Bultaco Nostal­gia

Alan Lamp­kin some­how man­aged to wrest the mi­cro­phone away from Tri­als Guru John Mof­fat (cen­tre), while Alan’s son James seems to be con­cen­trat­ing on the trial ahead. CDB went to West­mor­land Mo­tor Club’s Bultaco Nostal­gia Trial on June 17, 2017… we weren’t

Classic Dirtbike - - Contents - Words: Tim Britton Pics: Fiona Wat­son

West­mor­land MCC in­vited Bultaco’s works rid­ers along to a Bultaco Cel­e­bra­tion in Cum­bria. What a trial it turned out to be.

Aca­sual com­ment led to a large part of the 1970s and 1980s Bultaco works tri­als team as­sem­bling near Ken­dal for the West­mor­land Club’s spe­cial trial, to cel­e­brate not only the mar­que but to raise funds for Cancer Care. Tri­als fans from the Sev­en­ties won’t need to be re­minded that Martin – youngest of the three Lamp­kin broth­ers – was the first of­fi­cial world tri­als cham­pion in 1975, nor will they need re­mind­ing the leg­end was lost to the world when he suc­cumbed to cancer last year.

West­mor­land Mo­tor Club as­sem­bled a num­ber of no­ta­bles from Bultaco – fly­ing them in from Spain, France, York­shire and Lan­cashire to cel­e­brate in the sum­mer sun­shine. Such stars in­cluded Oriol Bulto who had the task of mar­shalling his young charges on var­i­ous works teams in the fac­tory’s hey­day and still seemed to be do­ing the same in 2017.

In a bid to raise funds for cancer re­search and care, James Lamp­kin rode his dad’s works Bultaco, a sis­ter bike to his un­cle Martin’s cham­pi­onship win­ner.

At the trial, the for­mer fac­tory team mem­bers got to grips with a selec­tion of Bul­ta­cos sup­plied and prepped by Yrjo Ves­ter­i­nen. So, en­joy our pic­to­rial of the day and let us know if you were there. )

Most orig­i­nal cat­e­gory win­ner was Chris Gas­coigne’s ra­dial head Sherpa. It works too, as Chris had to haul it out when be­set by punc­tures on his other bike.

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