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!