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.