Ban­tam boost at Bo­nanza

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Adding to the amaz­ing line up for the 2018 Shan­nons In­sur­ance Broad­ford Bike Bo­nanza, will be a dis­play of rac­ing BSA Ban­tams, sev­eral of which are owned by Ross Martin, who has been a tire­less worker for the event over the years. Ross has three Ban­tams in road race trim, plus a scram­bles ver­sion, and Mo­tor­cy­cling Aus­tralia owns the fa­mous Harold Carter Spe­cial, a wa­ter-cooled ver­sion that achieved con­sid­er­able suc­cess. Ban­tams formed the back­bone of the sport in the post-war Ul­tra Light­weight class and home tuners like Bert Flood and Eric Walsh achieved amaz­ing per­for­mance from the sim­ple en­gines. Since the an­nounce­ment that the SIBBB will fea­ture a trib­ute to the Vin­cent-HRD mar­que, which cel­e­brates its 90th an­niver­sary this year, the or­gan­is­ers have been swamped with en­quiries and ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est. “The Vin­cent side will be huge,” says com­mit­tee mem­ber Michael Pet­tifer. “There will be lit­er­ally dozens of road-go­ing Vin­cents, plus rac­ers and of course the al­ways-pop­u­lar speed­way out­fits. We had two of these out­fits, both owned by Jon Heav­i­side, at the re­cent Phillip Is­land Clas­sic, and each time we started one up peo­ple came from ev­ery­where. There’s noth­ing quite like the sound of four of these on the speed­way track to­gether.” The 2018 Shan­nons In­sur­ance Broad­ford Bike Bo­nanza takes place at the State Mo­tor­cy­cling Com­plex, Broad­ford Vic­to­ria over Easter week­end, 29-31 March. See www.ma.org.au for de­tails or call Rachelle Wilkin­son on 0408 652877.

Ian Free on the Carter Ban­tam at Tar­rawingee in 1960 – the ma­chine evolved into the HCS which will be at Broad­ford. IN­SET Two of the speed­way Vin­cents at the SIBBB dis­play at the 2018 Is­land Clas­sic.

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