In 1984, during a general meeting during which the Wing Riders SA club was born, it was proposed and accepted that Wing Riders SA would have an annual rally called a Wing Fling and that each province would have a turn in organising and hosting it. On the return trip to the Reef (Johannesburg/Pretoria area, now called Gauteng), Johan Hattingh (founder member) and company called in at Christiana and laid the foundations for the first Wing Fling which was to be held in 1985.
In October 1985, 64 Gold Wings arrived at the first Wing Fling at the Rob Ferreira Resort near Christiana. The following year, 1986, the Wing Fling was once again held at the Rob Ferreira Resort.
The Western Cape discussed the option of having a Wing Fling in Cape Town in 1987 and to make it worthwhile for the members from the Reef, Natal, East London, Port Elizabeth and Free State to attend, a programme for a week-long event was arranged and presented to members at the Annual General Meeting. It was accepted and hence the 1987 Wing Fling was held at the Ritz Plaza Hotel, Sea Point, Cape Town, where 75 Gold Wings attended.
Since then the Wing Fling has continued to be a week-long event.
For photos of Wing Flings during years gone by …2013 Wing Fling in the news on IOL:
SA Wing Riders glam up for 29th rally
Listed below are the Wing Flings to date:
|1||1985||Rob Ferreira Resort, Christiana|
|2||1986||Rob Ferreira Resort, Christiana|
|3||1987||Ritz Plaza, Sea Point, Cape Town|
|4||1988||Numbi Hotel, Hazyview|
|5||1989||Willem Pretorius Reserve, Free State|
|6||1990||Karridene Hotel, South Coast, KZN|
|7||1991||Rob Ferreira Resort, Christiana|
|10||1994||Virginia, Free State|
|11||1995||Port Edward, KwaZulu-Natal|
|12||1996||Tulbagh, Western Cape|
|14||1998||Bloemfontein, Free State|
|16||2000||Golden Gate, Free State|
|18||2002||Cape Rendezvous, Cape Town|
|19||2003||Naboomspruit Limpopo Valley|
|20||2004||Port Edward, KwaZulu-Natal|
|22||2006||Knysna, Western Cape|
|24||2008||Port Edward, KwaZulu-Natal|
|26||2010||Sedgefield, Western Cape|
|27||2011||Bethlehem, Free State|
|29||2013||Stellenbosch, Western Cape|
|30||2014||Port Alfred, KwaZulu-Natal|
|32||2016||Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape|
|33||2017||Bethlehem, Free State|
|34||2018||Caledon, Western Cape|
|—||2020||Cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic|