By Lynda van Kempen on Sat, 4 Jun 2016
The Regions: Otago
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Snow to low levels, massive bonfire ready, hundreds of black leather-clad motorcyclists on the way to Oturehua - yes, it must be Brass Monkey time.
A series of hard frosts this week put smiles on the faces of the participants in the 36th annual Brass Monkey motorcycle rally.
Dozens of them camped at the rally site next to the Idaburn dam last night and the event officially gets under way today.
"There's snow on the side of the road and it's expected to be freezing overnight and again on Sunday as everyone's heading away, but that sort of weather is what bikers come here for - the colder the better,'' organising committee member John Willems said yesterday.
About 500 people registered early for the rally but organisers were expecting 1000 or more to turn up, he said.
"You don't really know numbers until they start rolling in the gate.''
The event, run by a subcommittee of the Otago Motorcycle Club, attracted 1300 people last year.
Rising compliance costs threatened to put the brakes permanently on the rally but after consulting with bikers and residents of the host district - Ida Valley- it was decided to continue on with the event, Mr Willems said.
A "huge'' bonfire will keep the rally-goers warm tonight and smaller piles of firewood were dotted around the rally site.
"The forecast is for a good frost and they love it when the temperature dips below zero,'' he said.
A vast array of bikes will be on display and motorcyclists from all walks of life are regulars at the rally.
The Oturehua Winter Sports Club raises funds for community projects by doing the catering.
- Make sure you don't miss out on a Brass Monkey T-Shirt or Hoodie, plus get the bonus of a choice of T-Shirt colour.
- Pre-ordered items can be picked up on the of the Rally at the Souvenir Shop between .
- Prices are;
- $28 adults T-Shirts (S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, 5XL) on Black, Navy, or Slate T-Shirts, Navy and Slate will be available for pre-orders only. At the Rally, we will only have Black T-Shirts for sale.
- $18 Kids sizes 8, 10, 12, 14. On Black T-Shirt.
- $55 adults Zip Hoodies (S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL). All in black.
- Cloth Badge $7.
- Please note: Both graphic designs are available for pre-order on Hoodies, but at the Rally we will only be offering one of this year's two options (the most popular one from pre-orders), so pre-ordering may be your only chance to get the hoodie in the design you prefer.
Pre-orders close 13th May, this way you will not miss out, the goods are to be picked up at the Rally on Saturday at the Souvenir Shop between 10am and 7pm.
Both graphic designs are available for pre-order on hoodies, but at the Rally we will only be offering one of this year's two designs (the more popular one from pre-orders), so pre ordering may be your only chance to get the hoodie in the design you prefer.
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"The Brass Monkey Rally is an event organised and run by the Otago Motorcycle Club for the past 34 years. It attracts people not only from all parts of New Zealand, but also from overseas, so it is important to us that monies obtained from the running of our Rally are put to good use. We try to have a worthy recipient to make a donation to every year and at the last Rally we decided it would go to the Neurological Foundation. We picked the Foundation because the research projects funded by the Neurological Foundation are of benefit to all, including motorcyclists," says John Willems of the Organising Committee.
It was appropriate that John and Committee Chairman, Brendan McMahon, handed over the Club's very generous donation of $4,000 at the Neurological Foundation's Brain Day event in Dunedin. John (centre) and Brendan (left) are pictured with Neurological Foundation's Dunedin Community Liaison Co-ordinator, Bridget Hall (right), in front of an inflatable brain at the Brain Day event.