Pen­rite Bo­nanza look­ing sharp

Old Bike Australasia - - • HANISH CAMERON • PENRITE BROADFORD BIKE BONANZA -

The 2014 Pen­rite Broad­ford Bike Bo­nanza, to be held over the Easter weekend April 19-20, is shap­ing up to be a mas­sive dual cel­e­bra­tion of two of the iconic events in Aus­tralian mo­tor­cy­cling his­tory. The Cas­trol Six Hour Race trib­ute has drawn leg­endary names and fa­mous mo­tor­cy­cles rep­re­sent­ing each of the 18 events held from 1970 to 1987. Tri­umph Aus­tralia’s Cliff Sto­vall has over­seen the re­cre­ation of the win­ner of the very first event – the T120R Tri­umph Bon­neville rid­den by Len Atlee and the late Bryan Hin­dle, and Atlee him­self will demon­strate the bike on track over the weekend. Ten years later, in 1980, the race win­ner was the sen­sa­tional new Honda CB1100R – a mo­tor­cy­cle cre­ated with the spe­cific in­ten­tion of tak­ing the Six Hour crown – and the ac­tual ma­chine rid­den to vic­tory by Wayne Gard­ner and the late Andrew John­son will be there, rid­den by Andrew’s son Shannon John­son. As well as the ac­tion on the tar cir­cuit, the 2014 PBBB will see a huge cel­e­bra­tion of the much-loved BP Desert Ral­lies, which be­gan in 1971. In­sti­ga­tor of the event, Don Gibb, at­tended the re­cent PBBB me­dia launch and in­spected a sam­ple copy of Roger Har­vey’s new book which records the his­tory of the race. A strictly limited num­ber of these books will be on sale at the Easter weekend. On Fri­day evening, a wel­come get to­gether for those as­so­ci­ated with the desert ral­lies will be fol­lowed by a sim­i­lar ca­sual func­tion for Six Hour folk. Event Or­gan­iser Peter Drake­ford is urg­ing those who wish to at­tend Satur­day night’s gala din­ner to get in early. “Be­cause of cir­cum­stances be­yond our con­trol, we will be limited to around 100 guests at the din­ner, which has al­ways been sold out in pre­vi­ous years at 140. I know there will be quite a few want­ing to hear Alan Cath­cart’s in­ter­view with Graeme Crosby, and to en­joy the fab­u­lous spread put on by our friends at Tah­bilk, so please book early.” See the Mo­tor­cy­cling Aus­tralia web site www.ma.org.au for full de­tails, en­try forms and din­ner book­ings, or call Peter Drake­ford on (03) 9684 0515 or 0422 299003.

TOP Andrew John­son on the 1980 win­ning Men­tor Honda. The ac­tual bike will be rid­den by Shannon John­son at Easter. ABOVE The replica Bon­neville to be rid­den by Len Atlee.

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