Kenny Fleming Dies

Group 1970

1970, Kenny Fleming, second from left in the year he won his second Scottish Trials title. On the far left is Allie Beag Cameron, second right Rodger Mount and on right, Alastair Macgillivray

Former Scottish Trials Champion, Kenneth McLean (Kenny) Fleming has died after a short illness on Thursday 25th May, 2017 aged 81.

Member of both Perth & District and Lochaber motorcycle clubs, the son of a farmer from Dunblane in Perthshire, Fleming was a serious, talented competitor who won the Scottish title twice, in 1965 and again in 1970. He took part in two International Six Days Trials first on an ex-Ken Heanes 500cc Triumph (Garmish-Partenkirchen, 1969) and an East German built 250cc MZ (El Escorial, Madrid, 1970). He was also a keen wrestler and excelled at this sport also.

The farm which his father owned was on reputedly poor arable ground, however the Fleming family opened the land out to create a sand and gravel quarry and benefitted financially from this change of use. The quarry business was run jointly over the years with his brother, the remainder ground which Kenny eventually owned was sold off to CALA Homes for development.

A batchelor all his life, Kenny Fleming was a quite introverted individual but was a highly respected rider in his time. He was fiercely competitive and trained hard for his personal fitness and practiced regularly to maintain his ‘bike-fitness’.

Having ceased competing in trials around 1973, Fleming appeared at a Perth trial at Blair Atholl in 1977 as an ‘unknown’ entering as a ‘novice’ on a TL125 Honda which he had borrowed. He almost won the event but sharp-eyed T. Arnott Moffat of the SACU who was stewarding that day, spotted the falsified entry and had Fleming re-classified as a ‘non-expert’ as a rider can never revert to being a novice having progressed to expert and indeed Scottish Champion!

His private cremation will be on Monday, 5th June with a memorial service open to friends at Westlands Hotel, Doune Road, Dunblane at 11.00am.

My beautiful picture

1965 & 1970 Scottish Trials Champion, Kenny Fleming from Dunblane seen here at the 1966 White Heather on his 250 Bultaco Sherpa (model 10), bought from Comerfords, Thames Ditton – Photo: Grant Family Collection

 

3 thoughts on “Kenny Fleming Dies

  1. Ah, sad news. KF was a sometime member of a group of Scottish ISDT riders who did fitness training at Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh in the 1970s, who I trained with, and yes, he took it seriously. I believe he became very accomplished in judo. Thanks Guru for filling in some detail about him.

    • I remember Ken was one of the harder workers at the Meadowbank sessions. I recall, as a teenager, a group of us riding out to take part in a trial down Biggar way when we were overtaken at some speed by the ISDT squad, who were to be using the ground as a bit of a training do. I still remember the rort off Ken’s Triumph as he flew past, helmetless, as was then allowed.

      In comparativeIy recent times I was very pleased, not having seen him for years, to meet Ken walking in the hills when I was riding in the Bob Macgregor 2 day so he must have maintained some interest in the trials scene.

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