, and single father."  —Tulsa World

"Extremely compelling. . . . I read this in one sitting and would recommend this to anyone with an interest in motorcycles or even an interest in organizations that may be straddling the law. "  —Crimespree

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550228243
  • Publisher: ECW Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 977,501
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Winterhalder is a former high-ranking world leader of the notorious Bandidos Motorcycle Club until his departure from the club in late 2003, and is now one of the world's leading authorities on motorcycle clubs. He is the author of Out in Bad Standings. He lives in Owasso, Oklahoma. Wil De Clercq is a freelance writer whose connection to the outlaw biker world dates back to the 1960s. He lives in St. Catherines, Ontario.

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