Last night, the National Western Complex in Denver announced that it will no longer host the Colorado Motorcycle Expo. The Expo has been held annually and peacefully in Denver since 1978.
In a written statement, Paul Andrews, President and CEO of the National Western Complex told the Denver Post, “After months of research and discussions with various agencies, it is in the best interest of public safety to move in a different direction and not have the expo in our facilities in 2017.”
The Expo was one of a diminishing number of motorcycle events that allowed visitors to wear motorcycle club insignia. Not only were club members allowed to attend, motorcycle clubs were encouraged to rent booths. Motorcycle clubs in Colorado have always considered the Expo to be a neutral, family event and there was never any inter-club violence at it until this year.
The Iron Order Motorcycle Club wrote the conclusion to that last January 30 when Colorado prison guard and Iron Order member Derrick “Kong” Duran shot and seriously wounded Mongols Motorcycle Club member Jared “Hercules” Chadwick and fatally shot Mongol Victor “Nubs” Mendoza. Duran has not been charged with any crime and retains his job in the Colorado prison system.
Izod Speaks Out
Duran and other members of the Iron Order appear to have deliberately sought out and confronted the Mongols who were working at a booth. Iron Order members have been involved in numerous violent events in the last two years including at least three homicides. In an affidavit signed in Florida on May 6, current Iron Order president Patrick “Brit” Ward denied that club leadership has been encouraging its members’ pugnacity. “In no form or manner does the IOMC exercise any control of the activities of its chapters,” Ward swore.
But former Iron Order president Ray “Izod” Lubesky does not think the rash of violence is coincidental. Lubesky is no longer a member of the Iron Order. He is now president of the Iron Legacy Motorcycle Club.
Lubesky told The Aging Rebel, “We (the Iron Legacy) have reached out to the Mongols across the country to make sure they know we have absolutely nothing to do with the Iron Order and certainly would never do what happened in Denver. I personally attended that show as international president of the Iron Order several years and we never had any issues with any clubs because we conducted ourselves appropriately and respectfully. In 10 years we never had a single issue with the Mongols. Whatever manifested itself between the Iron Order and all the clubs who have engaged with the Iron Order recently has roots in the past 21 months under Brit’s leadership. The Iron Order has had more violence in the last eight months than we had in more than 11 years under Carl “Iceman” Janisch’s leadership and mine.”