1977: Un­stop­pable Lampkin

Trial Magazine - - FLASHBACK -

Hav­ing won his first SSDT in 1976, Martin Lampkin went to the event one year later with ex­actly the same mind-set: to win. The vic­tory looked an easy one, such was the win­ning mar­gin, but on the Tues­day his 348cc Bul­taco had suf­fered from elec­tri­cal prob­lems. As he ar­rived at Lag­gan Locks his en­gine died as the ig­ni­tion con­tact points had closed. They re­quired im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion from Lampkin, who soon had the ma­chine run­ning again. The hard-luck story of the week be­longed to third-placed Nigel Bir­kett. His Suzuki had been knocked over in the car park ear­lier in the week by a spec­ta­tor, and on the fi­nal in­spec­tion at the close of the event the scru­ti­neers spot­ted a split fuel tank; with it came a five mark penalty. Heavy rain at the back-end of the six days had cer­tainly made it an event to re­mem­ber, with only 190 fin­ish­ers.

75 Martin Lampkin (Bul­taco). John Mac­Don­ald signs in at the Shell-spon­sored car­a­van. Best New­comer: Bernie Schreiber (Bul­taco-USA) talks with Eric Hooke.

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