Look back Friday – 1980 Northern Experts

Trial Magazine – ‘We were there’

1980 Northern Experts – Snow and Ice

With arrival of Winter I look back at the 1980 Northern Experts jointly organised by the Manchester 17 MCC and Cumberland County MCC at Penrith.

John Hulme: “It was a very hazardous journey for my home in Derbyshire and I travelled with Dave Porritt and Scott Rowland in the car with three machines on the trailer. Nigel Birkett was having his last outing on the superb Jim Sandiford supported Montesa Cota 200cc and took the win to round of a good season before he moved to Fantic in 1981. I did not finish the event as I crashed on the ice between the hazards”.

Results – 1: Nigel Birkett (200 Sandiford Montesa) 33; 2: Malcolm Rathmell (350 Sandiford Montesa) 34; 3: Chris Griffin (200 Fantic) 34; 4: Chris Myers (350 Bultaco) 41; 5: Peter Cartwright (350 Comerfords Bultaco) 49; 6: John Lampkin (280 SWM) 52; 7: Mike Leddy (280 Moto Gori) 53; 8: Peter Oakley (200 Fantic) 57; 9: Tony Calvert (350 Ossa) 58; 10: Steve Robson (200 Fantic) 58.

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Picture Credits: All are from Barry Robinson – Thank you – John Hulme

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