Bands and belly dancers as bikers come to town

BANDS and belly dancers will be just some of the many highlights of this weekend’s Gloucester Motorcycle Expo.

Starting May 4, the event is expected to draw a crowd in excess of 1000 bikers.

Run by the Rotary Club, the event attracts riders from across the Hunter, New England and Mid North Coast.

A vintage motocross exhibition featuring two categories - bikes built before 1975 and bikes built before 1985 - is sure to attract a capacity crowd on Saturday night.

“This is the fifth year we’ve run the event,” Rotary Club president Peter Markey said.

Mr Markey said the event was a showcase for the Gloucester region as a place to come for bikers.

“Five of us in the club ride bikes,” he said.

“There are a lot of bikes that come through town, and we wanted to showcase that Gloucester is a biker-friendly place.”

He said the reception to the event had been positive, with organisers expecting record crowds at this year’s expo.

“We’ve had so many enquiries leading into the weekend,” Mr Markey said.

“We have firm commitments from motorbike shops and suppliers who have previously attended the expo, as well as the support of the local Ulysses Club, North Coast vintage motorcycle club and the Motorcycle Museum who will have displays at the event.”

Belly dancers will entertain guests on Saturday night, with live music from band Circus Mule and local singer-songwriter Bec Willis.

There will also be a show ‘n’ shine, burnout pad, food, drink, a bar and free camping.

“The aim of the weekend is to show our town’s support for motorcyclists, as well as raising funds which we intend to use to increase safety signage on the Thunderbolts Way,” Mr Markey said.

One lucky person at this year’s expo will also walk away with an action sports camera that can be attached to any motorcycle helmet.

The popular burnout pad will return in 2013.

The popular burnout pad will return in 2013.