YET another Lampkin rides the trials scene, as the great Silsden dynasty continues to grow.

Max Lampkin, who has just turned 12, lives in Bradley and competed in the Ripon Motor Club trial at Low Skelding (Ripon) earlier this month.

He rode his 125cc Beta machine to a class victory, doing the full one mile woodland course alone.

Max also beat three older boys in the same class. His father James was a top flight trials competitor and grandfather Alan was a national trials rider and scrambler.

The Lampkin family to date have eight names on the trials scene, past and present, two of which were world champion trials riders.

There is Alan, and his brothers Martin and Arthur, the next generation is John, James and Dougie, while Alfie and Max are the youngsters breaking through.

Their immediate relatives at East Keswick, the Hemingways, have father John and sons Dan and Ben. Dan's two teenage sons are world ranked currently in the junior classes.

Could there be more world champions among that crop?

Elsewhere, the late Stan Pitts would have been smiling as the Halton Gill parc fermé was filled with competitor's vehicles last Sunday morning.

He was a driving force behind the West Leeds club for many years, but sadly passed away recently.

He was a character who spoke his mind, like it or not.

Halton Gill is a trials organisers dream. A huge grassland paddock, divided by a stream from top to bottom, which forms a backdrop for about six sections.

To the west, another deep gully forms the access route to a mile of open moorland, and more streams and rock formations.

The return leg takes in other natural hazards then down through the top boundary wall. Every metre is an adventure.

The weather was dry last Sunday, so three laps and 14 sections were on the agenda.

Beta mounted electrician Danny Gamble set the benchmark, riding the first twelve sections without penalty.

50/50 course winner Nigel Crowther would have been the lowest scorer, but a stop in section six on lap two elevated his score to six.

Neil Gaunt topped the clubmen and ladies on 13, which would have been eight but for a maximum in the 12th section on the third lap.

In all, it was a very good day in the Dales and the late Stan Pitts would have been happy.


Experts: 1. Danny Gamble (Beta) 3, 2. Sam Yeadon (Beta) 8, 3. Aran Drachenberg (Vertigo) 21.

Inters: 1. William Tolson (Beta) 15, 2. Thomas Housecroft (Vertigo) 17, 3. Anthony Ayrton (TRS) 41.

Novices: 1. Richard Mellon (Vertigo) 46, 2. Adam Howling (Vertigo) 65. 3. Phillip Blacka (Beta) 71.

50/50 course:

Novices: 1. Nigel Crowther (Vertigo) 8, 2. Paul Kettlewell (Sherco) 9, 3. Neil Wright (TRS) 14.

Youth Class A: 1. Joshua Pearson (Vertigo) 61.

Youth Class B: 1. Arran Sherwin (Beta) 115.

Clubman course:

Novices: 1. Neil Gaunt (Beta) 13, 2. Paul Gravestock (Fantic) 19, 3. Phillip Hammond (Sherco) 21.

Youth Class A: 1. Mason Carter (TRS) 72, 2. Lucy Ayrton (TRS) 90.

Youth Class B: 1. Charlie Petty (Beta) 107.