Spotted At Telford: Martin Lampkin’s Bultaco
Visitors to the Putoline Classic Dirt Bike Show were promised iconic machines of the past and that’s exactly what is on offer this weekend at Telford’s International Centre. One of the most notable bikes is a certain Bultaco on which Martin Lampkin was crowned a world champion in 1975. Classic Dirt Bike magazine editor Tim Britton has more…
At the start of the 1975 world trials series, Martin Lampkin was the top British rider at Bultaco and as such he was one of those select few in with a chance of lifting the newly created world title. Martin had a track record of winning and already had the 1973 European title to his name so things were looking good. For their part, the Bultaco factory under Oriol Bulto did their utmost to provide their man with the right tools to do the job.
The factory team had been developing what was to become the production bike later in the year but, we all knew that the true ‘works’ bike would be something special. Yet inspect the bike and then check out a 1975/76 model, it’s not that dissimilar on the outside at least.
Martin was well known for demanding more power from his bikes, more than most other riders could cope with but it suited his riding style. Bultaco obliged with ever more power and Martin obliged with winning the world title.
The eagle eyed will notice the tank scheme is that of the production bike rather than the slightly different scheme used at the start of the season. With the production bike being introduced Martin’s bike was changed to reflect the new model.
If you want to come and see Martin’s Bultaco, along with hundreds of other fantastic displays machines, halls packed with traders and jumble stands and some of off-road and road-racing’s most famous names, the Putoline Classic Dirt Bike Show runs on both Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22 with doors opening at 10am. Tickets on the gate are just £13 for adults and under 12s are admitted free. Check the Classic Bike Shows website for all the details.
Image – Martin Lampkin’s championship winning Bultaco on display next to the main stage in Hall 3 at the Putoline Classic Dirt Bike Show in Telford