Motorcycle expo kicks up a gear for second year

Second lap: Jade Washbourne and Ronda Lynch of Pambula with Wayne, Tara and Kayla Vallerine of Lochiel at last year's inaugural moto expo.
Second lap: Jade Washbourne and Ronda Lynch of Pambula with Wayne, Tara and Kayla Vallerine of Lochiel at last year's inaugural moto expo.

The Bega Valley Motorcycle Expo is revving up for its second year, and this time is bringing the action to the Bega Valley Showgrounds. 

Event organiser Glenn Cotter is really excited about the new location, and looking forward to growing upon their work from the inaugural event at Candelo Showgrounds last year. 

The event is expecting bike enthusiasts from far and wide to travel to Bega on September 2, with interest shown as far south as Tasmania and up north to Queensland. 

“They’re also coming from Woolongong, Gippsland, Bendigo, Canberra and Sydney,” Mr Cotter said. 

“We get interest from all over the place, so it’s a varied crowd we’re able to pull in.”

It’s expected that around 1200 people will flow through the gates of the Bega Valley Motorcycle Expo, about 400 more than last year’s crowd. 

The weekend’s main event, the Show’n’Shine, will be a chance for visitors to eyeball an impressive lineup of unique rides submitted into the competition by their proud owners. 

Trophies will be awarded across a number of categories and prizes and giveaways are also up for grabs.

Live entertainment has been confirmed for Saturday and the crowd can look forward to a weekend of blues and rockabilly vibes. 

Local performers Corey Legge from Bega and Matt Southon from Wyndham will entertain the crowd with the help of Narooma five piece, Cuppa Shred. 

The Marji Curran Band are making their way from Canberra and Newcastle outfit Bad Luck Kitty are headlining the weekend. 

This year the Motorcycle Expo is partnering with the Far South Coast Tattoo Show to bring both events together on the same weekend.

Visitors are invited to enter their body art into the tattoo show and judges will crown the best designs on the day.

The Bega Valley Motorcycle Expo is a not-for-profit event, and tickets, sponsorship and competition entry fees are all contributed to the Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAR) and renovations works at the South East Regional Hospital’s children’s play area. 

Mr Cotter said the effort sat at the core of the event. 

“The hospital doesn’t have the budget, so we’re picking up about $800 worth of toys and sourcing some paint to do up the space,” he said. 

“If we can put a smile on the kids’ faces while they have to be in there, then it’s all worthwhile.” 

Despite loud engines and inked bodies, this is a family event, with free admission for children under 16.

Gates open at 10am and music starts at midday. Gates close at 8pm but bands play until 10pm. Campers are advised that gates will open from 2pm on Friday to allow for set up before the event. 

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