The Club was formed in 1907 as the Bradford Motor Cycle Club, following an inaugural meeting on the 12th.February 1907 at the Royal Hotel in Darley Street, which forty people attended. The meeting reported in Motor Cycle of the 20th.February, had been initiated by Mr.Bernard Read, who had asked through the columns of Motor Cycle for those interested in motor cycling in the Bradford area, to correspond with him, with a view to forming a club. A Mr.G.E.Vint of Idle who chaired this first meeting was elected President.

Messrs JR Kelly and H.Wheater of the Leeds M.C.C. attended and provided advice on the formation of a club. Bernard Read was elected Secretary, and Mr Bullus Treasurer. The annual subscription was set at 7/6d (37 1/2p).

The provisional Committee included Messrs, A.Hodgson, W.Mitchell, Barraclough, Brook, Lamb, ES Myers and Fowler. The Club rented premises in New Inn block, (now Bradford Law Courts at the bottom Manchester Road, where they had a bar, snooker table and piano. With the outbreak of World War 1, the premises were closed down and the piano and snooker table stored at Mr.T.G.Bullus's home.

Amongst others prominent members Alfred Scott, Percy Shaw (Works Manager P & M Motor Co) Charles Sydney (Then a manager for E.S.Myers, he later established his own business and was responsible for reconstitution of the Club as Bradford and District Motor Club in the 1920s, Clarrie and Tim Wood (TT winner) and J Arnold Smith (Bradford garage proprietor). Felix Scriven (Secretary Scott Motor Cycle Co.) was involved in the administration of the Club and indeed many of the early members worked for the Scott Company including Alec Dovener.

The Club resumed its activities after the Armistice and from 1919 Alec Dovener undertook the secretarial duties. The Club was instrumental in the formation of the Yorkshire Centre, Alec being the Centre's first ever Secretary and W.Haggas at Keighley its first President.



In 1926 the Club HQ was at the Belle Vue Hotel, Manningham Lane and meetings continued to held at this venue until the late fifties. The Club also had a Country HQ at the Golden Lion in Settle.

Members competed with success in the TT securing Club Team Prizes in 1923 and 1924. By 1926 the Wood brothers A.W. and CH were enthusiastic members, T.G.Bullis was Captain and his son one of the sports rising stars.

Bradford Piston Ring Manufacturer's Joe and Geoff Hepworth were Vice Presidents and it was Joe who discovered Hepolite Scar, the venue for Bradford's hill climb after speed events on roads were banned. Eddie and Stan Flintoff were making names for themselves on Sunbeams. Alec Jackson (Winner of the first Lancashire Grand National) was probably the Club's best all rounder, Harry Langman, Tim and Clarrie Wood the leading road racers. Charlie Helm and Allan Jefferies were junior members creating some furore by their riding ability and in Alan's case a lack of consistency (but he did have fun)

In the 1950's the Clubs's meetings were held at The Girlington Hotel. In the early 60's, The Hare and Hounds Toller Lane, then the Kensington Club (once The Girlington Liberal Club) followed by The Victoria at Sandy Lane. Then from the late 70's to the early 90's, The Frizinghall Conservative Club. We then moved to The Bridge Inn Silsden and from 1999 moved to The Punch Bowl Silsden. The Club meet on the 4th Thursday of each month. All are welcome.

 

to be continued


 

The Trophy Room

The Bradford and District Motor Club has over its one hundred year plus existence and the generosity of numerous benefactors established an enviable collection of cups and trophies for open and Closed to Club competitions. This page  endeavours to provide some background about these various trophies including information about the benefactor, and the names of those who have won the trophy.

The details about the trophies has been set out in seven groups, the
first group are those trophies which are offered for open competition in our prestigious open trial commemorating Past Bradford President and Captain the late Allan Jefferies. . The second group is the trophies offered for competitions organised in events open to Yorkshire Centre and West Yorkshire Group. The trials are 1)  Timperley Cup Trial - Yorkshire Centre Championship. 2)  Davy Cup Trial - Centre Trial Not Championship status.  3)  ES Myers Trophy Trial - West Yorkshire Championship.  The third group relates to awards  restricted to Club members in various competitions organised by the Club. These are divided into classes.   Adult -  Youth -  Other

The Club also have a selection of awards for Youth only events. The Club was a regular organiser of the ACU Youth A & B Championship and the ACU Youth Experts. Recently the club have not offered to run these events.

It is the current Club Committee's policy to make as many trophies as possible available for annual competition, so the number of retired trophies is kept low. Over the years several trophies have gone "absent without leave", these are the fifth group. It is possible to record the names of previous winner's by reference to old Dinner Toast Lists and to old motor cycle press reports. Should any reader discover the whereabouts of these
"Strays" we would love to have them returned to the fold; to at least join the ranks of the sixth group, the ‘Retired'.

More to follow

 


Origins of the Allan Jefferies Trial

During the 1930s Allan Jefferies had become one of the country's most outstanding competitors in Open Trials. His successes prompted the Yorkshire Centre to honour him with a trophy. In August 1939, a fund was opened by the Yorkshire Centre for the purchase of a suitable cup, with Norman Dixon as secretary/treasurer. Donations were set at 5/- (25p) for Clubs and 1/- (5p) for individuals; the fund was to have closed on the 30th. September, but the outbreak of World War II caused postponement.

The subscription fund was reopened in 1946 and a handsome silver rose bowl (valued at £1500 in 1988) purchased. Capacity Class Cups were donated by Bradford and other prominent West Yorkshire Group Clubs; whilst Mr. Frank Ellis (Father of Tom and Jack) donated a trophy for the runner-up.



The Bradford Club undertook to organise an Open (National) Trial. At that time only one Open Trial took place in Yorkshire, the SCOTT. During the twenties Yorkshire's other Open Trial had been the Leeds Trial sponsored by the Yorkshire Evening News and in the thirties the Rotherham Club had promoted the Lister Trophy Trial. Both events had been unable to continue. Despite problems due to petrol rationing, the first event was held in 1947, starting from Ilkley and using sections around Haworth and Skipton. Clerk of the Course was Jack Cooper, who had the position for the next 5 years, and Secretary Jack Whitaker. It was won by Stanningley cycle dealer, Tommy Wortley on a factory AJS, with Allan riding a 350 Triumph twin the runner up.


It was not until 1949, that the organisers ambitions were fully realised and the event moved to Upper Wharfedale, the start being at Long Ashes near Thresfield. The event was to start from there for the next 11 years. In those early years the most difficult hill was considered to be Moorend at Kettlewell. This hazard first used in 1921, was still in use until 1995, when changes in the course made it impractical to be included.

1956 saw a complete change in the trials format, when the event was run on International Six Days Trial lines to provide practice for the country's riders and manufacturers at this style of event. Unfortunately interference with marking and a cloudburst which flooded a moorland river crossing gave rise to controversial results.

After a miss in 1957, due to a foot and mouth epidemic, the trial reverted to traditional lines, with the sidecar class which had been dropped, being reintroduced for 1961. The following year the Capacity Classes were abandoned and the Cups reallocated to the top five places.

The start moved to Yarnbury outside Grassington for several years, before moving to Skirfare Bridge and then in 1996 to its present location at Halton Gill. Since moving the start to Halton Gill, the local Women's Institute have provided catering in the form of hot and cold snacks, home made cakes and other refreshments for competitors, officials and spectators. In the early years of the trial the entry fee included a ham and egg tea at the finish.

In 2001 the trial was again cancelled due to another Foot and Mouth outbreak. Luckily no farmers on the course actually got the decease.  Due to severe weather the event was again cancelled in 2012.

The 2013 event a new Course plotter , Dave Wilson. Dave has assisted Barry Fairbrother over the last few years and has a great understanding of the requirements for this Trial.

The money raised from Halton Gill initiative goes towards the upkeep of their Reading Rooms at the head of Littondale.

The Club in recent years has also contribute to many local causes, including Arncliffe Primary School, Littondale and Buckden's Childrens Christmas Fund to name a few.

In 2017 due to lack of support from both competitors (Not enough) and Club Members the trial was cancelled 3 weeks before the actual date. Late 2017 it was agreed that the Club would NOT run the trial in 2018.

Awards

Allan Jefferies Rose Bowl 1st

The Briggs Trophy 2nd

The Huddersfield Trophy 3rd

The Ilkley Trophy 4th

The Vagabonds Trophy 5th

The Joan Ellum Cup For the best performance by a rider who has never previously won a First Class Award or better in a National Trial.

The Eddie Flintoff Trophy For the best performance by a Yorkshire born rider

The W Walker Trophy For the best performance by a Bradford Club Member

The May & Wells Cup for the best performance on the 50/50 course who is a novice within their own centre

 Tale


A CAUTIONARY TALE

T'was the eve of the famous Allan Jefferies Trial. Deep in the heart of Wharfedale, high on the fells above Halton Gill, an intrepid band of course plotters battled their way through the dense mist and drizzle trying to find the elusive North West Passage to Raysgill. I remember thinking, whilst knee deep in sludge, carrying my Beta between two peat hags, that this was more like the North Back passage to hell. Looking back you could hardly see the trail of orange course markers zig zagging before disappearing into the mist.

Just when I thought we had traversed the worst part, it happened. Suddenly and without warning, the entire front half of my bike disappeared before my very eyes. I was thrown violently forward and my arms and legs likewise vanished. When I regained my senses, a horrifying scene unfolded out of the mist that surrounded me. All around were rotting, half consumed carcasses of dead sheep. I tried not to panic as the terrible realisation dawned on me that I had stumbled into the lair of the legendary Yockenthwaite Bog Monster. As I lay there, slowly sinking, with my nose inches from that of a decomposing ewe. I tried not to inhale the putrid stench that hung in the air. (It smelt like some of Ron Eddings' after dinner cheese).
I felt like a fly trapped in a spiders web and was awaiting my doom, when I heard a noise behind me. Hardly daring to look, I craned my neck out to see a strange shape looming out of the fog - it was Anthony Ayrton and the rest of my trusty crew. After much heaving and pulling, they managed to overcome the suction on me and the bike and extract us both from the quagmire.

After hurriedly scraping off the thick of the gunge, I kicked up my trusty steed and we headed off towards Rasgill. This time I was happy to ride at the back (the lads didn't want me up-wind anyway). I was so relieved at not being meals on wheels for the Bog Monster, (no man has seen it and survived) that I hardly noticed the smell, but back at base camp they wouldn't let me near the BBQ 'til I had had a wash in the river.

Anyway the moral of this story is, if you are riding in this years Allan Jefferies Trial, for your own sakes, stick to the course markers like glue, or you could find yourself being the last man alive to see the Yockenthwaite Bog Monster.


 

The FH Timperley Trophy - Best Performance at the Trial (Cup Missing)


Engraving on trophy

The F.H. Timperley Trophy
Presented to the
Bradford & District Motor Club
For the Yorkshire Solo Championship Trial

The Timperley Cup was first run in 1938 and was then called the Yorkshire Solo Championship. J.Howard Wood won it, a Triumph sponsored rider, who beat the legendry Allan Jefferies, Triumph's No 1 rider.  Charlie helm was 3rd. The trial was runin the Hebden Bridge area, Clerk of the Course Ralph Baron devised a two lap route of 60miles.

Over the ensuring years, most of the victors have been or became World Champions, British Champions etc. and most enjoyed factory/dealership backing, During the riding seasons, Bradford aces did not appear at many Centre events as these often clashed with major national trials. By December the only remaining major event was the Northern Experts, but Allan Jefferies considered this a let down to the British Experts and advocated the stars instead support the Centre events.

 Run in the Hebden Bridge area, Clerk of the Course Ralph Baron devised a two lap route of 60miles. It was won by Triumph 'works' rider J Howard Wood, whose loss of 22 marks saw him comfortably ahead of Allan Jefferies (Triumph) on 32. Charlie Helm was on 42.

Other 1st place awards

MCN Intermediate Trophy - Best Performance Intermediate

MCN Novice Trophy - Best Performance Novice


Davy Cup

Davy Cup - Best Performance at the trial

C. Helm Rosebowl- 1st Expert Presented to the Club by Charlie Helm widow

Rodeo Cup - Best Performance Intermediate

Excelsior Cup - Best Performance Novice


ES Myers Cup

ES Myers Trophy - Best Performance Trial

Geoff Broadbent Cup - Best Performance Intermediate

Chew Cup - Best Performance Novice

 


Yorkshire Centre Team Trial

The Haggas Shield

 

Presented to the overall winning team of the Yorkshire Centre Team Trial

Engraving on Shield


Yorkshire Centre
Autocycle Union

The Presidents Shield
Presented by
WR Haggas ESQ
First President Yorkshire Centre
1921


List of Bradford Teams who won the award


Year       Team members
1931  
C Helm  TE Flintoff  A Jefferies

1932  G Gill  TE Flintoff  A Jefferies

1933
C Helm  TE Flintoff  A Jefferies

1934  
C Helm  TE Flintoff  A Jefferies

1935  
C Helm  TE Flintoff  A Jefferies

1936  
C Helm  TE Flintoff  A Jefferies

1937  
R Wilkinson    H Wood  A Jefferies

1938  
C Helm  JH Wood  A Jefferies

1939
R Wilkinson  JH Wood  A Jefferies

1946  
R Wilkinson  S Watson  J Midgley

1947  
S Watson  GE Broadbent  E Pearson

1948  A Jefferies  LA Ratcliffe  NS Holmes


1949  LA Ratcliffe  SE Broadbent  DJ Ratcliffe

1950  LA Ratcliffe  TU Ellis  NS Holmes

1951  LA Ratcliffe  TU Ellis  DJ Ratcliffe

1952  GE Broadbent  TU Ellis  AD Rawnsley

1954  LA Ratcliffe  TU Ellis  NS Holmes

1955  LA Ratcliffe  TU Ellis  NS Holmes


1957  LA Ratcliffe  TU Ellis  NS Holmes


1958  
LA Ratcliffe  A Lampkin  NS Holmes

1959  LA Ratcliffe  A Lampkin  W Wilkinson


1963  
JA Sandiford  E Adcock  W Wilkinson

1964   
JA Sandiford  E Adcock  W Wilkinson

1965  
ARC Lampkin  PM Gaunt  B Holden

1966  
RH Stableford  MS Bayley  MC Rathmell

1968  
PA England  RD Metcalfe  W Wilkinson

1969  
PA England  B Wilkinson  W Wilkinson

1970  
HM Lampkin  B Wilkinson  W Wilkinson

1972  
HM Lampkin ARC Lampkin  MC Rathmell

1973  HM Lampkin ARC Lampkin  MC Rathmell


1978  
NW Jefferies  MD Skinner  B Haley

1982  
NW Jefferies  A Wright  B Haley

2003  
E McIntosh  L Walker  H Moorhouse

2011  Phil Disney, Nathan Wrigglesworth, Aran Dracehenberg

In 2012,13, Bradford Expert team of Nathan Wrigglesworth, Phil Disney and Ross Crosby won the Ripon Trophy as 1st Expert team