• The Rise of 1980’s UK BMX Teams – by Chris Carter

    Factory Raleigh – Andy Oldham  Stand at the back of the start hill at any BMX race, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that the people queuing for their races in their brightly coloured gear are all equals. But any kid that followed the BMX magazines in the pre and boom years of the eighties will tell you that there was always a hierarchy. Moto winners come and go, even mains can sometimes be won on a fluke – but no one gets sponsored unless they really have the right stuff! Let’s talk teams! Or more specifically, let’s talk eighties teams! For most racers, the team with which they spend…

  • 1983 NBMXA British Championships

    17+ Darren Bullock, 16 Mark Cracknell, 15 Scott Williams, 14 Gary O’Connor, 13 Stu Diggens, 12 Nick Dalton, 11 Brad Smith, 10 John Greaves, 9 Alan Brookes, 8 Zac Taylor, 7 Neil Huddart, 6 Nick Sims, 5 David Maw Senior Girls Sharon Elliott, Intermediate Women Sarah-Jane Nichols, Junior Girls Rebecca Slowley Cruiser Dave Thomas

  • 1983 NBMXA National Champions

    17+ Steve Gratton, 16 Mark Cracknell, 15 Ian Harrison or Harvey Munckton, 14 Darrin Stock, 13 Tim Print, 12 Mark O’Connor, 11 Anthony Howells, 10 Tim Hammond, 9 Paul Cobbing, 8 Richard Hunt, 7 Neil Huddart, 6 Steve Cragg, 5 Paul Meyers Senior Girls Julie Woodward, Intermediate Girls Sarah-Jane Nichols, Junior Girls Debbie Haynes Cruiser Roger Hammond

  • Poole UKBMX National 1984

    One of the most iconic images from the 80’s in UKBMX is Charlie Reynolds and Geth Shooter over the first Dolly Parton’s during a 16 expert battle at the Poole UKBMX National. We have got a few quotes from the riders who were around at the time and their views on the shot. Ian Gunner Geth – “Ere Charlie, why ain’t anyone else jumpin’ these?” Charlie – “Dunno bro, but if I can get over em’ without losing my back end, I’m gonna beat ya”. The rest – “I think we’re in the wrong moto” Nathan Lunn That was a real spectacle for Poole National!!! Although, other people jumped the…

  • 1982 IBMXF European Championships, Beek en Donk Holland

    The first Official IBMXF European Championships were held in 1982 in Beek en Donk, Holland, with over 90 British riders making the trip. It marked the first time our riders won a major International title outside the UK, with Tony Slater and Ben Swift both becoming European Champions in their respective classes. Other notable British standouts included 2nd places for Andy Oldham, Jason Maloney, Jason Scott Webb and Andy Ruffell; and 3rd places for Russ Swift and Darren Page (RIP). Another first for the event and for most British riders were the experience on an electric start gate with traffic lights, something that still had not been introduced yet back…

  • Q&A

    We asked a number of riders from the 80’s: When you first got into BMX Racing, what British riders inspired you that you looked up to or even those that you would consider your heroes? Sean Rose David Wylie / Team Diamond Back (anyone remember him?) Was about best in the country my first year 1980. I first raced him at Bradford track in a National. I was on my Mongoose 2 with Tuff wheels. He just beat me and that was my inspiration to get my ass into gear! Then, Andy Oldham was a star in my age group and again the next guy to beat, but of course,…

  • 1982 UKBMX Rankings

    16+ – Tim March 15 – Andy Ruffell 14 – Nicky Matthews 13 – Craig Schofield 12 – Steve Greaves 11 – Wayne Llewellyn 10 – Andy Oldham 9 – John Greaves 8 – Mark Peat 7 – Jason Scott-Webb 6 – Sam Jarvis 5 – Cain Ali Junior Girls – Sarah-Jane Nichols Senior Girls – Alice Temple

  • Interview Dave Dawson

    Age/live 47/Worcester, England Years raced BMX 1980 -1985 How did you get started? I can’t remember how I got to hear about the first race in the UK that took place at Redditch, but David Duffield was employed by Halfords and they were going to import the Puch Murray bikes into the UK and funded the Redditch track which was very close to the Halfords Head Office. They arranged for some guys to come over from Holland and they allowed some local kids use a fleet of Puch Murray bikes and Protec helmets as a demo race. My Dad had been involved in Motorcycle trials and knew Steve Wilson, who…

  • 1981 UKBMX Rankings

    We’re on a mission to document all of the UK National Rankings from day 1 up until the present time. It’s a tall order but we’re already deep into the first 10 years in both UKBMX and NBMXA and this is actually turning into a fun project. First up, 1981 and the first official year of a National Series in the UK where number 1 plates were given out. 16+ Alan Woods 15 – Andy Ruffell 14 – Nicky Matthews 13 – Brian Jones 12 – Chris Young 11 – Jeremy Gradwell 10 – Scott Barber 9 – Darren Mills 8 – Matt Oakley 7 – Mark Peat 6 &…

  • The Early Years

    The Early Years of BMX in the UK – by Jay Hardy Richard, editor of BMX Action Bike magazine and event organiser looks worried. The hall is at spectator capacity, rider entries have hit the maximum allowed by the insurance and there are still seven hundred people outside. Inside the Pickett’s lock centre the TV crew interview the stars of the show. The main sponsor’s people shuffle about adjusting banners and making sure the TV crew have line of sight to their logo, while more other promotions staff give out Lee Cooper records, stickers and for the chosen few, free jeans. Three short years ago our little sport of bicycle…