The Bad City Crew grew out of the surfer community in The City of Newport Beach, California and was founded in 1997.
Today, The Bad City Crew hangs out in the City of London and can be found most days at The Bikeshed MC in Shoreditch just north of The City and if not there, then the new NOBU, Shoreditch, is a good place to start.
These days, The Bad City Crew mainly dedicates time, effort and money to charitable activities benefitting the British and Danish Special Forces Communities and the British Fly Navy.
We support annual fundraisers and many other activities for The Anders Lassen VC Society, The Ben Bathurst Memorial Trust and The Clocktower Foundation.
The Anders Lassen VC Society is also a London-based organization, which supports 22 Special Air Service Regiment, The Danish Jaegerkorps and The Danish Naval Special Forces.
The Ben Bathurst Memorial Trust supports members of 22 Special Air Service Regiment and their families.
The Clocktower Foundation exist to advance the health and human performance of serving personnel of 22 SAS, and to give support to initiatives which add to community cohesion, such as welfare cottages for families and summer camps for the children - always recognising the special ethos of the Regiment we all support.
We also support the Fly Navy Heritage Trust of which Lars H Steffensen is an Ambassador.
By bringing together flying historic naval aircraft, people and the stories associated with flying from warships at sea, NAVY WINGS aims to inspire future generations and to create a focus for remembrance.
The NAVY WINGS Collection unites a range of owners and operators of historic Naval aircraft. This outstanding array of aircraft, when considered together, provides a unique insight into the full suite of Naval aviation achievements, from the very earliest days of flying aircraft from the water to the breathtaking technological advances that enable high-speed jets and heavy helicopters to land on the moving decks of ships at sea.
Anders Frederik Emil Victor Schau Lassen, VC, MC & Two Bars (22 September 1920 – 9 April 1945) was a highly decorated Danish soldier, who was the only non-Commonwealth recipient of the British Victoria Cross in the Second World War. He was posthumously awarded the United Kingdom's highest gallantry award for his actions during Operation Roast on 8 April 1945 at Lake Comacchio in Italy in the final weeks of the Italian Campaign.
For more on Anders Lassen VC, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anders_Lassen
Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.
Pictured above on this site is 22 SAS in 1942 during the North African Campaign, Anders Lassen VC during WW2 and Verner Soerensen, the gallant Danish Navy Diver, serving on the Coastal Battleship Peder Skram in 1933. Verner also happens to be the Grandfather of Lars H. Steffensen, who along with Chad Benson, is a Founding Member of The Bad City Crew. Lars is also a Fly Navy Heritage Trust Ambassador and Vice-Chairman of the London based The Anders Lassen VC Society.
While serving in Denmark's merchant navy, he came to the United Kingdom shortly after the start of the Second World War where he joined the British Commandos in 1940, serving with No. 62 Commando (also known as the Small Scale Raiding Force) as a private. He was commissioned in the field on the General List and awarded an immediate Military Cross for his part in Operation Postmaster the capture of three Italian and German ships from the neutral Spanish colonial island of Fernando Po now known as Bioko, in the Gulf of Guinea.
Thus it was on 9th April 1940 that Anders Lasssen VC's fate was sealed and he was destined to become the greatest warrior Denmark has produced in modern times.
To commemorate this momentous date, on 9 April 2021, The Bad City Crew donated £2,000 to The Ben Bathurst Memorial Trust, which supports the 22 SAS community.
We thank our associates at Spearhavoc Gold A/S, Spearhavoc Limited, Spearguard Limited and The Anders Lassen VC Society London for their generous assistance in making this donation possible.
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As the planned event at Anders Lassen VC's grave at the Argenta Gap War Cemetery in Italy was postponed due to the Corona Crisis, it was decided to honour the 75th year since Anders Lassen VC fell in battle at Lake Comacchio on April 9th 1945 in a low key ceremony at Cadogan Square near The Special Forces Club in Knightsbridge, London.
On an appropriately glorious sunny day, the ceremony was attended by The Chairman Anders M Hansen and Vice-Chairman Lars H Steffensen of the London based Anders Lassen VC Society and involved 1 minutes silence, recital of the verse inscribed on ALVC's tombstone, Cohiba Cigars and Highland Park Whisky - very much in our hero's spirit.
Appropriate social distancing was naturally observed.
To learn more about Anders Lassen VC, the sailor, soldier and hero, click link below.
Anders Lassen VC, MC & Two Bars was killed in action at Lake Commachio, Italy on 9th April 1945.
We fly to Bologna on Wednesday 8th April 2020 and have a full program of Michelin Star restaurants and Italian wine - and of course cigars - all to honour ALVCs falling 75 years ago and all for the cause.
On the evening of Thursday 9th April 2020, we hold a galla dinner in Bologna in honour of Anders Lassen VC and celebrate his life and actions.
On Good Friday 10th April 2020, we fly home.
On Thursday 9th April 2020 at 11.11 am, we honour Anders Lassen VC with a wreath laying ceremony at his grave.
We will read his Victoria Cross citation and the Danish psalm "Altid Frejdig, Naar Du Gaar", the last verse of which is inscribed on ALVCs gravestone.
Oban and the London based Anders Lassen VC Society has produced a Special Distiller's Limited Edition Single Malt Whisky for the 75th anniversary of Anders Lassen VC falling in combat - all participants in the trip will receive a case of this rare and special whisky.
We thank our friends there for being understanding......and stocked up with Jaeger and Havanna Club.
Could have gone either way.....and we never made dinner btw - photo gallery below is self-explanatory as to the reasons why.........
The Bad City Crew hosted a table at this annual event, The Fly Navy Ambassadors' Dinner, and was again hosted by Ambassador Lars H Steffensen; much fun was had by all and much support for this great cause was gathered+ MANY GTs were consumed along with a stack of cigars.
This year was also a special Armistice Dinner, commemorating the victorious end to WWI in 1918 - one hundred years ago.
This years event took place at the prestigious Wallace Collection in Fitzrovia, London.
We were at the 22 SAS Regimental Boxing and we brought a very special guest of honour, Former World Champs and Legendary Boxing Great Mikkel Kessler.
Former World Champ and Undefeated Legendary Boxing Great Joe Calzaghe also joined us for a private follow-up event in London the next evening, where much schnaps and scandi food was consumed.
We are proud, humbled and extremely grateful that they helped us support the great and worthy 22 SAS cause.
The night before the boxing we also hosted a private cognac tasting and dinner for the cause and our (somewhat epic) 3 day stand raised significant funds for our 3 charities related to the SF community namely Anders Lassen VC, Ben Bathurst Memorial Trust and The Clocktower Foundation.
We thanks our guests and supporters from the bottom of our hearts.
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