North and South: Carolina H-D Association Moving Rally Events to N.C.

Publish Date: 
Mar 5, 2009
By Holly J. Wagner

THE CAROLINA HARLEY-DAVIDSON Association is moving its event from Myrtle Beach, S.C. to New Bern, N.C. because of the new restrictions in Horry County.

According to a statement on the association’s Web site:

”Yes, it is good-bye Myrtle Beach!

The Carolina Harley-Davidson Dealers Association is pleased to announce that our 69th Annual Spring Beach Rally will be held in New Bern, North Carolina. Mark Cox, president of the association said, ‘We will continue our legacy of 69 years celebrating the oldest, continuous rally by offering our Spring Beach Rally in New Bern.” Mark went on to say, “This new venue will allow us to get back to basics and offer our existing and new customers a rally experience they will appreciate and with the ability to enjoy the freedom of riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.’”

Rally fans have been in an uproar for months as first the city of Myrtle Beach, then Horry County imposed tight restrictions on noise and outdoor activities as well as higher vendor fees and more limited spaces.

The brouhaha began last summer, when a local college student was shot to death in an altercation over a parking space.

Rally attendees scoffed at the new city rules and vowed to find another home for the rally outside the city limits. But soon Horry County imposed strict geographic constraints and higher fees on vendors.

The association Web site continues: ”The Mayor of New Bern, T.A. Bayliss, III, welcomed the rally, ‘We are pleased and honored that you have chosen to hold your rally in our city, and we pledge our total cooperation in making your rally a most pleasurable and memorable occasion for all in attendance.’”

The new event site is the New Bern Fairgrounds, 3700 WE. U.S. Highway 70, New Bern, N.C. The rally is scheduled for May 15 and 16.