By Donna Collins
TWO ‘Ladies of Harley’ riders were empowered at the 2018 Namibia Harley Owners Group AGM meeting which was held in Swakopmund for the fifth consecutive year last weekend. With the growing number of Harley-Davidson bikes on the road, and membership expanding across the country, Adiele Oosthuizen (Windhoek) and Kerri Rust (Tsumeb) were elected as the Ladies of Harley Officers (LOH) to represent the chapter and encourage more female riders. Currently there are 45 ladies involved in the HOG Namibia chapter, of which 15 own their own bikes and are actively involved in the annual Harley-Davidson activities and on long distance runs. In fact, eight of the ladies completed the ride from Windhoek to Swakopmund, as well as the Tsumeb ‘Thunder Days’ event in May, which also saw massive participation from the ladies of Harleyopening throttle. After the serious matters of Saturday morning’s AGM were dealt with, a gathering of 40 Harley-Davidson bikes participated in the ‘Thunder Ride’ through town, followed by the traditional ‘Poker Run’ to ‘Windpomp 14’, and other highlights to soak in some sightseeing during Saturday’s programme. The AGM was attended by members from around the country to thrash out major discussion points, including the plans for the upcoming 2019 events calendar, which includes the Skeleton Coast Rally. Director of HOG Reinhard Redecker, who has held onto the chair for the third successive term, mentioned that all was going well with the HOG Namibia Chapter, which is growing from strength to strength. He was joined on the executive by Tsumeb HOG representative Basie Oosthuizen (vice), Henning Tiemann (2nd vice), Renee Histermann (secretary) and Dunja Mannchen (treasurer). Meanwhile, seasoned Swakopmund Harley Davidson enthusiast Christiaan Knickel, a former vice director, will still resume his position as main organiser of the popular Skeleton Coast Rally to be held in May 2019. The four-day Skeleton Coast Rally organised by HOG Namibia, gathers in Swakopmund every second year. This has become a highlight on the biking calendar, after the first Skeleton Coast Rally was introduced in 2015. It is supported by a large Harley-Davidson fraternity from Namibia, South Africa and some neighbouring countries. The sponsoring dealership, Harley Davidson Windhoek, was also present at the AGM, with general manager Guilliaume Kruger stating that despite the economic recession they sold nearly 60 new Harley Davidsons this year, plus pre-owned bikes, which in turn has played a role in increasing the HOG membership.
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