** Show & shine entries close midnight Saturday night, October 7th **



Bigger and better for 2023

* Show & Shine

* Off-road vintage rally

* Classic bikes for sale

* Live entertainment

* Licensed bar

* Entertainment for the kids


A new show-and-shine class to celebrate ‘survivor’ bikes – unrestored motorcycles that have stood the test of time – is one of the big changes announced for The Bike Shed Times Capel River Classic Motorcycle Show & Shine. 

The show and shine will be part of a broader Capel River Classic event for 2023, which is being run in a partnership between The Bike Shed Times, the Ironstone Adventure Riding Club, the Indian Harley Club (Bunbury) and the Shire of Capel. The expanded event will include:

  • A Show & Shine collection of some of WA’s best exotic, classic and vintage motorcycles
  • Classic motorcycles for sale
  • A ‘Rustic Off-Road Rally’ on unsealed forest roads for registered and unregistered classic/vintage bikes
  • A country festival with live music, licensed bar, and entertainment for kids (and grown-ups).

The 2023 Capel River Classic will be held at Capel River, 200km south of Perth. The timing has moved from mid-winter to mid-Spring, with this year’s event locked in for Saturday 14th October. Free camping will again be available on site.

Show & Shine promoter and The Bike Shed Times editor Peter Terlick said the decision to introduce a ‘survivor’ class to the event was in line with the growing popularity of collecting and recommissioning unrestored machinery, while introducing a “classic motorcycles for sale” component seemed logical.

“The new survivor class is aimed to bring a bunch of old bikes out of people’s sheds – bikes that have been around the block a few times and are still going strong,” he says.

“While most of the bikes on show are going to be beautiful examples of restored machines, we’re also going to see bikes showing some serious patina, proving that they really don’t make ‘em like they used to. Bikes that have been brought back to life with modest recommissioning, restored with a light touch, or bikes that have simply refused to die will all be welcome.

“Allowing people to put their bikes up for sale on the day is really an extension of The Bike Shed Times website. Selling exotic, classic and vintage motorbikes is what we do!” (Click here to see our current selection.)

Did someone say patina? A bike doesn’t need to be fully restored and polished up to win a trophy! We found this glorious Ducati GT750 at the 2020 Moto Italiane Ovest, staged by the Ducati Owners Club of WA. The bike has reportedly done 230,000km. We’d love to see it in Capel!

The popular ‘Dirt Bike’ category will be on again, plus awards for pre- and post-1975 bikes from America, Britain, Europe and Japan, and two best-in-show trophies – one each for judges’ choice and people’s choice. All classes will be limited to bikes 25 years or older.

The full list of classes is as follows:

  • Best in show (judges award)
  • Best in show (people’s choice)
  • Best survivor
  • Best dirt bike
  • American pre-1975
  • American 1975 – 1998
  • British pre-1975
  • British 1975 – 1998
  • European pre-1975
  • European 1975-1998
  • Japanese pre-1975
  • Japanese 1975 – 1998

Show & Shine entries can be made on The Bike Shed Times website. (Click here to enter).

Rustic Off-Road Rally details and entries can be found here or at  Indian Harley Club (Bunbury) Inc. – The Rustic Off-Road Rally (wildapricot.org)

Lloyd Gibson finished restoring his wonderful 1975 Norton Commando just in time for last year’s The Bike Shed Times Capel River Classic. It was showing just 395 miles on the clock when it rolled into the marquee on the Saturday morning. It rolled out again Saturday afternoon as Best In Show, plus first-place trophies in the 1972-1982 and Best European/UK categories.
Al McNevin’s 1942 Flathead Harley-Davidson romped it in as crowd favourite last year, taking out the People’s Choice award. And little wonder. It’s a stunner.
The 2022 event attracted a superb display of dirt bikes, including Colin Dickinson’s one-man-show of four big Japanese motocrossers. His 1980 Yamaha YZ465 was judged Best Japanese bike and also took at the Glen Britza Memorial Award for Best Dirt Bike, and his 1987 Honda CR500 won the 1983-1992 category, beating off no less than a 1986 Bimota DB1 for the top prize. Colin has confirmed he’ll be in Capel again this year, but maybe with some different bikes. We can’t wait!
Nice spot for a bike show? You bet it is. You can even pitch a tent on Friday night and soak up the forest vibe. Thanks to the Ironstone Adventure Riding Club for inviting WA’s classic and vintage motorcycle community to their headquarters for a day of ogling each other’s machinery!

The 2023 Capel River Classic is proudly sponsored by the Indian Harley Club (Bunbury), Shannons, the Ironstone Adventure Riding Club, the Shire of Capel, and The Bike Shed Times.





The Postman