South of England HOG Rally
(As there are a lot of pictures I have separated them into 2 separate galleries, click link above or below)
Having missed last years show, and everyone telling me what a good do I had missed, this year I made every effort to get to this event, and it was to be my first 2 day show in over a year, and my first ever HOG rally.
a good to be alive sunny summer Friday I loaded Milly and took the arduous 18
mile journey to the South of England HOG Rally (Sofer).
so close to home, it’s an area of Surrey I’m only just learning, so thanks
for the signs guys, on reaching the gates, I was greeted by the smiling sunburnt
faces of Surrey HOG. Both bikes and wrist tagged, a good security measure
which was strictly adheard to I headed to the field.
Both bikes and wrist tagged, a good security measure which was strictly adheard to I headed to the field.
an official snoring area, it was tent up, coffee thanks to tent next door,
greeting to friends, and off to investigate my home for the weekend.
is the home of the National Rifle Association. It is a large sprawling area and
has a large selection of lodges and huts, where some people were staying, and it
seemed camping fields everywhere.
One of my initial thoughts was that for the disabled this site would be
difficult, with so many slopes and lethal dips, however the main arena area was
more level, and had easy access.
One of my initial thoughts was that for the disabled this site would be difficult, with so many slopes and lethal dips, however the main arena area was more level, and had easy access.
the site so spread out it seemed each corner you turned you could find more
tents and interesting bikes, it does appear that the later model Harleys are the
main mode of transport, however there were a few classics and well used war
horses. As it is billed as a family rally, this possibly accounts for the huge
amount of cars and campers, I have never seen so many at a bike rally, but all
had segregated parking areas to keep things tidy.
the bar, and an outside stage I soon had a decent pint of pride in my hand, at
on £2 as well result. In fact the bar and reception has to be noted for its
“decoration” being a shooting club there were guns everywhere, a theme
carried on several of the bikes. There were even cannons outside one
large area held the trade village with lots of stalls with shiny stuff ( the
Magpie fraternity in Surrey HOG soon found these) and clothing, Nick gale was
there , along with Remembrance, his new bike for this year, I first saw this at
the NCC show at the Ace Café it really is stunning and had won the best bike at
the European HOG rally (sadly no prize this weekend), a nice guy as well, Nick
was also attempting a Biker Build Off type Challenge by Modifying a V Rod,
Russell soon latched onto this and blagged some of the bits for his own bike. I
also found Katie the Air brush artist who I haven’t seen in ages, I really
must get a Jacket done with the full broadsword on, anyway I digress.
Valley even had a beach party, and free beer, going on, where sandcastles seemed
to be in the ordered of the day.
I was strolling around I soon found a few friends from Years ago, who have now
moved to Devon, It was great to see you Anne and Clive, and I look forward to
seeing you soon.
Hopefully in 2 weeks at the Paignton bike night.
Hopefully in 2 weeks at the Paignton bike night.
of the nicest things with one make rallies is you soon end up chatting to
complete strangers and start to make friends.
at the gate I stood and watched and eventually assisted, as bike after bike came in, I have no idea of
attendance numbers but easily over a thousand people I reckon ( apparently over
2000), with chapters
from Scotland, France, Belgium and all over.
England was in charge of managing the bands, and what a job he did, with a great
variety of groups, I particularly enjoyed the “Fat River band “ on the
night I crashed out quite early, and must have snored hard, but I awoke early Saturday
to a glorious morning. Having an
appointment midday I nipped home for the morning, ( Including a shower, I don't
mind portaloos etc, but toilets on site could have been better, a general
grumble I heard) but came back in time to hear
the good news Surrey HOG had won the Chapter Challenge for shooting,
bands playing, Ice creams and a bike show I whiled away a pleasant afternoon,
bumping into my friend Caroline from Oxford as well, It certainly was a nice way
to spend a few hours.
more round the camping field, and then chilled out until the Barbecue (great
spuds Ernst) watched the Nene Valley Chapter Parade and then back up to see the
bands, kick back and make friends, I then bumped into Lester and Co from Shaws
Harley Davidson, who tried to tempt me towards the 2007 models (once a salesman
always a salesman eh).
on site, we kicked back with coffee, until I broke a chair oops, and then as
Zebedee might say "Time for bed."
another early arising and so back
home in time to wish my brother a happy 40th Birthday
great weekend, though I am incredibly tired, so where next, well the Geordie
Chapter “Heart and Soul” sounds good, I may have the bug.
done to all the organisers and Volunteers