✦ September will see the return of Motofest to Wauchope Showground. The event was held for three years pre-COVID and an online event was held in 2020. On Saturday 17th September it returns again, promising to be bigger and better than ever.
Wauchope is NSW's first Motorcycle Friendly Town and is very proud of their commitment to motorbike riders and to the wonderful business and community that have supported the initiative over the past six years.
The event has been an amazing achievement by some very dedicated volunteer committee members to help put Wauchope on the map, not just within Australia but also internationally. The Motorcycle Friendly Town of Wauchope are fortunate to be the starting point of one of the best motorbike rides in Australia, the Oxley Highway between Wauchope and fellow Motorcycle Friendly Town, Walcha.
Often regarded as one of the most spectacular riding roads in NSW, not only due to the 163kms of twists and turns changing to wide open runs, but also the amazing views and picturesque temperate rainforest, the Oxley Highway is in Wauchope’s backyard.
Motofest is "all about motorcycles"
And the September event will be no different. There will be plenty of opportunities to see motorbikes on display and in action. It is a very popular ‘Show 'n Shine’ event, one of the most hotly contested in Australia.
There are nine categories this year including Best British, American, European, Japanese, Rat Bike, Classic, Paint, Sidecar/Trike and Custom. The bikes will be on display all day with the winning bikes displayed in a 'Meet and Greet' around 1pm. Come and check them out and talk to the owners for some very interesting information and no doubt a few good stories about their pride and joys.
Feature Group - 'The Lady Riders'
The Motofest organising committee put out a call out for lady riders to join in on the grand parade ride-in held as part of the opening ceremony at around 10am. Riders will be in attendance from all over the state for this part of the show, there will be bikes of all brands and colours.
A proud display of the women in motorcycling who are excited to show their rides and catch-up with each other and share stories of their bikes and their adventures, it will make a spectacular addition to the parade. There will also be a Peoples Choice competition for the Lady Riders. Anyone who attends Motofest can vote for their favourite bike and the winner will take home one of the custom, hand crafted trophies. The winning bike will receive a custom, handcrafted trophy and one lucky voter will win a ride in a sidecar, thanks to Epic Rides and Tours.
Skill and precision mixed with a bit of fun and excitement, the gymkhana is a great spectacle taking in four events. The first is a slow skill event where each rider must complete the course in the slowest time possible without putting their feet on the ground.
The second event is a barrel roll. Again, a precision event with the challenge of having to roll an empty beer keg within your own lane. If the barrel goes outside the lane, you are out of the game.
The third is the ball and cone. This is a rider and pillion event and requires riders to gather tennis balls off the top of cones along the track. A great example of teamwork for the rider and pillion.
The fourth and final Gymkhana event is called 'Wildlife Rescue'. This one is always a crowd pleaser requiring the rider to carefully navigate the track dodging the local wildlife (stuffed toy animals) while the pillion scoops them up with a net. Four skilled and fun events to delight participants and spectators alike.
Introducing friends to Motofest 2022
Motofest welcomes the involvement this year from members of Port Macquarie Classic Motorcycle Club who will be displaying some motorbike treasures and will share their history and love of their bikes. The bikes will be individually displayed throughout the day with an interview of the owner giving a little background into what makes their bike unique. There are some awesome stories behind these bikes and we look forward to hearing all about them.
Always very popular with the crowd, there will be eight categories including best arm and leg, most realistic, best motorbike related and most tattoos overall. At past events the Tattoo Show was a sight to be seen and the quality of the tattoos was, and will be, very high and very hotly contested. Again, the winners of each category will receive a custom, handcrafted trophy by our local artisan Guy from G.C.W Trading.
Trade and Market Stalls plus fun for the kids
Plenty of trade and market stalls will be on site with displays of motorcycle accessories, clothing, safety and much more including motorbike shops from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie and, of course, Wauchope’s very own RSM Motorcycles.
Plus a giant inflatable obstacle course will delight the kids and face painting and spray on tattoos will be free for the youngsters on the day.
There will also be a display from Reptile Solutions with reptile encounters and talks throughout the day. Maybe have the chance to get a photo with a snake if you're game!
With plenty of food and coffee options including our local Lions Club BBQ and a great assortment of food trucks, coffee, ice cream and desserts, there will be something for everyone to keep you fueled up for a busy day. Local brewer Black Duck Brewery will be there to provide some refreshment options and a place to come together and share some stories and catch-up over a cool drink.
From the Motofest Team
It's a big day in the Wauchope calendar and we look forward to meeting everyone and sharing the passion for motorcycles and our Motorcycle Friendly Town. At our last event in 2019 the top three reasons for coming to Wauchope for Motofest were to check out the bikes, eat out at local cafes and meet the Wauchope locals. We encourage everyone to come along and share in this day celebrating all things Motorcycle.
No need to pre-book tickets, just turn up on the day and pay at the gate. The best part - it's only $10 to get in and kids under 18 are free.
The organising committee would like to take this opportunity to thank our major supporters: AMA (Australian Motorcyclist Association), Wauchope Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Port Macquarie Hastings Council, Destination NSW, Shannons Insurance, TAFE NSW, Hastings Co-operative and all of the local businesses of Wauchope who give us both financial support and encouragement.
A Wauchope Chamber Sub-Committee
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