March Hare rally a booze-bus-friendly affair
Police and organisers were pleased with the attitude of the 1800 who attended the annual March Hare motorcycle rally in Waimate at the weekend.
Rally-goers had to pass a booze bus on leaving yesterday and no-one exceeded alcohol limits.
Timaru Sergeant Tony Woodbridge said the booze bus met with some objections but most motorcyclists were good-natured. When he monitored traffic south of Timaru in a separate police measure, he was greeted with waves.
March Hare motorcycle club president Stu Oughton said rally-goers could use a breathalyser at the event for a gold coin donation to the Waimate Fire Brigade's Sky Tower Challenge.
He said the rally was very relaxed and mostly attended by an older crowd. "They were a fantastic group. We've had no altercations, it's been a really good friendly atmosphere."
The rally had peaked in previous years at 3000 bikers but increased costs of running a motorcycle had seen a drop in numbers.
The crowd enjoyed older-style rock music by bands from Christchurch and Waimate.
Competitions were well-received at the event, including a tyre burn-out, which the crowd loved "even though you couldn't see the tyre through the smoke".
The prize for the furthest traveller to the event went to someone from Scotland who hired a bike in Christchurch to attend.
The Timaru Herald