2018 Clarens Rally!


Friday, 09 February 2018 to Sunday, 11 February 2018

Chapter Organiser: 

  • National Rally

On Friday the ninth of February 2018, The historic town of Clarens will be greeted by the roar of mighty V-Twin engines as Harley-Davidson® motorcycles arrive at the 1903 Rally, hosted this year by H.O.G. Gold Rand.

The 1903 Rally venue will be within the Protea Hotel in Clarens (instead of in town as in previous years). With a rally registration limit of 180 people only, the 1903 Rally is sure to be booked to full capacity so book today! There is a discounted registration fee of R450 for H.O.G. members, and R550 for non-H.O.G. members.

The marshalled mass ride to Clarens departs from Harley-Davidson Gold Rand Dealership early on Friday 9 February 2018.  Chapters who wish to join in can contact the H.O.G. Office at 065 968 6311 or email 1903rally@goldrandhog.co.za.

Clarens - the Jewel of the Eastern Free State

The 1903 Rally takes place in Clarens, a small town nicknamed the "Jewel of the Eastern Free State” nestled in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the Free State. Founded in 1912, the settlement shares the name of the town in Switzerland where exiled Paul Kruger spent his last days. Clarens is a farming and art community surrounded by natural beauty and magestic sandstone rock formations.

1903 Rally HQ is the gracious Clarens Protea Hotel - the venue for all Rally activities. This luxurious four-star retreat is nestled in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in close proximity to the Golden Gate National Park and the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. Protea Hotel Clarens exudes sheer style inside, with a rustic exterior design that blends in with the natural splendour of Clarens. It is a convenient and centrally located home base to explore this tranquil, magical landscape. The hotel takes special pride in its warm hospitality.

Rolling works of art!

The Rally commences on Friday afternoon with an awesome display of customised Harley-Davidson® motorcycles in the Concourse de Elegance at the Rally HQ (Protea Hotel Clarens). Official judging will take place at 16:00 and the winners will be announced at the evening dinner.

Throughout the rally there will be various stalls at the Hotel selling Harley Goodies and "bling" for the themed gala dinner.  Harley-Davidson Gold Rand Dealership will also be exhibiting the latest Harley-Davidson bikes, accessories and clothing.  If you so wish, the new 2018 Harley-Davidson® motorcycles will be made available for Test Rides on Saturday.

Join the Tortoise Tour

The fun and action continues on Saturday morning (10 February) when the riders will start the 35 km “Tortoise Tour” to Fouriesburg at their own pace. Full details on all events and activities will be included in the Rally Program you will receive upon arrival at the Protea Hotel in Clarens.

The tour will end at the Fouriesburg Country Inn where the General Manager William Horner will welcome all with a light lunch (included in your Rally fee). Fouriesburg is in the scenic Brandwater Basin, surrounded by the Maluti, Rooiberg and Witteberg mountain ranges, on the border of Lesotho. Named after Christoffel Fourie, on whose farm Groenfontein the town of  Fouriesburg was established in the year 1892. During the Anglo Boer War, it was declared the capital of the Orange Free State Republic – a proclamation yet to be rescinded!

Charity ride - Vultures Football Club

No rally is complete without a donation to a worthy local Charity. After lunch the Rally delegates will visit the FC Vultures from Mashaeng, Eastern Free State. The club run by Sakkie Pheleu is a dedicated football club with the mission to instill discipline and teamwork in its young players, encouraging the youth to focus on fitness and wellbeing rather than taking to the streets.

The afternoon will be left free for you to explore this magical Eastern Freestate. The Lesotho border is just a few kilometres away from Fouriesburg for those who wish to visit the Kingdom of Lesotho (remember to bring your passport). There is also the option of doing the ninety kilometres round trip, thirty to Fouriesburg, thirty to Bethlehem and thirty back to Clarens. But, whatever you wish to do, relaxing, riding or exploring the Eastern Free State is awesome.See below for local attractions.

Dinner - it's time to get your "bling" on!

Saturday evening procedures will start at 18:00, there will be a “Happy Hour” at the bar from 18:00 to 19:00 followed by the evening agenda, starting off with a Buffet Dinner. Prize giving will also be held during the dinner process. Jurrie Nel of Dj Dragon a very well-known DJ at Harley events will ensure there will be lots of good music and entertainment for the evening.

The Gala theme for the evening will be Gold Bling in celebration of the 1903 Rally and the 115 years of manufacturing of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Dress to celebrate a brand that is synonymous with fun, friendship, freedom and lending a helping hand to others in need.  The choice is yours to get your bling on, or keep it casual.


The brave and the bold should meet on Sunday morning at 6am in front of the brewery at the square for the legendary "Jocks & Boots" parade, the official "closing ceremony" of the 2018 Gold Rand 1903 Rally!


The Rally will be limited to 180 people and will be allocated to the first one hundred and eighty Rally registrations booked and paid for. Please visit www.goldrandhog.co.za for entry form and more details on the Rally. The Rally fee will be R 450.00 for H.O.G. members with a valid ZA number and R 550.00 for Non-H.O.G. members on a “First Come First Serve” basis.

Rally Fee:

  • R450 per person for H.O.G® members (with valid H.O.G® ZA membership number) 
  • R550 per person for non H.O.G® members

Includes: 1903 Rally Pin, Gold Rush outrides, Concourse and more

Local Places of Interest

  • Titanic Rock - overlooking the entrance to Clarens
  • Clarens Museum - at the information centre on the square
  • The Ash River Outfall is one of the Highlands water scheme’s view points on the Bethlehem road about 8km from Clarens
  • Mushroom Rock - on Clifton Farms about 3km on the Fouriesburg road
  • Surrender Hill - a historic Anglo Boer War site about 10km on the Fouriesburg road.
  • Golden Gate National Park for walking and bird viewing - beautiful scenery
  • Bushmen paintings on Schaapplaats farm and in Golden Gate

Credits & Thank Yous!

  • Rally write-up: Fred Smit
  • Editing: Angelique Dermit
  • Fouriesburg Photograph: Walter Gie
More Information
The charming town of Clarens
Protea Hotel Clarens
The Road from Clarens to Fouriesburg - Tortoise Tour. Photo by Walter Gie.
Tortoise Tour - Fouriesburg
Just the place for a relaxing and fun weekend getaway
Gala Dinner Theme - Gold Bling