The pre- war era and into the late forties saw, ride to work machines pressed into weekend competition use, be it trials, scrambles (Moto X) or road racing.
Few records remain from this era and even fewer riders.It is known that Spen Valley had its share of local heroes. The forties and fifties were, of course, speedways golden years and a number of well known riders were Spen Valley members, Eddie Rigg being amongst them. We have the Eddie Rigg trophy competed for in trials to this day.
Whilst the origins of many of our large, and valuable, trophies, have been lost in the mists of time, not so the “Bolton Bin” trophy which was found in a dustbin by late club stalwart Jack Bolton. No doubt in years to come the origins of this one will bring puzzled looks to members.
The fifties saw more of a move towards trials, club runs became fewer and using trials machines for one off scrambles became less attractive as bikes became more specialised.The mid fifties, 1954 to be exact, saw Roy Palmers dad, Phil, win the 350cc clubmans TT in the Isle of Man, riding a BSA Goldstar.
In the late sixties club officials became fed up explaining the “Lightcar” part of the clubs name to younger members and it was decided to drop the now redundant part of our name and become simply Spen Valley MCC and unless the river Spen changes course, or Spen Valley becomes Cleckheckmondsedge, this title should last the next eighty years.
During the late seventies through to the mid nineties the club was running over 40 trials per year, some being Youth Nationals attracting up to 150 riders including Steve Saunders, John Lampkin and many others. Due to time constraints and lack of volunteers, (common in all clubs) we now run a more sensible 20+ events per year.
Whilst we do not claim to have star riders many have had notable success at National and Centre trials and some are now involved in Enduros and Road Racing.
Whilst many things have changed in the last eighty something years, one thing hasn’t, we still only have two wheels.