By Donna Collins
THE Fish Eagle Rally has long become an annual highlight among the biking fraternity in Namibia. Ranking as the oldest biker gathering in the country, the Fish Eagle Rally celebrated its 19th anniversary in Walvis Bay over the past weekend. Organised by the Playboys Motorcycle Club, who had to overcome last -minute venue cancellation “dramas” – for both the event’s headquarters, as well as the drag races, the members nonetheless pulled off a ‘hat trick’, and boasted afterwards that the rally was “a roaring success”. The Fish Eagle Rally attracted over 200 bike entries, with a total of 800 weekend and day participants, who came through the gates to party hard, listen to live music, exchange biker chit-chat and strut their stuff in leathers and denim jackets adorned with impressive badges and paraphernalia. Harleys, Triumphs, Kawasakis, Hondas, Suzukis – you name it – took pride of place during the annual coastal biker getaway. The rally officially kicked off its three-day biker bash on Friday with entry registrations, a ‘barrel rumble’ and crowning of Miss Fish Eagle. A jam-packed programme began on Saturday with a mass ride through Swakopmund and onto Walvis Bay, where a 200-metre drag race drew a huge crowd to watch the riders going full throttle up the strip to clock the fastest times. Burnouts, biker games, ‘doughnuts’ and an atmosphere of camaraderie was enjoyed by riders young and old, with bike clubs from all over Namibia well represented. Riders also came from as far afield as Botswana and South Africa, which had 22 members from the Raptors Motorcycle Club in Gauteng participating. Ricci Profitt (vice president of Playboys Motorcycle Club) said the riders from SA were on a “monster tour” through Southern Africa, with Namibia being one of their main tour destinations. They had already clocked over 6,000 kilometres, for which they were awarded the long distance prize. “Considering the last-minute challenges the club faced to find a suitable rally headquarters, the club has set the bar high, and we look forward to next year’s 20th anniversary, which is going to be huge,” she said, explaining that GJ Erasmus Transport in the new industrial area saved the day by providing a first-class biking venue for the rally. Profitt mentioned that the Playboys Motorcycle Club is based in Walvis Bay and has a small membership. She explained that they took over the Fish Eagle Rally from the Live to Ride Club in 2016 as it needed a fresh injection. “We have kept the Fish Eagle Rally tradition alive and our hard work is paying off,” she continued.” Judging by the past weekend’s incredible turnout and positive feedback, this annual coastal event is back to becoming an annual highlight on the local biking calendar. “There are also substantial economic benefits for Walvis Bay during the rally weekend, with hundreds of people spending on accommodation, boat cruises, quad bike rides, restaurants and so on – which literally rally generates millions,” Profitt added. The rally ended with a customary church service on Sunday morning conducted by Pastor Peter Dickman from the CMA (Christian Motorcycle Association). Proceeds of the rally will be donated to selected charity organisations.
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