I’m not suggesting for one minute that we’re all fair-weather riders, but a bit of sunshine goes a long way to lifting the mood and encouraging us to get on our bikes and ride. Not only that, but sunshine is a blessing for any events that have been painstakingly organised.
Last weekend saw perfect weather to complement the Motorcycle Appreciation Show, organised by Pat and Beverley of V-Customs Motorcycles in Centurion. Taking place at the Royal Elephant Hotel in Eldoraigne, this second edition of the show expanded its programme to include not only some of the tastiest custom creations from V-Customs and others but also representation from all modern motorcycle brands and a selection of classic bikes as well as apparel and accessory suppliers and food and drink stalls.
The main hall was given over to a huge variety of custom creations, from incredible scooters to jaw-dropping customs, based on all manner of bikes. The level of craftsmanship displayed throughout the hall was hugely impressive and served as a heartening sign of the existence of some seriously creative builders in South Africa.
Outside, in the blazing (and hot!) sunshine, visitors were treated to some fine live music, displays of new motorcycles from all the major manufacturers, excellent food and drink, ample undercover seating and just the best atmosphere, with a lot of new and familiar faces among the crowd.
Over 4000 people came through the gates over the course of the three-day event, which is encouraging, given the number of conflicting events taking place as well as it being Father’s Day on the Sunday. Last year, pet food and supplies were collected but the distribution of the nearly six tons of produce to animal shelters proved to be too difficult and time-consuming, so this year a cash donation will be presented.
A huge thank you is deservedly given to Pat and Beverley for all their hard work on behalf of the motorcycling community of Gauteng. This is an event that is going to grow and grow in the coming years and deserves our support.