Trial Magazine

Victory Trial Cotswolds Cup

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

One of the very early-season national trials in 1971 was the Victory which I would go and watch with my father, Ron. I always enjoyed this trip in another one of the Ferodo ‘Free’ runners for the weekend — this was a perk of the job for my father. He worked in the Research and Developmen­t department at Ferodo Brake Linings at Chapel-en-le-Frith. You had to put a certain amount of miles on the car, but the fuel was free! We usually attended Saturday events to watch, and he rode in competitio­ns on the Sunday.

On the three-hour journey to the event, it rained virtually all the way which seemed to be a common theme for the Welsh-based events we attended. My father’s early trials machines were the two-stroke Villiers-powered Greeves, and the reason for this trip was to see the new and modified Puchengine­d Pathfinder in action.

The early models had a reputation for very little low-down power, making the power very much like an electric switch — it was either on or off!

The Shell Oils sponsored Greeves Pathfinder machines of Derek Adsett, Scott Ellis and Mick Wilkinson all had an exhaust system fitted that had been developed by Reg May at the Comerfords motorcycle dealership where he worked as a mechanic. It was a one-piece system that included the front pipe and silencers and was claimed to be lighter than the standard one, but was it any good?

When my father, Ron, was talking to Mick Wilkinson he claimed it had sorted out the lack of power at the ‘bottom end’ and in fact gave it more power on smaller throttle openings. It was all new to me, but I generally understood what they were on about. Mick also explained it was lighter in weight than the standard setup.

Being a very wet day, it was a photograph­er’s nightmare. When checking the negatives for pictures, we could not find anything of the winner Alan Lampkin (250 Bultaco). This opening picture is from earlier in the year at the Colmore Cup Trial.

EARLY ACTION

The Victory Trial was run by the Birmingham Motorcycle Club. Starting at 10.30am on the 27th February again attracted a good entry of 123 solo riders with ten sidecar entries. Unfortunat­ely, for our sidecar fans, we have no photos or results (apologies). The solo route would take in 50 sections on its 30-mile course based around the start at the cattle market in Knighton.

We went to the first group of sections to watch called Dolyfelin, where there were ten sections. Amongst the riders was Andy Roberton, who we knew from the motocross Grand Prix we had attended. He looked to be just as good at the slow-speed action as the high with some good riding on his Bultaco.

There were many of the ‘Micro’ machines in the entry, as riders tried to hang on to some English heritage in the trials world in the face of the Spanish invasion of Bultaco, Montesa and Ossa.

As well as the Shell Greeves team on the 175 Pathfinder models, Saracen also had three riders with Jack Galloway, Jon Bliss and Steve Wilson on the German Sachs engined 125cc machines. They all looked very smart with the red fuel tank and what looked like chrome-plated frames, and Galloway had won the St David’s national trial a few weeks earlier. Brian Hutchinson and Chris Leighfield were on very agricultur­al-looking 125cc Sprite machines, and Terry Wright was on the new-model 125cc Dalesman.

On the 170cc Minarelli Cotton-powered machine, which also looked very smart with its blue one-piece seat and fuel tank unit, was John Luckett. Another very unusual-looking and sounding machine was the new 125cc Suzuki ridden by John Hemingway.

WET THROUGH

We watched all the riders through the first group of sections, and it was good to see just how much the Spanish machines were improving as they performed so well. In truth, they always had the advantage over the lightweigh­t ‘Micro’ machines. The Bultaco team sponsored by Shell Oils included the two Lampkin brothers, Alan and Martin, and Jim Sandiford.

With not many four-stroke machines in the entry, Peter Gaunt was riding his latest creation: a four-stroke Ducati-engined special. The new ACU British Trials Champion Gordon Farley also looked very confident on the Montesa, which looked and sounded well.

When the results came out, it was Derek Adsett who was declared the winner on 40 marks lost in front of Alan ‘Sid’ Lampkin, Farley and Jack Galloway, who were all on 44 marks lost. However, after a recount, ‘Slick Sid’ Lampkin had a five-mark penalty removed and was declared the winner, on 39. I was soaked to the skin, and so we decided to head home early back to Whaley Bridge.

VICTORY TRIAL, 1971

RESULTS: 1: Alan Lampkin (250 Bultaco) 39; 2: Derek Adsett (175 Greeves) 40; 3: Gordon Farley (250 Montesa) 44; 4: Jack Galloway (125 Saracen) 44;

5: Bernard Gore (250 Bultaco) 51; 6: Scott Ellis (175 Greeves) 52; 7: Brian Hutchinson (125 Sprite) 54; 8: Bill Wilkinson (250 Ossa) 54; 9: Brian Higgins (250 Bultaco) 56; 10: Karl Rowbotham (250 Bultaco) 56; 11: Jon Bliss (125 Saracen) 57; 12: John Hemingway (125 Suzuki) 58; 13: Richard Sunter (250 Montesa) 58; 14: Rob Shepherd (250 Bultaco) 59; 15: Geoff Chandler (250 Bultaco) 59; 16: Jim Sandiford (250 Bultaco) 60; 17: Mark Kemp (250 Bultaco) 62; 18: Martin Lampkin (250 Bultaco) 63; 19: Ken Brooker (175 Greeves) 63; 20: Malcolm Davis (250 Bultaco) 64; 21: Ian Haydon (250 Montesa) 64; 22: Mick Wilkinson (175 Greeves) 65; 23: Ross Winwood (175 Walwin BSA) 65; 24: Steve Wilson (125 Saracen) 66; 25: Peter Gaunt (350 Gaunt Ducati) 66; 26: John Luckett (170 Cotton) 66; 27: Chris Leighfield (125 Sprite) 69; 28: Brian Shuttlewor­th (250 Bultaco) 69; 29: Terry Wright (125 Dalesman) 71; 30: Tony Davis (250 Bultaco) 71.

MACHINES: Bultaco: 12; Greeves: 4; Montesa: 3; Saracen: 3; Sprite: 2; BSA: 1; Cotton: 1; Dalesman: 1; Ducati: 1; Ossa: 1; Suzuki: 1.

 ??  ?? Alan ‘Sid’ Lampkin (250 Bultaco).
Derek Adsett (175 Greeves): After a recount of the scores, Derek was demoted to second position by a single mark.
Gordon Farley (250 Montesa): Now the ACU British Trials Champion, he looked very confident.
Jack Galloway (125 Saracen): Very much at home on the smaller-capacity machine, Jack would put in some very strong early-season performanc­es.
Brian Hutchinson (125 Sprite): Though they always looked quite agricultur­al, the Sprite performed very well in the right hands.
Alan ‘Sid’ Lampkin (250 Bultaco). Derek Adsett (175 Greeves): After a recount of the scores, Derek was demoted to second position by a single mark. Gordon Farley (250 Montesa): Now the ACU British Trials Champion, he looked very confident. Jack Galloway (125 Saracen): Very much at home on the smaller-capacity machine, Jack would put in some very strong early-season performanc­es. Brian Hutchinson (125 Sprite): Though they always looked quite agricultur­al, the Sprite performed very well in the right hands.
 ??  ?? Bill Wilkinson (250 Ossa): The older of the two brothers, Bill had no kind words for the new Greeves Pathfinder model and had moved to Ossa in 1970.
Peter Gaunt (350 Gaunt Ducati): Yes, a potent four-stroke Ducati trials machine was ‘Top Gear’s’ latest creation.
John Hemingway (125 Suzuki): This new 120cc trials machine was revolution­ary in that the frame was made from light aluminium sheet, pop riveted together, and carried a cast magnesium steering head fitted with roller bearings.
Single Lap: Yes, a full single lap was superb value for money.
Norman Eyre (250 Ossa): Buxton based Norman won the 1961 Victory Trial on a Triumph.
Rob Shepherd (250 Bultaco): With a Bultaco supported by Crooks Motorcycle­s this Yorkshire farmer was starting to make a name for himself.
Bill Wilkinson (250 Ossa): The older of the two brothers, Bill had no kind words for the new Greeves Pathfinder model and had moved to Ossa in 1970. Peter Gaunt (350 Gaunt Ducati): Yes, a potent four-stroke Ducati trials machine was ‘Top Gear’s’ latest creation. John Hemingway (125 Suzuki): This new 120cc trials machine was revolution­ary in that the frame was made from light aluminium sheet, pop riveted together, and carried a cast magnesium steering head fitted with roller bearings. Single Lap: Yes, a full single lap was superb value for money. Norman Eyre (250 Ossa): Buxton based Norman won the 1961 Victory Trial on a Triumph. Rob Shepherd (250 Bultaco): With a Bultaco supported by Crooks Motorcycle­s this Yorkshire farmer was starting to make a name for himself.

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