By Donna Collins
THEY don’t call it the ‘Thunder Days Rally’ for nothing, especially with 84 gleaming Harley-Davidsons roaring through the streets of Tsumeb to take part in one of the biggest bike rallies in the country.
The quaint town of Tsumeb came to a stand-still this past week-end, and celebrated the first Harley Owners Group Namibia (HOG) ‘ in the north, which drew one of the biggest turnout’s the country has seen.
A total of 149 entries took part in the two-day event, and was organised by the Tsumeb HOG chapter, which comprises 30 members. In addition HOG members from Swakopmund, Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Gobabis, Okahandja, Oshakati and Tsumeb, were joined by riders from South Africa who travelled a return distance of well over 5 000 kilometres, as well as a rider from the UK.
Woema spoke to one of the main organisers and Tsumeb HOG member, Basie Oosthuizen, who said that this was the second Thunder Day Rally held in Namibia – the last one was held two years ago in Windhoek, to alternate with the Skeleton Coast Rally.
“The big stand out this year was the thunder parade, which was the biggest show of bikes to ever ride through town, and provided a huge thrill for the community,” said Oosthuizen claiming that there was an impressive line-up of Harley models and an enthusiastic show from the riders themselves.
“The whole of Tsumeb pulls together to prepare for an event like this, which is when we can show our visitors the hospitality of our lovely town and engage them with the Harley-Davison brand,” he added.
The Thunder Days Rally kicked off on Friday with bikers registration, a meet and greet, rounded off by social get together that evening, which included live music.
A full programme on Saturday included a mass ride through town, followed by a day of biking activities and games held at the Tsumeb Golf Club. Prizes were dished out to the best in categories, with the top spots dominated by Harley lady riders this year.
Tsumeb’s Madre Sthele scooped the prize for the Best Bike People’s Choice on show, with best Custom Bike and best Best Harley on show being snatched by ladies from Bloemfontein and Cape Town respectively.
Proceeds of the rally have been collected for a designated charity, with a handover being made once a date has been allocated.
Oosthuizen expressed his gratitude to the over 35 sponsors who made this event possible and contributed generously. The next huge Harley-Davidson rally is the Skeleton Coast Rally being held in May 2019 in Swakopmund. The HOG Namibia (Harley-Davidson Owners)’Thunder Day Rally’ held this past week-end saw 84 bikes parade through the streets of Tsumeb.
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