The Finks MC are a one percenter motorcycle club who were founded in Adelaide, Australia in 1969.
Finks MC History
The Finks MC was founded in Adelaide, Australia in 1969.
The motorcycle club name originates from The Wizard of Id cartoon, where the line “The King is a fink” is often shouted.
Details of the club’s early days are difficult to find, with most information about the club focussing on the years from 2008 onwards, when the Perth Chapter was formed and tensions between the Finks and other clubs rose significantly, often resulting in violence.
In 2008 the Finks MC Perth Chapter was founded by Troy Mercanti, who was previously in the Coffin Cheaters MC and Frank Condo, who was in the Finks MC South Australian chapter. Interstate Finks Motorcycle Club members then came to join this chapter, however they then began dropping off to the point where the Perth chapter membership numbers could be counted on one hand.
The creation of the Finks MC Perth chapter did have the result of causing tension with the Coffin Cheaters MC, to the point where there was a fight in the Perth Motorplex in early October 2010. More information about this fight can be found in the crime/media section later in this article.
In late 2013 the Finks Motorcycle Club Perth Chapter were patched over by the Mongols, as well as the majority of other chapters in Australia.
A list of the Finks Membership Rules were leaked in 2012. These can be viewed in our seperate article, Finks Membership Rules.
Finks MC Patch
The main character on the patch is a depiction of “Bung”, a character from The Wizard of Id cartoon. The colour of the pants on the character differ depending on the state of club membership.
In 2014 there was a redesign of the Finks patch, where there was a transition from the drunk character Bung, to a much more aggressive character. A senior member of the club said at the time that this was done partly to send a message to Mongols MC, who had patched over the Finks Perth Chapter.
Finks MC Chapters
Below are some of the current and past chapters of the club.
- Finks MC Adelaide, Australia
- Finks MC Blacktown, Australia
- Finks MC Brookvale, NSW, Australia
- Finks MC Gold Coast, Australia
- Finks MC Perth, Australia – Patched over by the Mongols MC in 2013.
- Finks MC Southside, Adelaide, Australia
- Finks MC Sydney, Australia
Famous Finks MC Members
Troy Mercanti – Founder of the Perth Chapter along with Frank Condo. His partner, Tammy Kingdon was convicted of stealing and money laundering in 2010 which resulted in the Finks Motorcycle Club Perth clubhouse being frozen under the Proceeds of Crime Act. In January 2012 he was then charged with domestic violence against Tammy Kingdom and sentenced to 6 years and 10 months imprisonment.
Finks MC Crime / In The Media
- 2001 – Finks MC were named as one of the targets of the Police Operation Avatar, a law enforcement task force formed in 2001 and made permanent in 2002 which aimed to take down one percenter motorcycle clubs including the Descendants MC, Hells Angels MC, Rebels MC, Gypsy Jokers MC, Mobshitters MC and Red Devils MC. This investigation was focused on the state of South Australia.
Much of the media attention for the Finks Motorcycle Club has been in the years since 2010, despite the club existing since 1969.
- 2010 – October, 2010. The creation of the Finks MC Perth chapter did have the result of causing tension with the Coffin Cheaters MC, to the point where there was a fight in the Perth Motorplex on the weekend of 2nd-3rd October 2010. The two clubs were attending the Harley Street Bike Drag Racing event where it is claimed that one club member spat on a rival. One of the Finks MC members, David Marrapodi, was shot in the leg and another, Stephen Wallace, had three fingers sliced off. A third man had serious head wounds.
- 2010 – November, 2010. Following the Perth Motorplex fight mentioned above, members of the Finks Motorcycle Club were charged with contempt after refusing to cooperate with a joint Western Australia Police and Corruption and Crime Commission investigation. Clovis Chikonga, Troy Smith, Stephen Laurence Silvestro, Tristan Roger Allbeury, and Stephen Wallace were imprisoned for two years.
- 2010 – November, 2010. The Perth Finks clubhouse is frozen under the proceeds of crime act after Perth Chapter Founder Troy Mercanti’s partner, Tammy Kingdon, is convicted by a District Court jury of four counts of stealing and one count of property laundering. The money was funnelled from a Coffin Cheaters trust fund set up for the daughters of Marc Chabriere, who was a Coffin Cheaters member murdered during the 1998 bikie war between the Coffin Cheaters and the Club Deroes Motorcycle Club. The stolen money from the fund was used to purchase the Finks clubhouse.
- 2012 – January, 2012. Founder of the Perth Chapter, Troy Mercanti is arrested by the Gang Crime Squad for domestic violence charges in relation to his former partner, Tammy Kingdon over a period of 15 years. In March 2013 he was sentenced to 6 years and 10 months after a guilty plea.
- 2012 – 28 April, 2012. Finks Motorcycle Club member Mark James Graham charged with the attempted murder of Bandidos member Jacques Teamo in a shooting at the Robina Town Centre shopping centre. In November of 2014 he is sentenced to 12 years in prison.
- 2012 – Finks Motorcycle Club member Patrick McMillan arrested and charged with shooting at a man and intentionally and recklessly causing serious injury. This occurred at the victim’s home in Ferntree Gully.
Finks MC Enemies / Allies
- The Finks best known enemy is the Coffin Cheaters MC. Much of the animosity between the clubs can be tied back to members of the Coffin Cheaters Motorcycle Club defecting to begin the Finks Perth Chapter.
- The Finks MC are strong allies of Comanchero MC.
- A majority of the Finks members patched over to the Mongols MC in 2013.
- Finks MC Membership Rules
- Comanchero MC
- Coffin Cheaters MC
- List of One Percenter Motorcycle Clubs
- Hells Angels MC
- Zulus MC
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