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Alone and adrift after his discharge from the Navy, Anthony 'Snoddy' Spencer discovers the seductive world of the outlaw bikers, and the formidable force that is Jock Ross, Supreme Commander of the Comancheros.
I met the man who founded the Comancheros - Jock Ross - twice, at his home near Wiseman's Ferry NSW.
Jock was a charming and beguiling character; born in Glasgow, joined the British Army, ended up in Oz where he decided to found a bike club based on his principles, which were drawn in part from Nietzsche and with similar interpretations of his work as the leader of the German National Socialist party...he is also probably the hardest man I've ever met, and I won't reveal his exploits or what he told me here.. Jock's club - The Comancheros - went on to become the toughest club in Northern NSW - eventually ousted by the local police force, they de-camped to Sydney's Western Suburbs, where they grew rapidly in numbers and reputation. By the time of the massacre in 1984 they'd split into two factions - the younger members having moved clubhouse to a fantastic location on Sydney Harbour in Balmain. Thr younger members, inspired by Jock's former protege, Snoddy, took on the mantle of the American bike club, The Bandidos, and were subsequently granted license to form the first Australian Chapter. The two clubs entered into an informal 'war', primarily initiated by Jock, who saw them as traitors. It includes interviews with the police investigating officer ex superintendent Ron Stephenson, Comanchero president "Jock" Ross, Bandido vice president "Bullets" and several other Milperra survivors. Including my interview with Jock. It wasn't aired in Feb 2003, I didn't fly out to Sydney until 1 march 2003, and I interviewed Jock about 2 weeks later.
As the tribes fought, the Comancheros were also fighting their own internal battle, with the Supreme Commander, Jock Ross, recruiting men to his club with the purpose of being the one dominant motorcycle gang in Sydney and eventually Australia.
Jock Ross, Supreme Commander of the Comancheros, was recruiting men to his club with the purpose of becoming the one dominant motorcycle gang in Sydney and eventually Australia.
Not everyone in the club agreed with his tactics. When the men challenged him, Jock split the club in what was interpreted as a betrayal of his most loyal acolyte, Anthony "Snoddy" Spencer. But Jock misjudged the feelings of his men, with the majority sticking with Snoddy who formed the Bandidos. And the seeds for Milperra were sown.
Of the bikie characters we meet in the documentary, with names such as "Bullets" and "Porky", the most impressive is Jock Ross, the fierce Glaswegian who founded the Comancheros in 1968.Ross, who now lives at Wisemans Ferry with his wife, was one of two at the heart of the conflict.It was Ross who split the Comancheros into two chapters, taking one to Parramatta and leaving the city-based club under the command of his loyal follower "Snotty".Snotty and some of his followers, tired of Ross's military-style leadership, formed a breakaway gang modelled on the more pleasure-seeking Bandidos in the US.They soon became known for legendary parties in their Birchgrove clubhouse."The Bandidos were living the Easy Rider lifestyle.But Jock didn't want to adapt to the new ways," Brown says.Jock Ross may be grey-haired now, but there is nothing benign about him.His meaty arms are covered in tattoos and every now and again his temper explodes when he disagrees with the script.Both gangs have full consultation rights on the filmWhen Ross makes a joke, everyone laughs along nervously, including Brown.