Jack Thompson British Bike Trial

Sunday 7th December 2008

Over 100 trials riders on British bikes built before 1967 - Matchless, Ariel, Greeves, many more. Riders come from all over England to ride a classic trial named after a Bexleyheath Club rider who was a wizard at building and preparing 4-stroke trials bikes. Free admission and program.


Results - By Class (100kb PDF) ***Updated 14/12/08 ***

Results - Breakdown (144kb PDF)

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Rob Fleet - Here

John Powell - Here

Martin Clark - Here

Stephen Bartholomew - Here

Jamie Clarke - Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, and Page 5

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Whitebread’s alright Jack!

Dick Law - TMX 11/12/2008

Richard Whitebread, riding his 500 AJS with the loss of just nine marks, won the nineteenth running of the Jack Thompson British Bike Trial , staged by the Sidcup club, at their excellent Canada Heights venue at Swanley, Kent, at the weekend. For once this year, the hard-working club was lucky with the weather as, after a frosty start, the wintery sun shone with a reasonable amount of heat in it as the one hundred and one competitors queued up for the 9.30am start for the two-lap, 18-section British Bike event. Whitebread’s day started off well as he finished the first lap with the loss of just one point, but disaster struck in section five on his second visit, where a simple mistake cost him a five-mark loss and a total for the whole event of just nine.The Jack Thompson Trophy is given to the winning rider in the Pre-unit class and the only other rider to finish in the class was Mark Baker on his 500 Ariel, who came in with 18 lost, just nine behind Whitebread.

In the Unit category, the on-form Steve Monk, mounted on a 200 Triumph, didn’t put a foot wrong during the day. Actually he didn’t even put a foot down as he completed all 18 sections, on the Hard route, for a big fat zero, but was having so much fun he didn’t stop at the end of two laps, he explained: “I didn’t realise it was just two laps. I was three sections into my third, when someone asked me if I was practicing. I did feel a bit silly.” Meanwhile, most of the interest in the event came from two of our country’s best young riders as James Dabill and Michael Brown gave up their high-tech mounts to experience what it was like in grandad’s day. Dabill, riding a 200 Triumph, finished second to Monk with the loss of just three marks – not bad considering he was using a bike he hadn’t even seen before the morning of the event. He explained halfway round the first lap: “It’s got no brakes so it don’t stop, it’s got no power so it don’t go, suspensions not that good and the brake and gear levers are on the wrong sides. But its great fun and I am loving every minute of riding

Riders List

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Brown & Dabill  to ride the Jack Thompson pre’67 trial

Michael Brown and James Dabill along with Chris Kihams and Johnathan Walker are the surprise entries for the Jack Thompson All British Bike Trial on Sunday 7th December. This will be the 19th annual Jack Thompson run by the Sidcup Club at Canada Heights, Swanley, Kent in memory of the late Jack Thompson who was a great national pre ‘ 67 trials man.

The inspiration of these entries is from Bob Adams who before recently moving to Chesterfield resided in the South East and was for many years competing at national level on a variety of machines.  In the later years he rode rather special Triumph “Cubs”. Bob who still owns the Cubs has for a while wanted to enter his grandson Chris Kilhams in the Jack Thompson to see how he would fair against the pre ’67 specialists.  He then thought that James should also have a go on his second machine.  He made arrangements with ex South East champion Alan Ketley for Michael to ride his very competitive James “Commando”. Johnathan is to ride yet another “Cub”, but that may yet change. Clerk of the Course, Alan Clarke says ”This is absolutely great for the trial which creates a super atmosphere.  Each year we have many top class riders entering, but we need young blood to replace those like Bob Adams who have retired. There are three routes, Yellow  (Girder forks, S/Car and Gentleman) Red (Easy). White (Hard). This will give me a real challenge to produce a ”White” route to suit all those competitors who have entered to ride it.  It will also make an interesting spectacle to go along with young Ben Wibberley who for the last two years has out performed everyone on his BSA Bantam.  It will most certainly draw a high number of enthusiastic spectators”

The trial is for pre ‘ 67 All British solo and sidecars, it normally attracts an entry of about 100. The course of will be of two laps each of 18 sections, first man away at 9.30 am.  It is traditional for the results to be published within 40 /50 mins of the last man signing off with Izzy Thompson, wife of Jack, presenting the magnificent award. As with all Sidcup events refreshments and toilets will be available and there is no admission charge.  Canada Heights is at Button Street, Swanley, Kent BR8 8DX and will be signposted from the A20 towards Brands off Junction 3, of the M25. 

Preview 1

With the picturesque woodland surrounding the "Canada Heights" International Motocross course bathed in a profusion of winter colour and smelling of leaf mould, its that time of the year once again to enjoy the smell of Castrol "R" and the bark of Big British fourstroke trials irons on full song.

Time again to re-wax the "Barbour Suit" and clean the "Dunlop Wellies" for the Sidcup Clubs popular "Jack Thompson" British Bike trial on Sunday the 7th of December.

Now in its sixteenth year, the event continues to be very popular, with riders coming from far and wide to compete on their cherished classic machines. The trial is open to anyone riding a pre-67 British machine and affiliated to the ACU, however this can be arranged on the day.

If you are traveling a distance and hardy enough, you can stay overnight at the venue. There is electricity on site, plenty of flat parking space, catering and toilets.

Due to the dark evenings the kick off will be 9.30am with machine examination starting at 8.45.

To make the trial more interesting for everyone the club would like to run at least twelve to fifteen sections which will need observers, so we would like to hear from not only our usual loyal band of enthusiasts, but also from anyone else prepared to help.

A light lunch will be provided for observers and hopefully some mulled wine, so if you are at a loose end on Sunday the 7th of December come along for a pleasant day in the chestnut woods and watch, or better still observe (see Peter Burton under Who to Contact).

Directions to Canada Heights can be found here.