Day Four Mileage: 111 Miles; Sections: 21
In a brilliant day’s riding Sammy Miller showed just why he is the undisputed number one, as he parted with no marks in what was for many a very difficult day. 1966 winner and part of the BSA number one team, Alan Lampkin withdrew from the event as the rear wheel had collapsed. He continued with a spare wheel, before removing his machine from the event at the end of the day. The battle for second place was now focussed on Rowland, who kept himself just in front of the chasing pack headed by Dennis Jones on the Greeves. It’s quite ironic that ‘Jonah’ was not in the Greeves team as the fight was now between them and Triumph for the coveted manufacturers’ team award.
Thursday: 1: Sammy Miller (Bultaco) 12; 2: Dave Rowland (BSA) 31; 3: Dennis Jones (Greeves) 32; 4: Gordon Farley (Triumph) 34; 5: Bill Wilkinson (Greeves) 34.
Doug Theobald (DOT): Always immaculately turned out, Doug is in full control on Laggan Locks.
Mick Bowers (BSA): ‘Bonkey’, as he is well known, was given the task of making sure the ‘Thing’, ridden by Dave Rowlands, kept going all week. Mick himself was riding another development Bantam with a four-speed gearbox housed in a Bushman model frame with a Triumph Tiger Cub swinging arm fitted.
Martin Lampkin (BSA): Having his first ever ride in the event, the youngest of the three Lampkin brothers Martin took the Best Newcomer award. The late great rider would eventually go on to take three wins, from 1976–1978 for Bultaco.
Ian Haydon (Cotton): Making a very spirited attempt at the dreaded Pipeline.
(Suzuki): The ‘Micro Light’ trials machines were becoming all the fashion and here Gaunt proudly presents the 118cc Gaunt Suzuki.
John Lee (Greeves): You can still find John Lee Motorcycles trading today as they recently celebrated over fifty years in the business. John can still be found at the Scottish, supporting his sons in the event.