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.

Peter Gaunt

(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.

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