The South Coast Bike Fest™ is constantly raising the bar and the 2018 edition has placed emphasis on featuring a number of prominent biking legends such as Max Rabalago, Alfred Matamela and Piwe Zulu. These – and many other South African biking icons – will be showcasing their skills throughout the festival which is taking place at Margate from 27 to 30 April 2018.
The 2018 programme reflects the camaraderie of the biking community, giving audiences a chance to view incredible South African talent within the high-thrill, engine-revving arenas. The annual South Coast Bike Fest™, which celebrates the vibrant, all-inclusive biking spirit, will expose both new and returning visitors, to another aspect of the beautiful South Coast.
“We are so proud to be welcoming bikers from across the country to our stunning shores for the South Coast Bike Fest™,” said municipal manager of Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, Max Mbili. “Not only does this well-orchestrated event provide the area with a boost in tourism as well as the associated job creation benefits, but it brings together people across ages, cultures and regions through a shared passion. This is the type of positive community engagement we want to encourage as it is truly representative of the area and its people.”
One notable biking leader who will be gracing the seaside town on his Harley Davidson V-Rod Muscle is Max Rabalago, chairman of the Rainbow Mzansi Bikers Organisation (RAMBO). An incredibly effective biker organisation, RAMBO essentially bridges the gaps between various races and cultures, embedding the ubuntu notions into a historically American culture. It represents the interests of many motorcycle clubs, primarily consisting of black bikers, spread across Gauteng, the Free State and North West.
The Johannesburg based Rabalago in his utterance, maintained that his passion regarding the festival was revived when his company got invited by Harley Davidson to showcase their bikes at a work event. He further appreciates the atmosphere and the fact that during the Bike Fest the individuals and companies are afforded an opportunity to rub shoulders outside the scope of their normal work duties. This is what brings dignity to the festival, he added.
Rabalago who will be representing RAMBO at the South African National Biking Council Alliance (SANBCA) meeting taking place, said the black biking fraternity is growing extremely fast. “It’s bringing people from different walks of life together, affording the previously disadvantaged community an opportunity to participate and be exposed in the festivities which will in turn bring spin-offs in terms business and tourism opportunities.
One biker whose name is synonymous with extreme stunts is Alfred Matamela, AKA King Donut, who will be showing off his legendary moves on his Yamaha R1 and MT10, sponsored by Yamaha SA with tyres sponsored by Shinko SA.
The Limpopo based legend alluded to the fact that biking has instilled a culture of bringing a flair to several flagship events and jovial atmosphere to towns when they ride along. Coming from humble beginnings herding cattle in a the Tshiheni Village, Matamela has shown what tenacity and a passion for motorcycles can achieve. He founded the successful Soweto Motorbike School where he instructs upcoming riders and is also the brand ambassador of Yamaha SA. King Donut will be showing off his moves on Saturday, 28 and Sunday, 29 April at 11.30am.
Commenting on the South Coast Bike Fest™, he said: “These festivals are important to the biking community which was previously associated with gangs. The festivals rid us of this stigma and show we are a close community. They also give us a chance to show off our skills. Excellence has no skin colour.”
Representing the South Coast at the exciting Powasol EnduroX on his WR250F is Piwe Zulu, who hails from the Gamalakhe Township outside of Port Shepstone. He has competed in the Matat2Pont, South Coast Xtreme Enduro and Powasol EnduroX in Pietermaritzburg. Recently he’s been racing in the Liquorland Nationals where he finished 6th in Silver Class as well as competing in the Roof of Africa in Lesotho. He will be riding at the SCBF2018 Powasol EnduroX taking place on Monday, 30 April at the Village Fishing Pier from 8am to 4pm.
“Biking is slowly growing – I’m seeing more and more black competitors at events,” said Zulu, commenting on the growth of the black biking fraternity. “These festivals are important as we get big love and support from the spectators. I love the travelling and sponsorship support.”
In addition to this extreme biker programme, visitors to this year’s South Coast Bike Fest™ will also get the chance to visit eight festival-themed bars, a corporate dealership deck as well as 22 onsite clubs, pubs and restaurants catering to all interests and tastes.
There is a vibrant musical line-up this year at the Party on the Move including the incredible Michael Zuma, featuring at the Shisa Hookah Lounge & Cocktail Bar on Saturday, 28 April from 8pm. Visitors can catch the ‘Big Dawg’, DJ Fresh, who will take the party up a notch at Senzi on Faya from 11.30pm. That same evening, the Sky Bar at Desroche Hotel features a line-up of musical royalty, including DJ Bruce, DJ LeSoul, Felix Hlope, FlyMotion and Babes Wodumo.
All bikers and pillions are urged to pre-register online for #freefunseeker tickets which gives free access to the entire event precinct including the main stage featuring all the headline artist performances. All non-biking pedestrians will be charged a fee of R60 per day which provides access to the event precinct. For another R150, #fuelyourfun ticket holders can access the Budweiser Main Beach Stage Golden Circle.
Pre-registration for the biking community and limited pedestrian ticket sales are available at www.southcoastbikefest.co.za.
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