Tenth birth­day at Broad­ford

Shan­non’s In­surance Broad­ford Bike Bo­nanza

Old Bike Australasia - - RACE REPORTS BURT MUNRO - Pho­tos Ron Weste, Mark Loi­ter­ton and Mau­rice Austin

30 March-1 April, 2018 – State Mo­tor­cy­cling Com­plex, Broad­ford, Vic­to­ria

The 10th run­ning of the Shan­non’s In­surance Broad­ford Bike Bo­nanza was hailed as the best yet, with record crowds cram­ming camp­ing ar­eas and huge fields of mo­tor­cy­cles across all dis­ci­plines. This year’s theme cel­e­brated 90 years of the Vin­cent-HRD mar­que, and no fewer than 85 of Steve­nage’s best turned out, in­clud­ing seven speed­way out­fits. Satur­day’s Speed­way Spec­tac­u­lar took place in front of a ca­pac­ity crowd, with the fa­ther and son team of Phil and Ja­son Crump head­lin­ing the big line up of solo and side­cars. Fea­tured in the speed­way sec­tion was a trib­ute to the late Neil Street, and nu­mer­ous ex­am­ples of his 4-valve engines were present, in­clud­ing the very first one cre­ated, owned and rid­den by Phil Crump. Un­for­tu­nately one solo and one side­car ac­ci­dent de­layed the pro­gram which had to be cur­tailed at 6pm.

Across at the road cir­cuit, bikes cir­cu­lated all week­end, but the pits were a hive of ac­tiv­ity with colour­ful dis­plays of rare and ex­otic ma­chin­ery. The stand­out of these was Ron An­gel’s 30-strong col­lec­tion of for­mer Grand Prix bikes, many of which were shown to the pub­lic for the first time.

These in­cluded works bikes from Jawa, Har­ley-David­son/Aer­ma­c­chi, Pa­ton, Bi­mota, Ro­tax and other makes. In the Vin­cent camp there were mod­els rep­re­sent­ing vir­tu­ally the en­tire spec­trum of Vin­cent pro­duc­tion from 1928 to 1955, as well as nu­mer­ous Vin­cent-en­gined spe­cials and a big col­lec­tion of the fab­u­lous Irv­ing Vin­cents built in Mel­bourne by the Horner broth­ers.

Satur­day night’s tra­di­tional din­ner saw a big turn out to so­cialise and thank all the vol­un­teers that make this huge event pos­si­ble. A high­light was the an­nual in­duc­tion of four new mem­bers of the MA Mu­seum & Her­itage Com­mit­tee Life­time Achieve­ment awards: the late Neil Street, his son-in-law Phil Crump, Isle of Man TT win­ner Barry Smith, and long time track an­nouncer Bob Johnson.

In ad­di­tion to the on-track ac­tion, there was a mas­sive dis­play of mini bikes through the ages, a BSA Ban­tam dis­play, plus a swap meet and trade stalls. The unique for­mat of “no rac­ing, just fun” makes the Bo­nanza un­like any other event and gives vis­i­tors a chance to see road rac­ing, dirt track, en­dure, speed­way, mo­tocross and tri­als within the com­plex, which is ser­viced by free shut­tle buses. It’s on again next Easter!

10-11 March, 2018 – Bun­bury, WA

The rally has long been one of WA’s pre­mier his­toric mo­tor­cy­cle events and is al­ways keenly an­tic­i­pated within the old bike com­mu­nity. Once again, this year’s rally was very suc­cess­ful, at­tract­ing rid­ers from as far afield as Al­bany, Ger­ald­ton and be­yond, and took on greater sig­nif­i­cance for many af­ter can­cel­la­tion of last year’s Al­bany Hill Climb, which is also a big event on the WA cal­en­dar. The en­try list, capped at 180 bikes, was once again full. There was great va­ri­ety in the ma­chines en­tered, with a num­ber of rare mod­els in the mix in­clud­ing An­drew Rep­ton’s beau­ti­fully re­stored 1914 Yale and Kevin Badby’s 1925 4 cylin­der Hen­der­son. While the weather was fine and warm, strong east­erly winds did keep rid­ers on their met­tle. Two dif­fer­ent cour­ses were run, a short course suited to older ma­chines and a long course for later mod­els. Satur­day’s short course took rid­ers south to Pep­per­mint Grove beach and then into the hills and around to Don­ny­brook. The long course headed east to Col­lie and then through the Welling­ton and Fer­gu­son Val­leys. Both were scenic with lots of wind­ing roads, mak­ing for en­joy­able rid­ing. And to make things in­ter­est­ing, a ma­jor bush­fire broke out on the out­skirts of Bun­bury dur­ing Satur­day af­ter­noon, which dis­rupted traf­fic. For­tu­nately, it didn’t im­pact on the Satur­day rides, but or­gan­is­ers did have a busy time re-rout­ing cour­ses for the next day. They did a great job as the changes went off with­out a hitch. Both cour­ses con­verged in Brunswick Junc­tion, where rid­ers en­joyed a wel­come break amongst shady trees on the town’s sports ground.

Club Pres­i­dent, Richard Clark, said he was re­ally pleased with this year’s event, which had a par­tic­u­lar vi­brancy to it. He’d also re­ceived many com­pli­ments on Satur­day night’s event, which was par­tic­u­larly so­cial and had an al­most fes­tive at­mos­phere. As vis­i­tors packed up their gear to head home on the Sun­day af­ter­noon, it was clear the In­dian Har­ley Club had de­liv­ered a fan­tas­tic event that was en­joyed by all who took part.

There’s noth­ing like a Vin­cent speed­way out­fit to put a smile on your face! Ron An­gel’s fab­u­lous 350cc V-4 Jawa. Three gen­er­a­tions of the Pang­bourne fam­ily; Graeme (74), son Clin­ton (47) and grand­son Corey (19). Check­ing for oil leaks? Vet­eran Jack...

Full house crowd was treated to some spec­tac­u­lar speed­way ac­tion.

Trevor Love gives Terry Pin­son’s Black Light­ning Spe­cial its first out­ing in nearly 50 years.

ABOVE Kevin Badby on his beau­ti­ful 1923 Hen­der­son, head­ing off at the start of the rally. BE­LOW A man en­joy­ing him­self. Graeme Squires on his Match­less.

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