Lion Rally

In 1970 I and my girlfriend of 2 months travelled to Berlin via the Russian corridor and then on through the wall into East Germany. Riding my Vincent Shadow. We were pulled for speeding but got away with it, being stupid Englander!

We arrived at Zolder on the way back, meeting friends from the previous year. Of course letting bikers out on the track was fatal. We went out two up on the Vincent, burning off every BMW riding German as was the norm at the time. This lasted a couple of laps till we ran out of brakes.

Later that night sitting on a grass bank I asked Sheila to marry me: we are still together and both riding several times a week all year.

Also did the Shamrock and many other rallies in these years. Good days without all the hassle of today.

- Eddy Whittingham