Roaring trade for Margate

2011-04-29 00:00

MARGATE is vibrating to the roar of motorbikes — the co-ordinator of Bike Week, Martin Engelbrecht, said 200 000 people and 20 000 riders are expected over the weekend.

“It’s madness here everywhere you look — people and shimmering bikes,” he said.

Engelbrecht said one would never have guessed it was a working day yesterday with the sea of people there to witness what he called “one of the greatest spectacles on earth”.

Thousands of people started converging on Margate from all over South Africa yesterday.

Entertainment includes live music by ten top bands, professional stunt riders and discounts on Harley-David­son motorbikes, accessories and merchandise.

Engelbrecht said it would be possible to book a test ride on a Harley and even purchase one to become a “hog” (Harley Owners’ Group) rider.

“This is colossal, so safety is of paramount importance.

“We are urging all visitors to behave themselves and have good, clean fun. Police and medics are on standby.”

There will be stalls selling food and other items and businesses will be booming like never before.

A source said some major food franchises in Margate are expected to turn over more over this week than they would in two years, such is the magnitude of the event.

Bike Week culminates with a mass ride on Sunday in which Engelbrecht expects 3 000 riders to take part.

The ride sets out from Shelly Centre, leaving at 10.30 am for Port Shepstone. Each Africa Chapter is led by a flag bearer.

The parade is the highlight of Bike Week, allowing spectators to experience the sound and spectacle of thousands of motorbikes descending on Margate. There will be many vantage points along the route to watch the bikers sweep by.

Motorists are advised to get to these vantage positions early, as the roads will be closed from 10 am for about two hours.

Last year more than 12 000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles and 80 000 enthusiasts congregated in Margate over four days.

More information is available at www.africabikeweek.com

 

 

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