Chris Wat­son heads Dirt Track cav­al­cade

Old Bike Australasia - - • BROADFORD BONANZA 2016 • NEW MOTO GUZZIS • -

The most suc­cess­ful rider in the history of Aus­tralian Dirt Track rac­ing, Chris Wat­son, will star in a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion of that sport­ing dis­ci­pline at the 2016 Pen­rite Oils Broad­ford Bike Bo­nanza. In a glit­ter­ing ca­reer, Wat­son won 41 Na­tional Ti­tles, and would prob­a­bly have added to that tally but for a spate of in­juries which cur­tailed his ca­reer. In ad­di­tion to his leg­endary prow­ess on Dirt Tracks, Wat­son was a very suc­cess­ful Speed­way and Long Track com­peti­tor both in Aus­tralia and over­seas. He com­peted in World Long Track Cham­pi­onships in Europe and rep­re­sented Aus­tralia in Speed­way test matches. Chris was born into a mo­tor­cy­cling fam­ily, his fa­ther Ge­orge also a suc­cess­ful Dirt Track com­peti­tor on both so­los and side­cars. In re­cent years fol­low­ing his re­tire­ment from rac­ing in 2004, Chris has be­come just as suc­cess­ful in busi­ness as he was on the track, op­er­at­ing a ma­jor mo­tor­cy­cle deal­er­ship at Cess­nock NSW. “I have heard a lot about the Broad­ford Bo­nanza, “said Chris. “It seems to get big­ger ev­ery year and I thought it was about time I tried it for my­self. I still have a num­ber of my bikes so we’ll get those go­ing in time for Easter next year.”

The Dirt Track Spec­tac­u­lar will fea­ture a huge va­ri­ety of spe­cialised so­los and side­cars; from Euro­pean Long Track ma­chines to mod­i­fied mo­tocross bikes and US-style Flat Track rac­ers. On the other side of the vast Broad­ford com­plex, the road race cir­cuit will host a trib­ute to Aus­tralian Su­per­bikes, with sig­nif­i­cant mo­tor­cy­cles from 1972 to more mod­ern times fea­tured. The line up will in­clude some very fa­mous bikes, such as the Kawasaki Z1R raced by Graeme Crosby and cur­rently un­der restora­tion by its orig­i­nal owner, Ross Han­nan. The 2016 Pen­rite Oils Broad­ford Bike Bo­nanza takes place at the State Mo­tor­cy­cling Com­plex on Easter Satur­day and Sun­day, March 26th and 27th.

Chris Wat­son leads Lloyd Richards in the 1987 Aus­tralian Dirt Track Cham­pi­onships at West Wya­long. (Photo: Graeme Wungluck)

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