Long-standing Swap

Members ready for the Maleny Swap

Members ready for the Maleny Swap

The Sunshine Coast branch of the Historical Motorcycle Club of Queensland will hold their annual Motorcycle Swap Meet at the Maleny Showgrounds on March 10.  This year will the 25th consecutive year of the event.

The Historical Motorcycle Club of Qld has well over 1000 members Queensland-wide and, of those, approximately 140 members reside here on the Sunshine Coast.

The club encourages the restoration and maintenance of historic, vintage and veteran motorcycles.   Club activities include social rides, show and shines, and exhibitions, which the general public can enjoy while they remember machines from the past.

Club Secretary, Keith Canning, says, “A club motorcycle must be 30 years old so that includes any bike up until 1986. Our members have bikes ranging back to 1912 and everything in between.”

The club also raises and donates money to charities which include the Queensland Cancer Council, Prostate Cancer and Breast Cancer to name a few.

“The club takes this role very seriously and enjoys seeing our fundraising put to good use,” Keith adds.

This gates will open for this year’s Swap at 6am for sellers/vendors and then at 7am for buyers and the general public. The swap will trade all day until 6pm.

The Swap boasts it very own food court which will have a wide variety of tasty food available to feed the many who attend.

“The Maleny Lions Club is our main food provider and has been for years,” explains Keith.  “They use this event as a major fundraiser to support their own community programs.

“We also will have other food vendors which will ensure we have a large variety of food available to suit everyone’s taste.

“We invite anyone to come along to the Swap. If you have something to sell then you need a swap site. That will cost you only $5. If you want to buy something or just look then that will cost you $5 also.

“You can camp there Friday and Saturday nights, which will only cost you $5 per person per night.”

Items for sale are restricted to ‘motorcycle related’, but this provides a very wide cross-section from which to choose.

“You will find complete motorcycles, engines, gearboxes, frames, tyres, lots of parts, accessories, riding clothes, books, photographs and paintings.  The list goes on. There are also trade and club displays.”

People come each year from all over Queensland, and many from interstate. Maleny will see plenty of visitors enjoying the town, and seeking accommodation and food.

“We would love to welcome you and maybe you’d like to join our club and share the love of old motorcycles,” says Keith. “The club tent will be there, so make sure you come and see us.”

For more information call Allan on 0427573002.