One small step for man, one giant effort from all involved to make what was undoubtedly the biggest and best Throttle Roll yet! It was a mammoth task with limited time to throw it all together, but the first Street Party that Throttle Roll has thrown was a huge success, and plans for 2017 are already under way.
Bright and early on Sunday June 12th, riders and their steeds gathered in the cold morning air for the Throttle Roll Ride with over 250 bikes present. A mix of just about every style of bike was in attendance, as the roaring cavalcade headed down through the national park before heading back to Railway Parade in Marrickville for the Throttle Roll Street Party. The ride moved along without a hitch – sure there was a break down or two but that’s to be expected on these rides and everyone arrived at the venue ready to park up and get partying.
The sky could not have been more perfect, as the gods beamed their warm favour down upon the rows of bikes, trade stands and food trucks that eagerly awaited the growing crowd in Marrickville. The bikes from the morning’s ride wheeled into the venue as punters lined the gates, showing their pre-paid tickets or purchasing some at the booth. The essence of Throttle Roll shone as the huge variety of people in attendance mingled and admired the 65+ bikes that were on display across three tiers of scaffolding.
After the coffees were downed and folks started to defrost, grumbling tummies were appeased with amazing food by Bovine & Swine, Tsuru, Happy As Larry and Fired Up. Once the music kicked off, the day was truly in full swing. Young and old took to the front of stage to dance and bop along to the likes of The Snowdroppers, Pat Capocci, Los Tones, The Persian Drugs, Deep South & Down, Wes Pudsey & the Sonic Aces, Frank Sultana & The Sinister Kids and The Drey Rollan Band while Limpin’ Jimmy & The Swingin’ Kitten provided plenty of music and banter between sets along with The Slippery Trouts DJ’s later into the evening.
Kids of all ages had a go on the Bucking Bull ride that was available for free all day, and a hefty crowd gathered around it well into the evening as more jubilant folks had a go, much to the amusement of everyone there. It was fantastic to see so many people, from so many walks of life and age brackets all come together with mutual enjoyment for this day – along with plenty of adorable pets! By the end of the day over 6,000 people have enjoyed the event, a tremendous number that will no doubt continue to grow along with Throttle Roll.
A very special thanks to all the volunteers who donated their time to put this event together, make sure it ran smoothly, and then pack it all down. A big thank you as well to all our sponsors, who made sure this event could go ahead. This includes Shannons, Yamaha Motor Australia, Ducati Australia & New Zealand, Moto Guzzi Australia, Royal Enfield Australia & New Zealand, BMW Motorrad Australia, Deus Ex Machina Motorcycles, Sol Invictus Motorcycle Co., MCA Motorcycle Accessories Supermarket Pty Ltd, Pipeburn, Jack Daniel’s Australia, Finlandia Vodka MY Media Sydney