MARTIN LAMP­KIN

Classic Trial - - FRONT PAGE - Words: John Hulme • Pic­tures: Eric Kitchen, Don Mor­ley, Andy Gre­gory, Yoomee Ar­chive, Iain Lawrie and Bul­taco

Imag­ine how much pres­sure you must feel when your two el­der broth­ers have pre­vi­ously won the most pres­ti­gious mo­tor­cy­cle tri­als event in the world. The el­dest of the three Lamp­kin broth­ers, Arthur, had won in 1963 fol­lowed by Alan ‘Sid’ in 1966. Ten years later in 1976 the youngest brother, Martin, would start on a win­ning run of three in a row at the Scot­tish Six Days trial for Bul­taco. To say Martin was on a roll was a mas­sive un­der­state­ment. In 1975 he had won the very first FIM World Tri­als Cham­pi­onship but he had been very un­happy with his 9th place fin­ish at the SSDT in May, when his high­est pre­vi­ous fin­ish had been in 1973 when he’d fin­ished 3rd.

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