The City of Grayslake, Illinois cancelled its annual Ironhorse event consisting of maybe up to 40,000 bikers because of fears that two rival biker gangs would use it to carry on their feud with each other:
The event was expected to attract 20,000 to 40,000 bikers from across the country into Grayslake. It was organized by Austin's Saloon and Eatery in Libertyville and 95 WIIL ROCK in Kenosha.For the life of me, I don't know what the fuss is all about. The Outlaws and Hell's Lovers would only be shooting at each other and 40,000 motorcycles are likely to drown out the sound of the gunshots so I don't see how Grayslake residents would be especially disturbed. Where will the nanny-state stop?
The show did not go on, however, after Grayslake Mayor Tim Perry pulled the permit late Friday afternoon citing "several credible threats" of violence between motorcycle gangs planning to attend.
The groups were identified as the Outlaws and Hell's Lovers, a group affiliated with the Hell's Angels.
Perry said the information came from the Illinois State Police Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center and from federal law enforcement agencies.
"It warned that these factions were planning on attending this event and that they would try to complete some unfinished business between them," Perry said, citing multiple sources.