Vintages bikes on show

VINTAGE BIKES: Mount Gambier Classic and Vintage Motorcycle Show organiser Tyrone Mustey looks forward to this year's event. Picture: FILE

Charlotte Varcoe

MOTORBIKE enthusiasts will once again gather at the Mount Gambier City Hall this year.

For the ninth year, the Mount Gambier Classic and Vintage Motorcycle Show will raise funds for the Cancer Council, supporting those in need.

Event organiser Tyrone Mustey said the event currently had 10 entries with an expectation for another 30.

He said the dates for bike entries had been extended to the 1990s in order to open up entries to more enthusiasts.

“That was to try and encourage a few more people to be able to enter but we did notice there was not much of a shift in the demographic of the bikes we got the previous year,” Mr Mustey said.

“It was a lot of muscle bikes which was good and quite a few people from interstate but it is getting a bit wider even though it is a very niche market.”

He said the response from last year’s event was great with a lot of positive feedback from entrants and attendees.

“Last year there were British bikes and Japanese bikes so it is just a complete changeup which is good to keep it fresh,” Mr Mustey said.

He said the bike entrants were beginning to exceed thousands of dollars in value as more people with “substantial collections” came along over the years, encouraging more to enter.

“We are trying to keep this as professional as possible and protect people’s identity and protect locations of the bikes and so on,” Mr Mustey said.

“People are starting to be comfortable with what we are doing and that the money is going to the right place so there are more people getting on board.

“There is nobody I have spoken to who has not been affected by cancer, as soon as you mention it is for the Cancer Council people have no problem getting on board.”

He said over the years people had been very generous with their donations due to the relationship of the Cancer Council.

“There are also some people who come up with other entrants and bring their bikes up together for the weekend,” Mr Mustey said.

“There is this one person who comes along and he has a magnificent collection and we are always surprised about what turns up and it is the same with a lot of the guys around, you never know what you are going to get.”

Mr Mustey also thanked all sponsors and supporters who had been on board since the beginning of the event.

The show will be held on July 27 and 28.