When the engines roared at Wharf Lane

There’s an interesting sale currently up on eBay – I’d go for it myself, but suspect the film that’s up for sale would probably be better going into the hands of enthusiasts of motorbike scrambling.

The 8mm cinefilm is described as a ‘Scrambling motocross motorbikes 1974 Brownhills etc.’ and is being sold by user ‘Digital_steptoe‘. At the time of posting this, it currently has no bids at a fiver.

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Click on the image to go to the sale on eBay

The seller has also uploaded an example of the footage to YouTube, from which it does indeed look like Wharf Lane, and the clothing does suggest the 1970s.

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Seems to be Wharf Lane.

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Anyone recognise these folk on a day out to watch the scrambling? Certainly looks 1970s to me.

This all used to take place in and around the old quarry off Wharf Lane in Brownhills. The sound of the bikes used to colour many a Brownhillian weekend, but all was ended by the construction of the M6 Toll, which destroyed the course.

Here’s the uploaded section of film:

People travelled from miles away to come to these races, and it was a very popular activity. Does anyone out there have memories of this, or can shed more light on the above video?

BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com, or comment here. Cheers.

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4 Responses to When the engines roared at Wharf Lane

  1. marc says:

    I have an old trophy from 1950 that reads, Walsall M.C.C. Hough trophy 1950.
    Would you know what this would represent?

    • Dave M says:

      The Hough trophy was first presented in May 1950 by Walter Hough. He was the first president of Walsall Motorcycle club. He also owned the motorcycle mart in Walsall. It was normally awarded for trials riding.

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