Craig Strong – 1981 BMX Official Magazine Number 4 – This shot came from the “Burning up the Forest” article with fellow Bournemouth rider, Daryl Fudge, which was taken in the New Forest and was featured in a 4-page spread in this issue. Within the next few years, Craig became famously known in the BMX World as the “Wheelie King”, breaking the World Record in 1983.
You can look at any image of Clive Gosling that goes back to his Edwards days, right through his career at Zeronine, Revcore, Robinson, Elf, and GT and the list goes on. Clive has always had style on the bike and looked Factory. He’s still doing great things in the bicycle industry today.
It goes without saying that if an official, British BMX Hall of Fame comes into play in the next few years that David Maw’s name has got to be one of the first racers to be named in the mix. Sadly, David lost his life in a car accident back in 1996 but his legacy in the sport is still talked about and respected now. Even today in the race World, his records as a British rider have not been matched. A 3x times World Champion back-to-back from 1984 Japan, 85 Canada and making it 3 in a row with his legendary ride at the 86 Slough World Championships, which was well-documented on Channel 4 at the time. This image goes back to David’s first IBMXF World Title he won in Japan.
For some reason when we talk about successful British riders from the 80s a lot of people forget to mention GT’s, Jeremy Kenning. The first spotting of Jeremy on the National circuit was perhaps the final UKBMX National of 84 at Wigan when, as an unknown, Jeremy showed up and beat all the big names across the county in his class and went on to get picked up by GT over the winter months.
For the next few years, Jeremy dominated both UKBMX & NBMXA winning the majority of the titles in both associations. At the 86 World Championships at Slough, Jeremy came in 2nd place in the final behind Australian multi-World Champion, Andrew Figliomeni, nearly passing him in the 2nd turn for the win. Still a 2nd place in his first World Championships was not too shabby.
By the end of 87, it seemed like Jeremy got tired of winning and called it a day pretty much going out on top definitely leaving his mark in the few years he was around.