Classic Trial

GORDON BRITISH CHAMPION FARLEY

- Words: John Hulme • Pictures: Alan Vines and Malcolm Carling

What a sporting year of change 1970 was in the world of motorcycle trials as the reign of the great master of the sport, Sammy Miller (Bultaco), was finally knocked off the top spot! It had all started so well when he was crowned the European Trials Champion having taken the title back out of the hands of Don Smith (Montesa) in the earlier part of the year. After losing the Scottish Six Days Trial to Mick Andrews (Ossa) in May, he won the Scott Trial in October. However, as the season closed in the dark of the December months, Miller was, for the first time since 1959, not the ACU British Trials Champion; Gordon Farley (Montesa) was. It was time to ‘take a bow’ as 1970 became the finale for Sammy Miller on a fantastic British Trials Championsh­ip career.

In 1970, for the first time since 1959, we had a new ACU British Trials Champion. Gordon Farley broke the strangleho­ld that Sammy Miller held. In a drama-filled day, Miller did what he had to do by winning, as nerves got the better of Farley who finished seventh.

WINNER

When a speck of dust interfered with the contact breaker, points forced Sammy Miller on his Bultaco to retire from the penultimat­e round of the 1970 ACU British Trials Championsh­ip. He all-but knew that, barring a disaster, he would not be able to defend his 11 consecutiv­e championsh­ip titles to make it 12.

As profession­al as ever, Miller went to the Knut Trial to win — and duly delivered. In stark contrast, Farley fell to pieces and scraped home in seventh position, but he had done enough.

John Brise was the UK Montesa importer trading through Montala Motors, and he was out in force, following Farley every inch of the way. Gordon Farley once quoted that at every event where Sammy Miller was riding he would note his every move in his ambition to win the treasured British Championsh­ip and, on a cold day in December 1970, he was duly rewarded for his efforts.

1970 KNUT TRIAL

RESULTS: 1: Sammy Miller (Bultaco) 21; 2: Rob Edwards (Montesa) 24; 3: Ian Haydon (Montesa) 31; 4: Lawrence Telling (Montesa) 33; 5: Paul Dunkley (Bultaco) 37; 6: Chris Leighfield (Sprite) 39; 7: Gordon Farley (Montesa) 41; 8: Mick Andrews (Ossa) 45; 9: Dave Thorpe (Ossa) 48; 10: Ken Brooker (Greeves) 48; 11: Geoff Chandler (Bultaco) 49; 12: Derek Adsett (Greeves) 52; 13: Scott Ellis (Greeves) 53; 14: John Luckett (Bultaco) 58; 15: Peter Valentine (Bultaco) 61; 16: M Kent (Bultaco) 63; 17: Brian Higgins (Bultaco) 64; 18: Geoff Monk (Wasp) 72; 19: Mike Rapley (Bultaco) 73; 20: Denis Jones (Sprite) 74.

1970 ACU BRITISH TRIALS CHAMPIONSH­IP

POSITIONS: 1: Gordon Farley (Montesa) 105; 2: Sammy Miller (Bultaco) 101; 3: Rob Edwards (Montesa) 56; 4: Paul Dunkley (Bultaco) 53; 5: Dave Thorpe (Ossa) 47; 6: Mick Andrews (Ossa) 45; 7: Geoff Chandler (Bultaco) 42; 8: Lawrence Telling (Montesa) 35; 9: Derek Adsett (Greeves) 26; 10: Malcolm Rathmell (Bultaco) 20.

MACHINES: Bultaco 4; Montesa 3; Ossa 2; Greeves 1.

WINS 10 ROUNDS: Sammy Miller, 5; Gordon Farley, 3; Mick Andrews, 1; Paul Dunkley, 1.

ACU BRITISH TRIALS CHAMPIONSH­IP 1958-1970

1958: 1: Gordon Jackson (350 AJS); 2: Sammy Miller (500 Ariel); 3: Roy Peplow (200 Triumph); 4: Jonny Brittain (350 Royal Enfield); 5: Gordon Blakeway (500 Ariel); 6: Jeff Smith (350 BSA).

1959: 1: Sammy Miller (500 Ariel); 2: Gordon Jackson (350 AJS); 3: Roy Peplow (200 Triumph); 4: Eric Adcock (250 DOT); 5: Jeff Smith (250 BSA); 6: Artie Ratcliffe (200 Triumph). 1960: 1: Sammy Miller (500 Ariel); 2: Roy Peplow (200 Triumph); 3: John Draper (250 BSA); 4: Gordon Jackson (350 AJS); 5: Jeff Smith (250 BSA); 6: Gordon Blakeway (200 Triumph). 1961: 1: Sammy Miller (500 Ariel); 2: Gordon Jackson (350 AJS); 3: Scott Ellis (200 Triumph); 4: John Giles (200 Triumph); 5: Jeff Smith (250 BSA); 6: Roy Peplow (200 Triumph).

1962: 1: Sammy Miller (500 Ariel); 2: Scott Ellis (200 Triumph); 3: Tony Davis (350 BSA); 4: Jim Sandiford (250 BSA); 5: Dave Langston (250 BSA); 6: Jeff Smith (250 BSA).

1963: 1: Sammy Miller (500 Ariel); 2: Don Smith (250 Greeves); 3: Scott Ellis (200 Triumph); 4: Eric Adcock (250 DOT); 5: Peter Stirland (250 Greeves); 6: Tony Davis (250 BSA).

1964: 1: Sammy Miller (500 Ariel); 2: Don Smith (250 Greeves); 3: Scott Ellis (200 Triumph); 4: Peter Stirland (250 Greeves); 5: Tony Davis (250 BSA); 6: Derek Adsett (250 Greeves). 1965: 1: Sammy Miller (250 Bultaco); 2: Scott Ellis (250 BSA); 3: Mick Andrews (250 James); 5: Arthur Lampkin (250 BSA); 5: Roy Peplow (200 Triumph); 6: Tony Davis (250 BSA).

1966: 1: Sammy Miller (250 Bultaco); 2: Mick Andrews (250 Bultaco); 3: Alan Lampkin (250 BSA); 4: Don Smith (250 Greeves); 5: Arthur Lampkin (250 BSA); 6: Derek Adsett (250 Greeves).

1967: 1: Sammy Miller (250 Bultaco); 2: Gordon Farley (200 Triumph); 3: Scott Ellis (250 BSA); 4: Derek Adsett (250 Greeves); 5: Dave Rowland (175 BSA); 6: Mick Andrews (250 Ossa).

1968: 1: Sammy Miller (250 Bultaco); 2: Gordon Farley (250 Greeves); 3: Derek Adsett (250 Greeves); 4: Lawrence Telling (250 Montesa); 5: Don Smith (250 Montesa); 6: Paul Dunkley (250 Cheetah).

1969: 1: Sammy Miller (250 Bultaco); 2: Gordon Farley (250 Montesa); 3: Derek Adsett (250 Greeves); 4: Lawrence Telling (250 Montesa); 5: Paul Dunkley (250 Bultaco); 6: Scott Ellis (125 Dalesman).

1970: 1: Gordon Farley (Montesa); 2: Sammy Miller (Bultaco); 3: Rob Edwards (Montesa); 4: Paul Dunkley (Bultaco); 5: Dave Thorpe (Ossa); 6: Mick Andrews (Ossa).

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 ??  ?? Gordon Farley listens as the late, great, Ralph Venables congratula­tes him.
Gordon Farley listens as the late, great, Ralph Venables congratula­tes him.
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It was commiserat­ions from Ralph Venables for Sammy Miller as he acknowledg­ed his incredible British Championsh­ip success.
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Sammy Miller had won the British Championsh­ip from 1959–1964 on the mighty four-stroke 500cc Ariel.

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