Motor Fest revs up car and bike fans
The roar of engines echoed through Front Street yesterday for the ScooterMart Bermuda Charge Motor Fest.
Hundreds of spectators were able to look at a range of vehicles from state-of-the-art electric cars to lovingly preserved classic motorcycles and cars.
Manuel Lopes brought a vintage car and a Summer Brougham – a fully restored horse buggy, which dates back more than a century – but he said it was his Mobylette that garnered most of the attention.
“Lots of people have come up to me and said they had a bike just like mine when they were kids,” he said. “They say they sold it and they wish they didn’t – It reminds them of when they were younger.
“It still has my 1977 licence plate on. The basket has got my brush and a cheesecloth, because back in the day whenever we parked we would take the cloth out and wipe the bike down, take the toothbrush and polish the tyres up, and then park your bike.”
Mr Lopes praised the organisers behind the event and was thrilled to see so many people enjoying themselves.
“It’s an awesome event,” he said. “You see lots of people with happy faces. It’s a really good event, especially after what we have been through over the past two years.”
Alan Rogers said he was thrilled to be able to see vintage cars that he had not seen on Bermuda’s roads for decades.
“I’m pretty sure my friend borrowed one of these old convertibles for his wedding back in the 1980s,” he said. “It’s an interesting little nostalgia trip that I really didn’t expect today. I guessed I would see some beautiful bikes – and there are those in spades – but the cars are a bit of a trip.”
Jon Brunson was impressed by just how many people the event had drawn to the City of Hamilton.
“Front Street is just packed with people,” he said. “People are really happy to be outside and enjoying the weather.
“I’m also impressed that it goes beyond just cars and bikes. There’s everything from buggies to renewable energy, so you can see what there was and what the future is going to be.”
In addition to a wide variety of vehicles, the event featured dozens of stalls for businesses ranging from auto detailing companies to lemonade vendors.
Glenn Smith, owner of Auto Solutions, said: “I think it has just been amazing. The weather is amazing, there are happy Bermudians smiling as they come through and we have spoken to a few overseas visitors who have come through.
“Overall, it feels like things are on the up and up and getting back to normal.
“This is the best venue for this sort of thing as it is in the middle of the island and it is great the Corporation of Hamilton allowed them to shut down Front Street.”