Lowveld biker at South Coast Bike Fest™

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D van Wyk

The action-packed South Coast Bike Fest™ 2018 hosted a colourful array of musicians and genres, stunt masters and powerful machines. This popular biking event was presented by Ugu South Coast Tourism with endorsement and support from Ugu District and Ray Nkonyeni Municipalities on the weekend of 27 to 30 April 2018. 35 Top South-African bands and 22 on-site restaurants, pubs and clubs contributed to a weekend of entertainment, sunshine and music.

Not only was the collection of veteran and vintage motorbikes on show, but the stories behind each bike was a trip down memory lane and history. Stunt masters such as “King Donut” and Piwe Zulu showcased their mastery and skill.  Free Jumping Revolution, BOUNCE Vibe Tribe Stunt Show, stunned the crowds with their acrobatics and movements.

Alfred “King Donut” Matamela, is the founder of Soweto Pathfinders MCC. He is also the principal of the Soweto Motorbike School and a bike instructor that taught in excess of 70 students from as far as Tshwane, KZN and North West. In 1983, he bought his first bike, a new Honda CD 200.

Alfred called himself an “artist”, and the reason is clear why. He is the Yamaha brand ambassador and his bike’s tyres are being sponsored by Shinko. He made perfect doughnuts during his performances at the South Coast Bike Fest held at Margate on 27-30 April.

His performances were a colourful display of burning rubber, creating perfect doughnuts on the tar. He burned the rubber off an R3000 Shinko tyre during a single performance. He is a great entertainer with a great personality and he’s always smiling.

Jan Bloukaas, the new young artist from Cape Town, is also known as Jean du Plessis.  This 18-year-old sensation “laat die kaas raas” on stage. With Afrikaans rock music, he combines techno and loads of humour as only the millenniums can. He will be releasing his new album soon and performed some of the new songs. The crowd was on their feet, dancing to the techno beat.

The five-year-old Cody Greger was the youngest motocross rider to compete in the Micro Mini Class at the South Coast Bike Fest. He recently turned five and holds the first position for both club- and regional motocross championships. According to Cody’s mother Christine, he has been competing since the age of three and will soon move up to the 50cc Pro Class.

Cody described his interest in the sport as: “I love to ride my bike, hit the jumps and go fast around turns.” During the warm-up lap in this year’s competition, Cody had an accident when his bike took a nose dive and he hurt the fingers on his left hand, but soon went back to compete in the race. He is one tough young man with lots of talent.

Bikers, this big biking event is truly a not-to-be-missed music festival. Not only was it the best weather and great rides that contributed to a weekend never to forget, but a true National brotherhood of friends.

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