CONFIRMED – Dougie Lampkin and John Banks

If you drew up a list of all-time classic off-road greats, it’s a fair bet that Dougie Lampkin and John Banks would be right at the top of the page. So, in announcing this iconic duo as the joint guests of honour at the 2019 Classic Dirt Bike Show, sponsored by Hagon Shocks, it’s odds-on that the next ever-popular Shropshire spectacular will be one of the very best.

Dougie, the multiple World, Indoor and British Trials Champion, who now travels the world performing trick displays, is a diamond chip of the Lampkin family who was schooled by his genial father, Martin, from an early age.

Dougie will appear on stage each day with the supreme dirt bike commentator Jack Burnicle, who will probe into the highs and lows of how Dougie got to the top. And he won’t be the only Lampkin at the show, as Dougie’s cousin John will be manning the Beta stand, for which he is the UK importer, while his Uncle Sid will be in attendance to simply chat with old friends, of whom there is always an endless supply. Dougie will also be manning the Vertigo stand, for which he is the importer, as well as fitting in daily sessions of autographing his new book.

On the motocross side, who is better than John Banks, the mighty BSA warrior, who won four British Championships and narrowly missed out on two World 500cc titles. In 1968, he actually scored more points than the Championship winner Paul Friedrichs, but in those days only the best six Grand Prix scores counted towards the titles. To win, Banks had simply to beat his rival at the final round at Wohlen in Switzerland. It was not to be, as his factory BSA threw a chain and Wohlen took his third consecutive crown by a single point.

Once again, Jack Burnicle will interview Banks on stage each day, with a blow-by-blow account of his years in Europe, including how Bengt Aberg beat him to the 1969 crown, and of his experiences with the BSA competition shop until its closure in 1971.