Bikes on show for good cause

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Location(s): Rockingham, Western Australia

Commanding Officer of HMAS Stirling, Captain Brian Delamont, RAN, with his bike at HMAS Stirling's Show and Shine which was held at the Off Watch Centre; raising funds for the Prostrate Cancer Foundation of Australia and to support Long Ride 2016, a charity bike ride held to raise funds to help find a cure for the cancer. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)
Commanding Officer of HMAS Stirling, Captain Brian Delamont, RAN, with his bike at HMAS Stirling's Show and Shine which was held at the Off Watch Centre; raising funds for the Prostrate Cancer Foundation of Australia and to support Long Ride 2016, a charity bike ride held to raise funds to help find a cure for the cancer.

With an easterly sea breeze and revving engines combined, naval marine technicians and civilian motor enthusiasts alike could not be kept away from HMAS Stirling as they hosted  its first 'Show and Shine' motorcycle show.  

There were Harleys, Hondas and Ducatis aplenty  at the event held at the Stirling Off Watch Centre, to raise funds and provide publicity for the upcoming Long Ride 2016, an event to raise money for prostate cancer awareness.

Organiser Chief Petty Officer Electronic Warfare Submariner Paul Freestone said he got the idea for a bike show after hearing about a similar event held last year in Canberra.

“I figured that if a Show and Shine can be held in Canberra, why not here in Western Australia as there are many bike owners at Stirling and Fleet Base West,” he said.

“All up we had about 20 bikes entered in the show which was a great turnout seeing as it was organised at short notice and held the Thursday before Easter.

“The emphasis was to get people along on the day and support this very worthwhile charity.”

The winning bike was a Harley Davidson Deuce belonging to Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Grant Peck.

Long Ride 2016 Western Australian Coordinator RAAF Warrant Officer Neville Everett said this year’s WA version of the event involves a ride from Perth to Margaret River.

“You may think that sounds pretty easy but we’re going the long way round which is approximately 3,000 kilometres all up,” he said.

“First we’re going to Geraldton, across to Kalgoorlie and down to Esperance – at all stages along the trip we’ll stop at every town and engage with the local community.”

Warrant Officer Everett said as well as raising awareness of men’s health issues, the riders will also be “rattling a tin” to raise money for prostate cancer awareness.

The Long Ride finishes on 16 April.