Bo­nanza 2016 – the Su­per­bike story

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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.

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