Roy Peplow ISDT ace dies

News has reached Trials Guru that Roy Peplow, former Triumph factory rider in trials, scrambles and the ISDT has died.

R.S. Peplow was a firm choice for many British Trophy teams for the annual International Six Days Trial, always Triumph mounted. His knowledge of the event was second to none and his machines bristled with  special modifications learned from practical experience in the grueling event.

SSDT 1961 Peplow

He won the 1959 Scottish Six Days Trial on his works-prepared 199cc Triumph Tiger Cub RUE 923 and was the first small capacity entrant to win the SSDT, which signaled the end of the ‘big bike’ dominance at the event.

Roy was instrumental in assisting Sammy Miller when he first went to Bultaco and accompanied Sammy for secret testing of the Spanish machine at Bulto’s ranch, ‘San Antonio’ when Miller was still contracted to Ariels.

Midlands based Peplow had a liking for Jaguar cars and was seen years after he stopped riding competitively at the SSDT in a fine example of the Brown’s Lane, Coventry built vehicles.

10 thoughts on “Roy Peplow ISDT ace dies”

    1. This sad event happened about last March, I went to his funeral as I had got friendly with him after obtaining his 1966 gold medal winning ISDT Triumph.

  1. Very sad news about Roy Peplow,a true gentleman andTriumph icon. FIrst met Roy at the Hurst cup in the early nineteen fifties when Sammy miller introduced us. Thank you for contribution to motorcycle sport. RIP. always admired you.

  2. Roy and I were kids together, he just a year older, and we all went to the swimming baths in Wednesbury on Saturday mornings… so many years ago but sad to see one of our number leave us. John Welsh

    1. Worked for Roy 1967-1993,when he closed his Wednesbury shop,did your job well and he really looked after you

  3. I bought my first road machine, a Lambretta scooter from Roy at his Carters Green shop in 1963. He delivered it on my 16th birthday and showed me how to ride it.

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