British BMX Hall of Fame Update

We wanted to give everyone an update on how our planning for the British BMX Hall of Fame is coming along.

A few weeks ago Mike Wong, Darren O’Neill and I went over to the National Conference Centre in Solihull (the venue for the Hall of Fame event) to check it all out, get a visual and start to get some idea on how we are going to lay things out on November the 5th. We are really happy with the facility and the location (very easy for all attendees to access from wherever they are travelling from).

Everything seems to be moving in a positive direction for the night with ticket sales going good (if you’re still sitting on the fence, please don’t leave it until the last minute as we can’t issue more tickets once our allocation is sold out) and we’re really starting to gain some momentum amongst the BMX community, as the pressure of actually pulling this event together comes into play. It’s a challenge we’re taking on, no doubt, but it’s now full steam ahead and we cannot thank everyone enough who has helped us in the background with advice, services and moral support. We’re humbled by the number of people who have reached out and offered their support in one way or another. 

Other news, we will roll out our Freestyle Top 8 category in the next few days and will also reveal an additional category which we will post in the next few weeks. We also have another special award planned and we look forward to sharing info on that soon too.

We will also share who is going to host the event, something we are extremely happy and excited about.

As ever, lots of work going on behind the scenes to make this the best BMX reunion event the UK has seen for decades.

Thanks again to everyone who has supported and got behind the event so far. It makes all the hard work worthwhile.

Interview Andy Lomas

You skated before BMX, how did you get into skating and in what year?

David Fraser and I were in Leeds and saw Skateboards in a shop, we brought 2 boards for £20 total. We wore them out in two weeks at my primary school parking lot. Then went back and bought 2 more, summer of 76.

How did you find out about BMX and in what year?

I travelled to Lakewood, California 1979ish with Steve Gratton and Steve Illingsworth (2nd para) and a few more guys. We travelled from park to park skating at a pro level with other pros. Stacy Peralta, Ray Bones, Cab, McGill, Doc Otamura and John Schaff. Everyone was there. At Lakewood, I met Eddie Fiola and Tinker Juarez chatted about how to ride a halfpipe on a BMX bike. I’d already ridden the monster pool on a tank Schwinn beach cruiser. Lakewood was the best, Snake run, Half pipe, Pools, Bowls, The bomb!!! When we returned to the UK we kept skating harder and better after the US trip and then at some point I bought a Murray.

What was your first bike, where did you get it from?

The first real bike was a Mongoose/Supergoose. Supposedly, I was sponsored by Mongoose through Brian Siddedly in Southport. Those days are a bit vague but I remember getting some Skyway Tuffs shortly after.

Local scene: Who did you ride with?

Southport – rode a lot with Mike Chilvers, Steve Gratton and Andy Irwin. It’s a long time ago and I’ve had a bunch of concussions.

Tell us about the photo shoot in BMX News at Southport Skatepark. What do you remember about it and who shot the photos?

Mike Chilvers and I had been at a race in Southport. The rain was relentless and the track as usual was crap and I had seen real USA tracks that were like dirt skateparks.
It was such a chore to sit and wait in the rain to ride a muddy track and then not qualify because of the bad conditions. Remember I was 6’6” and 180lbs I was pushing big fast gears.
I said to Mike, screw this I’m going to the skatepark so I geared down and we were just messing around (Mike wheelied) the whole way lol.

After a while, a guy shows up with a camera (Martin Higginson) and asks who’s Andy Lomas? He said so what’s the deal? Why aren’t you racing? I said this is better and I’m a skater so I know the lines and on a bike you can rip and go hard and fast. I did a few table tops over the corners he said, “What’s your best trick?” So… I never said a word. I just marked a spot he could focus on (since we had a manual focus camera) and popped the biggest foot plant and landed it with both feet on the bike in the air on the bank. Then I did the iconic one handed footplant that was ran in the article. I don’t want to knock racing. If I’d lived in America back then I would have raced into retirement. I was big, fast and aggressive. Falling wasn’t a big deal since I’d skated forever already.

Do you still have a copy of BMX News from that shoot?

I don’t have a copy of the magazine. I wish I did.

You came from the Northwest which was a real hot bed for BMX in the early 80s. Did you race much?

I was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire and moved into a pub called the Queen in Carlton outside leeds. I was one of the first skaters in the Leeds Wakefield area. I raced with Steve Gratton and we would travel around but the weather made it hard. I was such a Tinker Juarez fan and of course Eddie Fiola after meeting them in the States, I wanted to ride vert and pools and pipes. I wanted to be Tony Alva on a BMX.

I’m pretty sure I was the first rider to go to BMX at Romford. Steve had gone down to Chatham Kent racing so I tagged along but instead went to Rom once we got South, I rode BMX with a full face Bell helmet. Everyone at the Park stopped when they saw me!! Steve and I were always ahead of the curve along with Stefan Harkon and Neal Danze. We were the first well-known Skaters and because of Southport it changed people’s perception of BMX.

You moved to the US, what prompted the move?

At 12 years old I wanted to travel to California. In 1981 age 20 I moved to Belmont shores with Darren Burrdell (Sheenagh’s brother). We lived with David Quackenbush of the Vandals. By then we were skating, surfing and BMX riding. And lots of photography!!

You’re a photographer these days and it looks like you still skate?

I shattered my humerus about four years ago. I’m 62 this year so my skating and riding is limited. I’ve had a very crazy life over the past 50 years. I’ll skate more these days but it would be nice to get a 24 cruiser and still shoot photos.

Final thoughts?

We get one life, I lost my mum at 7 so I figured I would turn up the volume, dream big, drive hard and keep pushing. I’ve skated with the best, ridden with the best. I was a golf pro for a decade. I spent years doing rock concert work. I’ve shot with the seals. I’m about to move to Bali and the Philippines. Oh, and I ordered a Kawasaki 1000 ex cop bike. A new era has begun.

Live your life like it’s your last day on earth (it might be). One day at a time.

Cheers

British BMX Hall of Fame Update (Hotel Info)

Good news for those travelling to the British BMX Hall of Fame Event on the 5th November 2022. We have managed to secure discounted rates at the following local hotels:

Arden Hotel & Leisure Club, Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, West Midlands, B92 0EH. Tel: 01675 443221. Booking Reference: ARD244480.

Windmill Village Hotel, Golf Club & Spa, Birmingham Road, Allesley, Coventry, CV5 9AL. Tel: 02476 404040. Booking Reference: BMX2022Manor.

Hotel Meriden, Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill, Main Road, Meriden, Solihull, CV7 7NH. Tel: 01676 522735. Booking Reference BMX2022.

1987 NBMXA British Championships

Pro Geth Shooter, Darrin Stock, Damon Parkinson, Tim March, Jamie Vince, Andy Ruffell, Tony Holland, Richard Thorner.

17+ Kim Carbutt, Kevin McShane, Robin Mason 16s Sean Field, Ian Barford, Richard Barrett 15s Dale Holmes, Neal Wood, Daryll Wheeler 14s Geremy Kenning, Anthony Revell, Stuart Anderson, 13s Chris Bennett, Aaron Valente, Gareth Shea, 12s Stephen Pursey, Darren Reidy, Neil Gascoyne, 11s Andrew Please, Gary Bowman, Richard Dustin 10s Matt Boyle, Mathew Hipkins, Paul Cope 9s David Maw, Ross Hill, Barry Scott 8s Gareth Blades, Peter Holland, Scott Burston 7s David Coleman, Jonathan Clarke, Stu Wilson 6s Danny Worthington, Andy Weatherhogg, Jame Buddery 5s Philip Shirtliffe, Jamie Moores, Lee Farndell 

Cruiser 35+ John Johns, Michael Fortune, Keith Jones Cruiser 25/34 Cruiser Clint Hillier, Alec Scott, Alan Richardson Cruiser 16+ Darren O’Neill, Simon Fox, Robin Mason Cruiser 14/15 Dale Holmes, Neal Wood, Anthony Revell, Cruiser 13 & Under Andrew Camm, Mark Perks, Joel Tye 

Girls 15+ Sarah-Jane Nichols, Luli Adeyemo, Emma Crew 14s Girls Tracy Long, Anita Buckingham, Claire Rivans, 13s Girls Andrea Haltam, Claire Edwards, Gail Helyar 12s Girls Lindsay Smale, Jo Bradshaw, Claire Mardsden 11s Girls Nicola Sharpe, Elaine Campbell, Sarah McKay 10s Girls Donna Hoffman, Jamie Anne Tweedie, Kerry Hopkins 9s Girls Samantha Giles, Carrie Anderson, Joanne Berry 8s Girls Karen Johnson, Claire Wood, Claire Buckinger 7s Girls Jodie Greenaway, Lucy Bowman, Davina Curry 6s Girls Hayley Theaker, Kizzy Riley, Jean Townsend 5s Girls Stacy Iddon, Nichola Anderson, Amy Smith 

British BMX Hall of Fame Update

In response to some of the questions we’ve been asked about the format and running order of the inaugural Hall of Fame event on 5th November 2022:

Doors will open at 18:00 and guests will have time to drink, mingle and chat with other guests before taking their seats for dinner.

Dinner will be served at 19:30, during which the award ceremony will begin.

Awards will be presented in the following categories:

Pioneer Influencer

Pioneer Racer (Female)

Pioneer Racer (Male)

Pioneer Freestyler

Female Racer

Male Racer

Freestyler

Outstanding Contribution to BMX

We expect the award ceremony part of the evening to be completed by 22:00/22:30, after which guests will be free to continue the night’s revelries until around 01:00.

To preserve the integrity of the awards, none of the British BMX Hall of Fame Organising Committee or Selection Panel members are eligible to be nominated for any of the above awards. And our plan is to evolve/rotate the Selection Panel every year so that previous years’ winners can become part of future Selection Panels if they wish to be part of that process.

A big THANK YOU again to everyone who has purchased tickets so far.

The fact that so many people are excited about this long overdue event is what drives us to make this a successful and enjoyable evening for all involved.

The hard work behind the scenes continues!

Ticket sales for the British BMX Hall of Fame First Annual Event

Ticket sales for the British BMX Hall of Fame event on 5th November 2022 are now live on Eventbrite.co.uk.

The first annual event to honour and recognise the people who have made significant contributions to the sport of BMX in the UK.

The sport of BMX racing and freestyle first hit the UK’s shores in the late 1970s. Over the years, the sport has seen many highs and lows, but throughout that time has been kept alive through the hard work and dedication of many people – the riders, event organisers, officials, the BMX media, the BMX industry and an army of volunteers – to the point that BMX in the UK is now experiencing a new golden era, as evidenced by Team GB’s haul of 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

The purpose of this long overdue event is to remember and honour those people who pioneered the sport of BMX in the UK as well as those who continued to carry the torch for future generations to enjoy this amazing sport.

Superclass Superstar THE LEGEND OF “TOO TALL” WINNIE WRIGHT

As we once again approach the passing anniversary of our dear friend, Winnie Wright (Feb 13th, 2001), I wanted to post an interview that was run in the May 1988 Issue of UKBMX Race Line Magazine.

UKBMX put the Magazine out and flipping through some back issues it still stands up today with race coverage, interviews, news and UKBMX National point updates and race dates. The UKBMX staff that put the magazine together were Bridget Hayes – Editor, Clive Gosling – Assistant Editor, and Photography in this particular issue came from Scott Dick. Additional contributors were Bob Sanders, Billy Wright, Terry Beasley, Nevil Hollis, Lyn Kemp, Brian Little, Roly Sate and Adrian Williams.

NAME: Winnie Wright, my middle name is Anthony. Although a lot of people have got different nicknames for me!

AGE: I am 19 at the moment.

JOB: I’m a Postman. It’s a great job because I can ride in the afternoons, although I have to get up at four in the morning!

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BMX-ING? It seems like forever, I guess I started riding about Eight years ago.

FIRST RACE: My first race was at Westway. I was doing well until Errol McLean knocked me over a berm and I landed hard on my neck, and everyone laughed at me.

FAVE TRACK: I don’t know. I don’t think there’s a real, first-class track in England, but Alveston and Wigan are rad.

WORST TRACK: Thorne definitely! It is just so crappy!

BIKE HISTORY: You really wanna know, I’ve had a lot of bikes ya know. Well, my first bike was a Team Murray, who’s wasn’t?! Then, I had a Redline, a Torker, a SuperGoose, a blue Kuwahara, a white Kuwahara and even a chrome Kuwahara. Then, I had a March, a JMC, a Mongoose, a specially made Ammaco, and now I’m riding a “Winnie Wright” series frame. I got it made for my design. It is so long!

FAVE RIDERS: That’s an easy one; Clive Gosling, Bobby Hyde, and Keith Joseph.

WORST RIDERS: All of the stiffbacks, the ones with all the power, when they get a jump they go, “AARGH” and fall off!

TRAINING: Yeah, I do a lot of training, down at the pub on Friday nights! My right is so strong! (INSERT LAUGHTER!)

SPONSORSHIP HISTORY: My first team was Westway, we were so fast! Then, there was the Brunswick boy’s club. After that, I got a ride with Sussex BMX. In 1985, I got my first, real Factory ride with JMC. I was riding for Ammaco for two years, but they have no team this year, so I’ve joined Links Racing for ’88.

WHAT CHANGES WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IN BMX IN ENGLAND? If I had to say in what happened, I would build a really fast track with massive whoops and stuff! I also think that there should be an open class at Nationals.

THANKS WINNIE!

1988 UKBMX Rankings

Superclass 1 Neal Wood, 2 Tom Lynch, 3 Winnie Wright, 4 Andy Welsh, 5 Darren O’Neill, 6 Dale Holmes, 7 Robin Mason, 8 Rob Stobart, 9 Paul Wright, 10 Anthony Howells.

Super Cruiser 1 Neal Wood, 2 Darren O’Neill, 3 Paul Wright. 

17+ Clive Gosling, 16s Jeff Dovey, 15s Anthony Revell, 14s Joe Eastwood, 13s Dylan Clayton,12s Andrew Please, 11s Gary Smith,10s Clint Allender, 9s Lee Bertram, 8s Tony Gilham, 7s Daniel Worthington, 6s Brad Anderson, 5 & Under Alex Dick   

40+ Cruiser Roger Adams, 25-39 Cruiser Clive Chenery, 18-24 Cruiser Paul Roberts, 16-17 Cruiser Steve Townsend, 14-15 Cruiser Anthony Revell, 12-13 Cruiser Nick Lacey, 11 & Under Cruiser Ben Beasley

25+ Ladies Cruiser Maria Smith 

Girls 16+ Luli Adeyemo, Girls 15 Lisa Wright, Girls 14 Claire Edwards, Girls 13 Jo Bradshaw, Girls 12 Sarah King, Girls 11 Kerie Jane Hopkins, Girls 10 Samantha Giles, Girls 9 Shirelle Wallace, Girls 8 Carley Meyern, Girls 7 Melanie Lane, Girls 6 Joanne Gough, Girls 5 & Under Gemma Worthington.