Images: Barry Robinson – John Hulme – Barry Watson
We are fortunate to be permitted to have a selection of photographs taken over the years by Barry Robinson of Ilkely, West Yorkshire who has been active since 1957.
Born in 1931, Robinson has taken photographs for a plethora of national and the motorcycling press streching over six decades. He is a member of the National Union of Journalists as a freelance photographer and writer.
He reported for many of the off-road press including Trials and Motocross News. He has been press officer to many clubs and associations and has also been a national clerk of the course for events.
Few appreciate that he was also a keen off-road competitor and an expert class trials rider himself.
Like many of his contemporaries, Barry started off with glass negatives, then progressing on to 35mm roll film which required developing and processing.
Please be respectful of Barry Robinson’s intellectual property, all the images are his property, so please do not share individual images on social media or other internet websites. We have gone to a lot of trouble to be granted permission directly from Mr. Robinson’s to display his work on Trials Guru website.
Barry Robinson: “I trained to be a journalist for two years and was up to speed in shorthand and typing plus well into the French language.
My mother made me to train as an electrician. I became an appliance engineer for the electricity board then did a refrigeration course at Frigidaire in London. After that I started and ran an electrical business in Ilkley for ten years with seven electricians. I am related to James Noble on my wife’s side and his grandfather was my apprentice. I had two years of hospital red tape, then joined Dawson MMP in London as a catering equipment engineer. I have worked in universities, hospitals, prisons, secret defence establishments above and underground and every Townsend Thoreson and P and O Ferry sailing out of the UK.
I started with The Motor Cycle, then Motor Cycling, then Motor Cycle News. In amongst all that I took over the Daily Telegraph when Ralph Venables was ill and eventually wrote his obituary. Ralph put my name forward as his successor, an honour indeed. I wrote for ‘Californian Biker’ for Lynden Luhman whom I met when the Wetherby club ran the Pateley Bridge world trial.”
“Thanks purely to Colin Appleyard, Dunlop came on board and also the SSDT thanks to Dunlop’s Press Officer Christine Arundel who was brilliant and trusted me enough to run the SSDT Press Office for three years. I was a Centre trials expert on a home-built RAC Villiers competing against the likes of Bill Wilkinson, Artie Ratcliffe, Stan Holmes. Tom Ellis, Geoff Broadbent and Blackie Holden”
“I did some scrambling on a 250 Velocette built by Eric Rathmell and passenger on grass with Roy Cunliffe and won the Yorkshire and Lancashire grass track championships. I took over as Clerk of Course for the Ilkley Grand National after being assistant to Eric Rathmell for twenty years. Marjory and Eric were my our best friends. Hence the close ties with Rhoda and Malcolm.”