FIM European Trials Champion 1973
FIM World Trials Champion 1975
British National Trials Champion 1973 , 1978 , 1980
Scottish Six Day 1976 , 1977 , 1978
Scott Trial 1977 , 1978 , 1981 , 1982
Born December 28th 1950 Martin Lampkin was a former professional trials rider, He specialized in observed trials competitions, winning the FIM Trial World Championship held in 1975.
Martin was an no nonsense rider using sheer physical strength to ride the trials course and sections.
He was third son in a Yorkshire motorcycling dynasty from a small town called Silsden in West Yorkshire, England
In the early 1970s, Lampkin established himself as one of the top competitors in motorcycle trials, gaining the attention of Francisco Bultó, the owner of the Bultaco motorcycle company. Bultó offered him a job as a factory rider.
In 1973 he won the European trials championship as well as the British trials national championship.
The European championship was considered to be the world championship at the time, as the sport of trials had yet to develop outside of Europe.
In 1975, the European trials championship was given world championship status and Lampkin claimed the title to become the first-ever trials world champion !
Martin continued to enjoy success in motorcycle trials until 1980 until the Bultaco factory began to experience financial problems, Sad really but a familiar story for quite a few trials motorcycle manufacturers over the years
Martin then signed for Pietro Sironi and the SWM factory team until he retired from professional competition in 1982
Lampkin was also a four-time winner of the famous one day time and observation Scott Trial , He won the British National trials championship 3 times and has won the grueling Scottish Six Day Trial on three consecutive occasions.
Martins older brothers Arthur and Alan Lampkin were both successful motorcycle riders and became members of the BSA factory racing team in the 1960s
I have no need to mention he is the father of 12 times World Champion and 12 times Scottish Six Day trial Winner Dougie Lampkin !
Sadly Martin passed away April 2nd 2016 aged 65