Dad’s day

Big crowd turns out for car show

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

The an­nual Fa­ther’s Day bike, car and four-wheel-drive show in Dampier has pulled a big crowd and or­gan­is­ers are hope­ful of match­ing last year’s fundrais­ing to put back into the com­mu­nity.

The show is run by the Kar­ratha Bik­ers As­so­ci­a­tion and sees Pil­bara mo­torists’ pride and joy pol­ished up and put on dis­play for a day at Hamp­ton Oval with the chance to win prizes as well.

Dampier res­i­dent Peter Forbes’ ve­hi­cles proved pop­u­lar af­ter tak­ing home four awards for his var­i­ous bikes and cars on dis­play.

Mr Forbes said col­lect­ing and pre­serv­ing mo­tor­bikes and cars had been a pas­sion in­her­ited from his late fa­ther.

“You in­herit these genes I think,” he said.

“There are no com­put­ers and no high-tech stuff, it’s just plain and sim­ple me­chan­ics so if you can keep them go­ing they will al­ways be here.

“My dad passed away at Christ­mas time un­for­tu­nately but he would have loved to see his bikes on dis­play to­day.

“It’s just some­thing he re­ally loved and he would be look­ing down to­day go­ing ‘that’s awe­some’.”

For the record, Mr Forbes drives around a very nor­mal Nis­san Navara as his ev­ery­day ride.

Kar­ratha Bik­ers As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Matt Peters said reg­is­tra­tion num­bers were down but he was pleased with how the day went.

“We had a fan­tas­tic turnout, es­pe­cially the way things are in town with ev­ery­thing be­ing qui­eter,” he said.

“You can see peo­ple’s pas­sion, the peo­ple who bring their rides down spend hours pre­par­ing them for the day to show them off.

“Hope­fully this year with the good turnout we will be able to put back about the same as we did last year into the com­mu­nity.

“Fan­tas­tic sup­port as well from the spon­sors and the com­mu­nity com­ing down and en­joy­ing the day, that’s why we keep do­ing it.”

Mr Peters said it was good to see more en­trants on the 4WD and heavy ve­hi­cle cat­e­gories.

Red Dog 4WD Club en­tered sev­eral ve­hi­cles this year, with pres­i­dent Mark Hannon get­ting the nod for best mod­i­fied rig for his jacked up Nis­san Pa­trol.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Kar­ratha Bik­ers As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Matt Peters and Ford Model A owner Peter Forbes.

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