It wasn’t just the hugely popular Broken Heel Festival that pulled visitors into the town this last weekend, there was also the Veteran Vintage & Classic Motorcycle Show, which showcased over a million dollars worth of motorcycles.
Wayne Orr, the club’s President, was ‘overwhelmed’ by the number of attendees, and couldn’t believe the line up outside the hall an hour and a half before doors opened.
“We had just over a thousand people attend,” he says.
“They started queuing at 8.30 in the morning, even though the doors didn’t open until 10.
“It was great to see, and is something we will definitely learn from for our next show.”
The quadrennial event, which celebrated its sixth show, displayed 25 different motorcycle makes and models, a magnificent 82 in total were showcased.
The highly regarded Peoples’ Choice award went to the eldest bike – a 1926 New Imperial.
“It was good to see the oldest bike take home the win this time around, but it’s also great to see different bikes win the People’s Choice award every time,” Mr Orr said.
The bikes on display were a 50/50 mix; half Japanese, half English.
“When the show started we only had about 10% Japanese, so the support for those bikes has definitely increased and we are keen to start within the next 12 months, a club dedicated to vintage Japanese motorcycles.
The club acknowledged there could have been a greater number of motorcycle enthusiasts visit if accommodation availability was there, despite this, they are heartened by the local and interstate support they received.
“Other events held at the weekend made it harder for some of our supporters to come to the show, but we were still extremely happy with how the three days went,” said Mr Orr.
“The hall was at complete capacity, we could have had another 30 or so motorcycles.
“Over a third of the bikes were from local Broken Hill owners, with the others from within the district,” Mr Orr added.
The Veteran, Vintage & Classic Motorcycle Club, which celebrates its 43rd year, have a small yet dedicated committee of local motorcycle enthusiasts.
For information about joining the club or getting involved, contact Club President Wayne Orr through the club’s Facebook page.