John Giles

Classic Dirtbike - - Sporting Action -

Hamp­shire lad John Giles has been at the fore­front of top line Bri­tish mo­tor­cy­cle sport for what seems like for­ever. From his tri­als rid­ing and win­ning with a BSA in the early Fifties – which got him an in­vite to join Tri­umph – John was al­most in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked to the Meri­den firm. In his ca­reer he earned them in­ter­na­tional ac­co­lades in the ISDT, scram­bling and tri­als. There was a tricky mo­ment when need­ing a bet­ter han­dling scram­bler than his fac­tory Tri­umph, John fit­ted the en­gine into a BSA frame and went to the Bri­tish MX GP. Spot­ted by Tri­umph’s hi­er­ar­chy who were non-too-im­pressed, John had to step down from team du­ties for a while. He was soon back though, and it was on just such a spe­cial beast he was pound­ing around the Bo­nanza course.

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