Recalled by Rappers – by Mike Rapley

Mike Rapley

About Mike Rapley:

It is with great pleasure that we are now able to bring you a special section on Trials Guru ‘Recalled by Rappers’.
Mike Rapley is not only a ‘died-in-the-wool’ motorcyclist, but also a well-respected motorcycle sport journalist, having been a reporter and staff member of the weekly Trials and Motocross News for many years.

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Mike Rapley at the finish of the 1968 Beggar’s Roost National Trial speaking with his father. The machine is a Bultaco Sherpa T model 27, registered in Truro in September 1967.

Over a long period of time, Mike has taken many photographs of events, some never seen before and wondered if the time was right to put them somewhere on the internet so that these may be enjoyed by fellow enthusiasts. – Mike chose Trials Guru for this purpose and we are very grateful.

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Mike on a 250cc James on Am Bodach at the 2008 Pre’65 Scottish 2 Day Trial – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

Having decided, Mike has scanned many of his images from the 1970s for our enjoyment entrusting this task to Trials Guru.

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1979 Scottish Six Days on Grey Mare’s Ridge. Mike on a 325 Bultaco – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven.

Trials Guru’s John Moffat became friends with Mike Rapley, or ‘Rappers’ as he is universally known, some years ago. In fact it was at the start of the Jim Worthington Trial at Lagnaha on the Wednesday evening during SSDT week in 1996, when Rappers was making him-self useful by signing the competitors on at the event.

Moffat having entered the event on a Yamaha, pretended to be an Eastern European competitor who did not understand the formalities, keeping the ruse up for many minutes until Mike asked: “what is your name?” This brought to an end the practical joke!
We will not record here what Rappers said when he realised that he’d been had!

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Mike Rapley tackles ‘Am Bodach’ in the 2007 Pre’65 Scottish Trial – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

Please remember and be respectful of the fact that all of the images on Recalled are the intellectual property of Mike Rapley and you must obtain express permission from Mike if you wish to use them elsewhere.

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Mike on ‘Cnoc A Linnhe’ in the 2008 Pre’65 Scottish Trial – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

Mike is now a member of the Auto-Cycle Union Trials and Enduro committee, that is exactly where he should be, as he has a wealth of experience gained as a solo competitor, a trials sidecar driver and enduro rider as well as being a highly respected journalist and event organiser.

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Mike Rapley negotiating ‘Mamore’ in the 2008 Pre’65 Scottish Trial – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

His involvement with the sport’s governing body can only be a good thing for the sport of trials and enduro.

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Mike Rapley’s personal Bultaco which he self-prepared and altered the frame and colour scheme from standard. This is a Sherpa T, model 150 (250cc) from 1974. Photo was taken in 1976 – Photo: Mike Rapley Private Collection

Trials Guru is delighted to bring you the fruits of Mike Rapley’s labours at various events over the years. Some are unidentified and we would encourage the reader’s assistance in identifying some riders and locations by using the ‘contact‘ function.

ROVING REPORTER

Mike Rapley still likes to get out on a motorcycle whenever he can, seen here when reporting at World Trials Championships on his Beta Alp trail machine – Photo Copyright: John Hulme/Trial Magazine UK

We have tried where possible to group photographs together, wherever possible they are not in any particular order, please have a look at “Rappers’ Unidentifieds” which appear throughout this ‘section’. Maybe you can help identify the competitors?

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Trials Guru’s John Moffat and Mike Rapley have been friends for a number of years, spotted here by the camera of John Hulme attending the 2007 British Championship at Kinlochleven.

Featured riders Index:

Andrews, Mick – Ashford, Vic – Atkinson, Graham – Baker, Alan – Baker, Graham – Binding, Ian – Birkett, Nigel – Bradley, Ian – Bray, R. – Brundle, Martin – Born, John – Burnett, John –  Casas, Carlos – Chamberlain, Eric – Chandler, Geoff – Chick, David – Clarke, Chris – Comer, Dick – Dobson, Eddie – Dommett, Alan – Dommett, Colin – Edmondson, Derrick – Edwards, Rob – Eveley, Malcolm – Foot, Andy – Garrett, Alan –  Greenland, George – Hann, Mike – Haslam, Adrian – Haslam, Ray – Haydon, Ian – Hobbs, Gordon – Higgins, Brian – Hunt, Allan – Irving, Michael – Jefferies, Nick – Jones, Geraint – Jones, Hefin – Kemp, Mark – Kemp, Trevor – Ketley, Alan – King, Tony ‘Antman’ – Lampkin, Alan – Lampkin, James – Lampkin, Martin – Latty, Malcolm – Lavercombe, Mervyn – Leddy, Mike – Loram, Graham – Lloyd, Andy – Luckett, John – Mackie, Ian – Martin, Eric – Metcalfe, John – Mathews, Jack – Morrison, Ady – Mudge, Len – Myers, Chris – Myers, Mike – Parken, Geoff – Parker, Jack – Pollard, Eddy – Pridham, Ivan – Rathmell, Malcolm – Rew, Anthony – Reynolds, John – Rowland, Scott – Salt, Peter – Shield, Nick –  Shepherd, Rob – Shepherd, Norman – Skinner, Mike – Slee, Brian – Somers, Colin – Smith, Clive – Smith, Don – Strang, Martin – Sutton, Chris – Swidenbank, Tony – Taberham, John – Theobald, Doug – Thompson, Pete – Thorpe, Dave – Thomas, Andy – Thyer, Mike – Trott, Brian – Trott, Roger – Watkin, Graham – Watts, Chris – Wigg, Julian – Wilson, Steve – Wills, Kevin –

 

We hope that you enjoy ‘Recalled by Rappers’

George Greenland

Image: 0001 – George Greenland (Honda) taking part in the 1975 World Trials round at the Cadbury Country Club, Congresbury near Bristol – Photo copyright: Mike Rapley

Colin Dommett and Eric Chamberlain - MR

Image 0002 – Colin Dommett & Eric Chamberlain (Suzuki) – Photo copyright: Mike Rapley

Andy Lloyd - MR

Image 0003 – Andy Lloyd (Bultaco) – Photo copyright: Mike Rapley

ACU Chairman Brian Higgins

Image 0004 – ACU Chairman, Brian Higgins (Suzuki) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Alan Baker believed to be in a Moretonhampstead trial.

Image 0005 – Alan Baker (348 Montesa), from North Devon, at a Moretonhampstead trial – Photo: Mike Rapley

Alan Baker

Image 0006 – Alan Baker (348 Montesa) the uncle of Joe Baker – Photo: Mike Rapley

Alan Dommett

Image 0007 – Alan Dommett (Montesa Cota 247)

Alan Hunt

Image 0008 – Allan Hunt (Bultaco Sherpa 250) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Alan Ketley, still a regular observer at British World Championship events.

Image 0009 – Watched closely by midlander, Steve Wilson, Alan Ketley (325 Bultaco), still a regular observer at British World Championship events. – Photo: Mike Rapley

Alan Lampkin, World round Bristol, 1975

Image 0010 – Alan ‘Sid’ Lampkin (325 Bultaco), World Championship round, Congresbury, Bristol, 1975 – Photo: Mike Rapley

Anthony Rew, Graham Baker, Mike Rapley, Alan Dommett 1977

Image 0011 – Anthony Rew, Graham Baker (father of Joe Baker), Mike Rapley & Alan Dommett 1977 – Photo courtesy: Mike Rapley

Brian Higgins, current Chairman of the ACU and a former national trial winner and British Trophy team ISDE medallist

Image 0012 – Brian Higgins, the current Chairman of the Auto-Cycle Union, is a former national trial winner and British Trophy team ISDT medallist, seen here on a factory Honda TL300. – Photo copyright: Mike Rapley

Dave Thorpe 2 World 1975

Image 0013 – Dave Thorpe (325 Bultaco) was the first rider to win a World Championship round, seen here competing in the World Championships at Congresbury, Bristol in 1975 – Photo Copyright: Mike Rapley

Bristol world round 1975

Image 0014 – Bristol World Championship round at Congresbury, 1975 – Photo copyright, Mike Rapley

Geoff Chandler

Image 0015 – The late Geoff Chandler (Suzuki 250) with Alan Wright and Rob Shepherd chatting on the right! – Photo: Mike Rapley

Geoff Parken watched by Alan Wright on the left and Norman Shepherd at the back on the right.

Image 0016 – Geoff Parken (325 Bultaco) watched by Alan Wright on the left and Norman Shepherd at the back on the right. – Photo copyright: Mike Rapley

Graham Baker watched by Ian Mackie

Image 0017 – Graham Baker (250 DMX Suzuki) watched by Ian Mackie. Graham is the father of Joe Baker – Photo: Mike Rapley

Chris Watts riding a red tanked Suzuki about 1980

Image 0018 – Chris Watts riding a red and black tanked 250 Suzuki in 1980 – Photo: Mike Rapley

Dave Thorpe, probably West of England national trial of 1977

Image 0019 – Dave Thorpe (325 Bultaco), in the ‘West of England’ national trial of 1977 – Photo: Mike Rapley

Dave Chick

Image 0020 – David Chick (325 Bultaco) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Ian Haydon, a multiple SW Centre champion.

Image 0021 – Ian Haydon (Montesa Cota 247), was a multiple SW Centre champion – Photo: Mike Rapley

Ivan Pridham

Image 0022 – Ivan Pridham (Bultaco) – Photo: Mike Rapley

John Born

Image 0023 – John Born (Montesa) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Len Mudge

Image 0024 – Len Mudge (Yamaha TY250) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Graham Loram

Image 0025 – Graham Loram (Bultaco) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Ian Mackie 2

Image 0026 – Ian Mackie (Montesa) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Malcolm Latty

Image 0027 – Malcolm Latty (Montesa) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Malcolm Rathmell World trial 1975

Image 0028 – Malcolm Rathmell (Montesa) at the World Championship trial, Bristol in 1975 – Photo: Mike Rapley

Malcolm Eveley

Image 0029 – Malcolm Eveley (Bultaco) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Malcolm Rathmell

Image 0030- Malcolm Rathmell (Montesa) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Martin Lampkin 2

Image 0031 – Martin Lampkin (Bultaco) Photo: Mike Rapley

Martin Lampkin World 1975

Image 0032 – Martin Lampkin (Bultaco 325) at the World Championship round at Congresbury, Bristol in 1975, the year he became the first ever World Trials Champion – Photo copyright: Mike Rapley

Martin Lampkin 2 World 1975

Image 0033 – Martin Lampkin (Bultaco 325) takes a steadying prod at the World Championship round at Congresbury, Bristol in 1975 – Photo: Mike Rapley

Martin Strang 2

Image 0034 – Martin Strang (Bultaco) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Martin Strang 3

Image 0035 – Martin Strang (Bultaco) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Martin Strang

Image 0036 – Martin Strang (Bultaco) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Rob Edwards World 1975

Image 0037 – Rob Edwards (Montesa) at the 1975 World Championship round at Congresbury, near Bristol – Photo – Mike Rapley

Rob Edwards - World trial 1975

Image 0038 – Rob Edwards (Montesa) – World trials Championship round at Congresbury, Bristol in 1975 – Photo: Mike Rapley

Mick Andrews World 1975

Image 0039 – Mick Andrews (0W-10A Yamaha) at the World Championship round in 1975 at Congresbury, Bristol – Photo: Mike Rapley

Good side on shot of an Ossa but the rider is unknown

Image 0040 – John Luckett (Ossa) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Vic Ashford for many years the stalwart of the West of England club.

Image 0041 – Vic Ashford on his Bultaco, for many years a stalwart of the West of England club – Photo: Mike Rapley

Steve Wilson

Image 0042 – Steve Wilson (Bultaco) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Mike Thyer

Image 0043 – Mike Thyer (Yamaha) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Nigel Birkett

Image 0044 – Nigel Birkett during his Suzuki days – Photo: Mike Rapley

Ray Haslam Scott Trial about 1980

Image 0045 – Suzuki mounted Ray Haslam in the Scott Trial, 1978 – Photo: Mike Rapley

Rob Shepherd 2

Image 0046 – Rob Shepherd on his factory Honda TL300 – Photo: Mike Rapley

Two Alans - Dommett avoids Hunt's front wheel

Image 0047 – Alan Dommett avoids Allan Hunt’s front wheel – Photo: Mike Rapley

Up and away

Image 0048 – A wayward Ossa at the 1975 World round at Congresbury, Bristol – Photo: Mike Rapley

Up

Image 0049 – Watched by Alan Lampkin and Ulf Karlson, a Montesa rider about to abort mission at the 1975 World round at Congresbury, Bristol – Photo: Mike Rapley

White Rocks

Image 0050 – Alan ‘Sid’ Lampkin on the works Bultaco at White Rocks at the World round at Congresbury, Bristol in 1975 – Photo: Mike Rapley

White Rocks near Bristol

Image 0051 – Dave Thorpe on White Rocks, Congresbury, Bristol – World Championship round 1975 – Photo: Mike Rapley

Can you name this rider

Image 111 – Adrian Haslam on his works 325cc Suzuki with magnesium motor – Photo: Mike Rapley


 

Rappers’ Unidentifieds

Not all of Mike’s images have been able to be identified, so please help us to identify some competitors if we can, at least the rider and location if possible. You can do this by making contact with Trials Guru: HERE

Do you know who this is

Image: 100 – Can you identify this Suzuki rider? – Photo: Mike Rapley – Update: Ian Binding reckons this is himself at an Otter Vale trial

Who are these please

Image 102 – ‘Kawasaki Exeter’ on the tank, but who are the two men in the photo? – Photo: Mike Rapley – Update: Hefin Jones from West Wales supplied an answer: John Borne on the right, outside Len Borne Motorcycles, Exeter & Ian Binding thinks the chap on the left is Daryl Rose.

Who please

Image 103 – Montesa rider Ian Mackie – Photo: Mike Rapley

Unknown

Image 104 – Montesa rider? – Photo: Mike Rapley

Unknown (2)

Image 105 – 348 Montesa rider? – Photo: Mike Rapley – Update: Helfin Jones has identified the rider as R. Bray from Newton Abbot.

Unknown 3

Image 106 – Montesa rider? – Photo: Mike Rapley – Update: Helfin Jones has identified the rider as John Taberham from Exeter.

Rider is unknown but watching in helmets are Vic Ashford, Graham Baker and Keith Lee.

Image 107 – Rider is unknown but watching in helmets are Vic Ashford, Graham Baker and Keith Lee – Photo: Mike Rapley – Update: Helfin Jones has identified the rider as R. Bray from Newton Abbot.

Name required

Image 108 – Montesa 348 rider? – Photo: Mike Rapley

Guess who

Image 109 – Bultaco rider? – Photo: Mike Rapley

Another unknown rider

Image 110 – Suzuki rider? – Photo: Mike Rapley – Update: Martin Strang reckons this is Cornishman, Andy Thomas on his Suzuki, a regular South-West competitor in the 1970s.

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Image 112 – Montesa 247 rider? – Photo: Mike Rapley – Update: Hefin Jones from West Wales says this is – Eric Martin, Taunton

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Image 113 – Bultaco rider? – Photo: Mike Rapley – Update: George Atkins wrote in on January 6, 2016 to say that he reckons this is Kevin Wills from Exeter.

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Image 114 – Who? – Photo: Mike Rapley – Update: Hefin Jones from West Wales identified himself on a 170 Cotton at Otter Vale Trial near the Hare & Hounds, Axminster in October 1974

He appears several times

Image 115 – Bultaco rider? – Photo: Mike Rapley Update: Hefin Jones, West Wales says this is – Eric Martin from Taunton

Special thanks to all those who have contacted Trials Guru to help identify some competitors above!

And to Trials Guru contributor, Dave Cole for his input with some images of Rappers and others at large!

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Image 0052 – British Round of the 1976 World Trials Championship which was run by the West of England Motor Club and started and finished alongside Buckfast Abbey in Devon. The picture shows riders number 53, Mike Rapley, 76, John Burnett, 49, Martin Lampkin, 55, Pete Thompson and 45, Ivan Pridham. Also seen in the background is Pete Fox who was machine examiner that day and a long time stalwart of the West of England Motor Club. Photo courtesy of Dave Cole

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Image 0053 – From the left, Malcolm Evely, Ivan Pridham, Pete Thompson and Mike Rapley, the photograph, courtesy of Ivan Pridham, via Dave Cole is believed to have been taken by the late Fred Browning

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Image 0054 – From the left, Ian Mackie, Ian Haydon, Jenny Haydon, Mike Rapley and Mrs. Haydon. The photo is part of the Ken Haydon collection and is shown here by Dave Cole with the kind permission of Ian Haydon

 

More from Rappers:

Paddock Shots:

82 with Trevor Kemp, Doug Theobald and in the background Norman Pickles.

Image 0055 – 1982, ready for the Pre’65 Scottish – Left to right: Alan Garrett, Trevor Kemp, Doug Theobald and in the background Norman Pickles – Photo: Mike Rapley

1991 Welsh Two Day, Geraint Jones with Mike Rapley

Image 0056 – 1991 – Welsh Two Day, Geraint Jones with Mike Rapley

Bristol Dirt Bike Show 1991, Jack Mathews, Mike Rapley and Malcolm Rathmell

Image 0057 – Bristol Dirt Bike Show 1991, Jack Mathews, Mike Rapley and Malcolm Rathmell

Four well known trials riders. l-r Scott Rowland , Mike Rapley (a friend Andy Jones), Andy Foot  and Tony (Antman) King, Scott's sidecar passenger.

Image 0058 – Four well known trials riders. l-r Scott Rowland , Mike Rapley (a friend Andy Jones), Andy Foot and Tony (Antman) King, Scott’s sidecar passenger

Graham Watkin, Nick Jefferies, Peter Salt and Julian Wigg in the car.

Image 0059 – Graham Watkin, Nick Jefferies, Peter Salt and Julian Wigg in the car behind – Photo: Mike Rapley

Jack Parker, for many years the MCN and TMX reporter from Mid Wales, with Mike Rapley

Image 0060 – Jack Parker, (right) for many years the MCN and TMX reporter from Mid Wales, with Mike Rapley

Mid seventies, Mervyn Lavercombe, Ivan Pridham, Malcolm Eveley, Pete Thompson, Mike Rapley.

Image 0061 – Mid seventies shot of Mervyn Lavercombe, Ivan Pridham, Malcolm Eveley, Pete Thompson, Mike Rapley

Nostalgia Run 2012. Mike Rapley, Chris Myers, Ian Bradley and Mike Myers.

Image 0062 – Nostalgia Run 2012. Mike Rapley, Chris Myers, Ian Bradley and Mike Myers

Something amused Graham Watkin.

Image 0063 – Something amused Graham Watkin – Photo: Mike Rapley

Cumbrian Group 2015 P65

Image 0063A – Northern Centre rider’s group photo at the 2015 Pre 65 Scottish Two Day. (left to right) Edward Dobson (Norton), Chris Myers (Cub), Tony Swidenbank (Bantam), Graham Atkinson (James), Nick Shield (Triumph), Michael Irving (Ariel) – Photo: Mike Rapley

James Lampkin - Sid Lampkin - Bob Thomas - Martin Brundle - MR Photo

Image 0063B – Wonderful ‘paddock shot’ of (left to right)James Lampkin, Alan ‘Sid’ Lampkin, Bob Thomas (school-friend of Sid) and former F1 driver and now commentator, Martin Brundle – Photo copyright: Mike Rapley, all rights reserved

 

South West Trials:

348 Mont

Image 0064 –  A 348 Montesa Cota at rest before play! – Photo: Mike Rapley

A bedraggled Ian Haydon

Image 0065 – A bedraggled Ian Haydon (Bultaco) – Photo: Mike Rapley

A Fun Trial. Ian Haydon empties a boot full of water over Gordon Hobbs

Image 0066 – A Fun Trial. Ian Haydon empties a boot full of water over Gordon Hobbs – Photo: Mike Rapley

A good pic for the restorers to use.

Image 0067 – A good photo for the restorers to use of a Beamish Suzuki – Photo: Mike Rapley

A great atmosphere shot of John Luckett, Alan Baker and Brian Higgins watching another rider

Image 0068 – A great atmosphere shot of John Luckett, Alan Baker and Brian Higgins watching Eddy Pollard – Photo: Mike Rapley – Update: Jon Stafford identified the Kawasaki KT250 rider in this photo

A rare picture this, Colin Somers over 40 years ago and he is still secretary of Otter Vale

Image 0069 – A rare picture this, Colin Somers over 40 years ago and he is still secretary of Otter Vale – Photo: Mike Rapley

A very young Graham Baker

Image 0070 – A very young Graham Baker (Suzuki) – Photo: Mike Rapley

A youngster at a Brian Higgins training school.

Image 0071 – A youngster at a Brian Higgins training school – Photo: Mike Rapley

ACU Chairman Brian Higgins

Image 0072 – ACU Chairman Brian Higgins (Suzuki) – Photo: Mike Rapley

After trial testing Rapley on a 348 Montesa

Image 0073 – After trial testing Mike Rapley on a 348 Montesa

After trial testing Rapley on his own Bultaco

Image 0074 – After trial testing Mike Rapley on his own Bultaco

After trial testing Rapley on the Higgins Suzuki

Image 0075 – After trial testing, Mike Rapley on the Brian Higgins Suzuki

Alan Baker from North Devon

Image 0076 – Alan Baker (Bultaco 325) from North Devon – Photo: Mike Rapley

Early Suzuki for the restorers to see

Image 0077 – Alan Dommett’s early model Suzuki RL250, a nice shot for prospective restorers – Photo: Mike Rapley

Alan Baker, Brian Higgins, Graham Baker, Martin Strang and Chris Watts watch Alan Dommett through a section

Image 0078 – Alan Baker, Brian Higgins, Graham Baker, Martin Strang and Chris Watts watch Alan Dommett (DMX Suzuki) through a section – Photo: Mike Rapley

Alan Baker

Image 0079 – Alan Baker (Montesa Cota 348) – Photop: Mike Rapley

Alan Dommett

Image – 0080 – Alan Dommett (Suzuki) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Allan Hunt

Image 0081 – Allan Hunt (325 Bultaco) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Another pic from a youth training day

Image 0082 – Another photo of a rider during a youth training day with Brian Higgins – Photo: Mike Rapley

Another shot of Graham Baker

Image 0083 – Graham Baker ( Suzuki) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Believed to be Eric Martin

Image 0084 – Eric Martin (Montesa Cota 348) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Brian Higgins

Image 0085 – Brian J. Higgins ( Beamish Suzuki) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Brian Slee perhaps

Image 0086 – Brian Slee (325 Bultaco) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Brian Slee

Image 0087 – Brian Slee (325 Bultaco) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Brian Trott 2

Image 0088 – Brian Trott (Yamaha) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Brian Trott

Image 0089 – Brian Trott on a 247 Montesa Cota – Photo: Mike Rapley

Chris Watts

Image 0090 – Chris Watts (Suzuki) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Dave Chick

Image 0091 – Dave Chick (Bultaco) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Dick Comer

Image 0092 – Dick Comer (Yamaha) – Photo: Mike Rapley

 

1978 British Experts:

The 1978 British Experts Trial from Mike Rapley’s personal collection.

A rare picture, Chris Sutton with Nigel Birkett

Image: BE78001 – A rare picture – Chris Sutton with Nigel Birkett – Photo copyright: Mike Rapley

A good crowd of spectators for November

Image: BE78002 – 1978 – British Experts – A good crowd of spectators for November – Photo: Mike Rapley

A truly atmospheric shot of Mart

Image:BE78003 – A truly atmospheric shot of Martin Lampkin – Photo: Mike Rapley

Are you in the group watching Shep

Image:BE78004 – Are you in the group watching Rob Shepherd? – Photo: Mike Rapley

Chris Clarke

Image:BE78005 – Chris Clarke from Sheffield on his 325 Bultaco under close insection of Nick Jefferies – Photo: Mike Rapley

Cheshire's top man of the time, Mike Leddy

Image:BE78006 – Cheshire’s top man of the time, Mike Leddy (Suzuki) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Chris Sutton

Image:BE78007 – Chris ‘Sooty’ Sutton on his Suzuki – Photo: Mike Rapley

Clive Smith

Image:BE78008 – Clive Smith (Bultaco) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Geoff Chandler

Image:BE78009 – The late Geoff Chandler (Bultaco) – Photo Mike Rapley

Magical Mick

Image:BE78010 – ‘Magical’ Mick Andrews (Ossa) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Malcolm Rathmell

Image:BE78011 – Malcom Rathmell (Suzuki) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Malc Rathmell again

Image:BE78012 – Malcom Rathmell on the Suzuki – Photo: Mike Rapley

Mark Kemp

Image:BE78013 – Mark Kemp on Montesa – Photo: Mike Rapley

Mart Lampkin

Image:BE78014 – Martin Lampkin on his factory 348 Bultaco – Photo: Mike Rapley

Mike Skinner watched by a pipe smoking John Clarke

Image:BE78015 – Mike Skinner (Montesa) watched by a pipe smoking John Clarke (father of Adrian & Chris Clarke, Sheffield) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Nick Jefferies on the CCM

Image: BE78016 – Nick Jefferies on the CCM – Photo: Mike Rapley

Nigel Birkett

Image: BE78017 – Nigel Birkett (348 Montesa) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Ray Haslam

Image:BE78018 – Ray Haslam (Suzuki) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Rob Shepherd with Scott Ellis watching

Image:BE78019 – Rob Shepherd (Honda 360) with Scott Ellis watching – Photo:Mike Rapley

Steve Wilson

Image:BE78020 – Steve Wilson (Bultaco) – Photo: Mike Rapley

The exhaust denotes the works Suzuki of Ray Haslam

Image:BE78021 – The exhaust denotes the works Suzuki of Ray Haslam – Photo: Mike Rapley

Welsh Trophy Trial – 1978

Ady Morrison, apologies for the black splodges on the negatives due to insufficient fixing of the negatives when first processed.

WT78001 – Ady Morrison (SWM) apologies for the black splodges on the negatives due to insufficient fixing of the negatives when first processed. – Photo: Mike Rapley

Alan Lampkin

WT78002 – Alan Lampkin (325 Bultaco) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Another shot of Norman Shepherd

WT78003 – Norman Shepherd (325 Bultaco) – Photo: Mike Rapley

The ‘unknown Bultaco’…

In an article from the Spanish magazine ‘Solo Moto’ from November 1978 it has been discovered some information on the unknown Bultaco shown below.

In its’ column ‘Moto News’, Douglas Jackson informs us of what could become and therefore the path that trial bikes could be.

In 1978 this machine emerged, a unique prototype for its time.

The creator was apparently Phil Smith, which starting from a 350cc Bultaco Sherpa, using a monocoque style frame design of his own construction.

The frame is being chrome plated made from Reynolds 531 tubing.

The fuel tank capacity of 4 litres. Another point of interest is the rear suspension similar to the Suzuki of the era.

The total weight of the bike was stated as 86 kg.

A most unusual Bultaco

WT78004 – Unknown rider on a very unusual Bultaco – Photo: Mike Rapley

No idea who rides this unusual Bultaco

WT78032 – The modified 325 Bultaco with special frame and top frame tube as fuel tank – Photo: Mike Rapley

A good shot of this altered Bultaco

WT78005 – Close up of this unusual Bultaco with top tube acting as a fuel tank – Photo: Mike Rapley

Birks

WT78006 – Nigel Birkett in trouble on the Montesa 348 – Photo: Mike Rapley

Chris Sutton again

WT78007 – Chris Sutton in a spot of bother on the Suzuki – Photo: Mike Rapley

Dave Thorpe

WT78008 – Dave Thorpe on the 325 Bultaco – Photo: Mike Rapley

Definitely Chris Sutton

WT78009 – Chris Sutton from Chobham, Surrey on the Suzuki, takes a steadying prod on the banking – Photo: Mike Rapley

Derrick Edmondson

WT78010 – Derrick Edmondson (SWM) – Photo Mike Rapley

Definitely Malcolm Rathmell

WT78011 – Malcolm Rathmell (Suzuki) takes a flying dab – Photo: Mike Rapley

Don Smith

WT78012 – Don Smith on a pre-production Fantic – Photo: Mike Rapley

Great shot of Malcolm Rathmell

WT78013 – Malcolm Rathmell in full control of the Suzuki – Photo: Mike Rapley

Is this Mike Leddy

WT78014 – Mike Leddy (Suzuki) – Photo: Mike Rapley

John Metcalfe

WT78015 – John Metcalfe (Bultaco) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Rob Shepherd 2

WT78016 – Rob Shepherd Honda 360 – Photo: Mike Rapley

Who else but Mart Lampkin

WT78017 – Martin Lampkin hoists the Bultaco upwards with a steady dab – Photo: Mike Rapley

The late Geoff Chandler

WT78018 – The late Geoff Chandler (Bultaco) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Troublesome step for someone

WT78019 – Montesa rider in a spot of bother – Photo: Mike Rapley

Another of Mike Leddy

WT78020 – Mike Leddy (Suzuki) steadies the plot – Photo: Mike Rapley

Is this Dave Thorpe

WT78021 – Dave Thorpe pressing on with his 325 Bultaco – Photo: Mike Rapley

John Reynolds on an Ossa

WT78022 – John Reynolds (SWM) watched by Martin Strang – Photo: Mike Rapley

Mart Lampkin

WT78023 – Martin Lampkin (348 Bultaco) – Photo – Mike Rapley

Martin Lampkin in his Hammonds Sauce sponsorship days

WT78024 – Martin Lampkin in full control of his 348 Bultaco – Photo: Mike Rapley

Martin Lampkin

WT78025 – Martin Lampkin (Bultaco 348) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Mike Skinner

WT78026 – Mike Skinner (348 Montesa) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Mick Andrews on Ossa

WT78027 – Mick Andrews (Ossa) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Mick Andrews

WT78028 – Mick Andrews (Ossa) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Mike Leddy 2

WT78029 – Mike Leddy (Suzuki) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Nigel Birkett 2

WT78030 – Nigel Birkett (348 Montesa) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Nigel Birkett

WT78031 – Nigel Birkett (Montesa 348) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Otter Vale Stuart Trial:

Suzuki rider Brian Higgins

Paddock shot of Suzuki rider Brian Higgins – Photo: Mike Rapley

Roger Trott

Roger Trott (348 Montesa) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Mike Hann

Mike Hann (325 Bultaco) – Photo: Mike Rapley

John Metcalfe

John Metcalfe (310 Ossa) – Photo: Mike Rapley

John Metcalfe and Brian Higgins

John Metcalfe and Brian Higgins – Photo: Mike Rapley

Brian Slee

Brian J. Slee (325 Bultaco) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Allan Hunt

Allan Hunt (325 Bultaco) – Photo: Mike Rapley

Alan Dommett

Alan Dommett (Suzuki) – Photo: Mike Rapley

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Many more images will be put on here shortly – last updated 6 March 2016.

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