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.
(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.