The Boogaloo Invitational

The Boogaloo Invitational 2017 is a jamboree of some of the best classic Hot Rods and Choppers which all descended on the small town of Castlemaine for a massive weekend of vintage fury.

Boogaloo is a celebration of classic and vintage mean machines that’s open for everyone to enjoy, but display vehicles are by invitation only. This culminates in one of the finest displays around, boasting unique and timeless machines.

The rules for the display cars and bikes ensure a high and consistent quality, which Boogaloo is so famous for. These regulations are –

#1. Pre-1965 traditional style hot rods and customs
#2. No billet wheels or accessories
#3. No rat rods
#4. No stock cars
#5.No VW’s
#6 No I.F.S. on fenderless cars
#7. Customs must have at least 3 alterations
#8. Mag wheels must be 1960’s or earlier
#9. No E.F.I motors in open engine bays

Motorcycles
#1 Pre-1984 American & British traditional style bobbers and choppers
#2. Wheels – Spokes & early mag wheels

Punters had the option of getting a full 3-day dose of awesomeness, camping from the Friday to the Sunday, or simply just coming for a day trip. Hundreds make the pilgrimage from across Australia just for the show. Upon arrival, there’s a shitload of great stuff going on (besides the amazing machines) including tons of food, booze, trade stalls, car boot sale and some Psychedelic DJ’s.

The ethos of the event is to have the atmosphere and feel of a giant backyard BBQ with all your mates and their machines. There’s a strict no dickheads policy, and they’ve pulled it off again for 2017 in having a successful event. The Saturday had Boogaloo-Vision playing a bunch of visual goodness from film-makers, with the organisers being impressed at the attention spans of the crowd. “I can’t believe all those pissheads stood still for longer than 45 minutes!”

A special thanks to the sponsors who keep the Boogaloo’s wheels running, including DNA Custom Paints, Triumph Australia, Stromberg Carburetors, Biltwell, Coopers, Brooklyn Brewery, and the boys at Melbourne Moonshine.

Photos by – MY Media Sydney

 

 

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