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.

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