Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Tributes paid to inspirational biker who died days before Scots event

Martin Lampkin
Martin Lampkin

Tributes were yesterday pouring in for the world’s first motorcycle trials champion, who has died just weeks before this year’s Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT).

Martin Lampkin, who died at the weekend at the age of 65, was a regular at the SSDT event in Fort William, Glencoe and the wider Lochaber area, and became the first World Trials Champion in 1975.

He was also the first trials rider to complete a clean day at the SSDT, managing to balance his bike through an entire day of trials sections without the need to ever put a foot down to steady himself.

Mr Lampkin came from a famous Yorkshire motorcycle trials family, following in the footsteps of his older brothers, Arthur and Alan, and the family tradition is being continued by his son, Dougie, who has won the SSDT nine times and 12 world trial titles.

Former Scottish Trials champion Gavin Johnston, 51, of Kiltarlity, said he had been in awe of Mr Lampkin’s riding from a very early age.

He said: “I knew of Martin when I was a kid because he was the first world champion so he was one of those guys you looked up to.

“He was a big inspiration to me when I was a child and I used to watch him competing and winning at the SSDT in Fort William.

“As I got older, I was lucky enough to ride against him in the SSDT about 20 years ago and I used to see him at different events.

“He was one of those larger than life characters – very strong and influential. He will be sadly missed.”

Former international trials rider Rob Edwards, who was a close friend of Mr Lampkin, said everyone knew he was capable of doing the impossible on a trials bike, but he was also a very popular man.

He said: “I would say that his personality was on a par with his riding ability.

“Another thing that made him unique has to be his sense of humour and all these things coupled up make the incredible person we know as Martin Lampkin.”

Mr Edwards sent his sympathies to the Lampkin family and said he was sure the thoughts of millions were with them.

Mr Lampkin leaves his widow Isobel and sons Dougie and Harry.

His funeral will be held at St James Church, Kirkgate, Silsden, West Yorkshire on Monday April 11 at 1.30pm.

Thousands of people are expected converge on Lochaber for this year’s SSDT, in which riders complete up to 100 miles each day over six consecutive days, starting on Monday May 2.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]