Popular motorcycle importer and rider, Harry Lindsay passed away on the morning of 11th November 2018 at the age of 92 years.
He was the third generation of the Lindsay family involved in the motorcycle trade.
His grandfather, Robert Lindsay, was already a motorcycle manufacturer in 1898 producing the famous ‘Celtic’.
Robert Lindsay was also fundamental in developing the pneumatic tyre along with his close friend John Boyd Dunlop, eventually convincing him to set-up the first tyre factory in the world on Golden lane, a mere 50 feet from Lindsay’s own business premises.
The first pneumatic tyre prototypes were actually tested on Robert Lindsay’s racing bicycles, winning many all the races they entered.
Born in 1926, Harry’s grandfather Robert and later his father James, traded from premises in Ship Street, Dublin. Lindsay’s was one of the oldest motorcycle businesses in the British Isles, founded in 1897, although prior to that date they were already assembling bicycles and producing steel cart wheel rim casings.
Harry’s passion for motorcycling took priority over everything else and was still riding well into his 80’s. He was a generous sponsor with many riders coming under his support over the years. His sons Alan and Ralph were both accomplished trials riders.
Lindsay was the official Bultaco importer for Ireland and had very strong connections with the Bulto family in Barcelona. He also imported the ‘Super Ser’ brand of gas heaters made by the San Adria de Besos company.
His ongoing relationship with the Bultaco brand led him to enter a Bultaco team in the 1967 Production 250cc TT, with riders Bill Smith and Irishman, Tommy Robb placing 1st and 2nd.
Harry had also been Ireland’s agent for Vincent motorcycles and as such laid claim to being one of only a handful of people fortunate enough to ride Reg Dearden’s supercharged Vincent Black Lightning.
Harry Lindsay’s funeral will take place at St. Mary’s Church in Blessington, Co. Wicklow on Friday, 23rd November at 2 pm.
A new magazine hits the sales stands today, entitled ‘Motorcycle Retro Replay’, it covers the golden age of sporting motorcycling from 1965 to 1985.
With 131 pages of superb photographs, it is a must have for the enthusiast.
MRR is lavishly illustrated by photographs from the cameras of Don Morley; Brian Holder; Justyn Norek; Peter J Beardmore; Eric Kitchen; Toon van de Vliet; Nick Nicholls; Barry Robinson; Malcolm Carling and John Hulme. Many of the photographs have never been seen before.
Many riders and events are highlighted in this publication including the 1983 ISDE in Wales in which Sweden were victorious. There are many interesting machines featured in photographs that were taken at the time.
Available from CJ Publishing Ltd at £8.99 plus postage – check out the website at:
The Westmorland Motor Cycle Club Ltd are planning a tribute edition of their annual Bob MacGregor road run in Perthshire. This will be a tribute to John Holmes.
Details are given below:
Held under SACU regulations and social permit, it takes place on Tuesday 30th April 2019
at the start of the Scottish Six Days Trial period.
The run will be for Motorcycles (Pre 75 – preferred) or something special.
The start & finish of the run will be at the McLaren Hall, Main Street, Killin, Perthshire, FK21 8UH, Scotland.
37 miles North of Stirling
Circular Route, Killin-Blair Atholl -Loch Rannoch Area
Route follows A & B Class Roads Alternative Off Road Sections for those interested
The first motorcycles will leave at 10.00am & the remainder to follow in groups of 5 – 10 approx. at one minute intervals
There will be a lunch break on route
Attached entry form to be completed & returned with £15 entry fee to:- (includes £2 donation to Bob MacGregor Trials Club)
Peter Remington, Kenbrig, Levens, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 8DT
Tel No. mobile: 07891076320 Email: email@example.com
Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope for acceptance of your entry.
Entries to be received by Monday 11th April 2017
Entries will be limited, so please enter early to avoid disappointment.
The organisers reserve the right to amend the event or to refuse entry without giving a
reason for such refusal.
Westmorland Motor Cycle Club Limited
Held under SACU social permit
Bob MacGregor Motorcycle Run
Tuesday 30th April Official Entry Form
Name……………………………………… e mail address………………………………………. Address…………………………………… Tel No………………………………………………… …………………………………………….. Mobile No……………………………………………. ……………………………………………..
Machine……………cc ……………………… Year……… Registration No…………………………
I declare & undertake,
i) That the above vehicle is well maintained & in a fit condition to be entered in the
ii) Vehicle Insurance
The vehicle has current vehicle road tax & is cover by an operative policy of insurance for road use & third party risks & said policy will be available for inspection by the organiser upon request.
In default of the above undertakings or any one of them I agree to save harmless and keep indemnified the Organisers of the above run, and it’s officials, servants and representatives, from and against all actions, claims, expenses and demands in respect of death or injury or loss of or damage to property, however caused arising out of or in connection with my entry or my taking part in this run.
Riders Signature……………………………………………………….. Date…………………….
£15 Cheque / P.O. Payable to Westmorland MCC
Send to Peter Remington, Kenbrig, Levens, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 8DT with S.A.E
Kenny McKee was born into a motorbike mad family on 16th December 1948, the youngest child of eight.
Known as ‘King Kenny’ to many, his love of bikes was destined to be, given that his father and his big brother Bobby “RJ” were full on petrol heads.
Growing up around bikes he had a passion for all aspects of the sport, but trials was his true love. Bobby was riding trials from the early 1950s and Kenny followed him all over the country watching and eventually competing. He rode trials through the 1970s and into the early 1980s and made long lasting and enduring friendships. Many nights were spent in the company of good friends reminiscing about all the old boys and the “good old days”.
Bikes were second only to family and Kenny had two sons who took his love for all things bike into trials as well. Once Warren and Terence started riding in the early 1980s, Kenny put all his enthusiasm and effort into supporting them, taking them all over the country.
His absolute dream event, as with thousands of other was the Scottish Six Days Trial, travelling over for years to watch and also competing in the Pre’65 event a few times too.
A joiner by trade from his teenage years, he was so driven by trials that many a job was put back while the bikes to centre stage.
Latterly Kenny and his wife of almost fifty years, Blossom travelled all over Ireland and GB with Terence, competing in local events, Nationals and the SSDT as well as the Lakes, Loch Lomond and the Isle of Man events.
Sadly Kenny passed away peacefully in his sleep at home this morning, a few weeks short of his 70th birthday. His loss will be felt by a great many people, not just family, but also the bike family.
The sport has lost a good friend today, and an encyclopaedic knowledge of all things trials
Kenny is survived by his wife Blossom, sons Warren and Terence, daughter Sharon. Daughters in law Karen and Natalie as well as grandchildren Jordan, Erin and Oliver, and especially by great granddaughter Katie, who has also been bitten by the bike bug and will no doubt follow those well-trodden footsteps of granda Kenny.
The service is Friday the 9th November at Clarkes Funeral Home, 12 Court Square, Newtownards, NI, BT23 7NY at 12 mid-day. After the service interment will be at Movilla Cemetery off the Movilla Road for 1pm.
Refreshments will be available afterwards in The Ivy Bar which is across the road from Clarkes and friends are most welcome to call in.
Trials Guru sends sincere condolences to the McKee family at this difficult time. Kenny McKee was an enthusiastic supporter of ‘Trials Guru’ who demanded a supply of Trials Guru decals when he met John Moffat at the SSDT this year.
Thanks to Graham Riddell of Graham Riddell Photography based in the Scottish Borders, we have been granted permission to reproduce an article written on Scottish trials enthusiast, David ‘Rick’ Richardson. What is not generally known is that Rick actually encouraged a young Willie Dalling to take up the sport of trials. Dalling of course went on to be an expert Scottish rider and Clerk of the Course of the Scottish Six Days Trial.
Words: Graham Riddell
Photos: Jimmy Young Archive & David Richardson
Dave ‘Ricky’ Richardson has been riding motor bikes for over sixty years and only stopped competition at the turn of the Millennium. At 83 years of age, he cuts a slim physique and is still in full control of all his faculties.
I first met Ricky whilst out and about on my own personal photo-walk searching for inspiration and was making my way back from a local pine wood when I stopped to take a picture of a house that interested me with fallen leaves and intriguing shrubbery around its gated entrance.
An elderly man walking his little white dog (Jenny – a cross between a poodle and a Bichon Frise as I later learned), came strolling up and stood directly in front of my view and exchanged pleasantries about the weather and then our conversation somehow led to the subject of motor bikes. I don’t remember how exactly, but he started to tell me about him riding old classic bikes and how he had several friends, some local, who also partook of this social and exciting activity.
Intrigued by his tales, I enquired his name and if he wouldn’t mind telling me how old he was, thinking that the bikes he drives today will be somewhat pedestrian. It took me by complete surprise when he told me he was eighty three years and had been riding bikes for most of his life.
An idea was formulating in my head indicating that I had to explore this more deeply and so I ventured to ask if he would allow me to include him in a project I have been running for several years now entitled, ‘People of the Valley’. This random collection of persona is from everyday folks I meet and who live in the Tweed Valley here in the Scottish Borders. I have been greatly impressed by the diversity of skills and talent I have thus far encountered and so was keen to include Ricky in my personal Hall of Fame!
We agreed that I should call him and arrange to meet, and if his friend was available he could join us too. And so it was that a few days later I came to photograph and interview Ricky and his friend, seventy year veteran Dennis Bellville, who also brought along his vintage bike – a shaft-driven, 1951, Sunbeam 500 incline twin, in classic war-time green.
Dennis had kindly come over before having to head back to his part-time job later in the afternoon and I was grateful for the opportunity to photography both these wonderful characters with their bikes and thereby archive another small piece of local history.
As Dennis disappeared off into the distance to return to work, I took a few more shots of Ricky with his wonderful 1962, silver Triumph 21, four-stoke twin, which he had bought in 2016 ‘unseen’ and to his dismay arrived as just a box of parts. He set about rebuilding it, even hand-crafting a new oil tank. The result is a spectacular, light-weight machine that beams with as much pride as Ricky’s satisfied smile.
His collection didn’t end there though. Next he showed me another classic he had personally rebuilt, a stunning, blue 1962 Triumph T100 – a 500cc four-stroke twin which came to his possession in 2008. A friend had contacted him about an old machine in need of some TLC. When he told him the registration, Ricky quickly realised that this was was a bike he had previously owned and sold, back in 1963, and so acquired it back and set about rebuilding it and has brought it back to life and its former glory.
Whist his silver Triumph 21 is a favourite, he never rides it far from home as the petrol tank capacity is limited and he once ran out of fuel when out on a ride. Fortunately he was close-by to a friend and walked a mile or so to his house where he was able to get assistance.
The T100 however has been on long touring rides to the western Isles including Mull and Skye and also down to the Lake district.
Ricky’s skills are not confined to only riding motor bikes. At the age of fifteen on leaving school he served his apprenticeship as a coach-builder at the famous K&I Coach-works in Dalkeith, Midlothian, Edinburgh, where he grew up and learned vital skills that were to serve him well through his career. He suffered a serious injury while working there shattering his leg, and the physiotherapist recommended he take up road cycling. He did and fell in love with the two wheels mode of transport getting into motorbikes in his early twenties.
At the age of twenty, he began his two year National Service with the Royal Navy serving on aircraft carriers (HMS Bulwark (R08) and HMS Centaur) as an aircraft mechanic, when on occasion he famously repaired the catching mechanism for the incoming Sea Hawks and single prop Gannets, after one had become snagged by one plane’s propeller whilst attempting the hazardous landing, thus ensuring the fleet and ship remained operational.
Motor cycles caught his imagination and he began learning new riding skills in Reliability Trials, firstly as a Novice, then progressing through to upgrade to a Non-Expert and finally an Expert with several class wins along the way. Modest about his past successes and achievements in these classes, he did remind me of his final win back in the late 1990’s at the ‘Grey Beards Trial’ – a one-day event near at Whiteadder near Gifford.
Through the 1970’s up until 2005, Ricky remained an active rider competing in Motorcycle Reliability or endurance trials with two Edinburgh teams, Edinburgh Southern and Edinburgh St. George.
On one famous outing with his trials pals with Edinburgh Southern Motor Cycle Club, they scrambled up to the top of Ben Nevis, then took a trophy photo of themselves with one of their bikes, a Spanish built OSSA 250cc two-stroke machine, perched on top of the trig-point with one rider on top and the others around each side. With a humorous glint in his eye and dragging on another JPS Blue cigarette, he passed the photo to me saying that it might just pass the Guinness Book of World Records for the Highest Motorcycle in Britain!
Ricky moved down from Dalkeith to Peebles here in the Scottish Borders with his wife and continued to commute to work, then on retirement they moved to Ellibank Gatehouse before finally settling in Innerleithen in 2000 where is was able to help care for his wife who has sadly now passed away.
Approximately 26 years previously he and a group of close friends, started the Lothian & Borders Classic and Vintage Motorcycle Club which met at the Leadburn Inn until it was destroyed by fire in 2005 by a tragic motor accident. They continued meeting after the Inn was rebuilt until the owner, himself a bike enthusiast, acquired new premises in Eddleston earlier this year. However the Inn didn’t have the required parking facilities for a mass bikers’ gathering and so today the club meet at the Black Barony Hotel also in Eddleston, on the second Thursday of the month. They also have an active Facebook page.
But Ricky had yet one more surprise in store for me.
Far from being an elderly gentleman pottering about on his old classic machines, he just bought himself a new BMW G310, a single cylinder, 313cc roadster with rear exhaust outlet which he plans to go touring on next summer, especially if the weather is as good as this year. And true to form, he had modified it by adding a new rear mudguard.
For my part, I want to thank Ricky for sharing part of his story with me and I wish him many more years of happy, safe motoring.
Trials Guru Comment on David ‘Rick’ Richardson: “I have known Rick even before I started competing in 1974. Rick was a regular competitor at events when I used to observe, before I had a competition licence. He is one of Scotland’s great enthusiasts. I remember the late Willie Dalling telling me, when I visited him at his home at Shawfair Farm cottages near Dalkeith, that it was watching Rick practising on his trials bike that inspired Dalling to take up the sport. Not a lot of people, except Willie’s immediate family, know that fact.”
About Graham Riddell Photography:
Professional freelance photographer since 2007, supplying photography stills for a wide range of clientele from publishing in lifestyle magazine editorials, calendars, press and PR launches, corporate and public events, businesses marketing and corporate communications in charitable and public organisations.
Families commission me for portraits of their children, anniversaries and special occasions including weddings (particularly the smaller wedding party looking for an affordable package for their big day), often at local venues here in the Borders.
My Art stock photography includes my wall art collection ‘Lightscapes’ which has been exhibited widely over the years both here in the Scottish Borders and further afield, from Peebles, Galashiels, West Lothian, Edinburgh, London, and even Times Square New York.
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