Barry Kefford

We have learned from Trials Guru reader, Geoff Bridgwater that trials sidecar designer and competitor, Barry Kefford from Sutton Coldfield, has passed away recently. Geoff was Barry’s passenger during the period between 1967 and 1972 when they were successful in sidecar trials. The pair also did sidecar racing and sprints. 

Kefford will be remembered by many as the brilliant designer of some of the earlier lightweight trials outfits known as BKS, which influenced many other competitors and won British Trials Sidecar titles. The earliest example was a BSA B40 powered outfit which used Reynolds 531 tubing and clever triangulated framework, later moving onto the BSA 440 victor and eventually a lightweight Kawasaki KT250. 

British Sidecar Trials Champions, Adrian Clarke & Mike Bailey on their Honda/BKS outfit. BKS stood for Barry Kefford Sidecars – Photo copyright: Mike Rapley

Barry Kefford was also a brilliant engineer who built scale model traction engines and a scale steam lorry and later went into building steam trains. 

BKS chair in action with the Clarke/Bailey pairing using a 349 Montesa

Barry Kefford’s funeral will be at Sutton Coldfield Crematorium Wednesday, 15th March 2023 at 3.15pm. 

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