Biker Malcolm Uphill’s memorial, Caerphilly

Biker Malcolm Uphill’s memorial, Caerphilly

This bronze plaque was unveiled in 2013 to honour 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.

Malcolmheol  was born in Trecenydd, Caerphilly, in 1935 and later lived at Heol Trecastell and in Machen. 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 (BR). 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 of his three laps of the circuit around the island, on a 650cc Triumph Bonneville, averaged just over 100 miles per hour (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, Malcolm continued to restore motorbikes. He died of asbestosis in 1999.

The nearby JD Wetherspoon pub is named The Malcolm Uhill in his memory.

Postcode: CF83 1HD    View Location Map

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