Mick Brown interviews all of the big names at the 1984 Kelloggs’s round 1 at Hounslow. Andy Ruffell won Superclass with French Champion Claude Vuillemot in 2nd and Big Trev Robinson in 3rd. In the US Pro Class, Main Mongoose’s Eric Rupe took the win over Torker’s Mike Miranda and Brian Patterson rounding off in 3rd to kick off a very successful Kellogg’s Series.
PC: Daryl Gibbard
Alice Temple rode for Robinson/MRD smashed out a few number 1 plates and it was rumored dated Boy George at some point during the 80s. This shot was taken from Action Bike at the old Hillingdon track.
1985 July issue of BMX Racer + Freestyle Magazine shot of Diamond Back’s Bob Allvey from the Immingham, UK BMX Schweppes’ sponsored National Grand Prix Series.
Gary Llewellyn, much like his younger brother Wayne, was super talented and on another level from battling Craig Schofield in both 15 expert & Superclass, to turning Pro mid-season in 1985. Gary had no problem going head-to-head with Ruffell, March, Shooter and co right off the bat. In this shot, Gary leads over King Kong at Wigan for the final 1985 UK BMX National of the year, which featured 800 riders & 120 motos.
PC: BMX Action Bike Magazine
BMX Action Bike Magazine Test rider, Mark Sid Salisbury, testing the Suzuki Shogun back in the September issue of 1984.
Jason Ramsden and Brian Jones at Southport Skatepark. Brian went onto ride for Mongoose and become National Champion in his class.
PC: Stefan Faulkner
The early 80s North West BMX scene, David Arnold Partington, Lancashire.
PC: Stefan Faulkner
Early 80s both Mike Pardon & Mike Chilvers were top riders that you would see regularly in the magazines and in the results in the older age groups. Chilvers riding for Pro-Star and ranked National number 6, didn’t stick around in the sport too long but Mike Pardon on Torker was actually ranked number 2 behind Andy Ruffell and before heading in a successful Freestyle direction riding for the likes of Raleigh and being BMX Bi-Weekly Magazine’s main guy in the mag along with Andy Preston, Mike also came back in the mid 2000s racing & coaching before immigrating to Australia.
PC: Stefan Faulkner
Lee Alexander not only rode for Kuwahara National / Stows, Ivor Clark, Boogie, Scorpion, Hutch, Links and later Free Agent, but he was also the only British rider to win the French Bercy International. He was one of the few guys that raced Superclass, Pro, then back to Superclass when the Pro Class dismantled back in 1988. Lee is riding and coaching today and more importantly, still rocking flat pedals.
Paul Roberts had this to say about him when we were checking a few Lee Alex facts while putting this together.
“Realistically as fast as anyone on his day. Whether that was Bercy or the Champion of Champions, it didn’t matter. There wasn’t a rider in our age that he didn’t just flat out beat when he was on. Also, Pro level banter and funny as f$&k to travel and hang out with. I’m stoked to say I got to spend a lot of time with “Alex” and a lot of that time was spent laughing our heads off.”
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.
PC: Mark Noble – Ride BMX Magazine April/May 93
Craig Schofield, Brian Jones, Julian Jarvis, Don Smith, Andy Ruffell, Russ Jarvis, Malcolm Jarvis, Chris Young, Sean Day, (Unknown) Sam Jarvis.
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.
Andy Ruffell (Riding for Ace) at Harrow Skate Park with Ace boss who is unfortunately no longer with us, Richard Barrington, in the background.
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.
Craig Campbell (390) winning 12x at the Wembley Arena back in 1982 in front of 7000 spectators at the Lada Speedway International Indoor Event. Other winners were Craig’s younger brother, Frazer Campbell, Mark Sopp, Scott Vogl, Ben Swift, Darren Page, Ben Hunt, Jason Maloney, Gary Willats, Andy Ruffell, Pete Middleton and Alice Temple.
Very early shot of Andy Ruffell during his ACE days (Pre-Mongoose) at Harrow Skate Park. Word on the Street is that Andy is putting some ideas together for an Official British BMX Hall of Fame. Stay-tuned. Let’s face it, it’s long overdue.