The Malcolm Uphill, Caerphilly

The Malcolm Uphill, 87-91 Cardiff Road

This JD Wetherspoon pub is named in after motorcyclist Malcolm Uphill, who secured his place in the record books by becoming the first contestant on a production bike to average 100mph in the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy races.

He was born in Trecenydd, Caerphilly, in 1935 and later lived at Heol Trecastle. He was educated at Twyn Secondary Modern School. He became an apprentice at the former Rhymney Railway locomotive works, by then owned by British Railways. Caerphilly Business Park, off Van Road, now occupies the works site.

He continued with BR as a fitter while improving his motorcycling skills. He won the Isle of Man TT in 1969 and 1970, in the class for riders of production motorcycles. In 1969 two his three laps of the circuit around the island, on a 650cc Triumph Bonneville, averaged just over 100mph (161km per hour). This was such a momentous event in the motor-racing world that Dunlop named one of its types of tyre the TT100 in celebration.

In his retirement he continued to restore motorbikes. He died of asbestosis in 1999. In 2012 a plaque in his memory was unveiled near Caerphilly rail station.

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Postcode: CF83 1FQ

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