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#106 jc2

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 11:37 PM

Hi Guys, just found this interesting thread.

In response to TrialsRfun's post #88 asking where the frame nos are: (I tried to PM him but it failed)

I don't know about the 60's trials frames, but the 70s MX frames that made it to Oz have the numbers stamped upright (not sideways) on the front of the steering head, running downwards under each other. (By the mid 70s they were 4 digit numbers - well on the way to being 5 digit)

However, some are stamped very lightly so its easy to miss them, especially if under 2-3 coats of paint. But, several frames have no evidence of any numbers at all & no evidence of them having been ground off.


Love to see more pics of the early Trials bikes

#107 charlie prescott

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 12:48 AM

Hi Guy's.
For you guy's with bikes you think are "Goldfingers" on the twinshock forum.You should find what you are looking for on this thread,
OK :thumbup:
Regards Charlie.

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 07:06 PM

are spares still ok to get for the sprite? what carb should be on it?

#109 tezzaj

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 08:46 PM

There is a book which has quite a bit on Sprites , it is "Classic British (two stroke) Trials Bikes" Published by Osprey in 1987 ISBN 0-85045-745-9.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 04:01 PM

hi im steve hipkin (frank hipkins son) MR SPRITE i have some sad news unfortunately dad passed away on monday 3rd September following a major stroke on thursday 30th august he leaves behind a wife 2 sons 3 daughters 13 grandchildren 5 great grandchildren and countless friends,


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Posted 04 September 2012 - 04:03 PM

hi im steve hipkin (frank hipkins son) MR SPRITE i have some sad news unfortunately dad passed away on monday 3rd September following a major stroke on thursday 30th august he leaves behind a wife 2 sons 3 daughters 13 grandchildren 5 great grandchildren and countless friends,

i`ve had to come on under this name because i was unable to sign in with ste3hip.

#112 charlie prescott

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 10:01 AM

Hi Steve,
I am very sorry to hear of your sad loss and my thoughts are with you and your family.
“British Trials Bikes” would have never have grown like it did in the late sixties without your fathers input, supplying a trials bike that anyone could afford.
I am glad we did the catch up on Sprite Trials bikes when we did, has I know your dad enjoyed it.
Condolences to you all in the family.
And I for one will make sure “Mr Sprite’s” name lives on while I am still able too!
Charlie Prescott.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 02:10 PM

Hi Steve,
I am very sorry to hear of your sad loss and my thoughts are with you and your family.
“British Trials Bikes” would have never have grown like it did in the late sixties without your fathers input, supplying a trials bike that anyone could afford.
I am glad we did the catch up on Sprite Trials bikes when we did, has I know your dad enjoyed it.
Condolences to you all in the family.
And I for one will make sure “Mr Sprite’s” name lives on while I am still able too!
Charlie Prescott.

Thanks charlie the funeral takes place at stourbridge crem on thurs 13th at 2.10 then on to hadcroft inn at new farm rd lye casual clothes plz (dad hated suits ;) )donations are to be divided between stroke association and the A M C A benevolent fund many Thanks the HIPKINS xx

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 03:04 PM

Hi,
There was a query to Big John which I didn't see a reply to about the first Bultaco to be ridden in the Scottish, so here are some facts.

To the best of my remembrance (if there is such a thing!) the first Bultaco seen in the Scottish was in 1962 when Tommy Ollerton brought his bike to Scotland - he was riding it regularly in Lancashire at the time and helping Anelay's develop the Sherpa (No, not Samuel Hamilton - the bike was virtually 'fait accompli' before he ever talked to Senor Bulto - but that's another story.)
I did chat with Jack Anelay at the time, but he was really more interested in developing the racers than the trials model, even though, ion my view, their work on the trialler was far more effective in the overall picture.
Cheers




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