An Australian “record” of 71 Can-Am Spyder three-wheeler roadsters at a one-day event has been set at a little pub at Dugandan on the outskirts of Boonah in south-east Queensland.
The number of riders and pillions who turned up for the Can-Am Spyder Olympics on August 27 surprised organisers Mike and Catrina Hatton of SpyderMates.com Australia.
Mike says Spyders rolled in from as far as from Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and Far North Queensland.
Apart from the 71 Spyders, there were 11 motorcycles, two sidecars, one trike, seven cars and 138 people.
The Spyder Olympics consisted of two events, one a fun gymkhana and the other a wet t-shirt contest.
“But it’s not what you think. The aim was to soak a t-shirt from a bucket of water and throw it as far as you can, furthest distance wins,” Mike says.
Although there are no formal figures kept on Spyder meetings, Mike contacted BRP HQ in Sydney and asked whether the event was record.
“While they have not kept records, it was indicated 71 Spyders for a one-day event far exceeded other events,” he says.
“This was a one-off, but I’m sure I’ll conduct others as we have done in the past.
“Catrina and I do this as enthusiasts and there is no profit involved and as you can imagine a lot of work goes into it.”
While the Spyder Olympics was significant for Australian roadster lovers, it pales next to the USA where the annual Spyderfest in Springfield, Missouri, attracts up to 900 Spyders and about 1500 people.
Mike says he hopes to join other Aussie Spyder owners who are attending the BRP Can-Am Spyder 10th Anniversary Spyder Homecoming in Valcourt, Canada, in June 2017.
“They are two different worlds, events here and at home,” he says.