Date:Saturday 22 October 2011
Time:10am - 2pm
Address:The Lakes, Lincoln Causeway, Wodonga, Victoria 3690
Submitted By:Albury Wodonga Branch Ulysses Club
From little things, big things grow. The iconic Australian song by Paul Kelly, epitomising the Aboriginal Land Rights Struggle sums up the Albury-Wodonga Border Bikefest.
From humble beginnings, the event is now established and poised to develop into a national event of significance.
The Bikefest encourages motorcyclists to display their bikes to the public. Last year, 200 bikes were registered for display and there were some remarkable examples of two-wheeled exotica among them. Over 1,500 members of the public paid to enter the display site off the Lincoln Causeway, near the Murray River between Albury and Wodonga.
The Wodonga City Council has got right behind the event. The Bikefest is currently a joint venture between the Wodonga Lions Cub and the Albury-Wodonga branch of the Ulysses Club Inc., an Australia-wide social organisation for mature and passionate motorcycle riders.
The aim of the show is to exhibit a range of bikes covering vintage, veteran, classic, custom bikes and to bring trade / motorcycle dealers to showcase their wares. Ulysses Branch president, Rex Beard, is astounded at the success of the Bikefest.
“The public support is terrific and I think many people were pleasantly surprised to learn that not all motor cyclists are fire-breathing, child-eating lunatics”, Ulysses Branch President Rex Beard says tongue in cheek. On the day $8,000.00 was raised for charity.
What started out as a very casual social gathering has grown to the point where it could easily become a national event? “There’s nothing like it anywhere in the Albury Wodonga area, ideally we’re placed halfway between Melbourne and Sydney and riders are poised to get right behind it,”
Beard says a feature of the 2010 event was embryonic trade support and the organising committee is approaching national concessionaires to get behind the event. “This event has the potential to attract people from all over the country.” He says the committee is working on a rage of attractions for the 2011 show and is searching for a keynote speaker.
The Border Bike Fest will be held in Wodonga, Victoria: