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Re: Ossett Town BMX Club

Postby Jimmy83-89 » 01 Feb 2010, 19:26

Back L-R:-Kev Thompson,Elliot Priestly,Christian Whitley,Dean Russel,Paul Parkinson,Mark Laycock,Ritchie Boocock,Rob Issott.
Michael Gray and me knelt up in the middle and the four sat down the front L-R Dave McFarlane,Ian Woodfine,Paul ?????????,Steve Gray
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Postby kieron151 » 18 Feb 2010, 16:18

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Re: Ossett Town BMX Club

Postby paulsturrock » 21 Mar 2010, 21:46

kieron151 wrote:
DamianField wrote:I rode for the Harrogate Hurricans but I remember Rich Smith raced for Ossett at that time!!

Hi, Had to ask the orickle (my dad) who remembers a James Smith who rode with the mcfarlans and Ian? woodvine who were older than myself,I think a year or two, Can't remember anyone from my age group. I'm told i only rode once at Harrogate which was a regional. Damian, did your dad run a triumph stag and your brother own a bike shop. He remembers Nick telling him bikes fell off roof rack on a Range Rover. Amazing what he remembers.


The bikes falling of the range rover had nothing to do with me .... :shock: , now driving the range rover under a tree with the bikes on is another matter :lol:
I also remember getting the blame for a bike falling off nicks bmx specials van "coughs*** nick checked it after i put it on** coughs" :wink: :wink:
"Fat, opinionated and can't ride a bike to save himself. Sounds overqualified to be a coach."
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Re: Ossett Town BMX Club

Postby kevgtbmx2ne » 22 Mar 2010, 10:46

hi kev thompson here i remember your dad ty taking me to grimsby to pick up my new gt pro frame and forks still got my bike still the same after its last race late 80s your dad had caravan shop didnt he my eldest son finlay has followed in my footsteps great to read about old times hope you and your family are ok kev
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Postby kieron151 » 23 Mar 2010, 18:45

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Re: Ossett Town BMX Club

Postby ChristianWhitnall » 14 Apr 2010, 18:15

My name is Chris(tian) Whitnall (as opposed to Whitley on a previous post although I did move Whitley Bay so maybe that's where that came from) & I was a member of Ossett Town BMX Club. I'm in the photo where you follow in link in previous post. There's a few familiar and not so familiar names on this post and the same goes for faces....but it's nice to reminisce!

My parents (Brian & Sue) helped set the club up, my Mum was secretary & my Dad did other stuff including the start gate/marshall etc. The only other adult that I remember is Tony Woodvine (and of course his son Ian).

I remember the original track which was situated the opposite side of the football club/pitch and looking back it was the lamest track ever built (a basic U shape with about 2 jumps). The start gate only had room for 4 riders. My parents were also involved in building the new track (that started round the back of the club house then took a right turn round the back of the football pitch) but I don't remember to what extent. I don't think it was long after that I moved up to Whitley Bay (so can't remember too much about the track) where I reigned supreme for many a year and went onto become Number 6 (or so my Mum says which means I was probably in the top 100!!!!) in the NBMXA Nationals set up...then packed it due to personal circumstance.

I've got some great photo's similiar to those already posted but from different events (and some in colour!!) however my phone adapter is at work so they'll have to wait!

This post has brough back some very fond memories so thanks goes out the original poster......
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Re: Ossett Town BMX Club

Postby ChristianWhitnall » 15 Apr 2010, 05:52

BMX 014.JPG
As promsied....
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More....
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And another.....
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Re: Ossett Town BMX Club

Postby ChristianWhitnall » 15 Apr 2010, 05:58

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I think this was Harrogate....
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Me at Ossett Town BMX Club....
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Me 1st at Bristish Champs in Derby although I could also be 6th.....
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Postby kieron151 » 22 Apr 2010, 19:51

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Re: Ossett Town BMX Club

Postby Jimmy83-89 » 23 Apr 2010, 20:26

ChristianWhitnall wrote:
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Hi Chris loving these pics bringing back a lot of memories.These must be from around 1984 by the looks of them. I (James Smith) remember you and your dad well (even though I did get your surname wrong in that post,sorry) you used to live off Towngate in Ossett if my memory serves me. Hope your keeping well and look forward to some more pics if you've got any
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Re: Ossett Town BMX Club

Postby Jimmy83-89 » 23 Apr 2010, 20:28

kieron151 wrote:Got me thinking of the track and what it was like, so i thought i would try and remember the layout but can't quite recall exactly, check the picture out and let me know if its way out. it does'nt look right to me. :?
ossett bmx.jpg

Your not far off to be honest mate
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Postby kieron151 » 23 Apr 2010, 20:53

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Re: Ossett Town BMX Club

Postby DamianField » 27 Apr 2010, 13:22

I dont think the picture that was refered to as Harrogate is Harrogate, unless there was another track built that I didnt know about!
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Re: Ossett Town BMX Club

Postby Jimmy83-89 » 27 Apr 2010, 18:18

DamianField wrote:I dont think the picture that was refered to as Harrogate is Harrogate, unless there was another track built that I didnt know about!

Nidderdale maybe??
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Postby kieron151 » 06 May 2010, 20:38

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Re: Ossett Town BMX Club

Postby JockofOssett » 19 May 2010, 17:57

Hello - Paul 'Jock' Parkinson here - he with big hair and some rather dodgy Pringle jumpers by the look of the photos :oops: (I'm also the Hutch full face helmet on the back row of the newspaper photo - inbetween Tim Cooper and Martin Learoyd)

What a trip down memory lane :D found the site quite by chance as through work we are organising a trip to the Derby track and a quick trip down memory lane and a quick spot of google came up with this site.

So yes I remember most of you (and your parents !) Kier, Kristen, Jamie, Christian and Kev 'Tonga' Thompson, as you were all known back then.

Being that bit older then most of you I know a bit more about the early days of the club so I'll post more when I get a bit of time

Kieron on the track lay out - I'm pretty sure that what is your 3rd corner went up on to the back straight - it did not loop round again.

On the history - my first starter for 10 is that at the first two races (on the small track) there was no start gate - it was a peice of elastic :shock: - it was pinged across either by Christian's dad or Mel Preistley

All the best to you all and say hello to your mums and dads ! - how sad does that sound :D
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Re: Ossett Town BMX Club

Postby JockofOssett » 19 May 2010, 17:57

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Re: Ossett Town BMX Club

Postby dal » 24 May 2010, 21:20

hi kieron just looking at the track lay out ,not sure about the 4th bend ? didnt it just go straight on to the back uphill straight.can you remember when they revamped 3rd bend and extended it for the older riders. later dal
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Re: Ossett Town BMX Club

Postby paulgray » 25 May 2010, 14:52

kieron151 wrote:Got me thinking of the track and what it was like, so i thought i would try and remember the layout but can't quite recall exactly, check the picture out and let me know if its way out. it does'nt look right to me. :?
ossett bmx.jpg


Hi Kieron,

I remember this track but I didn't know where it was so thanks for solving the mystery :) . I only raced there once at a regional and it was really wet muddy. I remember a fast downhill first straight, 90 left, short straight, tight 180 right, short straight, tight 180 left, slightly longer straight (up hill ? :shock: ), 180 left, short finish straight.
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