The UK teams
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.