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R.a.D Issue 58 Preston Comp Page 5

I have no idea why the coverage of this ESA competition at Preston was slotted in to two pages of “Ears”. Perhaps we didn’t have enough space anywhere else for it? R.a.D Issue 58 Page 5

The Preston ramp was another ramp in a roller-rink from the same people as the legendary Warrington. Paul Duffy’s picture shows Mark Van Der Eng. The A Group result is described as “surprising” but I can’t quite see why. Davie Phillips came first with Pete Dosset second and Mark Van De Eng third. Dosset was very much a new boy at the time, so perhaps that was it?

Lija gets a first mention as a “new face”. Barry Abrook partied so hard he could not skate the next day. Gary Clegg got into a fight. Things went very wrong for Phil Burgoyne, much to everyone’s surprise as he was fresh from winning the Slam City competition at Latimer Road.

“I skated like a Wally. I couldn’t get it together on frontside grinds. I fell off five in a row, all fourth trick. So I was beaten by Ashley Day. A bit of a come down from Slam City.

Another sign of the times: terrible black and white reproduction. Colour was very tightly rationed in those days: only available on certain pages, and the budget wouldn’t allow us to use all of it even then. So sorting out the pagination was always a delicate art. To make matters worse, the black and white reproduction tended to be done on the cheap as well, so the results were awful. As is the case here.

5 responses to “R.a.D Issue 58 Preston Comp Page 5”

  1. Hi to everyone Gary Clegg here, does anyone know how i can get my hands on a copy of this issue or the warrington comp the week before.

    Thanks Cleggy!

  2. i guess bigging up our ash didnt come out as i intended
    was this the ramp one mark beany heinz inflicted such damage as to be left in hospital for a few days ???

  3. Message for Mr Tim Leighton Boyce,

    Hi Tim I,m sure you remember me (Gary Clegg) first i would like to say what a great job you,re doing for British skateboarding and skating in genral it,s great to see!! Tim i,m looking for some prints of myself i know you,ve taken thousands of photo’s over the years but can you get back to me and let me know the likely hood of me obtaining any.


    Gary Clegg.

  4. Hi Gary,

    Yes, I remember you. In fact your name came up a couple of weeks ago when I was out for a walk with Simon Evans and we passed by the Crouch End ramp.

    Getting at the orginal pictures is a sore point at the moment, I’m afraid. The main reason for doing this site is because for the last years I’ve been having to give the same answer to people asking to see the old stuff: “It’s all piled up in boxes in my spare room, and I can’t get at it.” The idea of this site is to at least put the stuff I can get at (the set of original magazines) on line.

    At some point I’ll get to the pictures. I’ve excavated some for the proposed exhibition. But it will be years, rather than weeks. Sorry!

  5. Hi Tim,

    Thanks for you quick response, I’m sure it will be worth waiting for and I’m sure I’m not far off the mark when I say it’ll worth the wait. Can you point me in the right direction in as far as obtaining some issues of RAD from this era (just for scanning purposes would be fine).

    P.S Had some great sessions at Crouchend good memories.



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