Clas­sic Com­pe­ti­tion� 1968 SSDT

Classic Trial - - CON­TENTS -

Even some fifty years on in 2018, if you men­tion the name Sa­muel Hamil­ton Miller in mo­tor­cy­cle cir­cles a story will al­ways come from the re­ply. Across all mo­tor­cy­cle dis­ci­plines, he has had some con­nec­tion, but it was first in road rac­ing where his sheer gritty de­ter­mi­na­tion to be the best was al­ways ev­i­dent in the Ir­ish­man's at­ti­tude to win­ning. The pre­ci­sion and at­ten­tion to the prepa­ra­tion were ap­plied to his ma­chin­ery moved across from the four-stroke Ariel in late 1964 to the new two-stroke Bul­taco Sherpa in 1965. Suc­cess was achieved im­me­di­ately, and in many ways not much changed as he won the 'Scot­tish' and the Bri­tish Tri­als cham­pi­onship. The once mighty man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try was in de­cline, and Miller knew it, hence the move to the Span­ish Bul­taco. As is well doc­u­mented, his vision of the fu­ture of the tri­als mo­tor­cy­cle de­vel­op­ment fell on deaf ears in Great Bri­tain, whereas in Spain it was re­ceived with a warm em­brac­ing wel­come. The Lamp­kin broth­ers, Arthur and Alan, had put up a brave fight for the once proud BSA name as Arthur won the 1965 Scott and Alan the 1966 'Scot­tish' and Scott. By 1967 Miller was like a ma­chine and took all the ma­jor honours in a truly mag­nif­i­cent sea­son for him­self and Bul­taco. At the 1968 'Scot­tish' it was a case of 'Pure Miller Magic' as not only did he win the event but he set a new bench­mark of five wins in the tough High­land event, over­tak­ing both Hugh Viney and Gor­don Jack­son with four vic­to­ries each. The first ever man­u­fac­tur­ers' win for a for­eign brand, with the Bul­taco team con­sist­ing of Miller, Arthur Dovey and Jim San­di­ford, was the ic­ing on the cake. The Span­ish had ar­rived.

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