Motocross On Air - The BBC Grandstand Trophy by Ian Berry
Motocross On AIR!
“I love this book… For me every page and every picture remind me of places I went to, racing I saw and things I did. Happy memories of truly spectacular events and the outstanding riders, organisers, enthusiasts and TV people who made it all happen.” Murray Walker (from the Foreword)
“Ian has got it dead right. He has very much re-created the times and memories of when we old ‘scramblers’ were young and living in a different world to the world of today. It’s well worth the read and I personally am proud to have played my part.” Dave Bickers (From the Foreword)
In the 1960s motocross became a TV phenomenon! At its peak, the BBC TV Grandstand programme was watched by millions on Saturday afternoons throughout the winter: it became a sensation for spectators and riders alike. This is the story of the races and riders and how motocross came to be such a huge success on TV.
Motocross On AIR! covers the complete series of races from their inception in 1963 to the end of the series in 1970. There is a full description of how motocross got started on the TV, the people and characters involved - including the ever popular Murray Walker! Each and every race is described in detail in a way which fully reflects the challenge, excitement and fun of the racing itself - a real walk down memory lane. Motocross On AIR! has over 300 of the most fantastic motocross photos ever taken, all by the top photographers of the day - they alone make this book utterly compelling.
The Grandstand Trophy was, next to winning the National Championship, by far the most prestigious motocross competition in the country - it gave both riders and the motorcycle manufacturers the oxygen of publicity! The Grandstand Trophy attracted the best racers of the day including Jeff Smith, Dave Bickers, Chris Horsfield, Vic Eastwood, Derek and Don Rickman, Dave Nicoll, the Lampkin brothers (Arthur, and Alan), John Banks, Alan Clough and many more, they all shine through on these pages. With their skill and courage, they in turn mesmerised and inspired a whole new generation of motocross fanatics.
Winners Then - Winners Now
Foreword by Dave Bickers
Foreword by Murray Walker
The Best Of Times...
ABC Television Picks Up The Baton
Enter The BBC
Into The Grandstand Trophy Series
1963-64 The Winter Of Living Dangerously
Royal Enfield Project Bike
Anyone for a Pacemaker
1964-65 The Times They Are A-changin’
Chris Horsfield’s ‘Special’ Matchless
1965-66 Normal Service Is Resumed
1966-67 The Dave Bickers Spectacular
1967-68 The Year Of Foot-And-Mouth
Grandstand Trophy Series On Pause
Jeff Smith’s Lightweight Special
1968-69 Going Into Orbit
1969-70 The End Of An Era
The BBC Pulls The Plug
Sidecar Motocross - Into The Lions Den
All Good Things...
Grandstand Trophy Winners Table
Grandstand Trophy Race Winners Table