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The ex-Roy Peplow; ISDT; Gold Medal-winning, 1967 Triumph 504cc Trials Frame no. RP 504 Engine no. RP 504

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Lot 316
The ex-Roy Peplow; ISDT; Gold Medal-winning, 1967 Triumph 504cc Trials
Registration no. NEA 1F Frame no. RP 504 Engine no. RP 504

Sold for £ 10,925 (US$ 14,085) inc. premium
The ex-Roy Peplow; ISDT; Gold Medal-winning
1967 Triumph 504cc Trials
Registration no. NEA 1F
Frame no. RP 504
Engine no. RP 504
• Built by Roy Peplow
• Part of Great Britain's Trophy Team at the 1967, '68, and '69 ISDTs
• Gold Medal winner in 1968
• Known ownership history
• Owned by Bob Gardiner since 1988

The unique machine offered here was built by trials star Roy Peplow and ridden by him as a member of Great Britain's team in the 1967, '68, and '69 International Six Days Trials. Roy is perhaps best known for his stunning overall victory in the 1959 Scottish Six Days Trial riding a 199cc Triumph Tiger Cub, a landmark victory that demonstrated the emerging capabilities of lightweight machines and sounded the death knell for the previously dominant heavyweight four-strokes.

Following the withdrawal of direct factory support for the British team after the 1966 ISDT, the A-CU launched a fund-raising scheme to finance participation in the '67 event, held that year in Poland Already a seasoned ISDT veteran, Roy Peplow decided to build his own machine for the 1967 event, which is where 'NEA 1F' comes in. Having enjoyed many years as a works rider with Triumph, Roy knew all there was to know about making Meriden's unitary construction twins work on the rough stuff, and put this knowledge to good use in building 'NEA 1F', which was bored out to 504cc to compete in the 750 Class.

Peplow, together with team-mates John Giles (Cheney Triumph) and Ken Heanes (Triumph Metisse), formed the backbone of the British Trophy team, though only Giles would finish the event, winning a Gold Medal. Heanes' and Peplow's machines retired, the latter with clutch trouble. Roy and 'NEA 1F' enjoyed better fortune in the 1968 ISDT in Italy, winning a Gold Medal, and the pairing added a Silver Medal to their tally the following year in Germany.

First registered to Roy Peplow Ltd of Wednesbury in 1967, 'NEA 1F' comes with the original and first continuation logbooks tracing its ownership as far as 1977 when it was acquired by Wards Garage of Sherwood, Nottingham. The next recorded owner in Minster Garage of Southwell, Nottinghamshire (from October 1985), followed by Thomas King of Lincoln, who acquired the Triumph on 2nd June 1987 (copy old V5 on file). Bob Gardiner purchased 'NEA 1F' from dealer Brian Verrall on 20th April 1988 having been made aware of its whereabouts by Don Morley.

Bob then proceeded to contact Roy Peplow and some of the Triumph's previous owners, and the resulting correspondence may be found in the history file (perusal recommended). 'NEA 1F' remains highly original, retaining Roy's dealer plaque and its many ISDT scrutineering marks, though the ultra-rare works alloy cylinder barrel was replaced with a stock cast-iron component in the 1970s. In 1988, Don Morley got the opportunity to compare 'NEA 1F' with one of the last works Triumph ISDT machines, 'HUE 256D', the latter being Lot 317 in this sale, for an article in Classic Bike magazine (November 1988 edition). The text of Don's article is in the accompanying file, which also contains press cuttings; the 1988 purchase receipt; old/current V5/V5C Registration Certificates; and the aforementioned documentation.

Competition motorcycles with ISDT credentials are offered for sale only rarely and are highly sought after by collectors. 'NEA 1F' represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire one that has the extra cachet of being a Gold Medal-winner at the 'Olympics of Motorcycling', ridden by one of this country's foremost off-road stars of the day.

Footnotes

  • As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.
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The ex-Roy Peplow; ISDT; Gold Medal-winning, 1967 Triumph 504cc Trials Frame no. RP 504 Engine no. RP 504
The ex-Roy Peplow; ISDT; Gold Medal-winning, 1967 Triumph 504cc Trials Frame no. RP 504 Engine no. RP 504
The ex-Roy Peplow; ISDT; Gold Medal-winning, 1967 Triumph 504cc Trials Frame no. RP 504 Engine no. RP 504
The ex-Roy Peplow; ISDT; Gold Medal-winning, 1967 Triumph 504cc Trials Frame no. RP 504 Engine no. RP 504
The ex-Roy Peplow; ISDT; Gold Medal-winning, 1967 Triumph 504cc Trials Frame no. RP 504 Engine no. RP 504
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