41st BMW MOA International Rally in Salem

May 21, 2013
Courtesy of BMW MOA
The seated position is good for long days in the saddle.
Get the Beemers ready for the 41st BMW MOA International Rally scheduled for July 18-21, 2013 in Salem, Oregon.

The 41st BMW MOA International Rally will be held on July 18-21, 2013, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. The grounds cover 140 acres with air-conditioned buildings for registration, Country Store, commercial vendors, seminars and vintage display. The camping options are flat areas with or without trees. Evening entertainment is in the open air amphitheater with afternoon music on a small stage by the food vendors. The multimedia closing ceremony is in the pavilion.

The theme of this year’s rally is Beemers, Bigfoot and Blue Skies. Use your imagination – come prepared for the unthinkable – and don’t ignore the Bigfoot caution signs.

The vendor building will be in a high traffic area so you can see and touch the latest accessories and apparel and look for the item(s) that you can’t readily find in your home area. Shipping will be available for the items you can’t live without and don’t have room to pack.

The National Rally is volunteer driven in the planning stages, in the rally set-up and in providing all the components that make it a fun time for the rally goers. We need lots of volunteers for the event. Think about volunteering ahead of time – details will be in the BMW Owners News and on the MOA website – or stop by the volunteer booth when you arrive at the rally. During the event, which opens at 8 a.m. on Thursday morning, we hope you can volunteer to work a shift and make new friends. Diverse opportunities are available and we need your help. Helping out makes you feel a part of the rally. Early arrival volunteer registration will open around noon on Wednesday the 17th. If you plan to arrive early, you’ll be expected to volunteer.

The 41st Rally will be the fourth time MOA has selected Oregon for the National. The state has a lot to offer and the Oregon State Fairgrounds is an ideal rally location. Salem is a cool place to visit. The downtown area (available by bus from the rally grounds) has numerous eateries, a large mall, a riverfront park with a carousel and a charter boat. Working with TravelSalem, we are in the process of obtaining discounts and attractions in the area such as the Oregon Gardens, 15 minutes from the rally grounds. A tram is available to take visitors through the beautifully landscaped grounds.

The Pacific Ocean is 90 minutes from Salem and there are 362 miles of public coastline from Coos Bay to Newport. An afternoon visit to one or more of the 50 wineries within an hour’s drive could be an option. The rugged mountain terrain in the area has fabulous roads for on- and off-road riders. Portland is an hour away up the I-5 and offers all the amenities of an urban area.

During the next six months, the Owners News will publish numerous articles about riding in the area, the incredible array of recreational activities for riders and non-riders of all ages, the vintage bike display, seminars and volunteering.

Questions? Contact rallychair2013@bmwmoa.org or visit www.bmwmoa.throttlenet.com/TheRally.