[singlepic id=30 w=320 h=240 float=right]While the venue for the Silverwater Street and Custom Show was accessible to a lot of people, it had two major draw backs: a lack of shade and a bitumen base. This made our January show a warm place to be and, after four years in the car park, the decision was taken to move to the adjacent Silverwater Park with its grass and tree coverage.
Besides making everyone more comfortable, it also saw a rapid increase in attendance, although a move to the first Saturday in February probably helped attract families who previously were on holidays. While crowds grew there were a few weather hiccups, but even then the event managed to cover costs.
[singlepic id=31 w=320 h=240 float=left]Sandy Harbutt continued to be a regular guest along with a regular number of motorcycle clubs who placed displays in the show. As the years have rolled on the quality of the show bikes has been consistently high, often drawing praise from the independent judges from Harley Davidson and Live to Ride magazine. Families have also been strongly in attendance, and the recent support from on air personalities at WSFM, Jonesey and Amanda Keller, have probably helped here.
In fact, the crowd jumped from around 1,000 in 2004 to over 2,500 in 2005. There were so many motorcycles in the parking area that we nearly ran out of space for them. We sold out of food and soft drink three times, remarkable for an event that doesn’t sell alcohol.
In 2003, a film crew from Europe sought permission to film the show for a series on the Australian motorcycle scene for Granada/Sky cable television. They spent the day filming and were kind enough to send us a copy for our records before the show went to air in Europe in the same year.
[singlepic id=32 w=320 h=240 float=right]Most recently Silverwater has been adopted by the 2008 Federal Opposition Leader, Dr. Brendan Nelson. It turns out that he has ridden bikes since he was 17 and currently has a Triumph Speedmaster. Brendan accepted an invitation to the 2007 and 2008 Silverwater Shows after riding to Canberra at my invitation to attend the famous 2006 Bikers Australia National Motorcycle Awareness Ride.
Publically supporting major motorcycling events, Brendan made some significant comments at Silverwater in 2007 in a press release following his visit:
Greg Hirst, spokesman for the Silverwater Street and Custom Motorcycle Show, took Dr Nelson on a tour of 90 competition bikes, plus a record number of trade and motorcycle club displays, and then interviewed the Minister on his attitude toward biker safety, in front of a crowd several hundred strong.
Congratulations to the Brotherhood CMC for promoting biking in a family friendly atmosphere, over so many years.
Dr. Nelson, who has ridden motorcycles for most of his adult life, also called on governments of all persuasions to encourage the use of motorcycles in the general community.
Increased motorcycle usage has real benefits for the environment and for a more efficient use of petrol supplies.