Bonanza calls Bathurst buffs
The theme for the 2015 Broadford Bonanza will be ‘A Celebration of Easter Bathurst 1938-1988’, and organisers are keen to hear from anyone with motorcycles with Bathurst history. “Bathurst was the mecca for fifty years, every Easter,” said Bonanza organiser Peter Drakeford, “and we’re planning on having not just bikes – solos and sidecars – from every era, but memorabilia such as posters, trophies and the like. It’s also an invitation to those thousands of people who made the trek to Mount Panorama each year, whether to compete, help organise, or just camp and enjoy the racing on this brilliant circuit.” As well as the Bathurst theme, the Bonanza will also celebrate the builders of the ‘specials’ – specifically the Rickman Metisse in its road and off-road forms. “At one point, the Rickmans were actually the largest motorcycle factory in Britain, “says Drakeford, “making everything from police bikes to road racers, plus off course their famous motocrossers. But there were many others, like Cheney, Spondon, Wasp, Hagon, Godden and so on – and we want to attract as many as possible to Broadford for 2105. And let’s not forget our own home industry – there were dozens of incredible devices, from Tribsas to Norvins, created right here in Australia” For more information on the 2105 Broadford Bonanza to held at Easter, April 4-5, contact Peter Drakeford on 03 9684 0515, 0422 299003 or [email protected]
Chairs galore! Typical Bathurst sidecar action from 1961 with Alan Gittoes (111) leading Stan Bayliss (130) and John Scholtz (30). Got a Rickman or any other interesting ‘hybrid’? Bring it to the Bonanza next Easter.