From the Archive: International Dirt Bike Show

Nigel Devereux
May 5, 2020

Though a modern event, there is still the odd thing for us classic enthusiasts at the Motul- sponsored International Dirt Bike Show…

With all that’s best in the modern dirt bike scene on display at the International Dirt Bike Show at the end of October, enthusiasts of the older, classic dirt bike had to look a little harder, but there were a few such machines in the halls.

Our stand before the crowds descended.

Our stand in particular had three super special Sixties BSA trials bikes on it… three genuine factory BSAs in fact.

They were built for Arthur, Alan and Martin Lampkin and the two elder brothers both won the SSDT on their versions – Martin of course would win the SSDT three times on Bultaco in the Seventies.

A very nicely sorted RM400 Suzuki graced the centre stands.
The best accessory a dirt bike can wear is dirt… and on the Yamaha stand their latest enduro model looked as if it had seen some action.

We have to thank Alan Lampkin for arranging the three bikes for us and he reckoned it was the first time all three had been together since the Sixties.

We all like a good rummage in a box of spares and the comments on the contents depend on your viewpoint.
Dirt Bike Show girls Flo and Mimi, on hand to glam things up a little, check out our display of factory BSAs.
Seems a bargain to us…

Also on our stand at Stoneleigh, was the on-going CDB IT465 project bike.

It was a last minute thing to shove the empty engine in the frame and take it along and we’re mighty glad we did as several puzzling questions were answered regarding bearing location and more than a few people said they had bits and pieces left over from their own IT465 build.

Alan Lampkin was cajoled into posing next to his pic from 1966.
A feature of the show is the Jack Burnicle stage interviews – here, Honda’s Dave Thorpe is being quizzed.

So, here’s a selection of what caught our eye at the show but, more importantly, what caught yours?
Write and let us know.

Read more News and Features online at and in the Summer 2020 issue of Classic Dirt Bike – on sale May 21, 2020!

About the Author

Nigel Devereux

Nigel Devereux is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln, working in the School of English and Journalism. He has worked within the print publishing industry for 38 years. Nigel was editor of his hometown newspaper - The Horncastle News - from 1998-2001. Nigel is currently the Production Editor on The Railway Magazine, the UK’s biggest selling magazine for railway enthusiasts. He is also responsible for maintaining and updating several websites across the Mortons portfolio. 01507 529529 |

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