For info folks our friend Dennis Nash, Newtownards man and long standing local sports reporter for the Newtownards Chronicle, has informed me that he will be making use of Sammys letter in tomorrows “Chronicle” in his Sporting Snippets column!
The paper is available from all local outlets, so get yours before they’re gone!!!
Thanks again Dennis!!!
Just wanted to say on behalf of the team @ Moto Trial NI thanks very much for showing such an interest in what we are doing! The website stats for yesterday were extensive and the interest in the Leadmines situation from around the world and from ex World Champions has been awesome! Over the next two weeks we hope to be clearer as to what is happening with the ‘Mines’ & Trial practice their, we will of course keep you posted. The team has been very busy over the last weeks but it has been enjoyable and will settle somewhat as we get the club set up and are 1st Trial over us. Our No 1 goal is Trials and doing our bit to cater for all riders &, down the road, hopefully really making a difference to our wee Sport…
Moto Trial NI
Our special thanks to 1981 World Champion, Gilles Burgat for taking the time to send a few lines of support. The Lead mines are known world wide and recognised as one of the most historic trials venues:
I am a former World Trials Champion and I had the opportunity to come to Ireland five or six times to participate at the Hurst Cup Trial near Belfast.
I very much enjoyed coming to Ireland and I hope one day to return to Ireland to ride trials again.
The Irish Trial was a first class race and it is part of the trial scene and probably one of the best landscapes for that.
It is part of the Trial Hall of Fame.
The hard weather we found (the cold, the rain, and the mud) were part of the Hurst Cup Trial signature.
I will always remember the good Time i had in Ireland With the trials people.”
Former World Trial Champion 1981
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Paul Lindsay writes in the Belfast Telegraph about the situation at the Leadmines See the article here
I just received this message from Tommy Robb, former World Road Race Champion, I’m sure he won’t mind me sharing it with you lads: ‘Hi John, After reading this terrible news on the outcome of our beloved lead mines in N.Ireland I have to wholeheartedly agree with Sammy the place is a Temple to motorcycling. I also started my trials riding and entered into motorcycling there in 1951 at the Boxing day trial and spent the next thirty years improving my skills there, along with my entry into road racing. Had it not have been for the lead mines sending me in the right direction I would not have a Silver and Bronze replica for World Championship Grand Prix racing in my trophy cabinet. It was thanks to starting at the Newtownards Lead Mines that I got to travel the world and like Sammy managed to pass on our skills to the many other brilliant Irish riders who have followed in the years since. I hope the powers “that be” will see sense and what it is going to do in helping to destroy the future of Irish sporting motorcycling…….long live the mines.’
Please find below some words from Sammy Miller.
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
The Lead Mines
The famous old mines where generations of motorcyclists practised and competed over many years.
I trained and learnt my skill there and went on to be European and 11 times British Champion – an all-time record. Also I was awarded an MBE by the Queen. The Hurst Cup and the Walter Rusk Trials were all held at the Lead Mines and I managed to win 18 Walter Rusk Trophies in succession and 12 Hurst Cup Trials when all the famous British manufacturers were sending their works teams to compete in the Hurst Cup.
The world in which we live spend millions on sports facilities and stadiums to keep young people off the streets and out of trouble and yet I understand that you intend to close the Lead Mines to motorcycle trials riding. This would cause more trouble with young people with no sport facilities in which they can practice and compete. This would be a big mistake. You should be enhancing this facility especially as I understand Moto Trial NI are prepared to control and manage the facility for you.
Think again and save this wonderful area for motorcycle trials. You are probably aware that motorcycle trials is very akin to horse trials – man and machine against terrain. The Trial Motorcycles are fully road legal and fully silenced to meet EU Regulations.
I own one of the biggest Motorcycle Museums in the world and it all started on a little bike at the Lead Mines!