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away last week, aged 65), Mal­colm Rath­mell and Mick Andrews (although Amer­i­can Bernie Schreiber won the £500 prize). Later win­ners in­cluded John ‘JR’ Reynolds, Jean Pierre Goy (more re­cently stunt rider on The Dark Knight and Sky­fall), Eddy Le­je­une, John Lamp­kin and Steve Saun­ders.

Wasn’t there a spin- off ver­sion? Yup, Ju­nior Kick Start, for un­der-14s, which had an even eas­ier course, saw the TV de­but of fu­ture world champ Dougie Lamp­kin and pro­duced one of Youtube’s great­est hits.

What? Youtube? Ten-year-old Mark Scofield fell from the ‘Pole-over-the-hole’ prompt­ing two St John’s Am­bu­lance men to fall in af­ter him, re­duc­ing com­men­ta­tor Purves to hys­ter­ics, as he ex­plained years later: “I’ll never for­get the young lad who fell. He hurt his pride and al­most de­stroyed his man­hood, but the en­su­ing rush of am­bu­lance men into the pit, where they all fell over, was a piece of tele­vi­sion hys­te­ria.” Watch here: www.youtube.com/ watch?v=xsz60st9txq

So why did it all end? Sched­ul­ing prob­lems, plus the loss of spon­sors on what was an ex­pen­sive show prompted Brit­tan to call quits. Purves him­self says: “Kick Start and Ju­nior Kick Start were great shows, but I think they had run their course.”

Is there any chance of it re­turn­ing? A ‘Bring back Kick Start’ cam­paign was set up on Face­book by bike in­surer Ex­press In­sur­ance in 2014, which re­ceived 1700 on­line sig­na­tures. Noth­ing has been heard since…

Ob­sta­cles didn’t stretch rid­ers too much Purvis, 77, has fond Kick Start mem­o­ries

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