CRABS bike show keeps Bermagui events rolling

MOTORBIKE enthusiasts and the local community will be out in force on March 22 in Bermagui inspecting and admiring bikes of all descriptions, ages, shapes and sizes. 

Now a major event on the Far South Coast calendar, the third Bermagui Cancer Research Advocate Bikers Show and Shine Bike Show is expected to be a roaring success.

The grassed foreshore area of Dickinson Park will be packed with shiny metal, flashy paintwork, custom and vintage bikes, lots of leather and a fair bit of noise, as yet another event takes place in the scenic coastal town this month.

The bike show not only brings in plenty of visitors, but also raises an amazing amount of money for the Cancer Council NSW and local cancer support group, Bega Valley Can Assist.

Thousands of people from as far afield as Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Queensland and South Australia attend the day event to show their support for cancer research.

The show consists of 13 classes catering for a wide range of enthusiasts.

Cash prizes will be given for the best custom bike; best British; best Japanese; best American; best Euro; best trike; best rat bike; best overall paint; best vintage; best veteran; best sidecar/outfit; best lady rider and people’s choice. 

The day is not just for bikers to show off their precious metal to all those bike enthusiasts out there; it also caters for families with a jumping castle and face painting to keep the children amused.

There are a range of trade stalls, variety of food and drink outlets, a licensed bar and live music throughout the day.

One of the main attractions is the Shannons Insurance Super Rig – a semi-trailer that unfolds transforming itself into a 24-metre-long, eight-metre-wide and eight-metre-high super automotive expo with footage on large plasma TV screens, Sony Playstations, memorabilia and a host of other things for enthusiasts of all ages.

Also on the day will be the draw of the raffle for a brand new centre console “tinnie” complete with 30hp Mercury outboard and trailer plus new fishing and safety gear. 

“It’s a big day,” CRABS national president and founder Rob Grimstone said.

“We expect a couple of thousand through the gate.

“The first two shows were really successful, so we hope for a good turnout again this year.”

CRABS have been raising funds for the Cancer Council NSW and Can Assist for about four years, and in this short time have donated $150,000 to these two causes.

In 2013, the bike show and boat raffle made a staggering $49,000.

This year, the group has a cheque for $20,000 already made out to the Cancer Council NSW to present on show day, while to date the four clubs nationally have raised and donated more than $350,000 in 10 years.

The bike show gets underway at 10am and runs until 5pm with free entry for children under 15.

Following the show, live entertainment - provided by Wollongong band Crisis - continues at the Bermagui Beach Hotel.

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