Bonhams : The ex-works; Gordon Farley; Colin Dommett; ISDT; Gold Medal-winning, 1966 Triumph 504cc Trials Frame no. H45150 Engine no. H45150
The ex-works; Gordon Farley; Colin Dommett; ISDT; Gold Medal-winning, 1966 Triumph 504cc Trials Frame no. H45150 Engine no. H45150

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Lot 317
The ex-works; Gordon Farley; Colin Dommett; ISDT; Gold Medal-winning, 1966 Triumph 504cc Trials
Registration no. HUE 256D Frame no. H45150 Engine no. H45150

Sold for £ 12,075 (US$ 15,379) inc. premium
The ex-works; Gordon Farley; Colin Dommett; ISDT; Gold Medal-winning
1966 Triumph 504cc Trials
Registration no. HUE 256D
Frame no. H45150
Engine no. H45150
• Official ISDT entry in 1966 and 1969
• Gold Medal winner in 1966 with Gordon Farley
• Ridden by Colin Dommett in 1969
• Formerly owned by Don Morley
• Purchased by Bob Gardiner in 1989

The ex-worksTriumph offered here was ridden by Gordon Farley in the 1966 International Six Days Trial (ISDT) and by Colin Dommett in the 1969 event. A works rider for the Triumph factory, Farley was a member of Great Britain's Vase team in the '66 ISDT, held that year in Sweden. Farley's mount, 'HUE 256D', had been bored-out slightly to qualify for the 750 class, and for what might be termed 'political' reasons was badged as a BSA, as recounted by off-road authority Don Morley in an article published in The Classic Motor Cycle (January 1987 edition).

Great Britain was represented at the '66 ISDT by some of this country's finest off-road exponents: Johnny Giles, Arthur Lampkin, Ken Heanes, Roy Peplow, Ray Sayer, and Sammy Miller making up the Trophy team. The Vase A squad consisted of Alan 'Sid' Lampkin (BSA), Jim Sandiford (Greeves), John Lewis (AJS), and Farley. Riding 'HUE 256D', Farley won a Gold Medal. The year 1966 would be the last that British manufacturers supported the ISDT.

For the next couple of years little is known of 'HUE 256D', which resurfaces in 1969 as part of Great Britain's effort for that year's ISDT, held in Germany. That year the A-CU, together with some leading motorcycle dealers and with a supporting grant from the Sports Council, fielded a team in the Trophy competition. 'HUE 256D' was again entered in the 750 class and on this occasion, was ridden by Colin Dommett (competitor number '316'), supported by Slocombes of Neasden. His team-mates were Malcolm Rathmell (Greeves), John Pease (Greeves), Jim Sandiford (Triumph), John Giles (Triumph), and Roy Peplow (Triumph), the latter being a private entry. Sadly, there would be no repeat of its 1966 success for 'HUE 256D', which retired with ignition trouble.

It seems that after the event Slocombes retained the machine for Bill Slocombe to use. Slocombes later sold it to Comerfords Ltd. Circa 1972 the ex-works Triumph was bought by Ray Weller, who turned to Don Morley for assistance in identifying it. Don ended up buying the bike from Ray Weller. Following the publication of Don's article, he was contacted by Colin Dommett who confirmed that the bike was his 1969 mount (see letter on file). Colin had found the original logbook, confirming the registration number, but had subsequently mislaid it! In order to retrieve the original registration number, Don had to stamp the engine number on the hitherto unmarked frame. Bob Gardiner bought 'HUE 256D' from Don Morley in February 1989. The purchase receipt is on file together with much assorted correspondence; numerous in-period press cuttings; a selection of photographs; framed picture of Colin Dommett; and the current V5C Registration Certificate.

Ex-works competition motorcycles with ISDT credentials are offered for sale only rarely and are highly sought after by collectors. 'HUE 256D' 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 two of this country's foremost off-road stars of the day.

Footnotes

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The ex-works; Gordon Farley; Colin Dommett; ISDT; Gold Medal-winning, 1966 Triumph 504cc Trials Frame no. H45150 Engine no. H45150
The ex-works; Gordon Farley; Colin Dommett; ISDT; Gold Medal-winning, 1966 Triumph 504cc Trials Frame no. H45150 Engine no. H45150
The ex-works; Gordon Farley; Colin Dommett; ISDT; Gold Medal-winning, 1966 Triumph 504cc Trials Frame no. H45150 Engine no. H45150
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