Bonanza 2016 – the Superbike story
Following on from the highly successful Tribute to Bathurst theme at the recent 2015 Penrite Oils Broadford Bike Bonanza, the 2016 theme has already been decided. “Next year, we’ll be celebrating Superbikes from 1973”, said organising committee chairman David White. “The Superbike category began here in Australia with the Chesterfield Series, and grew exponentially from there. The vast majority of the machinery in this class was home-spun, and both Australia and New Zealand can take credit for developing motorcycles that were capable of holding their own anywhere in the world. We also saw a new generation of top riders, such as Rob Phillis, Malcolm Campbell, Andrew Johnson, Dennis Neill and many others who adapted to these big, noisy machines. Many of these seminal superbikes are still around, and we know already that we will have some very famous bikes at Broadford next year.” David White also foreshadowed the possible need to restrict entries in future.
“In many was, the Bonanza is a victim of its own success, and we saw this year that several of the classes, particularly for road bikes, have reached the limit for the circuit’s capacity. For 2016, we will be strongly encouraging riders to enter within the time frame for entries which runs from around September to the closing date about one month from the event at Easter. This year, we had more than 400 riders enter on the day, and this places a great strain on our staff at the venue, and it means a large percentage of riders are not listed in the program, which makes it difficult for spectators to follow who is on the track. “For 2016, we will be keeping the special Early Bird entry fee up till Friday 30th January at the same level it has been in recent years – $80. After that, entries received until Friday 4th March will be at $110 – but entries on the day will cost $160. We sincerely hope riders will take advantage of this saving and enter early because it makes the job of our volunteer officials that much easier. It also means riders have their entry confirmed, rather than face the possibility that their sessions will be over-subscribed if they enter on the day. We don’t want anyone to be disappointed and miss out.” With Victoria currently enduring a prolonged dry spell, water resources at the Broadford complex were unable to cope at Easter 2015, meaning a significant dust problem. Owner of the Broadford complex, Motorcycling Victoria, is already working hard to rectify the situation and expects the situation to be much improved for 2016.
“Regardless of the rain situation, we will not allow riders and spectators to be inconvenienced by dust, even if that means bringing extra water into the property,” said David White. For 2016, the very popular Speedway Spectacular on Saturday will be broadened to include iconic dirt track machines and riders, plus an increased emphasis on US-style Flat Track bikes. A separate theme will also be announced in coming weeks for the motocross section of the program. “The Enduro is another section that grows year by year,” says Event Organiser Peter Drakeford. “This Easter we even had some of the road race set swap their onepiece leathers for nylons and join us on the trails. There’s some brilliant terrain in and around the complex that’s perfect for the older bikes, and we’ll be expanding on that in 2016.” The 2016 Penrite Oils Broadford Bike Bonanza takes place at the State Motorcycling Complex on Easter Saturday and Sunday, March 26th and 27th.
ABOVE Superbike action from 1980 with Andrew Johnson on the Syndicate Kawasaki leading Rob Phillis’ Suzuki. Expect to see plenty of early Superbikes at the 2016 Bonanza.