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At Least They Realised.......

Well at least the organisers of Bikemania realise there were some problems - the following is a media release from the event director....

Organisers of the Bikemania Supershow are celebrating after their expectations of attendance for Brisbane 's first stand alone motorcycle show were blown away by a huge crowd of 38,443 people last weekend.

Mark Harvey, Event Director of organiser Showtime Events, said he had been hoping for around 25,000 visitors over the two days, but the end result was far beyond our expectations.

"This is a great result for the motorcycle industry and proves the growing popularity of motorcycling both as a past time and as a means of efficient, economical transport," said Mr Harvey

"We knew the show was going to be popular and attract good crowds but nothing like what we got. The line-up on Saturday morning was over 500 meters long which unfortunately deterred some patrons from coming in to the show.

"I have organised more than 200 shows over the past 15 years and never before have I seen so many people arrive at a show so quickly. It definitely caught us off guard," said Harvey

"Based on the amount of visitors, I'm pretty confident we can claim the title as the biggest motorcycle show in Australia now, especially given that the enormous crowd was achieved over a two day period," said Harvey

Whilst the show proved popular with patrons and exhibitors reported great results, organisers have already commenced plans for a major overhaul of the event.

"We are not entirely happy with the final outcome of the show. There will be some major changes including a rethink on how we use the venue next time," said Harvey

"The Brisbane RNA Showgrounds is a great venue, it's so central and offers great diversity but I don't think we utilized the facility to its full potential.

"Now that we have used the venue in operation mode, we have a better idea on how we can improve this event for both exhibitors and patrons"

Relocating certain sections of the show into new pavilions, extra seating and shade areas, more ticketing facilities and a possible change of dates to a cooler time of the year are some of the changes organisers will be implementing for the 2007 show.

Making sure the show is substantially different in style and content from the typical motorcycle exhibitions that are run in other cities is also an iatrical part of the Organisers vision for the event.

"Our objective is to provide motorcycle enthusiasts with an event that is much more than just a static exhibition. More activities, entertainment and events are definitely on the agenda for next years show"

"We want to give motorcycle riders the opportunity to be part of this event in a much bigger way than by just coming along as a visitor.

"Whether it's through a club display, planned activity or entering their bikes into the competitions, we want bike owners to relish this opportunity. The event is about them and their bikes so it's imperative they become infused with the event.

"We will continue to work hard in making sure our exhibitors and sponsors are getting the results they deserve, but we will work equally as hard to ensure the motorcycle community is well and truly apart of Bikemania.

"Creating a motorcycle festival that embraces all genres of motorcycles is paramount and last weekends Bikemania Supershow is a great start to our vision," said Harvey.


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