Silverwater Car Park

After the finish of the Beyond Brown’s Farm Party, Brotherhood was looking to develop a Sydney based event, somewhere near Parramatta. The idea of a day bike show was tossed around as weekend events didn’t seem to be working very well in NSW and bike shows were becoming popular. But where to have it?

At this time in the early nineties we were helping a mate by providing security for a Christian music venue at the old Silverwater Speed Boat Club. Besides helping run this venue, Phil Lake was also the sound engineer at a number of rock concerts that the Brotherhood had organized. The old Speed Boat Club had a good sized car park and, after getting permission, we held our first Silverwater Street and Custom Motorcycle Show there in the summer of 1995.

With three hundred through the gate we easily covered costs. More importantly the Show attracted some excellent street motorcycles and one very famous one. With permission from Yahoo Serious, his motorcycle from the movie Reckless Kelly took pride of place in the displays.

Continuing with this theme, we decided to invite some motorcycling celebrities to come and visit. In the first year two of the stars of the biker movie Stone made a special visit. Stars Sandy HarbuttĀ  with Ken Shorter, who was back from the UK temporarily, came and spoke passionately of their motorcycling experiences during the making of the film. Channel nine sports commentator Darrell Eastlake also made an appearance to talk about his idea for a mass motorcycle awareness ride to Canberra.

Over the years in the car park, a number of celebrities came to visit the show, among them Gary McCoy, winner of the Australian 125 Motorcycle Grand Prix, plus Channel 7 celebrity and former test cricketer Mike Whitney. And the crowd kept growing.