HOG

in the Parc
2006

 

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Event Report by Lippy


HARLEY HOLIDAYS


HOG the Parc in 60 seconds ~ Magnificent 7 Ride ~ Bikes in the Parc ~ Bands in the Parc
Games in the Parc ~ Margam Castle in the Parc ~ Best of the Rest in the Parc ~ New Forest HOG in the Parc



Click Here for HOG in the Parc 2006 in 60 seconds
OTHER GALLERIES INCLUDE;
HOG the Parc in 60 secondsMagnificent 7 Ride ~ Bikes in the Parc ~ Bands in the Parc
Games in the Parc ~ Margam Castle in the Parc ~ Best of the Rest in the Parc ~ New Forest HOG in the Parc


  

PARADE RIDE IN TO PORTHCAWL - CAMERA 1 PARADE RIDE IN TO PORTHCAWL- CAMERA 2
SEA FRONT 'NODDY RIDE' -CAMERA 1 SEA FRONT 'NODDY RIDE' -CAMERA 2
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OTHER GALLERIES ;
HOG the Parc in 60 seconds ~ Ride Galleries ~ Magnificent 7 Ride ~ Bikes in the Parc ~ Bands in the Parc
Games in the Parc ~ Margam Castle in the Parc ~ Best of the Rest in the Parc ~ New Forest HOG in the Parc

The Magnificent 7 Ride Gallery!

Destined to go down in the annals of HOG history by riding where grown sheep fear to tread ... a Road Captain, 5 riders and a back marker rode into the valley with only one aim - to complete a 120 mile ride across the Black Mountains ... come hell or high water. Not for the faint hearted 'The Magnificent 7' (as all participants were subsequently nicknamed) were made honorary members of the 'Welsh Branch' of the Great Western chapter in recognition of their outstanding accomplishment and presented with 'Cangen Cymraeg' commemorative rockers - The Snakes Pix crew braved the elements to record their effort for posterity
 ... Respect Lads

 
OTHER GALLERIES ;
HOG the Parc in 60 seconds ~ Ride Galleries ~ Magnificent 7 Ride ~ Bikes in the Parc ~ Bands in the Parc
Games in the Parc ~ Margam Castle in the Parc ~ Best of the Rest in the Parc ~ New Forest HOG in the Parc

Bikes in the Parc Gallery
OTHER GALLERIES ;
HOG the Parc in 60 seconds ~ Ride Galleries ~ Magnificent 7 Ride ~ Bikes in the Parc ~ Bands in the Parc
Games in the Parc ~ Margam Castle in the Parc ~ Best of the Rest in the Parc ~ New Forest HOG in the Parc

Bands in the Parc Gallery
OTHER GALLERIES ;
HOG the Parc in 60 seconds ~ Ride Galleries ~ Magnificent 7 Ride ~ Bikes in the Parc ~ Bands in the Parc
Games in the Parc ~ Margam Castle in the Parc ~ Best of the Rest in the Parc ~ New Forest HOG in the Parc

Games in the Parc Gallery
 
OTHER GALLERIES ;
HOG the Parc in 60 seconds ~ Ride Galleries ~ Magnificent 7 Ride ~ Bikes in the Parc ~ Bands in the Parc
Games in the Parc ~ Margam Castle in the Parc ~ Best of the Rest in the Parc ~ New Forest HOG in the Parc

Margam Castle in the Parc gallery
OTHER GALLERIES ;
HOG the Parc in 60 seconds ~ Ride Galleries ~ Magnificent 7 Ride ~ Bikes in the Parc ~ Bands in the Parc
Games in the Parc ~ Margam Castle in the Parc ~ Best of the Rest in the Parc ~ New Forest HOG in the Parc

Best of the Rest in the Parc Gallery
inc.
Elvis car competition ~ Kidz ~ Party People ~ Prizes & Presentations ~ Sunday in Porthcawl
OTHER GALLERIES ;
HOG the Parc in 60 seconds ~ Ride Galleries ~ Magnificent 7 Ride ~ Bikes in the Parc ~ Bands in the Parc
Games in the Parc ~ Margam Castle in the Parc ~ Best of the Rest in the Parc ~ New Forest HOG in the Parc

New Forest HOG in the Parc Gallery

LIP SERVICE by LIPPY

Location, location – that’s the estate agents mantra – well if location counts for anything and there’s any justice in the world ‘HOG in the Parc’ looks set to blossom and grow like the unique Fuschia collection (and hordes of deer) that bordered the campsite area.

Despite faultless organisation and facilities the only aspect Dave Norton, Mark James and the Great Western posse had no control over was the Welsh weather which threw everything it had at several hundred HOGsters heading for Margam Country Park – 1000 acres of glorious parkland offering rally goers an eclectic mix of beauty, history and wildlife in a single rally ticket package. Fantastic attractions within the Park such as the narrow gauge railway, adventure playground, farm trail and pets corner promise to make this the most popular ‘Family’ rally on the circuit evidenced by the encouragingly higher number of younger children present than you might normally expect at similar HOG events.

An impressive array of bands on Friday night were headlined by the aptly named ‘Sex’ who were a spectacular cross between ‘Crazy World of Arthur Brown’ and a pantomime horse featuring a cloaked lead singer who made ever more outrageous claims about his ‘prowess’ as the evening progressed and a heavily tattooed bass player who apparently always performs butt naked with nothing but his ‘axe’ to hide his ‘chopper’ so to speak … and a jolly impressive 6 pack he had too girlz !

Saturday morning the rain was still persisting down but undeterred Road Captain extraordinaire Paul Bromhead ably assisted by Mark & Andrew lead four rufty tufty riders up the valleys inc. Great Western members Richard & Cedryn, plus Pete & Darren from the Sherwood chapter – Sherwood Dai (‘wus’ to his mates) should have been there but went to his Mum’s for tea instead - bless. 'The Magnificent 7' (as all participants were subsequently nicknamed) set off with just one aim - to complete the scheduled 120 mile guided tour across the Black Mountains come hell or ever rising water. In doing so they not only ascended to places where grown sheep fear to tread but also into the annals of HOG history earning the respect of all the wimps who waved them off from the comparative safety of their dry tents. Pete & Darren were duly made honorary members of the 'Welsh Branch' of the Great Western chapter in recognition of their outstanding accomplishment and presented with 'Cangen Cymraeg' commemorative rockers.

I’m not sure if the guy who came to the fancy dress party that night in a snorkel and flippers won a prize but top marks to him for ingenuity given the torrents of rain that were still continuing to batter revellers through Saturday evening the highlight of which was undoubtedly Punk covers band ‘God Save the Queen’ who had more than a hint of Wales’ own ‘Stereophonics’ about them – ab fab.

Thankfully we awoke Sunday to glorious sunshine and rode in en masse for ice creams in front of Porthcawls’ Grand Pavilion as a prelude to a parade ride along the sea front marshalled by an ecstatic ‘Noddy Train’ driver fulfilling his ambition of a lifetime.

On our return to the park in the afternoon you could have been forgiven for thinking you were on the set of ‘It’s a Royal Knockout’ with the Margam Castle as the spectacular backdrop for several rounds of team fun and games. Later back on site after the bike show presentations and raffle draw for prizes (that included a jacket signed by main man Willy G) the ‘Rosie Walters’ band and ‘Sixteen Stone Pig’ rounded off the live entertainment in true rock ‘n roll style.

Proceedings were held together magnificently throughout by indispensable anchorman M.C. ‘Rockin’ Rob Paston who not only organised an impromptu quiz on Saturday to revive sprits flagging in the rain but also a spontaneous competition on the Sunday to see how many people he could cram into the Gareth Jones ‘Elvis Experience’ mobile (it was 19).

Snake and I will definitely be back again next year to delve deeper into the many delights Margam has to offer. Hope to see you there ….

Love



Lippy


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