We have set up this page to give you more specifics about the show and how it all works. In March 2017 we found our feet with the inaugural Machine Show. It was a steep learning curve for sure. We made a few mistakes, but all in all, the response was overwhelmingly positive, and that’s why we are back again.
Last year we basically promoted everything via instagram and word of mouth. We did some advertising by handing out posters and flyers and such but this year we are really targeting the classic, vintage and veteran clubs. If you are a member of a club please get in contact with us via firstname.lastname@example.org so we can make it easier for you to have your club here in Braidwood for the show weekend.
The dates for the 2018 show are Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th of March.
Gates will open at 12 midday on Friday so if you arrive early, head into town (Braidwood) only a km or so away, and grab a coffee and check out the shops. By 12 the gate will be open and the camp grounds set up. Sunday is roll out day and everyone must be cleared from the grounds prior to 5pm.
Ticket prices are slightly different to last year because we are offering a early-bird pre-sales through the website.
Adult Weekend Camp Pass $50
Teenager Weekend Camp Pass $20
Adult Weekend Camp Pass $55
Teenager Weekend Camp Pass $25
March 1st til the event:
Adult Weekend Camp Pass $60
Teenager Weekend Camp Pass $30
Saturday (only) Day/Camp Pass $40
Saturday (only) Day Pass (no camping) $20
Children 12 or under Free
Pensioner and Concession $40 (with card at the door)
Merchandise will also be offered via the website at a reduced rate, so if you would like to secure a t shirt, pre-order one when you buy your ticket and you will be able to pick it up at the bar during the event. There will be a limited number of shirts printed. If you want to secure one make sure you pre-order. We don’t want to have a heap of merchandise sitting in a box after the event, so numbers will be lean so we sell out.
Friday is a set up day. Once inside the Braidwood Showgrounds find yourself a campsite. Some of the sites are powered, some are not. Sites will fill on a first come/first served basis, so, if you really need power then make sure you are in early to secure a spot. Bring a power-board and or extension cable too if you want to share a power feed with another group of guys and girls. Grab a fire bin from the bar area and set up in a spot where your fire cant “get away” if its dry. We do our best to have firewood for sale at a really cheap rate, don’t buy from a servo on the way as its more expensive. Make sure you look after your fire and don’t leave it unattended. Also, don’t throw cans and rubbish that wont burn in the fire. Two of us had to sort all through the fire bins last year and I tell you that was no fun at all. Use the recycling and general rubbish bins throughout the grounds, one wont be far away.
The bar will be open from 12 midday Friday til 11pm on Friday night. Last year we left it a bit vague on purpose, but this year it’s a strictly no BYO policy. The most important thing to understand here is that the Braidwood Showgrounds is an equestrian centre, used for horse and cattle events etc. There cannot be ANY glass bottles etc within the grounds. If security see you with a bottle you will be escorted to the recycling bin so expect to drink that bottle on the spot or throw it out. Broken bottles in the grass cause havoc with the hoofs of horses and cattle and we just cant take the chance unfortunately. Bottle tops were everywhere through the grass last year and hours and hours had to be spent finding them and picking them up. Please respect this and don’t bring glass bottles into the grounds.
Young Henrys will be back with beer and cider this year, and we are hoping to secure a great deal with an amazing local winery so that we can have wine by the glass for you also at a great price. We have taken the approach of making small but really well chosen steps with the food and beverage offering so as to really get it right for you guys and girls coming to the show.
The number of food vendors will be slightly expanded this year, so as to increase the variety and also concentrate on trying to hit the mark pricewise for you.
Saturday morning the coffee guys will be pulling Little Marionette double espressos and all the standard coffees you would expect to help kick-start you into action and some of the food vendors will be offering breakfast too. The gate to the large grassed arena will open at 8am so if your bike is pre 1988 wheel it in, get a number and tag, write your name, year and model of the bike, put the tag on the throttle and make sure the bike is there between 11 and 4pm for judging and you are present when we have the presentations at 4pm or shortly thereafter.
Once again we will mention here that everyone is welcome to camp out for the weekend. You can ride any bike of any age to the event. Its simply that in order to display your bike in the arena on Saturday it must be 30 years or older.
Throughout the weekend, if you want to sell parts or a motorcycle we encourage you to set up shop at your camp site and treat the entire weekend as an informal swap meet.
Saturday lunch and evening the food vendors will be in full swing again and the bar of course will be open from 12 midday to 11pm. Please be aware that this is a family oriented weekend with adults of all ages in attendance. Intoxicated people will NOT be tolerated and Responsible Service of Alcohol marshalls will be on duty all weekend. If you cant handle your alcohol please put yourself in check before you go too far. Further on this note, any idiot behaviour involving burnouts, drags or anything even remotely out of line will be handed over to security. This is NOT the place for it. Inside the campgrounds is a no-idiot zone. If you want to muck up, please leave the premises or you WILL be asked to leave. Zero tolerance on this matter.
Our insurance, and your insurance, does not cover this behaviour and more importantly anyone that gets hurt.
Responsible owners have the choice to bring their pets (within reason) to the show. The owner must take full responsibility for their pet. If the pet does not have a docile nature please do not bring it to the show. There will be children around so if your pet is not kid friendly, or scared easily by loud noises, or prone to running around and could possibly cause an accident, please do not bring it to the show. Also, bring bags to clean up after your dog. There is nothing worse than stepping in some dogs shit that the owner didn’t clean up. Do the right thing, and be respectful of others in our community.
The Machine Show organisers are trying to promote a very laid-back weekend of motorcycles, camping, and hanging out round a campfire out in the country. We don’t pretend to be a music festival, and we don’t intend to be a dirt track/drag weekend. We have many friends that organise events like that and we will not step on their toes by putting on an event similar to theirs. We are about motorcycles, motorcycle history, veteran, vintage and classic motorcycles and the rich culture that goes hand in hand with that. The organisers have always respected and admired all types of motorcycles of all marques and The Machine Show is a celebration of that. Amazing things happen when motorcycles and owners of different ages get together in one place. We end up meeting new people and discovering new motorcycles that we might never have seen or heard about before. This in turn promotes a tighter and ever expanding motorcycle community here in Australia and that’s the long term goal of The Machine Show. So please, respect our show for what it is and its own positive aspects, and please don’t compare us to other shows that are put on by our friends. We are all trying to offer diversity with our shows and understand that each show may not be everything to everyone so please remember and respect that if you could.