Lambert’s Bay welcomes Harley riders!
- National Rally
On 25 October 2018, more than 700 Harley-Davidson® enthusiasts from all around South Africa as well as visitors from abroad made their way down to the small fishing village of Lamberts Bay with only one idea in mind - ride and have fun! Situated on the west coast of South Africa, Lambert’s Bay was delighted to receive us. This is the 10th West Coast Rally and the 5th year at Lamberts Bay - and as they say, if ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
The West Coast Rally is one of the biggest Harley-Davidson® gatherings in Africa; hosted for like-minded individuals riding the iconic legend, sharing their passion for the brand.
Various stops were organised along the route to make sure that no rider nor pillion became dehydrated in the 40° C heat along the 243 km stretch from the Harley-Davidson® Tyger Valley Dealership at Willowbridge to Lambert’s Bay. The first stop was at Winkelshoek in Piketberg for petrol and a well-deserved cup of coffee.
Our second stop was at Triple J Lodge in Graafwater. Upon our arrival, a well-stocked watering holed awaited us and a sparkling blue swimming pool beckoned. As we were experiencing a heatwave, the pool was the first stop for many a rally-goer. After spending more than an hour at Triple J Lodge, we made our way to Lambert’s Bay with anticipation.
Once we had reached Lambert’s Bay, and after registering and getting settled in, we made our way to the Rally Tent were most of the festivities took place. The setting was fantastic, the food scrumptious and the music exhilarating.
With very little sleep under our belts, we gathered for the dice run the next morning. The dice run gives us the opportunity to support local businesses and share our passion with the local community. Five stops were identified where dice had to be rolled and the score recorded on your score card. The total sum of all five stops put you in the running for winning a gift.
Lunch was organised at the world-famous Muisbos-skerm. And as always, they did not disappoint.
After lunch, a bike concourse was held in the tent. Bike owners could enter their machines in any one of the four categories - Best Accessorised, Best Custom, Best in Show and People’s Choice. This is always one of the highlights of the rally as it gives proud Harley® owners the opportunity to show off their machines. This was followed by more good food, music and fantastic company at the Rally Tent.
Saturday 27th Mass ride dedicated to the late Annalize Taljaard
We had to rise early on Saturday morning to get ready for the mass ride. Bikes were polished and flags unfolded to be displayed by the various chapters on the ride through the streets of Lambert’s Bay. It was a bitter sweet weekend with the mass ride being dedicated to the late Annalize Taljaard, former Director of H.O.G. Tyger Valley. Before the mass ride departed, we gathered at the harbour where we said our final good-byes.
With all the Harleys® in formation, we took to the streets of Lambert’s Bay and made our way to Elands Bay where the Harley Games® were held. The entrants showed off their riding skills with great fanfare, much to the entertainment of the crowd.
After an enjoyable few hours of fun in the sun we started making our way back to Lambert’s Bay for the grand finale of the West Coast Rally 2018, dancing the night away, with yet again good food, music and awesome company.
On Sunday morning I said good bye to Lambert’s Bay after enjoying my ninth West Coast Rally. Thank you for all who had part in this. Don’t miss out on WCR 2019, I know I won’t.
Registrations will open on 1 March 2019.
Submitted by: Willie van Niekerk, Director, H.O.G. Tyger Valley