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Can you imag­ine my de­light when I opened an e-mail re­cently which of­fered the use of pho­to­graphs from a pe­riod when our glo­ri­ous sport was in its in­fancy for my web­site Tri­als Guru? The of­fer came out of the blue, and from a very highly re­spected source, David Wood, for­merly of C.H. Wood (Brad­ford), who pro­duced all the cine films for a plethora of large com­pa­nies as­so­ci­ated with mo­tor­sport world­wide. The pho­to­graphs were his late fa­ther’s, and he wanted to make sure that some of them would be seen be­cause many have never been pre­sented to the pub­lic.

David Wood is a mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­ast, as was his fa­ther Charles Harold Wood be­fore him. I met David at the Scott Trial Re­u­nion din­ner at the Ripon Spa Ho­tel in the Novem­ber of 2014 or­gan­ised by Sid Lampkin, but the con­nec­tion ac­tu­ally went much fur­ther back than that meeting at Ripon. The Wood fam­ily had been film­ing a movie called ‘Quar­tet for Two Wheels’ in 1967, which had been com­mis­sioned by Cas­trol Oils. Part of it was filmed at a scram­bles event in La­nark­shire, Scot­land and my late fa­ther Arnott Mof­fat had been in­stru­men­tal in mak­ing some of the ar­range­ments to en­able the film­ing to take place.

Over the years David Wood kept bump­ing into Arnott an­nu­ally at the Scot­tish Six Days Trial, where he also filmed for the Yamaha Mo­tor Com­pany to pro­duce their pro­mo­tional film called ‘Mick An­drews Tri­als Cham­pion’ in 1973.

David clearly re­mem­bered those meet­ings and de­scribed Arnott Mof­fat as a ‘very help­ful gen­tle­man’, and to be fair I knew my Dad had great re­spect for the Wood fam­ily, their achieve­ments in the Bri­tish film mak­ing in­dus­try, their en­thu­si­asm for the sport of mo­tor­cy­cling and their prod­ucts.

So the moral of the story is never take for granted that good things can hap­pen; they hap­pen be­cause peo­ple want them to, and connections, es­pe­cially those made in a sport, can last for a life­time. It is with­out doubt that David Wood based his de­ci­sion to share his fa­ther’s won­der­ful im­ages with my web­site on the ex­pe­ri­ence he gained when hav­ing sound deal­ings with like­minded peo­ple. It’s called re­spect.

Pic­tured from left: David Wood, John Mof­fat, Alan Lampkin

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