Martin Lampkin: 1951 – 2016

Having achieved so much in motorcycling, Harold Martin Lampkin – ‘Mart’, ‘Big Mart’ or ‘H’ depending on who you talk to – is the subject of many images in our archive. We hope this small selection of pictures goes some way to show the impact that this true legend – who died earlier this spring – had on motorcycle sport from his very first trial in January 1967.

It may look as if Martin is giving Vic Hanby a kick in the 1971 Scott trial, but his boot is on the rock. Mart is on his way to a Scott Spoon, as first class awards are known, and would win the event in later years.

The trials world gathered at St James’s Church in the Yorkshire Dales town of Silsden, that well-known Lampkin family stronghold, on Monday, April 11, to pay their respects to Harold Martin Lampkin (65).

Better known as Mart, he succumbed to cancer after a long but typically hard-fought battle.

In addition to Mart’s immediate family, wife Isobel and sons Dougie and Harry, among the many hundreds of mourners saying goodbye were Sammy Miller, Gordon Jackson, Gordon Blakeway, Peter Gaunt, Pete Edmondson, Nigel Birkett, John Metcalfe, Pete Cartwright, Norman Shepherd, Rob Edwards, Rob Crawford, Steve Colley and of course Martin’s lifelong friend and rival Malcolm Rathmell.

Amos Bilbao flew in from Barcelona and Thierry Michaud from France.

Read more in CDB’s Summer edition

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