Ben Butcher wins thrilling 2017 Bonza Bradford Memorial at WA’s Pithara Speedway

All Images – Peter Roebuck
Words – Paul Griffin

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Last Saturday 21st October saw the running of the 2017 Bonza Bradford Memorial (BBM) at WA’s Pithara Speedway.

The race honours one of WA’s finest young drivers (Ian “Bonza” Bradford) who was taken from us way too early in life.

Bonza, a former West Aussie State Champ, and one of five sons of Noel Bradford, epitomized tenacity with his approach to racing Sprintcars and his personal battle with cancer.

He was renowned for not giving up and embraced a reputation as a hard-charging and skilled dirt-track chauffeur. He was a natural !!

Nowadays the BBM is a 360 ci race.

A healthy field of 16 cars rolled into Country Pithara 2.5 hrs North of Perth to honour Bonza and to have a go at taking out A-Main honours at the prestigious event.

A big crowd was in attendance to see young lead foot and son of Alan Nash, AJ Nash, set quick time (13.850 sec) followed by Shaun Bradford (13.908 sec) and Kaiden Manders (13.944 sec)

Ben Butcher

Ben Butcher was all smiles with his 2017 BBM victory

At the conclusion of the evening, first across the line was Kaiden Manders, however after returning an underweight car after the final, the win ultimately went to Ben Butcher from son of Bonza Shaun Bradford and Tom Hooper filling the final podium position.

Shaun Bradford looked to have the race wrapped up, however a mechanical gremlin associated with his steering caused him to surrender the lead and take runner up position.

Here’s how Peter Roebuck caught the action.

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