Gone but not forgotten: Colin Seeley, Vic Eastwood, les archer

Nigel Devereux
October 11, 2019

It is a fact of life that life comes to an end and none of us can go on for ever.

Here at Classic Dirt Bike we regularly deal with images of the stars of yesteryear, pictured as they were 40, 50 or more years ago, when they were youngsters.

Les Archer cammy Norton MXer.

We know these riders have aged, in the main we see them as guests at events and are well aware of the passing of years.

It is still upsetting to hear of such riders’ demise though and the off-road world has been particularly hard hit recently with Vic Eastwood succumbing to a long illness and Les Archer passing shortly after.

Colin Seeley did a trials-orientated Honda too.

Ian Berry has devoted his column to these two stars this issue but there wasn’t room for photos on his page, so we’ve included them here.

As we were going to press we heard Colin Seeley had been lost too. Though Colin was more widely known as a sidecar road racer he did influence the off-road world as a manufacturer with the Seeley Honda trials bike.

Vic Eastwood at Hawkstone Park.

Please enjoy our photos of these great riders and if you would like to see more visit

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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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