Walter Dalton

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Walter with his wife Mable at their Weardale home – Photo: Alan Pennington, Stanhope

Trials Guru reports the passing of Weardale stalwart Walter Dalton, one of the North East’s best known trials characters.
Walter was employed by Portland Blue Circle Cement at their Weardale plant at Eastgate and was a regular competitor across the border in Scottish trials which also included the Loch Lomond Two-Day and Scottish Six Days events, plus the Pre’65 Scottish.

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Walter, Montesa Cota mounted in 1969

In later years he took up riding Pre’65 trials on a 500 Ariel and supported Spain’s Carlos Casas on a 200cc Triumph Cub for many years in the Pre’65 Scottish.

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Walter Dalton on an AJS in the 1980s

Dalton competed in many Scottish Six Days Trials back as far as the late 1960s. He rode both Bultaco and Montesa machinery.

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Walter Dalton, Triumph Cub mounted around early 1960s

In 1984, Walter entered the SSDT and the Pre’65 Scottish on a Reg May built ‘RM Special’, this machine was actually road registered as such. The machine was a BSA B40 motor in a much modified Bultaco Sherpa frame, with Alpina front wheel and Pursang rear wheel and a modified 340 Sherpa alloy tank and specially fabricated oil tank. The machine was not strictly Pre’65 but the organisers were less strict in those days.

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Walter Dalton in 2007 – Photo: John Hulme/Trial Magazine

Trials Guru extends sincere condolences to the Dalton family.

5 thoughts on “Walter Dalton”

  1. I remember Walter from the 80s great character He would Tackle any section no fear!
    He was an inspiration to continue riding even into your 70s !!!!

  2. RIP Walter.
    Fond memories of spending time with Walter and Reg May at his house and at his workshop at the cement works preparing his bicycle prior to the Scottish.
    Sincere condolences to his family.

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