Big crowd turns out for car show
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.
Karratha Bikers Association president Matt Peters and Ford Model A owner Peter Forbes.