As I’ve researched the history of MotoParilla in the UK it came to light that for a short period in the ’60s efforts were made to race the Wildcat 250s by some of the big names in “Scrambling”.
As a 10 year old I remember sitting in front of our 9″ B&W Bush TV on many a wintery Saturday afternoon watching the BBCs coverage of scrambling.
These specially organised events must have introduced a generation of kids to the exciting world of off-road motorcycle racing & the heroes who tamed the snarling 4st 500s & lithe 250 2st bikes.
Names like Arthur Browning, Arthur Lampkin, Geoff Smith & the man whom I found out some 40 years later was involved with Moto Parilla – Dave Bickers.
Other MX riders were also involved, Dave Wooten & Joe Johnson for sure & no doubt other “Southern Centre” experts threw a leg over a Wildcat in & around 1963.
If anyone can throw light on the riders of the period or has any photos or articles showing the bikes I’d love to build up a record of the period.