The NBMXA 1984 season opener at Nottingham featured in BMX Bi-Weekly Volume 4 Issue 8. With registration, practice and a full National with over 700 riders to be ran in just one day, the NBMXA crew got caught off guard and by the semis, as they had run out of day light and didn’t have floodlights. So, the race had to be postponed before the finals and finished as a double-header National later in the year. UKBMX regular Chris Simmons (Diamond Back) who at the time was looking to redeem himself in Nottingham after crashing out at the 83 Derby British Championships but after the lights went out he’d have to wait another day.
If you’ve not already checked it out there is a pretty cool Facebook Page at the moment that’s caught some steam in the UK BMX Old and Mid School World: We Were RAD. Basically, Anthony Frascina, Andrew Rigby and Clint Pilkington are putting together a British history book of BMX and people have been submitting photos, stories and interviews via the Facebook group. Check it out, there are some great images and it’s super cool the guys are documenting more British BMX history moving forward.
PC: John Davis
1984 NBMXA National at Bromsgrove in the West Midlands has got to go down as one of the muddiest UK Nationals of the 80s and probably 90s as well thinking about it. What did make this race interesting was appearances from GT/US riders; Robert Fehd, Kevin Hull and Darwin Griffin who had made the trip over. Fehd and Hull went 1st and 2nd in 17+ but Griffin had problems and didn’t feature top 3 in his class (15 expert) which was won by the new kid on the block at the time, Gary Llewellyn, who had just got onto Mongoose earlier that year.
Image of the entrance of the Derby Greyhound Stadium which closed down in 1988 – after being a staple on the NBMXA side in racing, hosting the very first British Championships in 1983 sponsored by Halfords, until the last British Championships in 1988. Even though it seemed like the 80s boom had peaked, over 1,000 riders competed.
Photo: Derby Telegraph
Outwell outdoor – John Bilner (5), Lee Flavin (outside) Steve Gilley (6), Scott Barber (1 Torker). Lee Flavin went onto ride for Redline, Raleigh, Prolite and Rainbow JMC and place 2nd at the 83 Slagharen Worlds. Steve Gilley went to Kuwahara Factory soon after this shot but along with Scott Barber had left the sport by 1984. Lee Flavin retired a few years after with only John Bilner continuing to race into the 90s.