History of the Wing Fling

 

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 18 2002 Cape Rendezvous, Cape Town
2 1986 Rob Ferreira Resort, Christiana 19 2003 Naboomspruit Limpopo Valley
3 1987 Ritz Plaza, Sea Point, Cape Town 20 2004 Port Edward, KwaZulu-Natal
4 1988 Numbi Hotel, Hazyview 21 2005 Krugersdorp, Gauteng
5 1989 Willem Pretorius Reserve, Free State 22 2006 Knysna, Western Cape
6 1990 Karridene Hotel, South Coast, KZN 23 2007 Harrismith, KwaZulu-Natal
7 1991 Rob Ferreira Resort, Christiana 24 2008 Port Edward, KwaZulu-Natal
8 1992 Brenton-on-Lake, Knysna 25 2009 Witrivier, Mpumalanga
9 1993 Graskop, Mpumalanga 26 2010 Sedgefield, Western Cape
10 1994 Virginia, Free State 27 2011 Bethlehem, Free State
11 1995 Port Edward, KwaZulu-Natal 28 2012 Rustenburg, North-West
12 1996 Tulbagh, Western Cape 29 2013 Stellenbosch, Western Cape
13 1997 Hazyview, Mpumalanga 30 2014 Port Alfred, KwaZulu-Natal
14 1998 Bloemfontein, Free State 31 2015 Magoebaskloof, Tzaneen
15 1999 Rustenberg, North-West 32 2016 Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
16 2000 Golden Gate, Free State 33 2017 Bethlehem, Free State
17 2001 Scottburgh, KwaZulu-Natal