Swellendam, Southern Cape - Most motorcycle rally names are simply the names of animals, following the trend set by the first Buffalo Rally in 1969.
An exception is the Swallows Rally, which is named after the host club, Swallows Flight, while the Elephant Rally should really be named the Polar Bear, since camping outdoors is mandatory and the rally is held at the end of January each year in the Bavarian forest.
Which brings us to the first South African Bear Rally and Expo - because in this case BEAR stands for British, European and American Racing, a motorcycle association founded in New Zealand in the 1980s by the late John Britten, better known as the designer of the amazing Britten V1000, a motorcycle so ahead of its time that the rest of the world has yet to catch up.
The Bear Rally is a gathering exclusively for riders of motorcycles built in the western hemisphere, and will be held at the Swellendam showgrounds from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 February. Which is not to say you can't go on an Oriental bike - but you'll have to park off to one side in an area known as the "rice paddy".