Thursday, 21 March 2019

WHITIANGA WEATHER

"The Gathering" to raise funds for Whitianga Sea Scouts

From Friday 8 March to Sunday 10 March (this coming weekend), the much-anticipated motorcycle event, “The Gathering,” will be returning to Whitianga.

The event is organised by Global Motorcycle Tours operator and Harley Davidson fan, Evan Still, and will raise money for the Whitianga Sea Scout’s building fund for a new den. Last year in excess of $6,000 was raised for the Scouts.

More than 600 motorbikes are expected over the three days of the event.  

A charity auction will be held at the Whitianga Hotel on Friday evening, with the proceeds going to the Scouts. The Scouts will also be washing bikes at Taylor’s Mistake over the course of the weekend.

A “show and shine” of 30 motorbikes will be held at Taylor’s Mistake at 9:15am on Saturday morning. The public will have the opportunity to make a gold coin donation to the Scouts to vote for their favourite bike. “The Scouts will be out in force encouraging people to vote in the show and shine,” says Mike Brown, chairman of the Whitianga Sea Scouts.

All the participants in the event will gather at Taylor’s Mistake with their motorcycles on Saturday morning before they depart to The Coroglen Tavern for lunch. On Saturday evening, the participants will enjoy each other’s company and the live music on offer at The Whitianga Hotel.

The participants will again gather with their motorcycles at Taylor’s Mistake on Sunday morning, before they ride to Coromandel Town and back, with a stopover at Luke’s Kitchen in Kuaotunu for a late  lunch.

A dixie band will be entertaining everyone at Taylor’s Mistake from 10:00am - 12:00 noon on Sunday.

Food will be available to purchase at Taylor’s Mistake on Saturday and Sunday.

“There will be ample time over the weekend for the public to mix and mingle with all the motorcycle owners and to admire their bikes,” says Evan Still. “Local motorcycle owners and their families are more than welcome to join us for the weekend. All they have to do is to turn up at The Whitianga Hotel on Friday evening and pay the registration fee.”

Pictured: Taylor’s Mistake during last year’s The Gathering.

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