Our Car and Bike Show Doubles Down

Gwen Harper - 28 January 2018

Sunday 21 Jan started early in Brighton with perfect weather, and a traffic jam at 8am outside the IGA.  Puzzled shoppers looked on at the stream of gorgeous cars slowly made their way towards Pontville Oval, until a Brighton Lions member, who was collecting the BBQ food that IGA had kindly donated, explained “oh that would be our Car and Bike Show!”.

The Queensland couple staying at Pontville in their caravan were equally surprised. “Best honeymoon ever!” said the groom, who was luckily a car enthusiast.

This year saw the volume of cars and bikes entered more than doubled, with a record 120+ souped-up and lovingly restored vehicles on display.  Community support for the event, which was raising money for Brighton Lions youth mental health projects, was incredibly heart-warming.

“We knew it was going to be big” said Chris Gimblett, president of Brighton Lions and chief organiser of the event, “because of all the community support and sharing of our Facebook event page.  But we didn’t expect it to be such a great success.  We cannot thank people enough, and will keep everyone informed on our Facebook page, website and in Brighton Community News on how their donations are supporting and helping young people in the Brighton municipality.”

But it wasn’t just Brighton residents and local car clubs who came along on the day.  Two car clubs from Launceston and one from Devonport supported the event, and visitors came from across Tasmania to check out the cars and bikes on display.   One car enthusiast hailed as far as England, telling the Lions team that he really enjoyed looking at the vintage Australian cars and he’d come back next year.

But you didn’t need to be a car expert to enjoy the day, as there was enough for the whole family to enjoy. The Jumping Castle and face-painting was popular, as was Auto Trim and Tint, Devils Coffee and Decadent Drinks and Delectables, all of which donated a part of their takings to the Brighton Lions fundraising cause.

Other organisations donated prizes for the lucky door competition.  Brighton Lions (and the prize-winners!) would like to thank Zoo Doo, Bonorong Wildlife Park, Biltons Restaurant @ Claremont House, Tassie Nats, Granada Tavern, Gold Class Limousines, YMCA and Motoring Diary.  A special shout-out to Lions club of Glenorchy and Clarence who helped Brighton Lions run the event.  Helping out is at the core of the Lions movement – if you’d like to get involved Brighton Lions are always looking for new members – come along to a meeting and hear more about what they do, or visit them at the canteen at Brighton Market, first Sunday of every month.  Email info@brightonlions.org.au or visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pg/LCBrighton/

Many great photos of the event are on their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/LCBrighton/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1795420657156655

The best news?  The event will be back again next year, so start revving those engines!


Car and Bike Show Up for a Good Cause

Gwen Harper - 10 January 2018

Brighton residents will be delighted to hear that the Brighton Car and Bike Show will again be held at Pontville Oval on January 21, 2018.    A great family day out, it was very popular last year with over 600 people coming to view the 50+ cars and bikes on display.

The Classic Ford Club have listed it in their events calendar and will be bringing a number of different F Trucks for fans to drool over.  But this event is not just limited to the professionals – it is open to all car and bike enthusiasts to bring their own car or bike along (even if it’s not quite finished yet!)   It’s a great place to see what others are doing, get ideas, swap notes and generally admire the hard work and dedication that makes restored or modified cars and bikes so special.  A number of car and bike suppliers have also agreed to set up stalls on the day.  There will be lucky door prizes, a jumping castle, bikes, show bags, coffee, the Brighton Lions Club BBQ, fairy floss and other food vendors at the event.

As Shane Caufield quoted on the Facebook event page “I will be there for my first time, virgin lol” – this comment sent in with a great photo of a lime green and black GTS dressed up for a wedding event.

For people bringing their cars and bikes, the cost is only $5 entry, with funds again going to a good cause.  For spectators not bringing a vehicle to display, a gold coin donation is requested, under 12s are free.

The event last year was raising money to buy a piece of medical equipment for the Royal Hobart Hospital that helps people undergoing chemotherapy to keep their hair.  This year the Lions Club of Brighton are raising money to run youth mental health programs in the Brighton municipality.  This is their second year running this project, 2017 saw 45 Grade 9 students going through 6 hours of training each, learning how to spot and provide mental health first aid to their peers.

Set up time for people bringing cars and bikes to display is between 8:00 am 8:30 am through the gates off Glen Lea Road, Pontville.   The Brighton Lions Car and Bike Show starts at 9am and finished at four pm.