Perth Vintage Motorcycle Club of WA Show and Swap Meet
The VMCCWA Show and Swap meeting, which has run since the 1980s, attracted the biggest crowd ever to check out any bargains but also to browse amongst the incredible collection of machines on display, some being amongst the rarest in Australia. The VMCCWA, with over 600 members, is a non-profit association, run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts and entirely dependent on volunteer members who donate their time and energy. Entry fees cover expenses and any excess is ploughed back into the next show or used to make charitable donations to community organisations. The club also conducts regular club runs, has a parts store and an extensive library for members. The Motorcycle Show this year was a credit to the members with 130 displaying machines and close to 50 members volunteering on the day to manage the gates, catering, displays and directing traffic. The Show had a dedicated website and a Facebook page which kept club members and the public informed. The website carried detailed information panels on most of the machines on display. The Facebook page reached over 29,000 people which was a great result and a contributor to the success of the Show. Machines on display ranged from a 1910 Norton to a 1996 Bimota. The Club values preservation, originality and a love of motorcycles. A range of machines, utilitarian, ordinary, sporting, touring or plain basic transport, conveyed a sense of history better than show ponies. The prize winners were chosen for their machine’s uniqueness, public interest, historical value or pure thrill factor. Next year the Club has plans to expand the show and is hoped that even more machines will be on display next year to beat this year’s record turnout.
ABOVE The main display. RIGHT 1960 3TA Triumph ‘Bathtub’ for sale at the Swap Meet. BELOW BSA Spitfire up for grabs at the swap meet. ABOVE Steve de Mol’s XA Harley Davidson, a wartime copy of the German flat twin. Only a few hundred were ever made. Only two are in Australia.