YESTERDAY'S ride to Relbia for the third annual Heartkids Car and Bike Show carried special significance for Jesse Denholm.
After 17 years of sitting in the sidecar of his father's 1951 600cc M21 BSA, yesterday was the first time the 19-year-old had ridden it on the road. He took friend Alex Lawrence, of Norwood, along for the ride.
``It is a little bit different from sitting in the sidecar,'' Jesse, who passed his motorcycle licence test two years ago, said.
``It hasn't been going very well until recently, that's why I haven't pushed dad for a ride before .''
But dad Greg Denholm only grinned.
``That was the excuse I gave him anyway,'' he said.
``My dad bought the bike in Sydney in 1995 and both of us restored it before adding the Dusting sidecar.
``It was dad's pride and joy _ he rode it everywhere and I went a lot of places with him and Jesse used to sit on it from when he could walk.
``He'd climb up, sit on the seat, hang onto the handlebars and go `vroom, vroom'.''
Car show organiser Kylie Smith said constant drizzle contributed to fewer cars and bikes on display and fewer people attending.
``We had about 220 cars and bikes and about 2000 people,'' Ms Smith said.
``We raised about $1000 and I'm not too disappointed with that, even though it didn't come close to last year's figures. It's not only about the money, but getting Heartkids out there.
``And you've got to be grateful for the car and bike owners who bring their pride and joy out in that sort of weather.''
The next Heartkids event will be the annual Tassie Cruise from Prospect to Longford in September.