Somebody could make a movie about the wacky, chatty world of aspirational motorcycle clubs. Oh, yeah. That’s right. Wild Hogs.
Nevertheless, the current real life version of Wild Hogs is the ongoing war of words between the Iron Order and the Iron Legacy Motorcycle Clubs.
The Iron Order is a defacto cop club that is most famous for provoking fights with other motorcycle clubs and then running to the authorities to complain. For years it was run by a former fast food executive with Cinnabon, Ponderosa Steakhouses and Papa John’s Pizza named Ray “Izod” Lubesky. (Izod like the casual wear brand.) Lubesky now runs a painting company franchise in Palm Harbor, Florida and after he was deposed as Iron Order president he became president of the Iron Legacy Motorcycle Club.
The Iron Legacy currently claims to have a thousand members in 32 states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and the District Of Columbia.
It is also a member of something called The Alliance of Law Abiding Motorcycle Clubs. This organization describes itself “as an antithesis to the traditional Confederation Of Clubs, to provide networking, support, intelligence sharing, and solidarity among like minded, law abiding motorcycle clubs.” You can visit the TALAMC website here.
Both clubs loudly beat their own drums. Last Saturday, for example, the Michigan City, Indiana News-Dispatch sent the Iron Legacy a valentine titled “Club members to assist in fundraiser for shelter youth.”
Readers learned that “Scott ‘Mud Bone’ Norman, president of the motorcycle club, said his group, formed 16 weeks ago, wants to be about helping the community. Contrary to a common stereotype of motorcycle clubs as flouting the law, he said, his club’s mission statement says they will follow such values as brotherhood, integrity and honesty, ‘not for glory or for greed, but for the betterment of mankind.’”
“In this short time, the club has already delivered money and four pounds of syrup to a church, raised money for a woman with multiple sclerosis and participated in a chili cook-off.”
“We are our brother’s keeper,” Norman told a reporter named Richard Chambers.
Of course you are thinking, “What a great bunch of guys. What did the world do before them?”
But, amazing though it may seem, apparently not everybody loves the Iron Legacy. And Lubesky and his second in command, Craig “Playboy” Cabral, want you to reconsider that. In an “Open Letter to all Iron Order MC Brothers,” dated last Tuesday, the two write:
“The recent dictate by your leadership that the Iron Legacy is a ‘hostile club’ is regrettable.”
“The Iron Legacy is not a ‘hostile club.’ We have been told there have been many dictates by IO leadership to you telling you that you are not allowed to associate, communicate, be seen with, be at the same place as the Iron Legacy and other such commands over the past few weeks.”
“Iron Order brothers are welcome to any Iron Legacy clubhouse, event, and party or just to hang out. We will never ask anyone to remove their colors for any reason, We will not dictate to our brothers who they can have as friends on Facebook.”
“The Iron Legacy is only three months old but in that three months we have maintained a high level of respect and non-confrontation with all IOMC. No social media insults or negative bullshit has been directed at the IO from anyone within the Iron Legacy MC. Any slips by our brothers have been immediately addressed and we have communicated with your leadership about all the Negative stuff that came from IO people so we could avoid situations like this one.”
“With the shooting incident between the Iron Order and a support club of the Bandidos in DeRidder, Louisiana two days before Christmas and two Iron Order brothers allegedly getting beat up and sent to the hospital by 81 and an 81 supporter in Massachusetts on Christmas Eve, we can assure every IO brother, the Iron Legacy is not hostile, not a threat and definitely not a concern the IO leadership needs to be spending any time worrying about.”