Martin Lampkin

 

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 

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