Leongatha’s Ray Pearson shows his Harley Davidson Trike to the coordinator of this year’s Rotary Club of Leongatha Show ‘n’ Shine, Jim McNiven. N010919

THE Leongatha Show ‘n’ Shine on Sunday, March 3 will show you something you’ve never seen before – it always does.
Who could forget the supercharged beer keg pulling donuts around the velodrome!
This year will throw up more surprises.
Ray Pearson’s Harley Davidson Trike would be one of them, if not for this article.
He’s had it for two years. It’s his pride and joy.
“It was the first of its kind to come into Australia.”
It arrived in parts and was put together by a trike specialist.
He’s taken it around Tasmania and to Alice Springs. This year he’s off to WA to see the Margaret River region.
“It is magnificent to ride – completely different to a two-wheeler. What you know about riding a two-wheeler, you have to throw it out and start again.”
Ray said it took him several weekends to master it.
“When they guy first dropped it off and I took it for a ride, I wondered why I bought it. I thought I’d wasted my money, but I love it now.”
He said the spider diff acts to slow the
inner wheel around corners and speeds up the outer wheel.
He said you have to forget about your natural inclination to lean, like you would on a
two-wheeler.
“That’s why I don’t let anyone ride it – it would be a disaster.”
The trike has two massive boots, and Ray bought it with a camper trailer that includes a pull-out barbecue and queen size bed.
It’s a mobile disco. Ray cranked up the stereo last Thursday in his driveway and the whole of Leongatha could have heard it.
“It’s basically a little car without a roof but you need a motorbike licence to ride it.”
If you own a motorbike and are now thinking twice about entering the Show ‘n’ Shine because of Ray’s Harley, fear not. Ray, a motorcycling nut from way back, is one of the judges and won’t be putting his rig forward for votes.
In all there’ll be 26 categories with prizes across the board.
Coordinating the event this year is Jim McNiven, a car tragic of Leongatha Autobarn fame.
There’s nothing he doesn’t know about cars, so the event is in excellent hands.
“There are plenty of us around here, so we didn’t have trouble finding judges.”
He said the judges work in pairs, cross checking with each other and putting their ideas to the main panel before agreeing on a winner.
Calling all the action once again is professional cars how commentator Pinky.
Jim said the biggest change to this year’s event will be the addition of food vans, to make it an even more family friendly event.
“The Show ‘n’ Shine event on the (velodrome) oval has been at capacity for the past five years, so we’ve had to grow the event in other ways which was what (predecessor) John O’Connor was doing very well.
“We want to make it a day out for the family with things like a petting zoo for the kids.”
The market and swap meet will be there
as well.
Entry for adults is just $5 or $15 for the family.