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Inaugural HBBB A Huge Success!

12 April 2009 - Following months of preparation, the 2009 Honda Broadford Bike Bonanza (HBBB) has been a huge success in its first year.

Over two days thousands of bike enthusiasts dusted the cobwebs off their pre-1985 machines and flocked to Victoria’s State Motorcycle Complex to take part in the event.

For many, the chance to ride their favourite bike once again - some for the first time in up to 20 years - was too good to resist with the smells and sounds of yesteryear adding to the already charged atmosphere.

The Gala Dinner on Saturday night provided priveliged guests with an insight into the amazing career of motorcycling legend Kel Carruthers, with many making the most of the opportunity to meet the man himself while enjoying a fine dining experience.

Carruthers, who only six months ago retired after a long and very successful career, was glad that he could stick around after the event and not have to rush off to his home in the USA.

“It’s been a great event,” Carruthers said.

“I appreciate Honda’s support for it but if this event had happened a year ago I would have been going home tomorrow, but now I can stay in Australia for a couple of weeks if I so desire and I’ve had a great time out here.”

As the tough task of packing up begins, Motorcycling Australia’s (MA) CEO David White said that it was events such as the HBBB that would encourage people to recognise and preserve Australia’s motorcycling heritage.

“Some of the bikes that turned up this weekend haven’t been ridden in nearly 20 years!” White said.

“They’ve just been sitting in the shed gathering dust and rust, which is one of the tragedies of this sport.

“Through events such as the HBBB, we can encourage people to dust these bikes off, restore them to their former glory and come and share them with the rest of the world.”

The success of the HBBB could not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors.

“I would like to extend an enormous thank-you on behalf of everyone who enjoyed themselves up at Broadford this weekend to Honda,” White said.

“Without Honda’s support we would not have been able to get this event off the ground.

“I would also like to thank Old Bike Magazine and Just Bikes Magazine for their contribution to the event, Motorcycling Victoria, Tahbilk Wines, all the trade stalls and volunteers, and everyone for coming down and making this event such a success.”

If you couldn’t make it to Broadford this Easter, check out the MA website for all the photo galleries, audio interviews and videos from the weekend: www.ma.org.au/hbbb

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