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Field­ing three teams with two re­serves meant 16 rid­ers were rep­re­sent­ing na­tional hon­ours and these rid­ers pro­vided a mix of ex­pe­ri­enced reg­u­lars and youth­ful up-and­com­ers. In the Tro­phy team were John Giles and Ray Sayer (both 348 Tri­umphs), Ken Heanes (504 Tri­umph), Arthur Lamp­kin (504 BSA), Sammy Miller and Roy Pe­plow (both 490 Tri­umphs). Of the six only Sayer was the ‘new’ boy in the team as all of the oth­ers had reg­u­lar team ex­pe­ri­ence. That’s not to say Ray wasn’t good, he was, and proved it by win­ning one of the few GB gold medals in the 1965 ISDT, it was just he’d not been in the Tro­phy team be­fore.

For the Tro­phy A team there was a com­pletely new rider in Gor­don Far­ley who im­pressed by be­ing one of only nine Bri­tish fin­ish­ers the year be­fore and top­ping the spe­cial tests in the Welsh try-out. For his ser­vices he was is­sued with a 490 Tri­umph. Win­ner of the 1966 SSDT Alan Lamp­kin was not only a good tri­als rider but a more than ca­pa­ble scram­bler be­ing part of BSA’S works team for both dis­ci­plines, he was to ride a 504 BSA. John Lewis 500 AJS and Jim San­di­ford 250 Greeves were a good com­ple­ment to the young Far­ley and Lamp­kin as both were ex­cel­lent tri­als rid­ers with Lewis also be­ing part of AMC’S scram­bles team.

The Vase B had Mick An­drews mounted on a 497 AJS, Mick had been part of the AMC tri­als, scram­bles and en­duro team for four years and was more than com­pe­tent in those dis­ci­plines. Com­ple­ment­ing him and also on a 497 AJS was Peter Gaunt, the new boy in the AMC team but an ex­pe­ri­enced rider. Greeves’ men Peter Stir­land and Bill Wilkin­son brought ex­pe­ri­ence – Peter – and youth­ful abil­ity – Bill – to the squad. Peter had been an ISDT reg­u­lar with a gold medal or two whereas Bill was in the as­cen­dency at Greeves and his win of the SSDT was yet to come.

Back­ing up these guys were re­serves in the shape of Scott El­lis and John Pease. Scott, a BSA man, was a good team man and John a tal­ented scram­bler and tri­als rider.

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