Pickett’s Lock Indoor Grand Prix London 1983 featured in BMX Action Bike – Conrad Buffong coming in 2nd place in the bunny hop comp (35 inches) behind Andy Ruffell (39 inches) who also won the Freestyle event with Craig Campbell and Chris Young in 2nd and 3rd. Craig Strong broke the wheelie world record at 1 hour 16 minutes. In racing, Tim March took the 16 and over class and the whole event made ITN News that night.
Brad Smith from Leicester whose main competitive years were 82-86 and who was crowned 1983 NBMXA British Champion at Derby after a controversial disqualification for Raleigh’s Andy Oldham. Brad went onto rank 2 and 3 in UKBMX behind Anthony Howells in 84/85 riding for Raleigh and ASR.
PC: BMX Bi-Weekly Magazine.
The 1985 UKBMX Schweppes Grand Prix season opener at Hounslow marked the first National in history that topped 1,000 riders totaling 1,144 entries into a UK race, a record at the time. Let’s also remember this National went down in just one day from morning registration/practice to racing starting at 12 noon with the last final hitting the track just before 10pm. Did I mention, rain and mud thrown in for good measure as well? Other impressive records for the day if you’re a stats person, was the domination of the Llewellyn brothers with Gary winning Superclass and 16-17 Cruiser, and younger brother Wayne taking the 14s and 14-15 Cruiser.
PC: Richard Francis
One of the original Grifter kids racing BMX in the UK, Kev Riviere, here with Team Rapid’s Paul Barber, in the pages of BMX Official Magazine, at Chatham. Kev, known as Kai these days, went on to ride for Raleigh Support for a few years. And, after a long break in the sport, can be seen both racing and filming most Nationals up and down the country under the name Race Day Video.