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Photo Courtesy Mr Martin...

The Mick Andrews Replica works James,

 With James Holland Frame.......

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We take a look at the phenomenon that was a new! Well replica, trials machine, which was the Mick Andrews Replica James.

That’s after Mick had showed the bike a couple of time at off-road shows, and I for one saw it at a show in Coventry put on by Wrighty… Well I think it was about 2005, anyway every man and their dog wanted one of these “MAR” James, (Actually the frame they all wanted to copy was a Francis Barnett Model 85 trials frame AMC had just rebadged the works bikes James, and given them a coat of maroon paint.) (Oh yes and replaced that terrible AMC engine back to a Villiers.)

 

Well what seemed over night, nearly every so named frame builder in the country were copying what James Holland had created for Mick who had used the old beaten up original frame of Mick’s and the replacement to make his Jig.

Some were even constructing jigs out of wood to catch this boat before it left port. By 2007 these James frames were everywhere, some were good quality and some really bad, and heavy as well.

Even Mick thought his JH frame was heavy, and drilled holes everywhere in it even to the extent of drilling holes in the steering head and then plastering the holes with little paper stickers.

Apart from the frame builders others were making fork conversion kits to fit into Norton Roadholder fork sliders using Beta or Marzzochi stanchions and damping… Even though Mick’s bike sporting a small Montesa front hub and replica REH Grimeca type conical rear hub, these were not fitted to the replicas as a certain trial beyond the Scottish border, said these were not allowed at that time or even now. So most were fitting BSA Bantam replica hubs made from aluminium…..

 

 

Nice set of Norton converted forks and Bantam  type alloy hub from Alan Whitton...

 

Most power units were the Villiers 37A type and Maccelle type barrels fitted.

Even the thriving Kart scene were getting short of Villiers engine parts as most were now getting ploughed into the MAR bikes…………….

By 2010 some of the replicas were that sophisticated that even modern mapping of ignition and carb was being tried behind the scene….

 

Then for some reason the James MAR Replicas started to slip out of favour, was it the poorly made frames of some that were dragging the good ones down? Or shortage of Villiers spares? Or just that the fad had come to an end and something New and different was now needed and could that have been the rise of the, new phenomenon that was the Drayton BSA Bantam…?

 

Here is Dave Paxtons bike 2009....

 

 

This has a frame constructed by Wasp......

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And Dave at full steam in the wild garlic of Weston Wood.......

 

Alan Wright Manx Classic 2007.......aboard his version...

 

 

The other side of the Wright James.......

 

 

Old Stoney Mountain Wrighty again moving, after a loooooooooonnnnnnggggg time inspecting the section...

 

 

 Then his foot slipped off the peg... Was it the evil stare?

 

 

This was 2007 and Wrighty still only had the frame in red-oxide paint.

 and note the kink  in the topframe-seat-tube bend...

Work in progress perhaps...

 

 

Here is "rock legend" Barry Micklethwaite riding his Francis Barnett version in the Sam Cooper trial.............

 

And another "Fanny Bee" version in he same trial.

 

 

The proper job hiding behind Mick's Transporter, at BuryCliffe Quarry

  June 2010...

 

 

Mick and his disciples.

Have they found that Van yet?

 

 

Alan Whitton's "Top-Of-The-Range" version. with the master aboard...

 

 

Why does Quality stand out?

 

 

Most Photos Lee Prescott ©

 

 

The two Mick's Andrews and Gallagher with the Gallagher version of the James ...

 And one of the first New batch  in the public eye...Mike's bike sported the James Holland-Mick Andrews designed frame.......And also the Mick Andrews porting to the barrel...

 

 

And Mike riding in the 2010 Classic Trials Show...

 

 

And this is the frame they were all trying to copy. The Francis Barnett Model 85 Trials.........

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So the big question is , have we seen the last of the

Mick Andrews Replica James ,

 

Or will they make a come back?

 

Or do we get more like this.

 

 

Steve Gollings aboard his James, with Drayton frame, and New Villiers engine, off the shelf, I am told....

 

As Always More Later.......

 

Mick riding in one of the first Classic Scottish trials...

 

Was this the old works bike ? I think so...........

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy "Hammertight"

2016 shot of Giles Hickson riding his Francis Barnett version in a Autumn BMCA trial,

This frame was made by Wasp, has were quite a few others at the time, including the Dave Paxton James above..

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The frames that Alan Whitton sold and rode, as did Mick Andrews

(the last James bike).......

Were and are, made by Paul Rogers-Ridgard   at Derby Road and Race....

 

 

Derby Road and Race MAR James frame.......

 

 

More Later....