Bri­tish Bike Bo­nanza

Last minute saviour.

Classic Dirtbike - - Sporting Action - Words: Tim Brit­ton Pics: Fiona Wat­son

Will it? Won’t it? They were the ques­tions on clas­sic scram­bles fans’ lips when news broke tra­di­tional home of the Bri­tish Bike Bo­nanza was be­ing sold. In the end Adrian Moss found a suit­able lo­ca­tion not too far away from the orig­i­nal course and for the 2016 event Hai­ley Farm at Sap­per­ton near Cirences­ter be­came the event’s new home.

Though the venue changed there was still a trial on Satur­day for which CDB has to thank Ken Walling­ton for the loan of an im­mac­u­late BSA B40 which puts the edi­tor’s ver­sion to shame. The go­ing was tra­di­tion­ally Cotswold though – thank­fully rea­son­ably dry so not too slip­pery. Given that Adrian Moss is unashamedly a fan of the big­ger and pre-unit bikes in our scene it is per­haps no great rev­e­la­tion the Bo­nanza trial is de­signed around these bikes, and there were a good se­lec­tion in ac­tion.

Pon­derosa Farm at Sal­ly­wood Park was al­ways a bril­liant and tra­di­tional course, and the Hai­ley Farm venue pro­vided a dif­fer­ent chal­lenge... but most im­por­tantly of all, it meant the event could go ahead and the landown­ers could see we off-road riders are re­spon­si­ble peo­ple.

As the event pro­gressed ru­mours grew that an even bet­ter course was to be made avail­able on the other side of the val­ley – though still part of the same farm – for the end of this year. There may have been a few is­sues with stones, and the track may have been flat­ter than some would have liked, but rac­ing went on and big four-strokes diced with Euro­pean two-strokes.

Typ­i­cally there were a num­ber of past mas­ters in­vited to at­tend and Adrian has a way of teas­ing these some­times re­luc­tant su­per­stars along to the Bo­nanza each year. Some­times it seems it’s eas­ier to just agree to Adrian Moss than try­ing to ex­plain why you can’t come. Of the many guests in­vited and put in front of com­men­ta­tor Dave Stall­wor­thy’s mi­cro­phone Byan Goss went un­der the ti­tle of Guest of Hon­our. ‘Badger’ re­lated tales of his early grass track ex­ploits, then his scram­bling ca­reer with Greeves and Husq­varna.

Plenty of ac­tion in the pre- 60 class.

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