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Interest at fever pitch following HBBB launch

Submitted by on February 4, 2011

At the official launch for the 2011 Honda Broadford Bike Bonanza (HBBB) selected media scored a sneak peak at some of the incredible bikes that will be on display on 23-24 April including; the Daytona winning Irving Vincent built by the Horner Brothers – a fine example of Aussie ingenuity, the Drysdale V8, Carberry Enfield, Urquhart Indian Board Racer, Street four valve Jawa’s and Stan Jones’ Scramble Bantam.

Event Organiser, Peter Drakeford, said he was blown away by the incredible machines on display and the stories from the Masters behind them.

“It was astonishing to see so many phenomenal bikes on display and the day gave everyone a great taste of what’s to come at Easter!”  Drakeford said.

“The engineers who put these bikes together embody true Anzac ingenuity and there is just so much interest in these amazing machines.

“Our thanks must go to Tahbilk Wines for hosting the launch at their stunning winery, to Honda and to everyone for coming including special guests and those who brought along these amazing machines.

“We’ve had an unprecedented number of entries so far, and we’re anticipating the event will be much bigger than last year.”

Also speaking at the Launch, General Manager of Motorcycles at Honda Australia, Tony Hinton said he was please to continue Honda’s involvement with the event.

“Having been associated with the Broadford Bike Bonanza since its commencement, Honda is proud to recognise the Bonanza has established itself as a unique event in the motorcycle world,” Hinton said.

“It gives riders the remarkable opportunity to dust off their old bikes an take to the tracks – drawing spectators and enthusiasts from all over the country – an even internationally, culminating in a three day festival enjoyed by all.

“Part of Honda’s philosophy is to draw from the past to create the future and the Honda Broadford Bike Bonanza is a chance to put the past on display and to build on the history of the motorcycle industry – and we look forward to an ongoing partnership with the event.”

The launch featured 11 times Isle of Man Classic winner Bob Heath, sharing the story of how he came to own Mike Hailwood’s Honda RC 350-4 factory bike, in addition to celebrating ANZAC ingenuity, by bringing together some of Australia’s finest designers and builders including the likes of; Ian Drysdale, Paul Carberry, Ken and Barry Horner, Ron Angel and Dave Murray.

Following on from its success in its second year, with nearly 3000 spectators and riders checking out or taking part in all the action over the Easter weekend, the 2011 HBBB looks set to be bigger and better than ever.

Bob Heath: From the UK, and 11 times Isle of Man Classic winner, Heath is the owner of one of the World’s most exotic Honda race bikes – the ex-Mike Hailwood 350/4.

Ian Drysdale: A creative thinker in metal and able to propose different solutions to age old design problems and physically make them work, Drysdale created the 2x2x2 hydraulic drive two wheel steering motorcycle and the modular concept V8 motorcycle.

Ken and Barry Horner: These brothers are the creators of the Daytona winning Irving Vincent’s, based on the Aussie engineering genius of Phil Irving’s V Twin Vincent.

Paul Carberry: Turned the humble Royal Enfield Bullet into a stunning V Twin, in league with Ian Drysdale and Guy Brown.

Ron Angel: Has covered the spectrum of: rider, racer, sponsor, importer, businessman, collector, bike builder and raconteur; will be bringing his exotic modern reproduction of the famous Honda 250/4.

Dave Murray: Builder of a replica Honda RS 1000 1979 Endurance racer; the original of which was most notable for Mick Cole and Tony Hatton winning the Suzuka 6Hour on it in 1979 – Honda Australia’s first foray overseas.


To ride (one or two days): $80
Recreational Licence (Required if you don’t have a current MA Competition or annual Recreational Licence): $20
Extra bikes: $10
Camping (any number of nights) $40 flat rate
Gala Dinner tickets $85
Spectators (one day) $25
Spectators (two days) $40

Stay tuned to the MA website where all the latest news and information about the 2011 HBBB will be posted – including details of headline acts – and where you can re-live all the action from the 2010 HBBB through our news and photo galleries.

All enquiries regarding the event should be directed to Peter Drakeford on the details listed below:

Peter Drakeford
HBBB Event Organiser
Ph: 03 9684 0515
Mob: 0422 299 003
Email: pd@ma.org.au

All the HBBB action can be found by visiting www.ma.org.au/hbbb.

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