Broadford Bike Bonanza 2016 – Superbikes

Following on from 2015’s highly successful tribute to 50 years of motorcycle racing at Bathurst, next year’s edition of the Penrite Oil Broadford Bike Bonanza will feature another historic theme from Australia’s rich motorcycle history. 

The 2016 edition of the event will celebrate the Superbikes from 1973- a theme that requires special acknowledgement from the nation’s motorcycling community according to Motorcycling Australia President Braxton Laine.

Superbike action from 1980 with Andrew Johnson on the Syndicate Kawasaki leading Rob Phillis’ Suzuki (Image: Rob Lewis)
Superbike action from 1980 with Andrew Johnson on the Syndicate Kawasaki leading Rob Phillis’ Suzuki (Image: Rob Lewis)

“The Superbike category began here in Australia with the Chesterfield Series, and grew exponentially from there,” Laine said.

“The vast majority of the machinery in this class was home-spun, and both Australia and New Zealand can take credit for developing motorcycles that were capable of holding their own anywhere in the world.

“We also saw a new generation of top riders, such as Rob Phillis, Malcolm Campbell, Andrew Johnson, Dennis Neill and many others who adapted to these big, noisy machines. Many of these seminal superbikes are still around, and we know already that we will have some very famous bikes at Broadford next year.”

For 2016, the very popular Speedway Spectacular on Saturday will be broadened to include iconic dirt track machines and riders, with Event Organiser Peter Drakeford declaring that an increased emphasis will be placed on featuring US-style Flat Track bikes at the event.

Drakeford added that a separate theme for the motocross section of the program would be announced in the coming weeks, along with other improvements to last year’s running of the event.

“The enduro discipline is another section that grows year by year,” Drakeford said.

“This Easter we even had some of the road race set swap their one-piece leathers for nylons and join us on the trails.

“There’s some brilliant terrain in and around the complex that’s perfect for the older bikes, and we’ll be expanding on that in 2016.”

The 2016 Penrite Oil Broadford Bike Bonanza will take place at the State Motorcycling Complex on Easter Saturday and Sunday, March 26th and 27th.

Images from 2015 Broadford Bike Bonanza