Mummas Show, LTR #424
Once again the Mummas Boys turned it on for a great day out…
Photos: Panhead Bob
The Mummas Boys are a non-profit group of good old boys who choose to ride old school choppers for charity. What started out as a handful of friends riding pre ‘84 rigids has now grown into one of the largest group of old school chopper owners in Australia that put on an annual chopper show at the Kuttabul Pub in Central Queensland. As well as the choppers, there were nitro Harley’s BBQ’ing tyres on a concrete burnout pad out the back, a mullet comp, stalls and great live music; a two-day biker party for a great cause.
After all the bills were paid, a cheque for $10k was written out to the local Mackay CQ Rescue chopper and $1k to the RSL. Our local rescue helicopter is only 50% government funded, averages two flights per day at approx $14k per flight and relies on donations to save lives, unlike the Townsville and Rockhampton Rescue Helicopters which are a 100% government funded. The Mummas Boys always attend the Anzac Day dawn parades as well and have a lot of respect for our diggers past and present. Thus the $1k donation to the RSL.
The live music this year was as good as any music festival. Saturday morning Kennedy’s Amplifier Hire Service set up a massive sound system powered by a 30kva genset. The stage was angled towards the hall so people didn’t get their heads cut off when ordering drinks at the bar, and Troy Morrison, the best sound man in Mackay manned the desk. The Luke Miller Band started playing at 10am and did one of the best cover versions of Black Sabbath’s Ironman ever heard. Plus great Metallica, Led Zeppelin, RHCP, Black Keys, Foo Fighters, Kiss, Pearl Jam, Angels, Guns n Roses, Offspring, AC/DC and Bon Jovi covers. Just a great biker band that rocked the crowd until 2pm.
After that Gold Empire Tattoo Barber put up a $500 tattoo voucher for the mullet comp which Wolf won and around 2:30pm, Pop Standen, Rob Papp and Nev Jones began playing their foot stomping country rock swinging blues with Bob Segar, Sam Cook, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGee, John Stewart and Boz Scagg covers. Once they’d finished their set, the nitro Harleys fired up out the back which had people running from everywhere to witness the eye watering nitro Harleys fry their tyres on the C&C concrete burnout pad. After the smoke cleared, the Pop Standen band resumed entertaining the crowd for another couple of hours. The show emcee, Benno Bishop, who’d done a great job on the mic all day, then introduced one of the Mummas Boys to do the trophy presentation.
There were three bike judges, one from5Melbourne, one from Sydney and one local along with two paint judges from Cairns. Ben Street won People’s Choice by 10 votes plus Best Chopper with his ‘Sugar Bear’ like Shovel. Little Mick won Best Custom with his awesome shovel sidecar, John Parker rode from Brisbane to win Best Pan, Harley rode down from Innisfail with his dad to win Best Knuckle, Ollie won Best Flathead with his sidevalve Indian, Sharlene won Best Paint with a killer Little Mick paintjob on her Shovel custom while Graeme Brewer rode from Taree to win Best Shovel and Longest Ridden.
And while some of the Mummas Boys rigids were on display, none were eligible for trophies which were all hand made by the members. Some of the trophies were even made from Benny Stevens six-second 200+mph nitro Harley pistons and rods that had reached their used by date. Other trophies featured a hand painted mural by Little Mick and pinstriping by Tony Gray from Revival Customs. Both Little Mick and Tony were also kept busy all weekend painting and pinstriping helmets, tanks and guards.
At 7pm, the Mason Rack Band then blew everyone away with their high energy show. And considering they’ve done 12 international tours and played over 3000 live shows, it’s fair to say they know how to rev up a crowd with their unique cover of songs, like Whole Lotta Love, Baby Please Don’t Go, Who Do You Love, Black Betty, 90 Days, Riot No 9 plus many of their own songs like Purple and Blue. Many of the biker crowd had never been to any of the music festivals, blues fests or pubs where Mason Rack plays. They came up during their performance to say they’re one of the best Aussie bands they’d ever seen live. They’re all incredible musicians who can play drums, lead guitar and bass. And during one of their songs, they all rotate through the different instruments, which is pretty cool to watch. They also do a drum solo on kegs where they throw drumsticks to each other. Just great entertainment that was over all too soon.
It really was a top event, and one that like always raises money for two great causes. Well done to the Mummas Boys for hosting yet another cool show…
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