Archive for February 23rd, 2014

February 23, 2014

Tiger Trials: of mud, stone, grass, log & stream

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George Greenland in 1958 at an XHG Tigers event, the Priory Trophy trial, riding Des Smallshaw’s very tidy Tiger Cub special. The XHG were dispatch riders from the 7th Hants Home Guard and the tiger Club formed in 1945 and are still going strong. Hampshire being on the south coast would have been very busy during the war years and I’m sure there were plenty of DR riders haring to and fro along the country lanes back then.

February 23, 2014

Trial Man

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Johnny Giles, Triumph rider, seen here on his works Cub in the 1962 Perce Simon trial organized by the Ringwood club. Johnny was a preeminent off-roader seeing numerous ISDT’s including the infamous ’64 one riding in the British team. Eventually claiming twelve gold medals and six silver over a decade and a half. Here he is; a hale eighty-odd year old, looking forever youthful on a McQueen Trophy special…
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Good form: a latter sixties period image of him running a 490cc Triumph in Germany’s Six Day.
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If it had two wheels and a Triumph badge on the tank then Giles was your man!