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Classic Dirt Bike - Issue 46

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54 Hawkstone legends
Is there a more legendary place
for MX than Hawkstone Park in
Shropshire? We say no there’s
not... and John McCrink went along
to Hawkstone Legends for us.

54 Hawkstone legends
Is there a more legendary place
for MX than Hawkstone Park in
Shropshire? We say no there’s
not... and John McCrink went along
to Hawkstone Legends for us.


44 Rebuilding to use
The time has come, the need is
there, the realisation that wheeling
a bike from shed to shed is a
whole lot easier than carrying it in

48 Dirt Products
Got something to help the off-road
world go faster, keep their feet up
longer or remain more on time in
an enduro? Tell us, we could well
put it in this bit.

50 Tech Talk
All old bikes leak oil, it’s their
charm… er no, they don’t have
to, and with the help of Loctite
we show you how top stop them

On the cover

Our guest for the Classic Dirt Bike Show at Telford
International Centre Gerrit Wolsink. Nick Nicholls
caught the Dutchman in action on his works
Suzuki at Dodington Park in Gloucestershire in
1974's British MX GP.

On the contents page
Out in the wild west of Wales with Philippe
Vandewalle’s 370 SWM. It wasn’t always this dry
on the Old Knobblies Trail Challenge, but it was
good fun in a great part of the world.

03 In Balance
Battery power takes charge as our
editor points out this electric lark
isn’t such a new idea after all.

06 News, views and reviews
If it’s happening, going to happen or
happened, then this is where we try
and squeeze it in…

16 You need…
…a YZ250L in your shed, yes, you
do. You may not realise it but this
Yamaha is what you’re waiting for.

18 You also need…
…a Kawasaki KX125C1 in your shed,
and it will do more than simply keep
the Yam company.

22 Super Profile
We have an in-depth look at the 325
Sherpa, Bultaco’s answer to those who
wanted more… more… and yet more.

41 Subscribe! Subscribe! Subscribe!
As CDB is subscription only in the UK
you’ve either subscribed, nicked a
mate’s copy or seen us at a show. If
it’s one of the latter two… subscribe
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52 Dicko’s view
The elder statesman of trials
journalism broaches the ‘what’s the
best bike’ subject... that’s brave!

61 ’cross words
Someone else being brave is Ian
Berry who champions the riding style
of one rider over another and says
who’s most stylish.

62 Masterclass
Want to improve your skills? Ask a
master. We try life on three wheels.

72 Dirt Talk
What’re you talking about in the
CDB world? All sorts of things as it
happens, bring it on we say.

82 Moto memories
An ISDT checkpoint is often a frantic
place as riders hurtle in, desperate
to keep on time. In 1975 however,
there was time to peruse the Rokon.


10 Pure Gold
At one time, to win in scrambling, a rider
had to invest in the gold standard, BSA’s
gold standard that is the Gold Star.

27 That was the year when…
… Yamaha invited the press along to its
MX launch in 1978. Pete Kelly turns back
the clock to review the day for us.

34 On top of the world
Are there two more iconic trials bikes
than Sammy Miller’s Ariel and Gordon
Jackson’s AJS?

66 An hour with…
… the legend Alf Hagon. We sit down with
the forward thinker and try to keep up
as he talks about bikes, bike sport and
howling over an airfield on a v-twin JAP.

76 Chef’s Special
We meet Philippe Vanderwalle, a man with
passions for cooking, enduro and for SWM –
we look at the latter two.