Pic3 Mossel Bay 23-3-2013 Arriving for his 24th Buffalo Rally – Clinton “Teach” Saddler (middle) on his Kawasaki 1300 chats to George Miller and Kobus Van Niekerk, Raptors MC Johannesburg story and picture Tanya Waterworth

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Thousands of bikers roared into Mossel Bay for the weekend as the 35th Buffalo Rally (The Buff) got under way in sizzling summer temperatures.

Hosted by Cape Town Nomads Motor Cycle Club (MC), this is the eighth year the rally is being held in Mossel Bay.

Organiser Luderick Jacoby said they attracted bikers from across South Africa, with four bikers even flying to Dubai to pick up some Harleys and head for the Garden Route.

The rally is estimated to bring a welcome cash injection of R10 million into Mossel Bay’s economy, including local charities, and with bikers arriving for the event from Thursday, the holiday weekend got off to an early start.

Thousands of litres of ice-cold beer were trucked in, while the smells of kudu burgers and boerewors cooking on the braai filled the air.

World-class extreme stunt riders Bruce and Brent Le Riche were on the entertainment list, along with bands Kiss The Sky and Late Final.

The Buffalo Rally was first held in 1969 in Bathhurst in the Eastern Cape, with just 250 bikers. Since then it has been held at a number of venues including Aliwal North, Oudtshoorn and Port Elizabeth.

The rally took a nine-year break when, in 1984, the Port Elizabeth council refused the Nomads Club permission to stage the rally there.

The rally was resurrected in 1993.

Weekend Argus