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We often associate bikies with a not so nice element of people, however, this is not always the case! Some bikie clubs do some good for the community but unfortunately, we generally only hear about the bad things that happen with bikers - such is human nature!
The Geelong Harley Owners Group (HOG) run an annual Motorcycle Toyrun leaving from the Deakin Geelong Waterfront car park, Smythe Street, Geelong and heading through the CBD out through Drysdale Portarlington, Indented Heads and St Leonards and then through to Princess Park Queenscliff. At this point, there will be food as well as live music for your entertainment.
Facilities: There will be catering and/or dining at this event.
This ride will leave Deakin Waterfront Carpark at 10.00 am travelling down Brougham Street and out onto the Portarlington Road. It will then continue on through Drysdale, Portarlington, Indented Heads, and St Leonards. Finishing at Princess Park Queenscliff, there will then be entertainment, food, and auctions.
The sight of 1500 or so bikes, all joining in together is a spectacular sight to see and the event helps the various Geelong charities mentioned above.
The first ever Toyrun was held by the San Fernando Valley Charter of the Hells Angels in America in 1973. At this run, there were 200 bikes escorting two truckloads of toys from Griffith Park to Los Angeles city hall. Although some residents were at first terrified by the bikies, they soon learned that they posed no threat to the public and suddenly Americans were thinking what a good idea this was!
Toyruns then started popping up everywhere! By the time Harley-Davidson created its own club, the Harley Owners Group (HOG), in 1983, the Toyrun had become an institution.
In 1978, the MRA commenced their Toyrun with a small group of riders that met in Albert Park to pass on toys to the Salvation Army in Melbourne. Since then more than 500,000 motorcyclists have taken part, as the Toyrun phenomenon spread to communities across Australia.