Monday, 21 March 2011

SUITED/BOOTED: GANGS IN THE STH ISLAND


The Road Knights MC actually started out as the Highwaymen way back yonder, but changed their name to the Road Knights in the late 70s. The early Road Knights were very different from the club most people recognize today; for one, it wasn't an all whites club. That came later with their alliance with the Harris Gang (a subject to be expounded upon in later entries), older members dropping off, dying, being imprisoned or simply not agreeing with the direction they younger members were headed.

The original chapter was in Timaru, with three others in Invercargill, Dunedin and Christchurch. There's also a chapter in Sydney, made from the older members who walked when the skinheads became prominent in the Timaru clubhouse. This was the root of many of their future problems; although originally friends with the Epitaphs, the other club wasn't happy about having the Harris Gang around and this developed into a long standing feud.

In the late 80s the Road Knights went up against the Devils Henchmen in Invercargill. At the time, the Road Knights had a lot of sway with the skinheads in the area and could muster nearly triple what the Henchmen could with associates alone. Two Henchmen were killed, one was shot and left in serious condition and there were a series of assaults across town. The Henchmen left town not long after, but like most gangs in New Zealand, the Road Knights were not to remain alone for too long.

They also had a well-publicised war with the Mongrel Mob, with their Invercargill clubhouse burnt down and a few bikes stolen and torched, and the Damned MC, which culminated in Damned associate Robert Holvey being killed outside the prison with an axle. From what I've heard, the Christchurch chapter is now mostly defunct, as new members are hard to come by. As they've found, banning non-whites also narrows the amount of people lining up for patches.


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