2016 Bathurst Bike Show

In 2015 there was huge interest at this unique motorcycle show in Bathurst.

With the Council closing of one of its main streets to host this event, 225 motorcycles turned up in the show area and thousands of locals came to check it out.

There was a terrific mix of custom and street bikes. Some of the customs were exquisite. Other classics reminded us of a bygone era. Even some of the regions young riders brought their favorite off road bikes to show off.

The motorcycle community was well represented by displays from Taylor’s Motorcycle Services, Indian and Victory Motorcycles, the Motorcycle Council of NSW, Bikers Australia, Brotherhood CMC as well as a number of local patched motorcycle clubs

Sydney riders also turned up in good numbers and this year everyone in the bike show and rally awards competitions hung around so all 32 trophies found a home.

Special thanks should to Bikers Australia for their help with this event, something they do every year.

New at the show was country/rock band Chuck’s Wagon and they certainly got the crowd jumping with their eclectic mix of country and rock music. Formed by Steve Stokes, the former lead singer of well known biker band Warning, they can add Bathurst to their country resume that includes the famous Tamworth Music Festival.

The Bathurst Mayor Gary Rush rode in to the show precincts for a second year on a borrowed Harley to officially open the 5th time this event was held in the centre of town and confirmed that the show has demonstrated to the authorities that bikers want to come to the historic motorcycle racing town.

And he had some good news!

Bathurst Regional Council has only one more property to be acquired before construction could begin on a new motorcycle race track adjacent to the famous Mount Panorama Circuit.

Already having received $5 million from the NSW State Government, the Mayor said Council was considering making a substantial contribution of its own as well as applying for Federal Government funding to build an international standard circuit and then compete for the Moto GP and /or the World Superbikes Round.

Local National’s Member and NSW Local Government Minister Paul Toole was also strongly advocating the building of a new motorcycle race tack at Bathurst in the local paper just before the Bathurst Street and Custom Motorcycle Show.

“Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said he wants to see progress on a second track at Mount Panorama this year to allow motorcycle racing to return to the mountain.

He will be meeting with Bathurst Mayor Gary Rush and some council staff early in February for an update on council’s position.

Mr Toole said he was aware council was doing a noise study, and he is keen to move to the next level, which would involve environmental studies, followed by the physical design of the track.

“Hopefully by the end of the year we will see some physical work begin on the new circuit,” he said.

“I’m confident this track is going to happen.” Western Advocate, 30-1-2015.

Naturally this news went down well with the bike show crowd. A new track would mean more motorcycle events in the Western plains of NSW, and that is great news for Bathurst and the motorcycling community in general!

In 2016 Mayor Gary Rush will again ride to open this increasingly popular event and will fill us in further developments with Council’s long term motorcycle vision for Bathurst. Chuck’s wagon will play again; there will be a free jumping castle with lots of displays and this year a small tattoo comp. So come along and join the fun. Bikes can park for free in the show area, general public is also free and it only costs $10 to enter the formal completion.

See you Saturday February 6!

2016 TROPHIES

Competition Categories

Category      ( $10 entry per bike)                                                                         

Best Bike of the Show

Peoples’ Choice

Best Custom American

Best Custom British

Best Custom Japanese

Best Stock American

Best Stock British

Best Stock Japanese

Best European

Best Three Wheeler

Best Classic (pre-1980)

Best Race Bike

Best Off-Road Bike

Best Sports Bike

Best Engineered Bike

Best Paint

 

Special Awards

Category ( free entry)                                                                             

Best Club Turnout

Best Trade Display

Longest distance travelled by a male rider

Oldest rider

Oldest pillion

Youngest rider

Youngest pillion

Youngest Off Road Rider

Longest distance travelled by a female rider

Longest distance by a female pillion                              

Special Award American

Special Award British

Special Award European

Special Award Japanese

Special Award Three Wheeler

Special Award Vintage

 

 

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Peoples Choice Owner

 

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