ONE OF THE great things about the Expo is you can roll up on the day with your pride and joy, register, and along with giving the public the pleasure of your machine, you could take home a trophy.
Spots were tight inside the venue as most exhibits were parked the night before, but the odd bike rolled across the vanished surface normally reserved for ball sports, with the riders itching to give it a wrist-ful and leave more than shoe marks on the timbered floor.
As the public made their way into the venue, they were greeted by an array of big boy’s toys bought out for the day to support the reason for the Expo — to raise much needed finances for local charities. To date thousands of dollars have been raised through the efforts of the club, with today shaping up to be a great financial boost for the local charities again.
American Iron littered the nature strips and grass verges surrounding the complex, but it was inside the hall where the displayed bikes and cars gleamed all vying for the many trophies on offer. Centre stage was decorated with a 1964 EH Holden which had enough money spent on it, you could buy four Heritages, three Fat Boys, two V-Rods and a fuckin’ partridge in a pear tree. Nice, but not a daily drive.
Demon Drivelines displayed some quality machines including the twin-carbied Panhead and the awesome 700-plus horsepower drag bike capable of high sixes over the quarter mile.
Dave had the fire engine red Heritage on display complete with neons and picked up another trophy for Best Evo. A trike, some Harley look-alikes, some rods, an early ’60s Ford Falcon, a ‘young persons’ car and more Harleys lined the hall perimeter allowing the patrons to judge some innovative designs and modifications close up.
The call to centre stage was made for the tattoo comp, and while the entrants were few, there was some quality work on display.
Face painting, temporary tatts, jumping castle and model cars kept the young and not so young occupied throughout the day, with the masses being feed by the local service clubs with drinks available for under 18 outside and over 18 at the well stocked bar inside the venue.
Around 4 o’clock the presentation began with a constant stream of winners receiving their trophies for all categories imaginable, and once this was over, it signalled the closing of a fantastic day.