-- Motorcycle Expo makes a massive impact in Melbourne
The Australian Motorcycle Expo’s return to Melbourne was met with an exceptional response from visitors and exhibitors alike with just on 20,000 two-wheel enthusiasts passing through the doors over a bumper three-day period.
Last hosted at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in 2010, anticipation ahead of the event was high with over 150 exhibitors signing on to sell out the capacity floor space early.
The presence of all major motorcycle brands made the show a ‘must-see’ for riders in the market for a first bike, an upgrade or simply a new toy for the garage.
The range of aftermarket accessory and service providers was comprehensive and covered every need of a variety of visitors.
Troy Bayliss’ headline appearance drew hundreds to the QBE Stage where he signed autographs for a long-line of fans.
Australian racing identities including Josh Waters, Shawn Giles, Todd Waters and many more were on hand to meet and greet with visitors, as was Shannon Johnson to present the winner of his BMW race bike fairings which were auctioned off for men’s health charity awareness.
UK husband and wife couple Simon and Lisa Thomas captivated many – including national Sunrise TV audiences – with tales of their 10-year, 420,000km road trip which will continue beyond Melbourne.
Crowds made their way to the Action Arena as the growl of bikes brought the venue to life – the Showtime FMX team, Flair Trials riders and stunt rider Lukey Luke all received an exceptional response across three big days of shows.
Newly-appointed Exhibition Manager Mal Jarrett thanked a record number of exhibitors for their dedicated and effort to make the Australian Motorcycle Expo Melbourne a success.
“The Australian Motorcycle Expo Melbourne could not be what it is without the significant investment of time and resources by our exhibitors who strive to create the best experience possible for visitors,” said Jarrett.
“It was another fantastic Exhibition and we’ve been pleased with the initial feedback from exhibitors who are already enquiring about opportunities to be a part of the next event.
“The range of guests, Action Arena talent and attractions helped to create a great atmosphere and one that many have come to associate with the Australian Motorcycle Expo.
“We’d like to recognise in particular our presenting sponsor, QBE Insurance, for their ongoing support of the event and the industry as a whole.
“We’d also like to both welcome and thank Isuzu D-Max, the event’s Official Vehicle Partner, and GoPro, the event’s Official Action Sports Camera, for their input and support.”
The next event on the calendar is the 2013 Sydney Motorcycle and Scooter Expo. In the coming months details will also be made available about the return of the Australian Motorcycle Expo to Brisbane in 2014.
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