Our event ”BIKES BBQ & the Blues” is a celebration of motorcycling and the blues. ‘Bikes BBQ & the Blues’ is the ONLY event of its type on the Auckland calendar.  Essentially a ‘show and shine’ of motorcycles by their owners and a blues music festival. See the website www.bikesbbqblues.co.nz   In its third year in 2012, it is now an event the Auckland motorcycling fraternity look forward to each summer.

The primary purposes of the event are:

  •  to celebrate the passion of motorcycling and blues music, and
  • to raise funds for NZ charities

$2,000 was raised for our charity The Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ in 2012. 3,000 New Zealand men per year are diagnosed with prostate cancer and 750 of them will die.

In order to maximize the charitable donation the Rotary team and the Devonport Riders Club (DEVORC) all work on a voluntary basis to plan and stage the festival.  Anyone interested in helping on the day is most welcome to join us. You don’t have to be a biker to enjoy the day and all the visual and audible delights it offers. Please use the Contact Us page to register your interest.

In 2012 we had our most successful event to date with over 500 motorcycles attending plus the exhibitors, collectors, restorers and retailers. Including the vast range of motorcycles owned by the public there were bikes from the very earliest to the very latest, and of all brands and styles. A feature was some of NZ’s most famous motorcycles.

Motorcycling is a passion, a lifestyle, a cultural, and a pleasurable leisure time pursuit by people across all sections of society. It brings together people of all socio-economic backgrounds and from all corners of Auckland and beyond. This event is unique in that it is passive, attempts to attract participants covering all aspects of motorcycling, and is essentially “all about you and your bike”.

Located in a spectacular cliff top park overlooking the Waitemata Harbour, the day is also used to draw attention to the historic Fort Takapuna and its importance in the history of Auckland. While the fortifications of North Head and Mt Victoria are well known, those of Fort Takapuna are less well known but equally interesting and have their own specific architectural features.

Devonport Rotary extends a big thank you to everyone that participated and we look forward to seeing you again on Sunday 3 March 2013. Finally, thank you to our sponsors who are very important to the financial success of the event. Most notably the SOUND 93.8FM for their extensive advertising program.