We were saddened to hear in March this year of the death of John Brittain. Johnny Brittain is celebrated as one of the finest trials riders of his generation. His achievements were in both observed trials, most notably the Scottish Six Days Trial, and timed trials, particularly the International Six Days Trial. Johnny competed in the International Six Days Trials for 15 consecutive years, gaining a total of 13 Gold Medals. He was a key member of 1953 team, the last British team to win the prestigious event.
After early successes riding a James, Johnny was enlisted in 1949 as a works rider for Royal Enfield, the marque on which over the following 20 years he achieved all his major successes. In 1950, aged only 18, riding his 350 Bullet Johnny won his first Gold Medals in both the ISDT and the SSDT.
During his riding career Johnny Brittain won more than 50 trade-sponsored championship events, with repeated success in the arduous Scott Trial and the British Experts Trial. In 1956 he won the ACU star. A year later, Johnny won the British Trials Championship on his 350 Bullet. That year he also won the SSDT, with a performance many considered to be the finest–ever in the ‘Scottish’, including those of the great Sammy Miller. He continued riding in trials until 1968. Johnny, a real gentleman, will be missed by all who had the privilege to meet him.
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