Upcoming Events

Jul
15
Fri
all-day Jurrassic Camping Weekend @ Woodyhyde Campsite
Jurrassic Camping Weekend @ Woodyhyde Campsite
Jul 15 – Jul 17 all-day
Woodyhyde Campsite Tel. 01929 480274
Jul
16
Sat
all-day Festival of 1000 bikes
Festival of 1000 bikes
Jul 16 – Jul 17 all-day
Free entry parade session for Rob North and Prody Triples Contact: Joe Johnson 01695 624373 Club contact: Dougy Beardsall membership@tr3oc.com
Jul
22
Fri
12:00 pm TR3OC Paul Fields Derbyshire Rally @ The Miners Standard Pub
TR3OC Paul Fields Derbyshire Rally @ The Miners Standard Pub
Jul 22 @ 12:00 pm – Jul 24 @ 12:00 pm
TR3OC Paul Fields Derbyshire Rally @ The Miners Standard Pub
Our 2nd TR3OC Paul Fields Peak District 2022 rally is from 22nd to 24th July 2022. This will be held at The Miners Standard. Bank Top. Winster, Derbyshire DE4 2DR This rally is in memory of[...]

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Racing Triples

This is perhaps what sets the TR3OC apart from other classic motorcycle clubs.  The racing heritage of these machines is legendary and is still celebrated today in style at the annual Beezumph rally.  There is also a large number of racing triples competing in the UK CRMC series and at many other classic race meetings across the globe.

Smart RNaThe most notable racing achievements start with Tom Mellor who set four world speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in September 2008 with a 1969 Triumph Trident T150.  Doug Hele continued to develop the engine, and in 1971 joined frame expert Rob North to produce the Formula 750 racing machines.  At the 1971 Daytona 200 the triples took the top three places; Dick Mann won on a BSA Rocket 3, followed by Gene Romero on a Triumph Trident and Don Emde third on another BSA Rocket 3.   John Cooper rode a BSA Rocket 3 to an upset victory over 500 cc world champion Giacomo Agostini in the 1971 Race of the Year at Mallory Park.  Cooper finished three-fifths of a second ahead of Agostini’s MV Agusta.

Perhaps the best-known bike is Slippery Sam, a production-class Trident prepared by Les Williams and his team.  Slippery Sam won consecutive production races at the Isle of Man TT for five years, 1971 through 1975.   Bert Hopwood recommended a production version of the racing triple, producing 84 bhp (63 kW) at 8,250 rpm, but his suggestion was not adopted.   Further racing development was done in Duarte, California under racing manager Dan Macias.

There is detailed information on particular bikes and their history, for example Son of Sam and the Paul Smart Highboy Rob North in the Archive section under Racing Machines