Pen­rite Broad­ford Bo­nanza

26-27 March, 2016 – State Mo­tor­cy­cling Com­plex, Broad­ford Vic­to­ria

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port Var­i­ous sources Photos Ron Weste, Mark Loi­ter­ton, Mau­rice Austin, Ian Mor­ri­son

The 8th run­ning of the Pen­rite Broad­ford Bo­nanza fea­tured not one, but three themes: a price­less ex­hi­bi­tion of Moto Guzzi fac­tory rac­ers sup­ported by more than 300 ex­am­ples of the fa­mous Man­dello fac­tory’s prod­ucts, a cel­e­bra­tion of Aussie Su­per­bikes, and a com­bined Dirt Track/Flat Track show of side­ways ac­tion. Top of the billing was one of the most fa­mous rac­ing mo­tor­cy­cles ever built – the 1956 500cc V8 Moto Guzzi, fresh from a 20 year hi­ber­na­tion in the fac­tory mu­seum. Un­for­tu­nately the V8 de­vel­oped sleep­ing sick­ness and re­fused to fire up on suf­fi­cient cylin­ders to take to the track, while its il­lus­tri­ous coun­ter­part, the multi World Cham­pi­onship win­ning 350 sin­gle, cracked its crankcases on the Fri­day and be­came a static ex­hibit there­after. TT ace Cam Don­ald de­lighted the big crowd by demon­strat­ing the fab­u­lous 500cc Bi­cilin­drica sev­eral times. Nearly 500 road bikes took to the road cir­cuit over the week­end, while there was a sim­i­larly mas­sive turn out at the Speed­way and Dirt Tracks, as well as a very well sup­ported Vin­tage En­duro. 41-times Aus­tralian Cham­pion Chris Wat­son showed his spec­tac­u­lar style is still there on the Dirt Track, which is also fea­tured runs by past stars Kevin Fraser, Keith Davies, Les Lewis, Brian Martin, Gary Chase­more and Trevor Hunter. The Motocross cir­cuit hosted a healthy roll up across four cat­e­gories, from Pre-75 to Pre-1990.

Says Ian Mor­ri­son, “It was my first year there, and def­i­nitely won’t be my last. The con­stant stream of fine old, and newer bikes, rid­den by both pro­fes­sional riders and nor­mal ev­ery­day en­thu­si­asts makes for a bril­liant mix of dis­play and ac­tive rides all week­end. One ex­cel­lent fea­ture is the open pit, which al­lows you to get up close and per­sonal with the bikes and riders over the week­end. Very friendly and re­laxed at­mos­phere makes for a beaut view­ing week­end. And af­ter all of that, you have the camp­ground with the oblig­a­tory camp­fires and a few fine sher­bets to fin­ish off with good mates at the end of the day. This cor­re­spon­dent wan­dered all over on Satur­day night and was of­fered a beer or a comfy chair for a bit of lively ban­ter wher­ever he went. Fan­tas­tic week­end all round, with great ac­tiv­i­ties all day, and great friend­ships to be made in the cooler hours.”

TOP Naked but silent, the 500cc V8 Moto Guzzi. ABOVE The su­per­charged 1940 250cc Moto Guzzi Com­pres­sore brought to Aus­tralia by owner An­to­nio Maria Frige­rio. RIGHT Fast ma­chin­ery for fast ladies.

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