Ian Bell

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Ian on 500 BSA ahead of Tommy Reynolds at farm Carstairs 1960

1959 500 Gold Star Grinton and Dobie Trophies

Six Scottish Scrambles Champion, he up enduro riding in his sixties and in his 74th year still enjoys every minute of it! Moffat brings you the story of a remarkable character and highly motorcyclist who-s picking up 50 years after his first

The following is reprinted by permission of Moffat who wrote the article for Review by Deryk Wylde. may be obtained from Deryk on 787 0350.

Ian Bell passed while competing at the Melville MC 2 day Enduroin 2005. A fly past by the Red just before a minutes on the Sunday proved a fitting to his skill and the affection and high in which he was held by his fellows.

is a growing problem in British and commerce, as employers seek people to run departments and even companies. Well, thankfully it apply in motor cycle Ian Bell, one of the sprightliest septenagarians you ever meet, is living that you-re never too old to a Sunday-s racing!

James Ian was born in the Baberton area of on 27th February 1927 and was up in the suburb of Corstorphine. He served his as an Marine Engineer with Brothers whose works in Pilrig Street close to docks.

Trials first.

Ian an early passion for motorbikes and his Father never competed, he a road machine for a while encouraging Bell junior. first bike was a 1932 BSA Blue Star in 1945 having collected it from the pushed it home a distance of 5 miles! The Beesa was followed by a Model 18 Norton, then a New

Trials were Ian-s competition foray, kindled by at an event staged in the Pentland south of Edinburgh.

He obtained a Levis and joined the Midlothian Cycle Club. Machines adaptable then, it was quite for switching between the sedate art of to the cut and thrust of scrambling.

In 1948 a new 347cc AJS competition model was from Rossleigh-s W.J. Smith (who later a Director of Associated Motor in Plumstead). Bill assured Ian the AJS arrive in good time for his Six Days debut.

In fact, took delivery of the black and Ajay just two days the start of the world-s hardest

The AJS gave excellent service and was for all manner of events as was the practice in days, be it scrambles, grass hill climbs or trials. years later, whilst a jampot model AJS, the fractured below the headstock, Smith refuted Ian-s with the comment that: . AJS don-t break.


Having trained on marine motorbikes were a doddle, so Ian to work for local dealers, Brothers as a mechanic. After a Bell set up a dealership, selling Enfield-s as sub agents of the mighty J. R. main dealership. His partner was the Alec Ackie Small, a motorcyclist who was a clever handed who worked in the Civil Service.

was quite a good scrambler in his own his greatest talent was building bikes such as Tribsa-s and he a lot of time converting rigid bikes to springers for our customers. His is Viv Lumsden, now a well known with Scottish Television. Not a business colleague, Ackie was a dear friend says

Enfield connection.

Bell as the firm was called, were in premises at 2 Broughton Place, and the business grew by selling road machines and of course bikes due to Ian-s sporting The Royal Enfield connection more and more important Ian racing 350 and 500cc Bullets in trim. He took Scottish honours first in 1953, both 350cc and unlimited in the same year on Reddich

He went on to win 350 honours again in and 1957, taking the 500 title and 1957.

What-s not commonly is that when Ian eventually his business, it gave his then a unique business opportunity. mechanic was none other Ernie Page, one of Scotland-s off road riders.

Foreign of fire.

Bell was one of a very few Scotland who ventured overseas to with annual visits to where motocross was probably popular than soccer. Ian when racing in France, he destroyed his 350 Enfield during an practice session. On full cry the jammed wide open to a big jump, he casually baled out and the flew out of sight behind gorse bushes, catching on impact.

The local fire was summoned to extinguish the blaze, a grateful Ian plus what of the Enfield a lift back to the pub in the of La Baule. Duty done, the team plus Fire and Chief of Police proceeded to the night away!

On his trip home to Scotland, Ian in at Enfields and politely enquired if he borrow a bike to contest the championship round at Castle the following weekend. Charlie arranged for Geoff Broadbent-s bike to be despatched north.

wasn-t too chuffed at his bike lent out and contacted me, informing I could ride it but don-t lay a spanner on it! recalls Ian.

A in the factory.

I formed a close with Charlie Rodgers at the he was a really nice chap and I down at least once a to obtain racing spares the comp-shop. Many of the parts taken off factory prepared and trials bikes. I remember a pair of Electron motors in a corner during a visit, had reputedly been raced by the I always wondered what to those smiles Ian.

in a batch of second hand we collected, there were a of rear dampers which not compress. I assumed that had seized, but once stripped we found a piece of tubing to prevent movement. The only explanation was that these used to make a trials into a rigid.

When I rode Enfields, they very competitive, I enjoyed them very much, the was that they didn-t get any throughout the years .

Ian finally if he couldn-t beat them them, switching to a brace of BSA Stars, standard issue machines of the period.

The Mud Maestro.

Ian was known for being a top performer the conditions were very he had the knack of finding traction others wallowed. This the reason why so many of Ian-s show him in mid air high above a rutted backdrop. He also was for wearing pure white shirts and his friends could understand how he kept so clean a muddy meeting.

The answer was quite simple and two he was invariably out in front and took two with him!

Ian reckons his hour, apart from his victories, was winning the 350 class on his tuned Enfield at the Lancs National on Holcombe Moor Bury in 1953.

I purposefully back at the start as it was always a wet and many riders got bogged early on, I picked my way past the fortunate caught in the energy moorland recounts Ian.

man to beat.

The newspaper reports on the morning following a scramble read that the Midlothian Ace as he was to, had cleaned up again and again. The legend grew and was sustained a period of nearly ten years. He was the man all set out to beat in Scotland in those years of four stoke

If you get the chance, just chat any old worthy who was there at the time, assured you will find the name Ian Bell will up somewhere in the conversation.

Ian has great for his racing rivals. There was a entry, with perhaps a or so who could win, given a start. Memories of my duels George Hodge, Alan Bill Innes and the like are to look back on.

My most adversary is John Davies, he was so on a bike, I could beat him in a but I confess that I could match his style remarks

Family Man.

The Bells in 1954, Margie and Ian have two Mike and Gary and two grandsons, and Liston, Mike-s two sons. Bell is Assistant Clerk of of the Scottish Six Days and races a Tribsa, he followed Dad-s tracks by taking up trials in Ian decided that it would be fun to as well and took up trials

In 1987 at the age of 60, Ian turned his attention to which were becoming in Scotland.

Margie doesn-t sit at with the knitting and ironing, she has happy to be involved and still the tea for Ian at the end of a long Welsh, Stang or

Margie has been a tower of to the family and I remarks softly Ian.

On any Sunday.

I think you get good value enduro because you spend more in the saddle than riding or trials, you can be on the bike for anything up to hours, time flies you-re enjoying yourself Ian.

His performance in the trail class of the 1998 Welsh Two Day it all, at 71 years of age his win is no mean Ian is in the winnings half a century his first victory on a competition But perhaps the most fitting Ian has won was at the 1998 Stang Enduro, the Hill Trophy — for the having most fun at the event!

One that you discover during a with Ian is that he is a shy individual who to hide his achievements, never of bragging but super keen on motorbikes. He obviously enjoyed his winning, but he is also a died in the motorcyclist, happy being to compete now just as he did all those ago. Bikes are very in the blood of Ian Bell!

His close comrades reckon as enthusiastic about them as before.

While most year olds are content others having fun, he nothing better than that mud flying skyward on a afternoon. Regularly disgracing riders one quarter of his age, who had enough after lap two, Ian with a broad grin at the maybe tired, but a happy

I can-t understand why if the bike is going well, riders out of an event, it-s a waste of money and time smiles the Scot whose been to collect his pension money and write a cheque for an entry

Ian Bell has earned the respect of and riders over a mighty period of time which is fitting indeed.

And just that well known slogan for a popular Scotch he-s still going

Ian on 500 Royal Enfield Bullet winning the first of many Championships

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