Proof of the saying that if you build it they will come, the Filthy Few Motorcycle Club’s first Metal Mania, held last weekend, attracted a crowd of 5000 to the Tauranga Racecourse.
Metal Mania has its origins in the bike show the motorcycle club has held in Tauranga every year since 2002.
Miss Metal Mania 2010, Tamara.
The success of the show attracted sponsorship from The Rock radio station and returned this year incorporating the tattoo show and live bands – as well as the bike show.
The bike show, an exhibition of custom bikes and classic restorations ran for three days.
Bike of the show is 'The Scream' motorcycle, sporting an air-brushed rendition of the Edvard Munch painting of the same name on the tank.
Bands were playing from 10am on Saturday, while the growing crowd enjoyed the sun and carnival atmosphere, with food and market stalls, as well as entertaining rides being appreciated by young and old alike.
The Miss Metal Mania 2010 competition took centre stage Saturday afternoon, and offered some lighter entertainment.
Tamara was crowned Miss Metal Mania 2010, and among her prizes is spot of poster-girl for the 2011 show.
The Tattoo Show started after 7pm Saturday. About 50 people entered across 10 categories.
On Sunday the Car & Truck Show displayed a range custom and classic vehicles.
The show's overall winning bike, with "The Scream" paint job.
One of the show’s highlights is the raffling of a brand new Harley Davidson, which drew huge attention over the weekend, was drawn on Sunday. Congratulations to J Marks, winner of the awesome 2009 Night Rod Special Harley Davidson.
Information and photographs supplied by Josh Reid.