The Republic of Texas ROT Rally 2011 was again one of the biggest events in Texas and the 2012 ROT Rally is set for June 7th to 10th.
Boasting the Guinness record for the biggest party in a downtown metropolitan area, Austin Texas closes 54 blocks to traffic for the Friday Night Motorcycle Parade &; Congress Party. The 17th ROT Rally featured concerts by Eddie Money, Doobie Brothers, Wes Jeans, Taddy Porter and the John Gaar Band.
Bret Michaels "Rock My World Tour" headlined in 2010, pictured here with rally bartenders, Kimmy Cruz & The Chop Shop Girls.
The official ROT Rally grounds are east of Austin at the Travis County Expo Center, which attracts an annual crowd of more than 45,000, who attend events and camp at the Expo Center. But a much larger crowd estimated at more than 160,000 book hotels and find more than enough to do in the Austin area. In 2009 more than 200,000 bikers rode into town for the 16th Annual Republic of Texas Rally. It was the largest recorded attendance according to the City of Austin Visitor's Bureau.
The ROT’s Got Talent variety show was introduced in 2010, giving rally fans a chance to compete for an opening act spot at the ROT headliner concert.