Col McAndrew, and motorcycling legend Jack Ahearn of Goonallabah, hope this weekend's Northern Rivers Classic Motorcycle Club Show will be a triumph.
Col McAndrew, and motorcycling legend Jack Ahearn of Goonallabah, hope this weekend's Northern Rivers Classic Motorcycle Club Show will be a triumph. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Bike beauties’ classic appeal to draw crowds to show

GLEAMING chrome on more than 60 classic motorcycles is the drawcard to raise money for charity at the Northern Rivers Classic Motorcycle Club's member's bikes show at Alstonville this weekend.

Northern Rivers Classic Motorcycle Club president Col McAndrew said the show was previously held at the club's annual rally in September but for the first time the club decided to make the show an annual event every March.

He said the pre-1984 model bike show will feature "classic not plastic" members' motorcycles from BMWs and BSAs to Yamahas and Harley Davidsons.

"We have a member that's coming from Kyogle who is bringing a trailer with six bikes," he said.

A highlight of the show will be the presentation of the trophy for the best presented motorcycle by club patron and Lismore motorcycling legend Jack Ahern.

A former Grand Prix motorcycle racer, Mr Ahern came second in the 1964 500cc World Championship.

Mr McAndrew said the club was honoured to have Mr Ahern kindly donate one of his numerous trophies to the club to become a perpetual trophy for the annual bike show.

"Jack has been the patron of the club for about 10 years and he used to ride with the club until eight years ago."

The North Coast Cancer Institute has been chosen as the charity to benefit from the show.

"Many of our members know people who have had cancer or prostate-related problems and the North Coast Cancer Institute assured us the money will remain on the Northern Rivers to help treat people here," Mr McAndrew said.

Mr McAndrew said the motorcycle spectacular won't be confined to the show, with members of the Gold Coast BMW Club, the Coffs Harbour Club the Clarence Valley Classic Bike Club and the Northern Rivers Ulysses Club riding to Alstonville.

Bike show

The Northern Rivers Classic Motorcycle Club event will be held at the Alstonville Plaza Shopping Centre on Sunday, March 16, from 9am to 1pm.

Entry is by way of a gold coin donation to support the North Coast Cancer Institute.


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