Full Throt­tle Saloon

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Tues­day, 9.30pm, A&E Wel­come to sea­son three of Saloon, a rock gui­tar-fu­elled re­al­ity pro­gram about the world’s largest biker bar. When we last checked in (on the de­but of sea­son two, in July), the fad­ing venue, housed on 12ha in Sturgis, South Dakota, had been owned by Mike Bal­lard since 1999. He’s still there. Though the place can hold 15,000 guests a night it can open for only 10 days a year in Au­gust dur­ing the Sturgis Mo­tor­cy­cle Rally. This is episode three and we’re only up to day two. Snail’s pace. As usual the pres­sure is on for Bal­lard and his team to cre­ate a mas­sive event and draw a year’s salary in un­der a fort­night. I find it hard to tell the dif­fer­ence be­tween this sea­son and the pre­vi­ous one. But if your idea of joy is thou­sands of burly, half-naked bikies, a burn-out pit, a tat­too par­lour, zip lines, a wrestling ring, rows of shops, hun­dreds of cab­ins for rent and all the shenani­gans con­tained therein, then you have come to the right place. It is amaz­ing how

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