Welcome to the home of the Toyrun

This website is a free service to all motorcycle clubs and organisations for listing their Toyrun event. It is hosted by the Victorian Motorcycle Council with the motto "United we Ride" which best describes why we do this. This site is for you, the rider. Please take the time to find your local or major Toyrun in the list in the right sidebar. The VMC encourages riders to participate in as many Toyruns as possible so that children everywhere may have a special Christmas every year.

The VMC is continuing the legacy of the Motorcycle Riders Association Toyrun as the major Toyrun event in Victoria. We hope you can make it and enjoy the entertainment we have organised on the day. Keep safe and bring your donations and gifts for the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal. And thank you from all of us.

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The 39th Traditional Melbourne Toy-Run

Sunday 18th December 2016

 Continuing the legacy of the Melbourne Toyrun from its humble inception in 1978 the Victorian Motorcycle Council proudly announces TABCORP PARK in Melton will continue to be the destination venue for the annual Traditional Melbourne Toy Run. The state-of-the-art events facility will allow the Toy Run and its charitable contribution to the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal to grow into a State level event.
The 39th Traditional Melbourne Toy Run will be held on Sunday 18th December 2016. Again partnering with Classic and Hot Rod car clubs, the event promises to be a huge family friendly spectacle for all motoring enthusiasts and will feature car and bike displays, show and shine competitions, a large variety of trade stalls and of course food and entertainment.

 This spectacular event is Melbourne’s premier Toyrun.  Please note the date change and mark December 18th in your diaries.

 Motorcycle Riders dress up their bikes, trikes and scooters with Christmas decorations and ride from all over Victoria to bring gifts, toys and food for the children and families of Victoria in need. The Salvation Army trucks will again be waiting to receive these gifts from the bikers and public.

Rob Salvatore, Victorian Motorcycle Council Chair said “This welcomed partnership with Tabcorp Park ensures a bright future for the Toy Run and for the all-important charitable tradition at its heart. Riders have a rich history of giving at Christmas time and this partnership only encourages that legacy to grow.”
Shane Gloury, Tabcorp Park CEO said “Tabcorp Park is delighted to be involved and a part of the 2016 Traditional Melbourne Toy Run. An estimated 8,000 bikes entering Tabcorp Park promises to be a must see event for the local Community.” He went on to say “The Toy Run is an iconic event on the annual Calendar and plays a huge role each Christmas in putting a smile on the faces of kids in need as part of the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal. We look forward to working with the Victorian Motorcycle Council and the Organisers to make the 2016 Melbourne Toy Run the biggest and best ever.”

Trade stalls and sponsorship enquiries are welcome.

Please contact Toy Run Event Coordinator: Kerry Walton, 0417 766555

email: trikenut@bigpond.com

We invite riders and passengers of all Motorbikes, from Trikes to Scooters of all shapes, sizes and vintage to participate.

You will be able to buy food and cold drinks, sit and relax at a table “undercover” and enjoy the afternoon’s activities in a motorcycle friendly atmosphere with your family and friends.

Starting points include Cranbourne, Dandenong, Eltham, Epping, Ferntree Gully, Gembrook, Lilydale, Yarra Valley, Melton, Melbourne Royal Exhibition Buildings, Wallan and Werribee.

The first Toyrun was held by the San Fernando Valley Charter of the Hells Angels in America 1973. That first run, 200 bikes escorted two truck loads of toys from Griffith Park to Los Angeles city hall. A week after the first toy run in El Lay, a couple of clubs in Bergen, New Jersey named the Skyway Riders and the Travelers held their own toy run.  “A number of residents here were terrified” the New York Times reported, “But the worst never came.  There were no gang fights…or the assorted other crimes depicted on television.”

Suddenly, people liked us.  They really, really liked us.  And, if you listened hard enough you could hear bikers all overAmercia thinking, “What a great idea!”

Toy runs popped up like mushrooms.  The next year, 1974, there wasn’t a biker’s rights organization or an outlaw club in America that didn’t sponsor a toy run.  By the time Harley-Davidson invented its own club, the Harley Owners Group (HOG), in 1983 the toy run had become an institution.

In 1978 the MRA began their Toyrun with a small band of riders that met in Albert Park to pass on toys to the Salvation Army in Melbourne, more than 500,000 motorcyclists have taken part, as the Toyrun phenomenon spread to communities across Australia.

There are toyruns happening all around Australia, use the pull down menus on the right for the one closest to you! They are welcome to all riders, their familes and friends. The Victorian Motorcycle Council hopes all riders will attend and support as many toyruns as possible and remember that this is all about the kids and those in need. Have fun!

 Website enquiries contact: editor@toyrun.org.au