16 thoughts on “Trials Rider – Rob Edwards

    • Sorry to hear that Len, he was a really nice guy.
      I don’t know if you are aware that Dave Pitt passed away early last year another nice guy taken from us far too early.
      Brian

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  1. Rob was another top sportsman to come out of Head Wrightson’s Machine Shop, Thornaby, others were Billy Day who played outside right with Brian Clough for Middlesbrough, Harry Armstrong who is in the Guinness Book of Records for not letting a goal in for Billingham Synthonia all season at home games & Alec Brown who was a Football League referee. I remember you now Brian, others you must of known were the drummers Dereck Carr & the late Graham Rex, Arthur Crosby, Gordon Randall, Bill Sharp & the late Brian (Ike) Howat, also the union convener the late Jackie Hunter, B.E.M.

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    • Yes Len I remember all of those except the Graham and Arthur you mentioned. Shocked when you said the late Ike Howat, a great character as were others no longer with us that I am aware of like John Calvert and Barry Roberts. I have read the Rob Edwards story you mentioned and was amazed at the guys misfortunes and what can only be described as his heroic battle, absolutely magnificent and a true reflection of his character.

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      • Graham Rex & Arthur Crosby were the same age as Rob, Graham was the drummer in The Worldwinds & was a real character, his father Vic was a gaffer in the drawing office, a few more of the characters that have gone to the engineering shop in the sky are Alan Rigg, Arthur Jackson, Malcolm (NIMMO) Robson, Kevin Nichols, Keith Lambton, Billy Wallace & Alan Huitson.

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  2. When I worked at Head Wrightson in the Machine Shop I skimmed the brake drums off Rob’s Mini pickup a few times during my lunch break then later worked with him in the Heat Exchange Shop. Apparently his pickup was faster than any other Mini around even with his motorbike in the back.
    Brian Parker

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    • Brian, I have just got back in touch with Rob after all these years and he is still the confident well focused gent after all his problems, I can remember one of the Parker boys who worked with us, he was always smiling but I forget if it was you or Howard.

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      • Len – I am the older good looking one. My mates at Heads were Dave Pitt, Tommy Proctor, Gordon Grant etc. Went from the Apprentice School into the Machine Shop then to the Heat Exchange Shop and finished in the Fitting Shop working with Tubby Turley a great guy but only after he had had his morning tea. Other contempories were Fred Athey, Graham Morgan, Brian Gray, Dave Randall. It’s amazing that after nearly 45 years I can still remember all of those names yet most times can’t remember what day of the week it is. I saw Dave Pitt only a couple of weeks ago unfortunately as is usually the case these days it was at a funeral.
        Best wishes to you Len.

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  3. Rob has already said the Rob Edwards Story is on the Trial Guru’s web-site. Rob served his time as a fitter at Head Wrightsons Fitting Shop, Thornaby.

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  4. I to visited his shop several times, they don’t exist like that now (Lived in), I must admit I favoured scrambling, Carlton Bank course was my favourite as you could move easily to different vantage points.

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    • Did you go to Woodhouse Farm, Great Ayton? John, it was a good course. Your dad Walter Laing taught a lot of the lads mentioned how to use a lathe when they had problems.

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  5. I remember Rob, he had a workshop in Thornaby Place, he knew my late father-in-law Jack Russell the Villiers Agent in Thornaby.

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    • Hi Ian
      Your late father-in-law Jack Russell was a fantastic person. I will putting something about him in my bits and bobs column on Trials guru in the next week or so.

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    • Ian Instone,
      In my youth I had many trials bikes, I was always visiting your late father in laws (Jack Russel) bike shop for spares and repairs etc. He was a really helpful and nice guy. I have also watched Rob Edwards trials riding many a time. He was really good and one of the best in his day.
      Dave Murray

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