Oklahoma based Edward Winterhalder, author of a best selling book on motorcycle gangs titled “Out In Bad Standings: Inside The Bandidos Motorcycle Club – The Making Of A Worldwide Dynasty”, has just returned from California where he was an invited celebrity guest for the 23rd annual Love Ride. The Love Ride is the largest one day event for motorcyclists in North America, this year attracting more than 20,000 registered motorcycle riders for a thirty-five mile motorcycle procession from Glendale Harley Davidson to Castaic Lake Park on November 12, 2006.
Along with such major stars like Robert Patrick (star of the current CBS show “TheUnit” and the Clint Eastwood movie “Flags Of Our Fathers”), Mickey Jones (“Home Improvement” star), Peter Fonda and late night talk show host Jay Leno, Winterhalder donated his name, presence, signature and copies of his book as a celebrity to encourage attendees to participate in the event. Although final figures were not available at the end of the event, the 23rd annual Love Ride reportedly raised more than $1,000,000 for the benefit of multiple charities that included Muscular Dystrophy Association, Cure Society of America and Operation Hope.
Winterhalder’s book, published by Blockhead City Press (ISBN 0977174700), details the establishment and recent growth of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club in Canada, Europe and Oklahoma, and is one of the best selling, self-published hardcover books of 2006. This historical expose of the Bandidos organization gives the reader a rare look into the secret world of today’s 1%er motorcycle gangs, and is a must read for every Harley rider.