Rev up your engine for the vintage bike show ‘n’ shine

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Hundreds of bikes will be on display at the Ponoka Vintage Motorcycle Show and Shine from July 22 to 24.

Hundreds of bikes will be on display at the Ponoka Vintage Motorcycle Show and Shine from July 22 to 24.

ADAM JACKSON/Ponoka News

Get your engines ready, the motorcycles are on their way.

The Central Alberta Motorcycle Group will host its 15th annual Ponoka Vintage Bike Rally from July 22 to 24, which is also the National Western Rally.

There will be entertainment for people of all ages — gear heads or not.

“We usually attract around 200 to 250 people,” said former Central Alberta Motorcycle Group president Skinny La Bine. “Some come from the Prairies and some come from the West Coast, there’s a large area for sure.”

From July 22 to 24, residents are invited to the Ponoka Stampede grounds to view the incredible variety of different makes, models, eras and parts of motorbikes.

On July 22, registration begins for those showing off and at dinnertime, a chili dinner will be available. July 23 is when the action really starts. The group will host a show and shine during the day, a swap meet, motorcycle jeopardy, bike games and a poker run. The day will conclude with a dinner and a beer garden event at the Stagecoach Saloon.

There will also be free camper parking as well as access to showers for everyone participating in the event.

The theme for the show is Motorcycles of the 1960s, but the members of the group often bring many varieties of motorcycles — including a running 1913 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

“It’s a fan favourite every time,” said La Bine. “It’s a really cool bike.”

For the low price of $50, visitors can help themselves to all of the meals offered at the bike show. If you would like to purchase food tickets, call John or Jane Ferguson at 403-341-4022 or 403-896-2513.

“I think everyone should just come out and have a snoop around,” said La Bine. “It doesn’t cost anything and it’s just a good family event.”