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photoblog image From My 1970's Darkroom (1 of a few)

From My 1970's Darkroom (1 of a few)

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Some motorcycle and motor sport images this week. For those of you not familiar with motorcycle trials the idea is to ride your motorcycle through marked out sections of countryside without either stopping completely or putting a foot down to keep balance. This particular section took each competitor perilously close to the water.

From My 1970's Darkroom (1 of a few)

A CLOSE SHAVE

Some motorcycle and motor sport images this week. For those of you not familiar with motorcycle trials the idea is to ride your motorcycle through marked out sections of countryside without either stopping completely or putting a foot down to keep balance. This particular section took each competitor perilously close to the water.

comments (22)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 1 Jun 2015, 00:09
This is brilliant, and historically interesting to me, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray, I'm pleased to read that.
Great souvenirs to me Brian. Great capture!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 1 Jun 2015, 06:30
I hope he can swim!
Brian Walbey: I don't think it would have been very deep smile
The thing which would put me off this sport Brian, is the cleaning of the machine afterwards.
Brian Walbey: At this point the bike was relatively clean, when it's really muddy the riders get plastered in the stuff as well.
  • Richard T
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 1 Jun 2015, 06:57
no time to sit on the seat ..er umm call that a seat
Brian Walbey: Very much a standing up sort of sport, it helps with overall control of the bike.,
He made it then... Good title too.
Brian Walbey: I reckon he did Jacquelyn.
WOW! This is Elvis-era excitement, Brian. HA!
Brian Walbey: Those side-burns date this picture don't they, I used to have some of them smile
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 1 Jun 2015, 07:51
Do I detect a foot down, Brian?
Brian Walbey: I believe you do Lisl, that's one point penalty for what's called a 'dab'.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 1 Jun 2015, 09:02
I absolute LOVE those trials... sometimes it is almost too crazy what these guys are able to do.
Great picture.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Astrid. I used to enjoy going to watch trials, in the U.K.there are still several almost every weekend of the year and I bet there are in Hollandshire as well, it is a cheap, and relatively safe way of taking part in motorcycle sport.
Love the 70's hair - this head featuring big sideburns.
Brian Walbey: Very much 70's hair Mary, and I admit to having sideburns similar to that for a while!
Looks like a tricky spot Brian
Brian Walbey: On slip and he's in the water, but a relatively easy spot compared with some places they take these bikes.
I remember when trials,and scrambling,as it was then called, were staple diets on the t.v. You don't seem to see it now, Brian.
Brian Walbey: They don't get broadcast on the main channels anymore but Motors TV and Eurosport feature both, in their more modern guise, quite frequently, but it's not the same anymore, the championship events are mainly on artificial man-made courses not natural terrain.
Back in the rough days
Brian Walbey: Still a very popular type of motorcycle competition Chantal, it's the hair cuts that have changed.
this is new to me but primarily i love this image for that sideburn! grin
Brian Walbey: It's a very popular form of motorcycle sport in Europe Ayush, and has been since the invention of motorcycles. I had similar sideburns to these for a while !!
Would they be bareheaded and without goggles nowadays Brian?
Brian Walbey: In what I see on the TV, (Motors TV or Eurosport) they all wear helmets at least these days, and they use artificial courses set up in stadiums, but I don't know about 'proper' trials ridden by hundreds of amateurs every weekend of the year, whether they have to wear helmets and stuff.
This looks a tough challenge, Brian!
Brian Walbey: Some sections, as they are called, are more difficult than others, and of course the terrain is different all over the country, I should think those in mountain areas are proably the most difficult.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 1 Jun 2015, 14:03
Elvis on a field bike. Field bikes looked different back then.

Heh, we used to call those long sideburns 'lice ladders' or 'bunny grips'. About the last one - that was back in the days when gay meant happy and when blokes who liked blokes were referred to as bunnies. The language has changed a lot, come to think of it.
Brian Walbey: Nowadays they come with completely different rear suspension and are a lot lighter to manhandle. I had long sideburns for a short while in the 60's.but I can assure you I definitely wasn't the way you describe smile I've not heard the use of the word bunny in that respect but of course there was, and no doubt still are, a variety of expressions, some of them quite coarse, to describe people that way inclined.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 1 Jun 2015, 15:32
a picture from your wild days as I assume!
Brian Walbey: Sort of Philine, but only as a spectator, although two of my close friends took this up as a pastime before going on to race motorcycles in various types of events.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Jun 2015, 20:01
Ahhahah.. now that requires some control. I can remember watching cine films of the Scottish trails back in the 70s - fascinating.
Brian Walbey: Yes one has to be exceptionally good at balancing a bike that is almost at a standstill a lot of the time. The Scottish Six Day Trial is the oldest trials event in the world and has been running since 1909, a real classic.
this was a very tough course to race on Brian... your action shot is fantastic....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Quite an easy one compared with ones the professionals would use Peter.
I think he's going to be disqualified smile
Brian Walbey: Just a penalty of one point for putting his foot down Tom, known in the sport as a 'dab'.
Great memories Brian - my Dad used to develop all his photos - I remember sometimes being allowed in to 'help'
Brian Walbey: I used a darkroom for many years but only got reasonably proficient, I have seen photos done by people who were exceptional in the darkroom, there work was still better then B.& W.from digital IMHO.

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