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Where Have They All Gone?

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The start of a Richmond (Yorks) trial at Wensley Bridge in 1988, where close on NINETY outfits were in action, a few in this shot of the start area, from the archive by Barry Robinson reminded us, once again, how different the scene is today - well if you talk to a few crews I'm sure that you will find there is a general feeling that there is very scant publicity in the form of press coverage.

 

Well, we can make a change there - starting with the riders with some of the older traditional outfits - if you enter quite a few of the classic trials like the Sammy Miller rounds and the Talmag, then we will definitely include as many sidecar images in our ORRe Photoreports as we can fit in.

 

And that's a promise, starting with the Downland.

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Great picture. Think it's a little earlier than 1988 though!  ;)

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There is a 1980- 81 Honda civic there, mint little car,so long ago

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Bean in the rallying scene looks like the Escort mk1 could be an early Mexico "NICE".

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"Now then", Am I right or wrong the Sherpa van on the right did Sherco try and name there brand "SHERPA" instead  of the Sherco we all now now, And hit difficulties in court ?

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I believe the marketing rights to the "Sherpa" name are held by someone else (not bultaco)

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Great picture. Think it's a little earlier than 1988 though!  ;)

Hi,

 

When Barry Robinson says it was 1988 he does so because of retrieving the negative from a file with negative strips, programme, results sheet and copies of the report he filed in the various papers that he worked for.  It is 1988.

 

Enjoy

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I believe the marketing rights to the "Sherpa" name are held by someone else (not bultaco)

Hi,

 

Ask around the South Birmingham motor club - one of their senior members was a significant member of the Sherpa development effort, I know because he visited me at my home in Wales for a fleeting visit during one of the proving runs of one of the prototype 'Sherpa' vans, before it even had a name............

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Theres a mistake .That's not 1988 .If the photo was from 1988 .. They must have been having a classic car meet or Wensley Bridge was caught in a time warp . The Rough average age of vehicle there is mid 70's. Someone would have an escort etc

That aside , great photo

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Hi gasgas249uk,

 

Add a smidgin of knowledge to your thoughts.  That was over a quarter of a century ago and back in those days the whole motoring scene in the UK was somewhat different, the tendency to change cars so readily just did not exist, working people tended to drive vehicles somewhat older than anything seen on the roads these days.

 

My father only ever owned one NEW car in his life.

 

 

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Theres a mistake .That's not 1988 .If the photo was from 1988 .. They must have been having a classic car meet or Wensley Bridge was caught in a time warp . The Rough average age of vehicle there is mid 70's. Someone would have an escort etc

That aside , great photo

 

Agree. 1978. The Raleigh Chopper clinches it. And the Miller one-piece riding kit.

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I think you will find there are more old cars on the road now than there has ever been, the only difference is they still look new after 10 years!

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Hi Guy's.

 

Deryk .

 

I have never had a NEW car in my life.

 

The only New vehicle I have owned was a 405 pick up.and that was owned by the company.

 

The decline in Classic outfits I think is down to the sections again now being to tight and a lot dangerous, some of the downhill sections I have seen, would put anyone off competing.

 

If you remember trials like the Sam Seston used to have well over a hundred outfits, and although some sections were difficult there was never more than one that was unridable with a big outfit.

Same old story? sections set for the top trick riders on lightweights, and then these type of sections are in the head of the setters out even  in say the Sammy series. where the only few pre-unit outfits now compete.

 

Such a shame because we all know more fun and camaraderie can be had with a trials outfit of the "Classic Type".

 

Regards Charlie.

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The gent leaning on the Transit (centre left) might be wearing the top 70s trials outfit, the snazzy two tone plastic suit by TT leathers, maybe red or green with white sleeves (class!), and he's sporting a Zapata style 'tash I reckon. 

And, (foreground left towing trailer) were there any functioning Austin Maxis left in 1988? 

So it looks more Eagles' than Guns n Roses to me. But a great picture all the same.

 

 

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