PERTH MOTORCYCLE AND SCOOTER SHOW

charley boorman_edited-1I have a confession: this was my first motorcycle show I’ve ever been to. I have been to car shows in my native Texas, but never a motorcycle show. I’ve only just moved to Perth a few months ago and I was excited to experience my first show as staff at Kart World Belmont. We were at the 20th annual Perth Motorcycle and Scooter Show this past weekend at the Claremont Showgrounds and had a lot of fun.

We got everything organized and set up the day before the show. Everything was in place and we were positioned right in front of the entrance, a great spot in my humble opinion! When I came on Friday, the first day of the show, I saw Charley Boorman, whose face was everywhere—on the posters, the show’s website and even tattooed on people’s arms! The last part is an obvious exaggeration, but you get the picture.

Now I have another confession: when I saw Boorman, I recognized his face, but I didn’t know who he was. That didn’t stop me from grabbing my video camera and asking him for an interview. By his facial expression, I could tell that I had caught him off guard. I know that facial expression because it was the same look I got from John Kerry when I sidestepped his bodyguards in the lobby of a hotel and insisted on getting a picture with him. No shame, my friend.

fmx stunt_edited-1Back to Charley now. I asked him a couple of questions about the performance he was doing at the show and why he thought biking around Australia was important. Hopefully these questions didn’t give away the fact that I didn’t know who he was, but even if it did, I highly doubt he will remember who I am; however, later I realized I DID know who Boorman was! I remember watching his show “Long Way Round” about eight years ago with my family, which documented his journey with friend Ewan McGregor as they drove their motorbikes from London to New York. It was a fascinating show, and I would have complimented him on it… had I remembered that I did, in fact, know who he was after all.

After the interview , I watched some awesome FMX stunts performed by Josh Sheehan and others. They would accelerate their bikes over the ramp and jump meters into the air, doing flips and kicks. As someone terrified of heights, I was in awe. I got some great shots of their tricks and the crowds cheering. I was then captivated by the immensely large Coke can that stood adjacent to the arena at the Showgrounds. It reminded me of the gigantic inflatable beer can put on display in front of the fairgrounds at my hometown’s rodeo every year, but that’s a story for another time kids. Mesmerized, I took some pictures of the Coke can and moved on.

The scheduling of the events worked out fantastic! After every event there was a window of time to just wander about until the next on began. I got to check out all the bikes! I honestly don’t know that much about bikes, but I talked to some people about the different kinds, including a vintage Harley from the 1940s. I was curious about that one because it reminded me of the bikes used in Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade. True story.

matt mingayMy jaw literally dropped when I watched stunts performed by Matt Mingay and other stunt drivers from Stuntz Incorporated. I seriously could not believe how they didn’t fall or hurt themselves. They earned major respect from me with their gravity-defying stunts. Honestly, not only that, but I respect anyone who has balance like. Perhaps it’s because I don’t have balance.. Do you have balance? I respect that.

Back at the home base, we welcomed people and let the little kids take pictures in the kart. It was so much fun seeing the little ones getting excited to sit in the karts, pretending to steer and race. Because karting is generally a platform for other forms of motorsport racing, it was fun knowing that some of these kids might get their start in motorsport by karting.

The show was an opportunity for us to engage with the public, hand out some vouchers and learn more about motorcycles and scooters. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and look forward to the 2014 Perth Motorcycle and Scooter Show.