All about The Rally... TL/DR
Come to Central Otago, an area known as having a ‘World of Difference’ and join us at the Brass Monkey Rally. This is one of New Zealand’s best known and longest running Motorcycle Rallies where 1500 – 2000 motorcyclists gather annually at Oturehua to celebrate motorcycling in one of New Zealand’s coldest places to enjoy a large bonfire, live band, various events and displays which makes this Rally memorable.
Winter riding conditions apply this means be aware of frost, ice, snow, as well as gravel being scattered over the road surface – motorcyclists need to be wary of road conditions – ride to the conditions – there are no old bold motorcyclists.
The 2014 rally will be the 34th Brass Monkey Rally with a small group of hardy motorcyclists having attended all the rallies thus far and have the badges to prove it.
While it is good for the organisation of the rally to have an idea of numbers via pre-paid entries, most of the rally attendees make the decision on the day – more so the locals. We will be using the pre-entry on-line entry method which we successfully trialled last year – this assists in speeding up entry onto the site.
It is cold and it is important that people dress for the cold – some people do not appreciate how cold it can get at the Rally and that road conditions and the weather can change. This area holds the record for both the coldest and hottest temperatures for New Zealand.
Free soup and apples are provided to ‘Ralliests’.
One of the main issues with people on the Sunday morning is a flat battery because of the cold – ensure your motorcycle is in good condition with a good battery.
Because of the cold you must be prepared. This includes warm clothing, good gloves, hat, good footwear/ motorcycle boots, good sleeping bag, tent and cooking utensils are required if you are thinking of being self-sufficient.
Bring yourself and your bike and enjoy our rally with the other enthusiasts and catch up with like-minded motorcyclists - but leave your attitudes at home.
The Rally site is open on Friday but facilities are limited.
The rally is organised by the Otago Motorcycle Club with the Oturehua Winter Sports club people, who provide the food for the rally and assist with organising the event.
Trail riders: the club will provide an escort for the last few kms to the site on Saturday and from the site on Sunday morning on sealed roads for unregistered Trail bikes. Plan to arrive on site during daylight hours – the escort is approved by the Police - please do not abuse it or we may lose this opportunity. Check website for more information about the escort.
30 year badge is being offered again this year as well as the usual 10 and 20 year badges.
If you are interested in joining this great New Zealand motorcycling challenge then contact the Otago Motorcycle Club now.
See you at Oturehua during Queens Birthday Weekend.
The Rally is one of the last great motorcycling adventures in New Zealand.
The Rally is always held over Queens Birthday weekend at Oturehua.
Oturehua is in the heartland of Central Otago.
The reason this site was chosen was because of the climate extremes.
The site is as close as we could get to Ophir, which holds the record for both cold and heat for New Zealand. It can get as cold as Minus 10 deg C to Minus 20 deg C.
Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey, hence the name.
The other reason for this location is the help we get from the Oturehua Winter Sports club people. They provide the food for the rally.
Because of the cold you must be prepared. Warm clothing, sleeping bag and approprate tent. Remember liquids can freeze including fuel in your petrol lines and especially water in the radiator.
Ensure you have anti-freeze if you don't want a split radiator.
Annual Brass Monkey Motorcycle Rally Entertainment...
Bike show with all the popular categories and great prizes.
Live music until late, this year "The Easy Hearts"
From unplugged and ambient to loud, full noise rock n roll the easy hearts band are at home in almost any kind of venue so long as there is a crowd and a cold beer.
Huge bonfire to keep you warm.
Free firewood for drum fires.
Daytime entertainment... The Brass Monkey is developing a great reputation of providing outstanding live music. On Saturday from 3pm you will be entertained by a special guest star. From 8pm we have (critically acclaimed) “The Easy Hearts” performing. Plus on Saturday afternoon helicopter rides, a huge bonfire to keep you warm, Firewood for campfires and the annual bike show with all the popular categories and prizes.
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Drop your gear to the OMCC clubrooms at 3 Clark Street, Dunedin between 6-7pm on Friday 30st May.
The cost is $5 per bag each way.Pay when you are loading.
You may collect your gear from the VIP tent on site on Saturday morning.
To have your gear brought back to Dunedin, bring it to the bar area on Sunday by 10.30am and remember $5.00 fee per bag.
Your gear will be available for collection from the clubrooms on Tuesday & Wednesday evening after the rally between 5.30-7.30pm.
As this is a long weekend there will be an increased number of highway patrols with zero tolerance of excess speed.