The 250 Miles Chiltern Enduro 1960
Organised by the Racing 50 Motorcycle Club
Written by Vic Dedden
My introduction to 50cc racing was through and with the help of Dick Chalaye of A H Tooley, London who imported the Itom 50cc racers, the late Mr. Geoff Bedford and also the late Brian Woolley. My thanks go to Mr. John Tickell who supplied my 50cc DEMM racing machine.
A race that the motorcycle racing enthusiasts did not think was possible: for tiny 50cc engines to complete 250 miles of hard racing. 
Well I remember it as if it were yesterday because I was there 38 years ago and here is my story.

At this time I live at Bush Hill Park, Enfield. The morning was bright and sunny when I pulled away in my A40 Racing Equip van with a nearly new DEMM Dick Dick 50cc racer fixed in the back. We started out for the 90 mile drive to Snetterton: stopped for breakfast at the Red House cafe on the A11, meeting many more enthusiasts all with their bikes, going to the same place for a good day out.
On arriving at Snetterton, about 10am, the weather was quite warm and it was like going into a hornet's nest with all the 50cc engines buzzing around. Then came the start of the practice laps. Mick Woollett my co-rider and I, if you can remember he was a journalist for the Motor Cycle News, went through our practice with no trouble at all, except maybe it was not the height of comfort. We made some adjustments to the seating arrangements here and there to make things a bit better.

Then the time came for the "Big Off", there were 43 starters on the starting grid; everything was quiet waiting for the flag to drop to send us all into an unknown experience of 250 miles of these small engines being flat out for 5 hours.
The drop of the flag was at 12 noon and we all started by foul means or fair. I was thrilled to be one of the first away. I had never told many of my friends that I was using Molyslip mixed with my fuel but it paid off. Not once did Mick or I feel the engine tighten up and we both rode very hard, keeping it flat out where possible.
We knew from pit signals that there was a challenge for the lead. Ian Johnson & A.D. Bone took the lead from Bill Ivy after the 30th lap - Andrew Bone has the trophy in his cabinet which was given to them as leaders at the 45th lap. On the 59th lap Bill Ivy passed Andrew on the Norwich straight who dropped into his slip stream (which was a silly thing to do as Ian and Andrew had a 5 lap lead on Bill) and it was going to take Bill ages at 3 minutes a lap to pass them in the actual race. 

Anyway the engine seized as Andrew approached the hairpin - locking the back wheel. Andrew managed to start the engine, but it was terribly down on power and he limped slowly back to the pits, expecting to retire. Andrew told Ian Johnson (his co-rider) of the problem and he seized the bike from him, started it and rode away. He did several slow laps and gradually the engine got faster and faster: they finished the race in 4th position. That then put little Bill Ivy and Thomas in the lead and they did not relinquish it, but they were found to be guilty of an offence in the paddock and were disqualified. 

This meant that Mick Woollett and I were declared the winners and I. Johnson and A. D. Bone were elevated to 3rd. 45th Lap Trophy

We completed 90 laps in 5hrs 14 min. at an average speed of 47.7 mph.

That was the start of all the 50cc Enduro's that ran into the late 1960's
Written by Vic Dedden with the help of Andrew (Des) Bone and Jeep 
The Demm Dick Dick in Road Form
Vi Dedden on the 50cc Demm Dick Dick Racer
Vic Dedden - The Way He Loved To Be
The 45th Lap Trophy
Vic's letter to the Motor Cycle News 
published on the 25th April 1990
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