Metisse ma­nia

At the 2015 Bo­nanza

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Prob­a­bly the world’s most cel­e­brated mini-mar­que, the Rick­man Metisse, will be fea­tured at the 2015 Broad­ford Bo­nanza next Easter. Or­gan­iser Peter Drake­ford ex­pects to at­tract more than 30 ex­am­ples, and not just the fa­mous mo­tocrossers in their var­i­ous forms. “We will have road bikes, such as the Tri­umph, Royal En­field, Honda and Kawasaki-en­gined ma­chines, plus sev­eral road rac­ers. Top of the list here is the 350cc Aermacchi Metisse raced by Kel Car­ruthers in Eng­land in 1967 – we may even have two or three of th­ese rare bikes – and some rac­ing Tri­umph Metisses. Peo­ple for­get that the mo­tocross range in­cludes not just the Match­less and Tri­umph ver­sions, but smaller ones with Zun­dapp, Bul­taco and Mon­tesa en­gines. I reckon this will be the most eclec­tic gath­er­ing of the bikes the Rick­man brothers built ever as­sem­bled at one time in this coun­try.” The Bo­nanza’s main theme is 50 Years of Bathurst 1938-1988, and al­ready bikes that have not seen the light of day for ages are com­ing out. For­mer side­car cham­pion Lind­say Urquhart, who is a mem­ber of the Bo­nanza or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, is con­fi­dent of as­sem­bling a tasty grid of out­fits with Bathurst his­tory. “Bathurst was al­ways a big event for side­cars, and we ex­pect to have a very good rep­re­sen­ta­tion across the years.” For more in­for­ma­tion on the 2015 Broad­ford Bo­nanza to be held at Easter, April 4-5, con­tact Peter Draek­ford on 03 9685 0515, or [email protected]

Metisses of all shapes at sizes will be at the 2015 Broad­ford Bo­nanza.

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