Day Two Mileage: 84 Miles; Sec­tions: 26


Rid­ing the Vil­liers en­gined Cot­ton, Rob Ed­wards was in ex­cel­lent form part­ing with no marks in a su­perb dis­play of con­sis­tent rid­ing. With snow still ev­i­dent in the area the Black­wa­ter Moor­land cross­ing would see 15 re­tire­ments, as they strug­gled with the con­di­tions for both man and ma­chine. The ma­jor news of the day was the re­tire­ment of Mick An­drews on the de­vel­op­ment Ossa when the rear sprocket broke away from the hub assem­bly. Miller was dis­ap­pointed not to have won in 1966 on the Bul­taco but, as we will see, he was in a very de­ter­mined mood rid­ing with a very cal­cu­lated style, mak­ing ev­ery mark he parted with count.

Tues­day: 1: Sammy Miller (Bul­taco) 9; 2: Dave Row­land (BSA) 18; 3: Bill Wilkin­son (Greeves) 19; 4: Rob Ed­wards (Cot­ton) 20; 5: Den­nis Jones (Greeves) 21.

Arthur Lamp­kin (BSA): All had not started well for the el­dest of the three Lamp­kin broth­ers as he had a few prob­lems ear­lier in the week with er­ratic slow run­ning of the four-stroke ma­chine. It im­proved af­ter he spoke with Com­pe­ti­tion Man­ager Brain Martin who sug­gested some changes to im­prove the low-down power.

Rob Ed­wards (Cot­ton): Keep­ing the Vil­liers en­gined Cot­ton in the top ten all week young Rob Ed­wards was very happy with his week’s rid­ing. On the Tues­day he was the best per­former. It was not sur­pris­ing, when you see the ef­fort go­ing into this clean ride.

Jim San­di­ford (Greeves): As part of the fac­tory sup­ported team on the ma­chines pre­pared by Bill Brooker San­di­ford, along with Bill Wilkin­son and Don Smith, won the much sought-af­ter Man­u­fac­tur­ers’ Team Tro­phy. San­di­ford’s only scare dur­ing the week was an un­sched­uled road crash on the Mon­day, which re­sulted in some dam­age to his new Bar­bour suit!

Scott El­lis (BSA): Fully com­mit­ted as he at­tacks the haz­ards at Pipe­line on Satur­day, this is a very rare shot of El­lis with his glasses off in the pour­ing rain.

Ray Sayer

(Tri­umph): Giv­ing the Tri­umph per­son­nel an early fright as he was part of the num­ber two fac­to­ryen­tered team, Sayer turned up to hand his ma­chine into the Parc Ferme com­pound just as it was clos­ing. The shirt and tie tells its own story of the pe­riod from which the pic­ture was taken.

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