2015 Broadford Bike Bonanza
This year’s Penrite Broadford Bike Bonanza was its biggest yet, with more than 4000 enthusiasts making the annual Easter pilgrimage to north eastern Victoria.
Record levels of entries and spectator attendance show that after seven years, the only way onwards is upwards.
The bike bonanza is the only one in the world that caters to so many disciplines of motorcycling, built up to 1990. All areas are covered except drag racing. This encourages a cross-pollination of interest from participants, the proof of which was a crowd-standing four deep around Saturday night’s Speedway Spectacular. They were reliving the good old days of thundering Vincent V-twin sidecars, wreathed in the unforgettable aroma of methanol and castor engine oil.
This year the event celebrated the history of Bathurst racing and the ingenuity of British racing’s ‘cottage industry’, with the focus on Rickman. More than 60 Rickman road and dirt bikes were on display and being paraded in a rolling pageant of sounds and colours.
Meanwhile half a century of Bathurst memories were relived over on the road race circuit with several of the old mountain combatants clashing, in jest this time, on famous original machines.
This huge entry list easily eclipses the UK’s famous Festival of 1000 Bikes, recently relaunched as the Mallory Bike Bonanza and once considered the world’s benchmark event of this kind.
Read the full story in the next edition of Motorcycle Trader. Until then, enjoy this photo gallery.