Hounslow Track R.I.P.

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Hounslow Track R.I.P.

Postby Tony.T » 02 Feb 2006, 15:53

Just drove past Hounslow BMX Track and it has been flatend.
One of the best tracks of the 80's, what are your best memorys.
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Postby Geth » 02 Feb 2006, 15:55

Not good for me I'm afraid. Broken ankle and a week in hospital!!
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Postby Luke » 02 Feb 2006, 16:56

A sad day indeed.

I spent all of my spare time down there from 83-86. Typically, CJ and I would ride from our house in Twickenham on a saturday, get there at about 10am, hook up with the local Hounslow posse (mostly rad nutters) and not leave until dark. Whatever it was, gates, jumps, racing, racing the track backwards, general f**king about...we just rode and rode and rode and rode....

Full of cool people too - John Oakens, Robert Jiggins, Lee Alex (although strictly a Hawk, I think :wink: ), Martin Parker, Keeley and Cole Mulkerrins, the Chenery's, Simon Hayes, Winnie, Errol and many, many others.

It was a great track, but I couldn't really put my finger on why. It wasn't as fast or hairy as say Chesterfield or Wigan and the jumps really weren't all that.

If you discount the water jump, that was added later, you had: 1st straight speed jump (one of the best) - berm - mini table top - berm - speed jump - berm - tabletop ( bigger, but lamer, unless jumped sideways off the second berm!!) - bowl berm - low whoops - speed jump - finish line. Not much to get too excited about....

It was a great track to race though; plenty of places for moves and various racing lines through its corners and a great surface, which I guess was its secret. Many good nationals and a Kelloggs to boot.

Happy days.
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Postby BugEye » 02 Feb 2006, 18:27

Falling in the water jump was my highlight!

Great track to race I agree.

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Postby stephenkeech » 02 Feb 2006, 20:24

Broken collerbone on 1st corner,then being put into a dodgy looking wheelchair and wheeled across the track in front of a gate full of legends,eg winnie,etc,.was grateful for russell phillips dad for driving my car home why I hung out at hounslow general waiting for a lift home!!!
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Postby andywelsh » 02 Feb 2006, 20:46

biggest national ever 1200 riders great days
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Postby deleteduser001 » 02 Feb 2006, 21:59

I remember my final in 85 around 10 pm at night! Good days racing back there. Anyone seen Cole Mulkeriens lately! lol
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Postby andywelsh » 02 Feb 2006, 22:07

You dont want to upset him DH
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Postby deleteduser001 » 02 Feb 2006, 22:27

haaa I don't think he can get to me from were's he at right?
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Postby andywelsh » 02 Feb 2006, 23:00

Correct I here. top bloke and family. ps bike is coming out ready for some PROPER gates
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Postby BuckmoreBat » 02 Feb 2006, 23:11

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The start hill at Hounslow, i took this about october last year.
Shame its finally gone. Had some really good race meetings there.
One memory i have is when i crashed with Clive Gosling there, in the final of the last round of the nationals in 87.
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Postby deleteduser001 » 02 Feb 2006, 23:36

Dam im having flashbacks seeing that pic. Welshy, im thinking the power could still be there! it was last time after a hefty lay off!
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Postby Liam_Batey » 03 Feb 2006, 14:29

I remember getting a cadburys cream egg at an easter race there in like 1991 or something and seeing craig edwards do that billy the kid tv programme
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Postby Nik » 03 Feb 2006, 14:33

Great fun track that was, last berm was a wicked bowl, remember putting a few of my fellow competitors over that once or twice :lol:
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Postby andybain » 03 Feb 2006, 19:25

I remember going through the longest motos ever in a national there back in the mid 80s 16ths 8ths 1/4s semis then a final about 9pm slipped my pedals and came 7th! (one of my better results!) remember beating a guy into 8th by the name of Ian Norwood, Needless to say it was a Dylan, CJ 1 and 2. Great track with loads of atmos.toilet block was a bit grim though
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Postby andybain » 03 Feb 2006, 19:27

Is that the commentry tower in the top right of the pic !!!!
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Postby andywelsh » 03 Feb 2006, 19:48

Dale doubt it very much but one more try im thinking. let you know how bad i feel afterwards ps on this site just been called a Leg End wife cant stop laughing take care pal
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Postby deleteduser001 » 03 Feb 2006, 20:04

This sites adictive mate! Let me know how you go .
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Postby robertjiggins » 04 Feb 2006, 11:36

started going over there in 1981 when it was a sort of skate park?it was really a slope the opposite way to start hill with a load off rubber mats on from heathrows travellators,it had a mini half pipe at the bottom which we used to launch off.The track came shortly after that .Spent most of my time there upto 88.made many good friends there and many a good laugh.p.s hello to luke butler ,t.twist,m parker ,the list goes on.............
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Postby Leealexander » 04 Feb 2006, 14:52

Jiggins how you doing mate - good memories Martin P doing his tail whips and jumping the fence and seeing how far back up the start hill we could go with our ramp made up of trusty tyres.

I still see Nick Restall I will try and get him to post
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