Classicdirtbikerider.com The UK`s number one website for vintage motocross, 1000s of photos to see, reports & articles to read.

Over the last couple of years with help from Eric Miles & more recently  Sheri O`Reilly I have been able to create a snap shot of the vintage motocross scene here in the UK & showcase it to the world. Everything on here is free to look at & read with no pesky pop up adverts so I hope you enjoy clicking around the website & maybe it might even encourage you to go out, buy a bike & get racing if you aren’t already doing so. If you want to get involved then things are changing & pretty much all the organising groups are moving away from dedicated websites or forums & all the up to the minute event information & gossip is posted up on facebook  so head over & start making friends. See you on the start line, Mr J.

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Kawasaki rider Conor Smith. Polesworth is a pretty bad place for your roll off goggles to malfunction, just look at all those stones, OUCH ! ……………………………….. PHOTO BY NATHAN COOPER

The man behind the goggles…… Just after round 1 at Polesworth  #58 Mike Tucker sent over a couple of photos for the latest header layout but unfortunately for one reason or another I could not use them. So I had a dig around & came up with this rather nice shot of him at a hot & sunny Garstang 2016. Mike tells me that at one point he was leading race 2 in the Clubmans class at Polesworth this year & hung on in there eventually finishing in second place, a pretty good result indeed when you consider how hotly contested that group is. At the age of 54 Mike only took up motocross two years ago & is now totally hooked on the sport, I asked him how he came to be banging bars with the National Twinshock boys……..

I started my motorsport career in Road Rally’s at 17 years of age (1978) in a Mini Cooper S competing at club level in the North West being navigated by my Dad. In the early 80’s I upgraded to an Opel Kadette GTE and competed at national level in the Motoring News Championship with sponsorship from Castrol. I won a few Motoring News Championship rounds in the early 80’s but ran out of money to continue at that level. I then tried 250 SuperKarts in the British Championship for a few years with some success but reliability issues frustrated me to the point of retirement. I really needed to find a sport that I could do on my own with a limited budget and enjoy some crack. In 2014 I came to watch the Des Nations at Farleigh Castle with a friend and immediately wanted to have a go. I bought myself the Maico 490 and entered the National Twinshock which was a real baptism of fire !! I struggled around each round spending more time on the floor picking my bike up than racing, but learning each time out. So, here we are in 2017 enjoying the racing and managing to stay on it with some greater consistency.

 

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