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Next year could be last for Brass Monkey Motorcycle Rally
The future of the Brass Monkey motorcycle rally is again looking doubtful as organisers have stated that there will be a rally next year to mark it’s 40th anniversary, but there are currently no plans to continue beyond that.
One of New Zealand’s best known and longest running motorcycle rallies may be held for the last time next year because of a lack of new blood.
Brass Monkey Rally spokesperson John Willems said organisers are “determined” to host the event’s 40th run next year but after that there are no promises it will be held again – for several reasons.
While the rally has previously drawn crowds of 1500-2000 motorcyclists, this year about 950 riders took part, the lowest turn out for quite some time.
“There’s no new blood coming along, bureaucracy is getting in the way, costs are going up,” he said.
“Some of the enthusiasm is going out and it’s good to get new blood on but it’s just not coming on.”
Willems explained that a number of clubs around New Zealand are putting an end to their rallies because of the bureaucracy involved, particularly around health and safety issues.
“Next year being the 40th there will be extra things on- we’re saving up for next year to have a really good fireworks display and we’re going to be looking to do things a little differently, having additional displays, perhaps dealer displays.”
Willems said about half the attendees come from outside the Central Otago region, with many coming from Timaru and a few travelling from as far as the North Island.
Oturehua was chosen as the location for its extremely cold temperatures which can get as low as -10 to -20 degrees celsius.
This year the temperatures reached about -1C and only received a “light frost”.