Bikes ride for record attempt
A SNAKE of revving engines stretched its way across the Lockyer Valley on Saturday in a motorbike ride set for the record books.
More than 2500 motorbikes of every size, shape and colour pulled out of Gatton in an endless stream of two-wheeled mayhem, which will hopefully win a place in the Guiness Book of Records for the longest bike parade.
Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones said the conga line of thousands of bikes was an incredible sight.
“The first of the bikes was arriving in Gatton while bikes were still leaving Laidley,” Cr Jones said.
“It was a great success.”
As well as raising funds for youth charities Young Care and Bravehearts the ride was also a birthday celebration for a very special bike.
The Honda CB 750 SOHC Club, the group which organised the event, was out in force to celebrate the 40th birthday of the bike they love so much they named their club after it.
A weary but happy club president Paul Crowther was still recovering from the massive event yesterday but said the ride had been a big hit with riders from all over the state.
“It was absolutely brilliant,” Mr Crowther said.
He said he woke up Monday morning to an inbox full of emails praising the organisers for such a wonderful event and asking when the next one was.
Lockyer Valley Council is still retrieving data from its counting machine, but Mayor Jones said he had counted at least 2600 bikes.
He said about 4000 to 5000 visitors providing a significant boost to the local economy too.