Motorcycle Champions Set to Scramble Back to the Revival in 2012
Following the huge success of a group of British Motocross riders and ex-Champions riding on a dedicated scrambler track at last year’s Revival for the very first time, popular public demand will see many of these motorcycles and riders returning to Goodwood for the 2012 Revival (14-16 September).
Top riders from the halcyon days of scrambling (mid-1950s to mid-1960s), celebrates the careers and results of a group of British Motocross riders who won countless international scrambling events between 1955 and 1966. These will include the winners of the majority of BBC TV’s popular Grandstand Scrambles, plus every British 250cc and 500cc Scrambles Championship between these years.
The Revival is renowned for the quality of the riders and pre-1966 motorcycles that regularly contest the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy race, with the black-leathered competitors proving to be a firm favourite with Goodwood spectators.
The list of Motocross Champions attending the Goodwood Revival includes Les Archer (Norton), Dave Bickers (Greeves), Dave Curtis (Matchless), Arthur Lampkin (BSA), Don and Derek Rickman (Metisse), and Jeff Smith (BSA). Les Archer and Dave Bickers won the 500 and 250 European Championships respectively in 1956 and 1960-61, and Jeff Smith won two World Championships in 1964-65.
The Motocross Champions will complete a daily parade around the Goodwood race circuit at the Revival; the majority of them mounted on their original machines. The Champions and their machines will be located alongside the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy competitors in the Motorcycle Paddock, adjacent to the Chicane on the Goodwood Finishing Straight on the circuit infield.
New dedicated motocross race track
In addition, Goodwood has built a dedicated motocross race track at Lavant Corner for Revival spectators to watch the scramblers in action. An authentic period Scrambles Paddock has also been re-created and filled with a group of 50 riders and their motorcycles. Amongst the pre-1966 machines are Ariel, BSA, Cotton, DOT, Greeves, Jawa, Matchless, Tribsa, Triumph, and a Velocette, plus two early sidecar outfits.
Surrounded by a chestnut paling fence the period paddock will be adorned with an assortment of authentic 1960s advertising banners, plus the mandatory Scrutineer’s tent. Kitted out in contemporary clothing (rugby shirts atop bib & brace black leathers or Barbour suits) the supporting cast will also complete a daily parade of the Goodwood circuit…at a respectful distance behind the former Champions.
Goodwood is also acknowledging the 50th anniversary of Metisse Motorcycles at the Revival - the manufacturing firm founded by Don and Derek Rickman that later won The Queen’s Award for Industry – with a display of their motorcycles. A new book about the Rickman brothers’ exciting careers is being launched during Revival weekend.