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Thousands attend a succsesful Toodyay Motorcycle Festival

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Motorcycle enthusiasts from near and far were treated with a day out in one of WA's best known bike destinations at the first Toodyay Motorcycle Festival last weekend.

The one-day festival attracted around 2000 people to the main street of Toodyay, and the afternoon rain certainly did nothing to dampen people's moods!

A whole range of things to see and do kept visitors entertained throughout the day; and the atmosphere was exactly what you'd expect from a town that has experienced hard times, but was not letting that stop them. Comments from visitors and locals praised the efforts of organisers in brining a festival to Toodyay, and giving the local something to talk about for weeks to come.

Show organiser Peter Woods said the main focus of the Toodyay Motorcycle Festival was that it was a charity event, with the Making a Difference ride being a main feature of the day.

"The Making a Difference (M.A.D.) rides are held regularly to raise money for spinal injury research at Shenton Park Hospital."

"This M.A.D. ride had around 800 bikes in a massive convoy that started in Stratton and finished on the main street of Toodyay ‰ÛÒ which was an impressive sight when they arrived at the Show," he said.

The proceeds raised for the Shenton Park Rehabilitation Unit and Spinal Care amounted to $15,000 from this event.

The Toodyay Motorcycle Festival featured a range of exhibitors in stalls along Stirling Street, plus local businesses were open for trade. Live bands could be heard all day, and the numerous pubs and cafes did a roaring trade as visitors dined in comfort while having the best seats to view the Show.

Thousands attend a succsesful Toodyay Motorcycle Festival
Exhibitions included Hunter Motorcycles, who showed their Hunter Spyder; naXsaX clothing, with their range of specifically designed and tailored motorcycle clothing and accessories; Pachamama Garments, who were selling leather jackets and vests; and Adventure Cams who were demonstration their latest technologies. Other exhibitors included Honda, Perth Street Bikes and the Motorbike Rider's Association of WA.

The entertainment for the day was everything an adrenalin junkie could want, with moto trials giving crowds a demonstration of what can be achieved on a bike; plus the awesome and exciting freestyle motorcross demonstrations. Riders from ASPExtreme performed two main shows, giving crowds a thrill as they jumped, flipped and performed amazing aerial stunts on their purpose built track in the middle of Stirling Street.

Peter Woods has been involved in motorbike festivals for many years, having built up the Perth Motorcycle and Scooter Show, plus the well known Northam Motorcycle Festival. Peter said plans were underway for the next Toodyay Motorcycle Festival, and more details would be released soon.

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