WHEN Peter Yates of Yatcon Civil said he wanted to deliver a freestyle motocross exhibition to the masses, he was never going to do it by halves. Peter’s company had the potential to engineer an international grade FMX arena and he had the perfect location in mind.
The i98FM Illawarra Convoy is the region’s biggest charity event; raising millions over the years. Peter enlisted the help of MJ Rowles and approached his mate Justin Bush aka Bushy at City Coast Motorcycles with his plan. As a supporter of FMX since day-dot, Bushy said, “leave it with me”. A few phone calls later and Bushy had assembled an elite Aussie line-up.
Peter’s dream would ultimately culminate in a day of spectacular FMX jam sessions. Thousands were entertained by jaw-dropping moves from riders who gave their time freely in the name of charity. It was the biggest FMX gig ever seen on the South Coast.
“I was so happy with how it all it all went last year. We had rain every day leading up to the event, but once I saw some of the sick kids that Convoy supports I made sure it happened – whatever it took,” Peter said.
And now Wollongong is gearing up for an even bigger and better encore….
“I can’t wait to come back this year with more riders, more ramps and more mayhem for the kiddies. Multiple X-games gold medallist Jacko Strong’s returning along with 14 world class acts. We’ve got riders from the Nitro Circus as well as some locals from our own FMX Team. City Coast Motorcycles will also be giving away a Yamaha fun bike on the day,” Bushy said.
City Coast Motorcycles presents the Yatcon Civil Jam will be held at the Croome Road Sporting Complex as a part of the i98fm Illawarra Convoy family day on November 20.
By Jane Sim
Jane is the Marketing and Events Coordinator at
City Coast Motorcycles
Photo credit: Marc Jones Photography