Throttle Roll 2014
A simply Sydney beer garden hosted Australia’s largest annual custom bike and culture show. Comb in the pomade, grab the open facer and kick start your creation: it’s time to rock ‘n’ roll at Throttle Roll…
Rockin’ wrists and hottie hips were a twistin’ all night long at Throttle Roll, a custom bike and classic culture show at The Vic Hotel in Enmore, Sydney, and if you weren’t there then say a prayer because only The Lord can save your soul.
Held over the weekend of May 10, Throttle Roll is an annual gathering that celebrates custom motorcycle and Rockabilly culture with a 70-strong display of café racers, bobbers and trackers as well as the coolest jumpin’ and jivin’ tunes and threads. None of this stopped a mix of modern machines congregating in the streets to take part in Sydney’s biggest block party.
The free event kicked off from around midday on the Saturday but, for riders, it started much earlier preparing their bikes, tickling their carbs and kick-starting high-compression bastards for a three-hour jaunt from Royal National Park to The Vic.
By mid-afternoon the bands, including The Big Blind Ray Trio, The Tequila Twins, Pat Capocci and The Drey Rollan Band among others, were in full swing and don’t stop till the early morn.
The Vic was bursting at the seams on the Saturday evening and many returned for ‘hangover Sunday’ to pick up where they’d left off. Sunday evening also saw the premier of the documentary Why We Ride; a drawcard in itself.
Throttle Roll organiser Mark Hawwa, the brains behind The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride and Sydney Café Racers, was ecstatic with the turn out, commenting that this year’s event surpassed all expectations.
“It was great to see such a diverse range of people attend the event. Every genre of bike rider and age group were represented,” he said. “You just had to look at the mix of attendees to see that this event appeals to a much broader range of bike rider than just the café-racer crowd.”
It might take place in a beer garden but Throttle Roll is far from a backyard gig. Hawwa has the backing of no fewer than 26 sponsors including the likes of Harley-Davidson, Captain Morgan, Deus, Shannons and MCA (Motorcycle Accessories Supermarket). Clearly, these businesses see the value in supporting this expanding sub-culture.
With the event in just its second year, Hawwa was understandably thrilled with the result of 12 months hard work.
“The success of Throttle Roll in Sydney has shown that we appear to have the formula right, but we won’t be resting on our laurels.
“Next year will be even bigger and better and I’m considering taking Throttle Roll national, so watch this space!”
Throttle Roll is a family affair too, so take your kids, your dogs, and soak up the atmosphere. Only bad attitudes are unwelcome.