Biker rally runs one final time in Central Otago this weekend

The Brass Monkey Motorbike Rally in Central Otago

2021-06-05 12:24:04

The annual Brass Monkey Rally is being held in Central Otago’s Ida Valley for the fortieth and remaining time this weekend.

The Brass Monkey Motorbike Rally in Central Otago

The Brass Monkey Motorcycle Rally in Central Otago
Photograph: Brass Monkey Rally / Fb

The occasion has been held on Ken Gillespie’s farm in Oturehua each Queen’s Birthday weekend since 1981.

Earlier this week Gillespie spoke to Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan saying previous occasions had attracted massive crowds, with as much as 5000 attending in 1991, however that numbers had dropped over the previous few years.

Not so the age of the individuals who run the rally.

“The identical individuals who had been organising it 40 years in the past are nonetheless organising it. I am not saying we’re getting previous however it’s not as simple because it was once,” Gillespie stated.

Ken Gillespie prepares the bonfire for the Brass Monkey Rally in Central Otago

Ken Gillespie prepares the bonfire for the Brass Monkey Rally in Central Otago.
Photograph: Provided

The rally is an opportunity for bike lovers to take a look at every kind of bikes and easily hang around, Gillespie stated.

He stated individuals from across the nation have attended the occasions and infrequently they solely meet up every year at Brass Monkey.

“Riders come from everywhere in the nation, most individuals arrive on the Saturday.., It is a terrific assembly level. Come and have a yarn and a quiet little dram. Hearken to the band at night time by the bonfire… we have now fairly a fireworks show. Then on the Sunday transfer in the direction of using again dwelling once more.”

He stated it offers individuals the possibility to see all of the completely different bikes.

Gillespie stated individuals keep in tents however it may be brisk with temperatures getting as little as -15C.

He stated the Brass Monkey rally has all been for the group and previous takings have funded numerous ventures equivalent to a brand new catering shed on the rally website, renovations for the canteen on the Idaburn Dam, new tennis courts and a roof for the swimming pool.

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