Countdown begins to 2017 York Motorcycle Festival, and Show and Shine

CAPTION: This year's York Motorcycle Festival will be held on Sunday, April 23. The Show and Shine in the town hall is sure to be a highlight, again.

SOME of Western Australia’s most impressive old and not-so-old bikes will be on show in less than four weeks from now, when sponsors Clean Ride and Motorcycle Panel & Paint present the 2017 York Motorcycle Festival’s ‘Show and Shine’ contest.

The Show and Shine was a standout feature of the Festival last year. Among our favourites were a MkIV Moto Guzzi LeMans 1000 (we tracked down its owner and did a story on the bike; you can read it here),  a very early Honda 750 Four, a blue Z1 (the same bike took out ‘People’s Choice’ at the recent 2017 Japanese Bike Show), a stunning chopper, and a couple of big ballsy two strokes; an RG500 and and RZ500. (Actually, we could pretty much name every bike in the hall …)


There will be nine categories this year, plus extra awards for Best in Show and People’s Choice.

Winners in each category will take home a trophy, a $100 voucher from Motorcycle Panel & Paint, a $100 Detailing voucher from Clean Ride, plus a Clean Ride care kit and gift bag. The Best in Show will also win a $500 voucher from Motorcycle Panel & Paint.

CAPTION: The interior of the historic York Town Hall, 2016. What a great spot for a bike show.



The categories for 2017 are:

  • Best Vintage/Post-Vintage (1919 – 1949);
  • Best Classic (1950- 1969);
  • Best Modern Classic (1970 – 1989);
  • Best Modern (1990+);
  • Best Cruiser;
  • Best Cafe Racer;
  • Best Sports Bike;
  • Best Three Wheeler;
  • Best Scooter, and;
  • Best Off Road.

Entry fee is $10 per bike, with proceeds to charity. A runner up in each category will be awarded a medallion.

 Clean Ride chief Roberto Rossi, whose business specialises in making bikes look their best, said the York Show and Shine contest provided West Australian bike buffs with a great opportunity to share their pride-and-joy motorcycles.


“WA is home to many outstanding bikes, and events like this one enable thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to enjoy them,” he said.

“The quality of entries last year was amazingly high. I can’t wait to see what bikes get rolled out for 2017.”

Simon Landrie, from Motorcycle Panel & Paint, said he was especially pleased to be sponsoring the ‘Best in Show’ category.

“It’s a great achievement to win any category at York, but there’s only one ‘Best In Show’,” Simon said. “The toughest job will be the judging.”

There’s still time to enter your bike in the Show and Shine. You’ve got until 4pm Friday April 21. Other entry details are here.

Of course, there’s a lot more to the York Motorcycle Festival than the show and shine.

CAPTION: The main street of York turns into Western Australia’s motorcycle headquarters for a day.

This year will see the official launch of the Avon Valley as Australia’s first ‘motorcycle friendly region’. There’ll be prizes on offer to mark the launch, and a couple of options to join a celebratory ride from Perth and hinterlands through the valley and out to York. (Stay tuned; we’ll post a separate article on that in the next week or two.)

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In case you were late coming in, the York Motorcycle Festival is staged on the main street of York, plus the town hall and ‘Peace Park’. The festival features trade and market stalls, motorcycle stunt riders and stunt displays, live music, kids activities, charity ride, raffles and prizes, and food and drink stalls.

The festival starts with a free family concert from 6pm on the Saturday (April 22), then the main event is on the Sunday. The festival is free and family-friendly.



Flashback: See our coverage of last year’s show here.

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