Broad­ford Bonanza

Shan­nons In­sur­ance Broad­ford Bike Bonanza

Old Bike Australasia - - CON­TENTS - Re­port Mick Pet­tifer Pho­tos Colin Rose­warne, Mark Loi­ter­ton, John McNair.

For the eleventh Easter in a row, the State Mo­tor­cy­cling Com­plex at Broad­ford burst into life for three days of mo­tor­cy­cling in all its var­i­ous forms. Ac­tu­ally it was more than three days for many of the big crowd of spec­ta­tors and con­tes­tants, with camp­ing ar­eas quickly fill­ing by mid-week. This year’s themes were the cel­e­bra­tion of 50 years of the Honda CB750, plus Side­cars in every­thing from road rac­ing to tri­als. More than 100 ex­am­ples of the Honda Four turned out for the event, plus dozens more rid­den by spec­ta­tors. One group of six rode var­i­ous CB750 mod­els all the way from Bris­bane and re­turn – a 3,770km round trip. There were nu­mer­ous ex­am­ples of the orig­i­nal ‘Sand­cast” model, plus rac­ers in­clud­ing the CR750 owned by Honda Aus­tralia and orig­i­nally raced in Vic­to­ria by Tony Cac­ciotti. Of course, the Honda Four also had a big pres­ence in side­cars and there were many of these present, in­clud­ing the replica of the very first such rac­ing out­fit, built and rid­den by its cre­ator Lind­say Urquhart. Un­for­tu­nately, a split oil tank spoilt its de­but! The Speed­way and Dirt Track arena was chock-a-block all week­end, and fea­tured a swathe of fa­mous names, in­clud­ing four gen­er­a­tions of the Crump fam­ily; Phil and his fa­ther Bob, plus Phil’s son Ja­son and grand­son Seth. Kiwi Mitch Shirra, who be­gan his speed­way ca­reer at 14 years of age, pulled his hel­met on again and had the crowd in rap­tures with his sensationa­l style that is still as fast

and smooth as ever at age 60. West Aus­tralian leg­end Den­nis Nash brought his Vin­cent out­fit over and had a ball un­til gear­box trou­ble set in. There was a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in the num­ber of mo­tocross rid­ers and ma­chines, and the en­duro was as pop­u­lar as ever. Ron An­gel brought truck­loads of rare and price­less rac­ing bikes for a mouth-wa­ter­ing dis­play that was a fea­ture of the road race pits all week­end.

Satur­day night’s din­ner fea­tured the lat­est in­ductees to Mo­tor­cy­cling Aus­tralia’s Leg­end of Mo­tor­cy­cling awards, go­ing to Shane Soutar, who has Aus­tralian Road Rac­ing and Speed­way Side­car ti­tles to his name, South Aus­tralian Clar­rie Jones and his long-time side­car pas­sen­ger Peter Mar­riage, and an­other side­car star from the ‘six­ties, Barry Thomp­son who com­peted suc­cess­fully at the Isle of Man and in Europe. In front of a big crowd, the 2019 Bo­nanza went off with­out in­ci­dent, and for 2020 will be run to a slightly re­vised for­mat. Ac­tion will com­mence at lunchtime on Good Fri­day and con­clude at lunchtime on Sun­day, giv­ing peo­ple an early start to travel home. The theme for the 2020 SIBBB will be an­nounced in the com­ing weeks.

Just one of the huge dis­play of bikes from Ron An­gel’s sta­ble; the 1969 ex-works Kawasaki that won the 125cc World Cham­pi­onship in the hands of British rider Dave Sim­monds.

LEFT Wayne Ware and pas­sen­ger Geoffrey Bourke fire their 1000cc dou­ble-Tri­umph en­gined out­fit around the speed­way. Young and not so young lis­ten in­tently to Ross Mar­tin’s brief­ing.

More than one hun­dred CB750s gath­ered to cel­e­brate the model’s half cen­tury.

Peter Tol­ley’s ex-Jon Heav­i­side Vin­cent speed­way out­fit soaks up the sun. Rod Hunter in ac­tion on the Yamaha El­star orig­i­nally built by Char­lie Ed­wards. Now owned by Les Lewis, and fit­ted with 250cc bar­rels. Ben Henry gives the Bob Brown Du­cati an air­ing.

Kiwi leg­end Mitch Shirra thrilled the speed­way crowd with his clas­sic style. Neville Hazel­man in or on his Honda CBX-en­gined “Yel­low Peril”. Geoffrey Pring goes dirt track­ing on his 1938 MAC Ve­lo­cette.

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