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March Hare rally a booze-bus-friendly affair

SUE FRANCIS AND TRACY MILES
Last updated 05:00 10/03/2014
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GOOD CROWD: From left, Ken Mahon from Nelson on his Triumph Speed Master, Doug Wright from the West Coast on his Harley Davidson Superglide, and Robert Harding from Dargaville on his Harley Davidson Springer Night Train catch up at the March Hare motorcycle rally at the A&P showgrounds in Waimate.

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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.

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- The Timaru Herald

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