Broadford Bo­nanza

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port Carl Steven­son Pho­tos Ron Weste, Mark Loi­ter­ton and Bill Forsyth.

The Shan­non’s In­surance Broadford Bike Bo­nanza was, for the ninth year in suc­ces­sion, blessed with per­fect weather, much to the de­light of the hun­dreds of campers who packed the venue. And for the first time, the event be­gan early, with ses­sions for Du­cati road bikes held on the Fri­day af­ter­noon. For 2017, the theme for the event was Du­cati, and dozens of ex­am­ples of Bologna’s best turned out. Du­cati’s triple World Su­per­bike Cham­pion Troy Bayliss was on hand and as well as fir­ing a Pani­gale su­per­bike around in very rapid fash­ion, con­ducted a num­ber of pil­lion runs for in­trepid pas­sen­gers who in­cluded the event or­gan­iser Rachelle Wilkin­son. Each year the Speed­way seg­ment of the SIBBB gets big­ger, and this year was the stand­out at­trac­tion in a week­end where ev­ery cir­cuit in the Broadford com­plex was in use. Mas­sive crowds flocked to the Speed­way oval across the week­end, with Satur­day evening’s Speed­way Spec­tac­u­lar crammed to the limit. Ja­son Crump, three-times World Speed­way Cham­pion, thrilled the crowds with spec­tac­u­lar rid­ing and was a great am­bas­sador and will­ing con­ver­sa­tion­al­ist ev­ery day, pro­fess­ing him­self so keen on the event that he wants to bring his fa­ther – speed­way leg­end Phil Crump – along next year.

Nearly 1,000 in­di­vid­ual en­tries were re­ceived across the road, dirt, speed- way, en­dure and mo­tocross sec­tions, with ev­ery ses­sion on the road race cir­cuit at max­i­mum ca­pac­ity. For 2017, six sep­a­rate road bike classes were run on the road cir­cuit, with other fully-sub­scribed ses­sions for Pre 1963, Pre 1975 and pre 1990 rac­ing bikes. The Satur­day evening din­ner re­verted to a more open for­mat, be­ing staged in the main camp­ing area in a large mar­quee to cater for of­fi­cials and vol­un­teers as well as other guests. For­mer GP win­ner Kevin Magee kept the at­ten­dees in stitches with hi­lar­i­ous roasts in­volv­ing ace Du­cati tuner Bob Brown and oth­ers, while Crump and Bayliss also took turns at the mi­cro­phone. Ray Owen, Gary Flood and OBA ed­i­tor Jim Scaysbrook were awarded Mo­tor­cy­cling Aus­tralia’s Leg­end of Mo­tor­cy­cling sta­tus on the night. An an­nounce­ment re­gard­ing the theme for the 2018 Shan­nons In­surance Broadford Bike Bo­nanza will be made in June, so mark off the Easter dates – Satur­day March 30 and Sun­day April 1 – for the big­gest and most di­verse clas­sic-based event on the calendar.

TOP Ja­son Crump shows his all-ac­tion style. ABOVE Ray Owen pre­sented with his Leg­end of Mo­tor­cy­cling award by MA pres­i­dent Peter God­dard. TOP RIGHT Thun­der­ing HRD out­fits in ac­tion. ABOVE RIGHT Troy Bayliss cut some quick laps – even with a pas­sen­ger. RIGHT Alan Tid­bury fires up the ex-Kel Car­ruthers 500cc Manx Nor­ton.

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