DURING the months of February and March, Motorcycling Victoria has welcomed an impressive 532 new participants to motorcycle sport through a series of Come & Try Days hosted by affiliated clubs.
Approximately 14 Come & Try Days have taken place across Victoria in the last two months. To support the success of these Come & Try Days, Motorcycling Victoria has offered free Come & Try Day Recreational and Mini Licences, each worth $130, as well as a promotional poster for clubs that were distributed to schools in the club’s area.
During February and March, there were 218 Come & Try Day Recreational Licences (for ages 17-years-old and up) processed and 314 Come & Try Day Mini Licences processed (for ages between 7 and 16-years-old).
Koo Wee Rup Motorcycle Club’s Come & Try Day on March 5 was one of the most successful days so far with well-above 200 participants.
KWRMC’s Steward for the day, Neil Kelly, says Come & Try Days are a great way to grow a motorcycle club and the sport. “Hopefully, this Come & Try Day will give us a few new members as well as people who want to help out and keep the track down there at McGregor Road open. We had new participants try out all of our four tracks, which they enjoyed,” he added.
“Getting that many down there for the day just goes to show there is a need for it and MV offering a free recreational or mini licence was a great idea. If we can get a few out of the 230-odd that attended across the line to purchase a recreational licence next year then we’re laughing. Getting more people into the sport is the key,” Neil added.
Rhys Campbell, along with his wife Shelley, and children, Kurtis, 13, and Mia, 11, said he joined up to the club together as they all enjoy riding together as a family.
“That was actually our first full day riding together as a family out at the track and it was a great day! It was an easy-going sort of day and it was nice to be able to ride with the kids and enjoy our time together outdoors,” Rhys said. “We all enjoy riding so we hope to be able to take part in more club days in the future. My son enjoys competing. It’s a great family club to be involved in,” he added.
Motorcycling Victoria’s Acting CEO Robert Mestrom is amazed by this fantastic result and would like to encourage all MV affiliated clubs to run their own Come & Try Day throughout the year.
Rob will be personally calling all clubs who have held one to congratulate them and will also be calling clubs to see how MV can help get more Come & Try Days happening throughout the year.
“Clubs have the fantastic opportunity to host two free Come & Try Days during the year with their affiliation and MV will help promote the day with promotional poster, press releases as well as call schools in the local area. Come & Try Days are a great way to attract new members to motorcycle sport and your club,” Rob said.