July 15, 2015 at 9:52 pm #9195
Rising compliance costs may put the brakes permanently on the Brass Monkey motorcycle rally. The future of the rally, which has been held for the past 35 years at Oturehua over Queens Birthday Weekend, is uncertain.
“We’ll be getting together over the next week or so for the debriefing of this year’s event and one of the things we’ll consider is whether we’ll continue on with it” organising committee member John Willems said yesterday.
The event, run by a sub-committee of the Otago Motorcycle Club, attracted 1300 people this year.
Mr Willems said the rising costs included liquor licensing fees and requirements, hiring security guards and paying to have a St John ambulance officer on site.
“I don’t begrudge any of that, especially the St John’s person – and they have rising costs too – but we need to look at what it costs us to stage this event.”
“We’re a volunteer group and we’re trying to keep the entry fee at a reasonable level but we need to take a closer look at our costs and it takes a lot of effort and a lot of money to run a rally like this.”
The decision would not be made lightly.
“We’ll be sitting down with everyone, including the local community, to discuss it before making any decision and there’s quite a few channels to go through first. Other options will be considered too, such as possibly only holding it every second year,” Mr Willems said.
“My gut feeling is that it will continue on. Certainly the feedback we had from riders at the weekend was that they wanted it to carry on.”
Planning for the following year’s rally began at least six months ahead, he said.
Attachments:July 16, 2015 at 10:57 am #9201
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Whilst I understand the concern about rising compliance costs – I feel it would be a shame were this significant (iconic?) event to disappearJuly 16, 2015 at 11:01 am #9203
Rank: 50cc Rider
That would be a bummer. Just done my 20th, too.July 16, 2015 at 2:21 pm #9210
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PC Bullshit! Jeez it’s frustrating!July 16, 2015 at 3:08 pm #9214
Rank: 50cc Rider
Well shutting down the Brass Monkey has to be a Win Win situation, how? for a start the PC brigade, the anti Motorcycle brigade, the Police, A.C.C. will be celebrating, politicians will be smiling with glee, motorcyclist partners mother in law’s will be saying about time. Well I just bloody wont comply and watch rugby instead, motorcycling is my preferred outlet to escape our cotton wool society. Hey, I am not against safety, I wear dam fluro vest when riding but.,,, 17 years at the monkey and dozens of rally’s and never seen any one get feisty. oh by the way, I was being sarcastic when I started this rant with a” win win situation”. even tho my mother used to say “sarcasm is the lowest form of whit” and “swearing was a sign of poor vocabulary”. *^&^&^%$#@#* there.
Well I wish the committee the very best and manage to keep it going, perhaps we may have to compromise a bit somewhere and make a couple of changes??June 8, 2019 at 9:38 pm #30853
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”.February 15, 2020 at 9:39 pm #32425
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