John, 30, of Red Lion Street, won the national Old Ordinary Challenge Trophy at the Harvey Hadden Stadium, Nottinghamshire.
He said: “When you get a good machine, you can really make it go.”
* After this piece appeared in the Standard, John got in touch to thank us for running it.
“That took me back a bit,” he added. “Unfortunately, I don’t still own the machine, I sold it to finish our mortgage off. I think I would be a bit old to ride it now. I was lucky enough to win the championship another couple of times at the Herne Hill track in London.”