Taking to the street again for the big bike show

BIG WHEELS: Bob and Rosemary Hancock are getting ready for the Bathurst Street and Custom Motorcycle Show this Saturday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH 013118pbdog5
BIG WHEELS: Bob and Rosemary Hancock are getting ready for the Bathurst Street and Custom Motorcycle Show this Saturday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH 013118pbdog5

IMPOSING machines will decorate one of Bathurst’s main streets once again as the Bathurst Street and Custom Motorcycle Show returns.

The motorcycle show, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, suffered the unexpected loss of its longstanding organiser, Greg Hirst, last year.

Mr Hirst’s club, the Brotherhood Christian Motorcycle Club, decided to take the reins after his passing.

Although there was some doubt as to whether the show would go on, a number of motorcyclists from different groups have come together to keep all as planned.

“We decided to take it on as a way to maintain the focus on motorcycles in Bathurst and keep the pressure regarding the motorbike track [the proposed second circuit at Mount Panorama],” Bad Hobos SMC president Rosemary Hancock said.

Ms Hancock said the show will be almost exactly as it has always been.

“The day will be pretty much the same, with the change in dates and format the only difference, which just so happened to be due to logistics,” she said.

The show was previously held on the same weekend as the Bathurst 12 Hour, but will be held two weeks later this year.

Everyone is encouraged to come along and appreciate the bikes that are being showcased.

“The show is truly a great day out and is very family friendly,” Ms Hancock said.

A bike competition, local trade stalls, live music, jumping castles and trophies for a range of achievements will feature throughout the day.

Trophies include the Greg Hirst Memorial Trophy (for best bike in show), people’s choice, best sports bike, most unusual, best cruiser and more.

To be in the running for a trophy, bikes must be registered and have paid the $10 entry fee.

Last year’s Bathurst Street and Custom Motorcycle Show attracted a record attendance – and that was on a hot weekend in the city.

There were 300 bikes parked in Russell Street and a further 50 in an adjacent laneway for the 2017 event, which attracted entries from around town and out of state, as well as people checking out the bikes.

The 2018 show will be held this Saturday, February 17 from 10am to 2pm on Russell Street out the front of the Bathurst Council Chambers.