Harley Days ‘a roaring Wollongong success story’

Harley Days was billed as Australia’s biggest celebration of all things Harley-Davidson.

And the three-day Wollongong festival more than lived up to the hype,  with about 800 riders from Australia and New Zealand alone taking part in the showpiece Thunder Run on Sunday morning.

But that’s just the half of it, with event organiser, NSW South Coast Harley Owners Group director Ken McDonald (Poppa Bear), reckoning about 10,000 people dropped by Stuart Park in Wollongong over the three days.

‘’The whole event has been fantastic,’’ he said.

‘’The weather has been good, Wollongong has been good. The organisation of it has been fantastic.

‘’It has been good for the community in terms of it raising money for some of our local charities as well.

‘’So it has been a win-win all round in terms of charities, accommodation and the money they [riders and visitor] spent in this town.’’

Midway through the final day of Harley Days, the Wollongong HOG members had raised just over $5000 for the Peterborough School in Warilla. ‘’That’s come mainly from the calendars we’ve sold, which highlight all areas we ride and visit in the Illawarra,’’ Mr McDonald said.

‘’But we still have a couple of hours, hopefully we can raise a bit more.’’ The festival also included short Harley-Davidson tours, live entertainment and carnival rides.