NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - If you hear a roar of motorcycles throughout Nacogdoches tonight, here's why. Hundreds of bikers will converge for the OTT Rally that will be held there this weekend.
The name alone - the Oldest Town in Texas Rally - sparks the interest from people all over the nation.
Sure the purr of engines lets you know bikers are in town. But once the engine is killed, you hear other sounds, as if it's old home week.
"How you doing?" one biker asked.
"Hey there," replied another biker.
"Been ready since last year."
Some OTT Rally guests have been coming since it began in 2009. It's the less rowdy ones who tend to return year after year.
"It's just a great group of bikers that we attract because they know the type of rally this is," said Dennis Henson of Motorjam Productions. "It's the type the general public is welcomed at."
Beer and tattoos can be found, but plenty of faith-based bikers attend the PTT Rally as well.
Chariots of Light rolled in from Shreveport, LA.
"We share the gospel with whoever is willing to listen," said Ralph Hughes, a Chariots of Light member.
Rita Hooper, a trail boss for a group of 10 from Tennessee, said she understands the typical biker of today.
"More professional people I think just enjoying getting out and getting away and getting your mind off your business or whatever you're doing back home," Hooper said.
"The excitement of riding a motorcycle is you're out in the fresh air," said Phil McAdams of the East Texas Trike Co. "You really feel like you're part of the environment."
That may not always be a good thing.
"A buzzard flew up. Hit my windshield," said Roy Kellum, an OTT Rally guest from Brownsfield, Tennessee. "Went straight up in the air. Come down on my friend here."
"Got over me and decided to throw up. On my face," said Matt McBride, an OTT Rally guest from Brownsfield, Tennessee.
"Yeah, that's right," Kellum said.
"Right here," McBrid said.
It's an OTT Rally story that will be told over and over again and heard when the roar comes to a stop.
You don't have to own a motorcycle to enjoy the OTT Rally. There will also be a parade, live entertainment, food contests, and a custom chopper show.
For more information on the rally just go to www.ktre.com and click on the Big Red Box.