By José Antonio Pérez
The 18th Annual Rocky Point Rally, held Nov. 8th – 11th, exceeded all expectations, hosting well over 8,500 motorcycles and welcoming at least 25,000 people from Mexico, United States, Canada, Germany, and other places from around the world – including the Philippines!
Donations from annual registration fees from this year’s Rally totaled $416,050 pesos (approximately $22,000 USD). On November 20th, Oscar Palacio Soto, Rally founder and President of the organizing committee, together with organizers, volunteers and Puerto Peñasco Mayor Kiko Munro, presented the funds to institutions that benefit yearly from the event. These include: DIF Peñasco and DIF Sonoyta (Family Development Office), the local Red Cross, Puerto Peñasco Fire Department, the Casa Hogar home for the elderly, George Papanicolaou cancer prevention and awareness group, CAM La Montaña school for children with special needs, and the DIF scholarship program/Peñasco student home in Mexicali.
Palacio reported there was a notable increase in numbers of Rally visitors over last year, with hotels reporting full capacity, and other local businesses noting a spike in sales of around 25 to 30%. Especially on Calle 13 and the Old Port.
As each year, Palacio added, it isn’t quite possible to quantify the exact number of motorcycles that came for the Rally, but he is sure there were more than the estimated 8500 bikes from last year.
Despite the marked increase in the number of motorcycles across Puerto Peñasco during the 2018 Rocky Point Rally, plus the presence of thousands of visitors – and locals jumping in on the events – accidents were kept to a minimum. Municipal Police Commissioner Raul Quintero Barron evaluated the situation overall as positive, thanks to the coordinated efforts between law enforcement agencies. Quintero expressed over the weekend of the Rocky Point Rally there were reports of people falling off of moving motorcycles, car accidents around town, and a group fight Saturday night on Calle 13, which was contained, and any major injuries avoided.
Palacio Soto was excited to explain that, given the success of this year’s Rally, plans are already underway for the 19th edition of the Rocky Point Rally – with the date set for Nov. 7th – 10th, 2019 – for the Greatest Motorcycle Fiesta just South of the Border!