BIKES BY THE BAY
“It’s all about the bikes!”
Held each year on the 4th Sunday in March Bikes By The Bay is WMCC’s biggest annual event. The aim’s of BBTB is two-fold. The first is to promote motorcycling in a family friendly environment that appeals to both the enthusiast and those who have a less intense knowledge.The second is to provide a show that is “all about the bikes”. There are no prizes or competitions, just a chance for motorcyclists to get together, talk about, and show off their bikes. Over the years this has enabled the event to grow to allow the public to view bikes from all areas of motorcycling from very special vintage bikes, to the latest model sports bikes, and everything in between. We regularly see rare and interesting machines brought out to give their owners a chance to simply sit and talk and share their bikes with other enthusiasts. Everything from a genuine works Ducati once campaigned by Bruno Spaggiari to custom Harleys and Triumphs make an appearance. It is probably the only show in the country where such a divergence of machines can be seen. Apart from all the obviously special machines we also have hundreds of everyday bikes which are special simply because they are loved by their proud owners. As we all know, next to riding their bikes motorcycle owners love nothing more than to talk about them. The show has recently been seen as an excellent opportunity for business promotion with several businesses which market motorcycle focused products and services setting up stands.
Apart from being a motorcycle show it is also WMCC’s primary fundraising event with all funds raised distributed among local charities including the Williamstown Hospital, Western Health, Hobson’s Bay Elderly Citizens Christmas Party and the Hobson’s Bay Toy Library. Funds are raised by gold coin entry donation, a sausagesizzle, a raffle and the generous support of sponsors by providing prizes for the raffle or donating money directly to the event. The club ensures this generous support is publically acknowledged on the day of the event.