Bike fans at the weekend’s World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island gave generously to the Red Cross Busfire Appeal, with over $30 000 being raised to assist the Victorian communities that have been devastated by the recent fires.
Over 40 volunteers collected from race fans during the day, with spectators giving deep to donate over $9800.
But the real fundraising action started after the chequered flag dropped, and an auction of autographed memorabilia from the riders and teams raised over $20 840.
Held on the victory podium straight after the champagne flowed from race 2 winner Ben Spies, the fundraising hit top gear when Inverloch stock auctioneer Simon Henderson took to the microphone.
Teams and riders gave generously, with the top bids coming from a set of Anthony West leathers that went for $1500 and a Troy Bayliss signed Ducati team shirt for $1400.
Source: Motorcycling Australia