THE Bermagui-based chapter of Cancer Research Advocate Bikers (CRABs) hosted its third annual Bermagui Bike Show on Saturday.
Thunderstorms overnight and dark skies early may have made some riders think twice, but still they came with the top-rated biking roads leading into Bermagui packed with bikers on their way.
The bike show held on the Bermagui Foreshore Reserve is now become a fixture attracting riders from near and far with some fantastic bikes on show again this year.
CRABS national president and founder of the Bermagui CRABs chapter Rob Grimstone said the show last year attracted around 150 bikes registered in the show, but at midday he said numbers could be a little down given those dark clouds.
But he was more than happy with the crowds and how it had all turned around.
He headed off to hold the Ian Barklam Memorial Auction, named in honour of the loyal supporter who had been the spotter at all the CRABs auction but who sadly passed away in December.
From now on all the auctions will be named in honour of Ian.
Again there seemed almost as many if not more bikes parked on Main
Street, Bermagui than inside the show.
"Why not parked your Harley inside next year," Grimstone said. "You've got the best off-street parking with great security and it will only cost an extra $10!"
There was judging of bikes in 13 classes catering for a wide range of enthusiasts - best custom bike; best British; best Japanese; best American; best Euro; best trike; best rat bike; best overall paint; best vintage; best veteran; best sidecar/outfit; best lady rider and; people's choice
There were also food and drink outlets and stalls carrying motorcycle related accessories and clothing, while the latest CRABS tinny raffle was drawn in the afternoon.
In an amazing coincidence, this year’s winner 9yo Dylan Steward lives on the same street in Akolele as last year’s winner!
Proving popular was the Shannons Insurance "Super Rig" – a semi-trailer that unfolds to transform itself into a 24-metre long, 8-metre wide and 8-metre high super automotive expo with automotive footage on large plasma TV screens, Sony Playstations and memorabilia.
The original 1959 GoGoMobile Dart GOGO01 featured in all those ads was parked out the front.
Also popular as always was the Mongrel Racing V8 Dirt Drag Team with their massive dirt drag bike that rider Stork relished cranking up drowning out any other sound.
As with all CRABs activities, every cent raised on the day will be going to Cancer Council NSW and CAN Assist, and a cheque for $20,000 was presented to Cancer Council NSW.
The Bermagui chapter has now raised more than $150,000 for the good causes we support. Thanks to our wonderful community and the hard work of all of our volunteer members, that number continues to grow."
Major sponsors of the day are Shannons Insurance, Robbo's Harley-Davidson and Bermagui Bait & Tackle.
See our coverage from last year here: