Postie Bike Nationals 2016

REVVED UP: Rutherford motorbike mechanic Ross Nearpass kicks up some dirt on his modified postie bike. Mr Nearpass will join hundreds of other fans of the cult-classic bike at the Postie Bike Nationals. Picture: PERRY DUFFINAside from fairy-bread, Vegemite and the hills-hoist, there are few objects that typify suburban Australia like the humble postie bike.
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Maitland will again host the World’sbiggest celebration of the iconic bike when hundreds of modified, customised and restored Honda CT110s roll into town for the Postie Bike Nationals from September 9 to 11.

Organiser Warrick Penfold founded Postie Bikes Australiaand held the first Nationalsin 2014.

“They’re the biggest selling motorbike in Australia in the last ten years and everybody, absolutely everybody in Australia knows what a postie bike is,” he said.

Since then, thanks in part to the cult-like popularityof the bike, a strong community of Hunter riders anda savvy social media presence, Mr Penfold has watched the gathering grow bigger every year.

The Postie Bike Nationals are back | PHOTOS Action from the heats of the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

Action from the heats of the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

Action from the heats of the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

Action from the heats of the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

Action from the heats of the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

Action from the heats of the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

Action from the heats of the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

Action from the heats of the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

Action from the heats of the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

Action from the heats of the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

The Cessnock City RSL Pipes and Drums Band perfromed at the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

The grid girls at the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Riders approach the start line of the final of the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Riders approach the start line of the final of the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Riders approach the start line of the final of the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Riders approach the start line of the final of the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Riders approach the start line of the final of the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Riders approach the start line of the final of the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Mark Bracks interviews the riders at the start line of the final of the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Riders approach the start line of the final of the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Large crowds turned out for the final of the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Large crowds turned out for the final of the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Tara Naysmith sang the national anthem before the final of the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Tara Naysmith sang the national anthem before the final of the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Commentators Zak Caban and Mark Bracks before the final of the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Amy Watson, Courtney Stacey and Rebecca Stacey at the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Katie Lanzafame, Jackie Lanzafame, Jenny Lanzafame, Craig Jones, Len Lanzafame and Jill Herbert at the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Hayden Stafford, Caylan Law, Koa Payne, Archie Law, Hudson Law and Nate Payne Tara Naysmith at the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Scott Jenkinson and Adam Edwards at the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Claudia Dalton, Jennifer Cartwright and Demi Dalton at the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Mark Bracks and Scott Harris of Cessnock Mitsubishi at the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix presentation at Peden’s Hotel; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Commentator Mark Bracks at the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix presentation at Peden’s Hotel; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Commentator Mark Bracks and third place riders Justin Girotto and Richie Nowland at the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix presentation at Peden’s Hotel; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Commentator Mark Bracks with second place rider Paul Caslick at the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix presentation at Peden’s Hotel; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix presentation at Peden’s Hotel; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Commentator Mark Bracks and winners Marty McNamara and Luke Richards at the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix presentation at Peden’s Hotel; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix presentation at Peden’s Hotel; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix presentation at Peden’s Hotel; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix presentation at Peden’s Hotel; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix presentation at Peden’s Hotel; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix presentation at Peden’s Hotel; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix presentation at Peden’s Hotel; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix presentation at Peden’s Hotel; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

TweetFacebook Fanatics of the postie bike: Cessnock’s 2015 Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix Pictures: KRYSTAL SELLARS“Hand on heart, I reckon we’ll see more than 150 [riders] this year,” he said.

He’s already recieved entries from Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and from across NSW.

But Mr Penfold said the event is more than just a gathering–it’s a series ofevents designed to test the might, skill and endurance of rider and machine.

“The whole weekend is a celebration of postie bikes,” he said.

It will start with a horsepower ‘shoot-out’, postie-bike cruises around the Hunter Valley, a wheelie competition, a show and shine, postie bike soccer, tech-talks, a 24-hour bike buildand a cook-off where riders must cook a meal using the engine of their bike.

“The guy who won it last year actually holds the record for going across Australia in fiveand-a-half days on a postie bike,” Mr Penfold said.

“He cooked a lamb spit-roast. I got second, prawns. It’s all just a bit of fun”

The Postie Bike Nationalsis largely designed for bike owners to enter and be a part of, though the general public will have a chance to peek inside the cult of the postie bike on Saturday afternoon.

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