The 2011 Buffalo Rally will take place in Mossel Bay from the 18th to the 20th of March.
This will be the sixth time the Rally, which is organised by Cape Town’s Nomads Motorcycle Club, will meet in the Garden Route town.
“The Buffs is a win-win for everyone involved,” said Mossel Bay Tourism’s Marcia Holm. “It brings a huge injection of interest and visitors to the town, it’s super fun for the participants, and it raises an enormous amount of money for a good cause.”
The Buffalo Rally is managed and staffed entirely by volunteers - both from the Nomads and from the local Round Table, for whom it is the biggest fund-rising event of the year. By tradition, a large proportion of the money raised by the Round Table is donated to the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI).
Newly elected president of the Mossel Bay Round Table, Thinus van Rensburg, said that about 160 local volunteers - including a number of NSRI volunteers - would man the bar at the Buffalo Rally this year.
"Last year we raised R40,000 for the NSRI, and a further R 80,000 was spent on other community projects - all from funds raised by the Buff,” he said.
“About a 110 members of the Nomads Motorcycle Club will be coming to the Buffs this year - and although they’re involved in organising the event, they’ll be paying the same entry fee as everyone else,” said the Nomads’ Luderick Jacoby.
He said that the club has made special arrangements to prevent inconvenience to local residents.
The Rally will be centered in the De Bakke and Santos Caravan Parks - the famous municipal parks on Mossel Bay’s beachfront - but will include a concours d’elegance (which will take place in the conference room of the Mossel Bay Protea Hotel), and a mass ride through the streets of the town.
“We want to keep rally-goers in the camp site and out of the local bars as much as possible - especially late at night - so we’ve organised more entertainment than last year, with bands like Just Done, Boulevard Blues, Heywire, and Late Final, who will all perform in the campsite,” said Mr. Jacoby.
The programme will feature a number of competitions - including a lucky draw for R100,000, which will be open to everyone in possession of an entry ticket. Prizes will also be awarded to riders who’ve travelled the longest distance to the rally on a motorcycle, the longest distance on dirt, and the longest distance on the smallest bike - and to the oldest male and female bikers.
Mr. Jacoby said that special arrangements had been made for law enforcement. “The South African Police Service and the local Traffic Departments will be imposing strict enforcement of the Road Traffic Act over the Buff weekend.
“We want the Buff to be a fun and enjoyable event for us as well as the residents of Mossel Bay and, most importantly, we would like to return the following year.
“We can only achieve this with the cooperation of everyone there,” he said.
Ms. Holm said that riders who come to the Buffalo Rally often returned for family holidays later in the year.
“Events like this are important showcases for us - and, in fact, a number of the bikers who’ve been to the Buff in the past have bought property in Mossel Bay.
“We look forward to welcoming everyone in March,” she said.