Peter Stirland, Royal Enfield factory rider dies

Peter Thomas Stirland (22nd April 1935 – 2nd August 2019)

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of former James, Royal Enfield & Greeves factory trials rider, Peter Stirland of Hungerford.

Peter’s death has occurred in the same year as Johnny Brittain who also rode for the Reddich manufacturer when the UK dominated the trials market with machinery and factory riders.

Prior to Royal Enfield, Stirland rode for James in 1954 and then after the Enfield years, he switched back to two-stroke power, riding for Greeves in 1964 on their TFS machines.

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Peter Stirland on his factory Royal Enfield on Achintee/Ben Nevis in the 1958 Scottish Six Days Trial – Photo: Ray Biddle

Stirland was not only an accomplished trials rider, he also represented Great Britain in the International Six Days Trial on many occasions.

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Jeff Smith (Left) on his wedding day with best man, Peter Stirland (right) at St Mary’s Church in Prestbury, Gloucestershire on July 6th, 1957 – Photo Courtesy of Jeff Smith.

Stirland was the proprietor of Peter Stirland Ltd in Hungerford, Berkshire which was a main Ford car dealership which he founded in 1958 and has been a family owned business to the current day.

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Jeff Smith (left) with daughter Chris (centre) and Peter Stirland (right) in 2018. Peter was Jeff and Irene Smith’s best man. Photo courtesy of Chris Smith, Wisconsin, USA.

Trials Guru sends sincere condolences to the Stirland family at this difficult time. Peter’s memorial service was held at St. John’s Church, Stockcross, Newbury on Friday 23rd August, 2019.


3 thoughts on “Peter Stirland, Royal Enfield factory rider dies”

  1. Peter has been the best friend anyone could ever wish for,, you will be sadly missed by so many people, RIP

    1. John, i remember you from when you worked for Peter and the time a phesant took you off your Arrow. met with Peter a few years ago when i was on holiday from Australia, now sadly missed.

  2. It was a bit of nostalgia seeing Peter in Jeff smiths wedding photo.
    I was stationed in Camp Borden with them in 1957, and thanks to them I. Got my M/C license.

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