An­nual event for Cen­tral

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

The count­down is in its fi­nal days for the an­nual Otago Mo­tor Cy­cle Club Brass Mon­key Rally which roars into life this Queens Birth­day Week­end, bring­ing Mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­asts from all corners of New Zealand for this an­nual event held in the depths of Cen­tral Otago.

While some peo­ple might think these Mo­tor­cy­clists are mad brav­ing the harsh con­di­tions of Win­ter in this in­land par­adise, for the Mo­tor­cy­clists them­selves, be­ing part of one of the great New Zealand Mo­tor­cy­cling ad­ven­tures is a ’must do’ hap­pen­ing, and for many, a week­end steeped in tra­di­tion.

31 years of brav­ing the el­e­ments in the heart­land of Cen­tral Otago, where it can get as cold as mi­nus 10 to mi­nus 20 deg, (al­legedly cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass mon­key), is a chal­lenge for all who at­tend. Some­times snow can even fac­tor into the week­end, which brings even fur­ther chal­lenges but those who have been for­tu­nate enough to be part of this event, say it all adds to the oc­ca­sion, and the mem­o­ries, and, in years to come, the tales which will get told.

Be­ing pre­pared for such ex­treme weathers is all part of the buildup, but it’s the friend­ships, en­ter­tain­ment, live mu­sic which all add to oc­ca­sion.

It’s also an event which brings the small Oture­hua com­mu­nity to­gether, the Oture­hua Win­ter Sports Club, for many years, pro­vid­ing a 24 hour food stall to keep the hunger pains at bay. Money this group has raised from the rally has gone to­wards fund­ing lo­cal com­mu­nity projects, such as build­ing new ten­nis courts, cov­er­ing and main­tain­ing the swim­ming pool, and help­ing chil­dren associated with re­gional sport­ing achieve­ments.

One of the fea­tures of the ’Brass Mon­key Rally’ is the HUGE bon­fire on­site, re­put­edly the largest and hottest bon­fire to be found at any rally! It’s def­i­nitely needed so par­tic­i­pants can stay warm and toasty.

A Bike Show also fea­tures at the week­end, with sev­eral cat­e­gories listed: Best Mod­ern 2000 to Present. Best For­got­ten Era 1976-1999. Best Clas­sic Pre 1975. Con­course D’dung Heap. Fur­thest rid­den (usu­ally the per­son that lives the far­thest away, but dif­fer­ent routes may make a dif­fer­ence, so take your speedome­ter read­ing be­fore you leave and you must pick up petrol re­ceipts on your trav­els.) Hard luck (best hard luck story about trav­el­ling to the rally) Ride-able Art. While many or­gan­i­sa­tions across Otago have ben­e­fit­ted from the pro­ceeds of the week­end , some re­ceiv­ing mul­ti­ple do­na­tions sev­eral times, this year the Christchurch Earth­quake Ap­peal has been cho­sen with $3 from ev­ery en­try ear­marked for this.

Yes - it might well be ’Cold enough to freeze the balls off a..’ but the gen­eros­ity and kind­ness from this year’s event will do more than pro­vide added warmth to this chilly oc­ca­sion.

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