|BMX WEEKLY started as a 12 page Newspaper on Friday August 14 1981. It followed on immediately after BMX NEWS.
BMX News issue 15, july 31st, 1981: BAD NEWS: BMX News shuts down. GOOD NEWS: moves for a new weekly.
|Mark Noble, Ride BMX UK #8, december 1993: Arguably the second BMX publication in Britain, this was [as the name suggest] a weekly BMX newspaper. It was tabloid size and covered the events and tested the grim bikes of the day [during very early 80's] in a newspaper style - imagine it today, 12 years on, a weekly BMX paper. Strewth.|
|The Albion #6, 2012: Whilst Bill Lawless vision might not have stretched far enough into the future to see BMX News really take off, Martin Higginson certainly had enough scope to predict that BMX would blossom into a pro&Mac222;table business venture in the near future. Higginson had persuaded Lawless to set up BMX News but after 15 issues Lawless was called into the of&Mac222;ce at Morecambe press and was told the mags making no money and youre out of a job. Higginson went home with his cap in hand and asked his Dad if he could borrow some cash. His Dad obliged and BMX Weekly was born, with brother Nigel as the photographer and a caravan on the driveway to serve as a makeshift of&Mac222;ce. Only one year later the weekly newspaper had gone biweekly, with a glossy full colour cover and a &Mac222;rst issue print run of 10k. Circulation for the fortnightly was soon however in excess of 100k and as the BMX boom continued to grow it wasnt long before they launched Freestyle BMX and the circulation of that quickly reached 50k. Times were good for the Higginsons and Crawley based media empire IPC were looking for mags to buy. The Higginsons sold up and in turn made a tidy six &Mac222;gure sum. Ironically IPC couldnt get to grips with the new title and in a deal that was done between Martin and IPC he ended up with the titles again, only this time with a harder task - to counter the decline in BMX that was a couple of years away. BMX was about to go underground. Higginson, however had other plans and after he sold his titles to Peter Noble (father of Invert and Ride brothers, Mark and Chris Noble) so he could set his sons up with jobs in the sport that they loved, martin quickly moved on, setting himself up by starting and selling some other publications and going on to make a real name for himself in the far larger pond of real life, making millions in the mobile phone and entertainment industries.|
|BMX Weekly volume 1 issue 1 - august 14, 1981
No.1 covers Bradford, Chorley, Redditch on Royal Wedding Day.
|volume 1 issue 2 - august 21, 1981 (scanned by kdw712 0510 - download)
IPSWICH: Riders battle for double point victory.
PARTINGTON: Words and pics from the Northern Regional.
GENERAL: What's on, Kid Keen and lot of news.
|volume 1 issue 3 - august 28, 1981
No.3 covers Ipswich National, Whithaugh Park & Chorley
|volume 1 issue 4 - september 4, 1981
No.4 covers Earls Court, Belgian Blitz, Poole and Albury
|BMX Weekly volume 1 issue 5
No.5 covers Earls Court Special, Chorley and Humberside Heroes
|BMX Weekly volume 1 issue 6
No.6 covers Cleethorpes, Redditch, Albury, & Bradford
|BMX Weekly volume 1 issue 7
No.7 covers Chorley National Buckmore Regional & National
|BMX Weekly volume 1 issue 8
No.8 covers Albury Bradford and Partington
|BMX Weekly volume 1 issue 9
No.9 covers Grasby Hindley and Albury
|BMX Weekly volume 1 issue 10
No.10 covers Peterborough
|BMX Weekly volume 1 issue 11
|BMX Weekly volume 1 issue 12
No.12 covers Redditch, Albury, Southport, Hattersley. A Ruffell profile
|BMX Weekly volume 1 issue 13
No.13 covers Chorley, Southampton, Cleethorpes Footballers will love the picture of Andy Gray on a BMX with HAIR!!!!
|BMX Weekly volume 1 issue 14
No.14 covers Outwell, Chorley, Falkirk & Poole Panthers
|BMX Weekly volume 1 issue 15
No.15 covers Pontiac Silverdrome, Bradford & Bingley Hall
|volume 1 issue 16 (scanned by kdw712 0510 - download)
Race reports from Albury, Chorley, Redditch and Grasby
BMX pants shoot out
General UK BMX, Whats on, Rad Gallery, Kid Keen.
|volume 2 issue 47 from 1982
Big Spread on the new ET model Kuwahara.
Loads of shop adverts.
Wembley, Wigan, Romford & Guisborough.
Interview with Ruffle, Malony and Middleton about their new Pro Class Mongooses.
Higgys tips, letters, rad gallery and so on...
|volume 2 issue 49 (scanned - download)
Closer look at the new Harry Leary Turbo.
Shop sponsorship: what is it ? and how can it benefit you ?
Races: Huffy Grand Nationals, USA.
|volume 3 issue 1 - january 7th, 1983|
First issue in magazine format with glossy cover at the beginning of 1983. Andy Ruffel at ROM on the cover. Editorial. 1983 lookin' big for freestyle, Romford racing, Sidehax, CW ZX test.
Andy Ruffel, www.facebook.com, september 2010: My favorite cover of all time - classic Rom Skatepark! 1982.
|volume 3 issue 2 - 1983|
Tinker Juarez on the cover.
Pickett's lock racing, Sidehax, Bar comp, Fab Four...Jarvis, peat, Ruffell & Matthews. Great ET Ku ad.
INCLUDES EDS NOTE,FEATURE ON SAM JARVIS,MARK PEAT,NIKKI MATTHEWS AND ANDY RUFFELL,RACING FROM BOURNEMOUTH,NEW PRODUCTS,KID KEEN,DEAR ED,BAR WARS,RACING FROM THE LEE COOPER INDOOR GRAND PRIX,HOW TO WHEELSTAND,CLUB CORNER,RACING FROM POOLE,SIDEHAX CORNER,RACING FROM ROMFORD,CYCLO TRIALS,RACING FROM NOTTINGHAM AND OFFICIAL CLUBS AND TRACKS.
|volume 3 issue 3 - 1983 (scanned by Moley 0801 - download)|
Diamond Back's Harry Leary on the cover.
Editorial: UK BMX reshuffle.
Rad' gallery: More colour action.
Racing: Mean stuff from Herlingshaw.
Dear Ed: Your letters.
Product analysis: Tyre guard.
Test: Mongoose Pro'.
Freestyle: How to kerb endo.
|volume 3 issue 4 - 1983 (scanned by Moley 0801 - download)|
Nikki Matthews on the cover.
Editorial: Halfords extravaganza?
Racing: Two day outwell action.
Dear Ed: More of your views.
Ruff's spot: Andy Ruffell writes.
Stateside: World championship action.
Test: Kuwahara ET.
|volume 3 issue 5 - 1983 (scanned by Moley 0801 - download)|
Racing: Sizzlin' action from Sheffield.
Ruff's spot: Ruffel writes more!
Launch: The new Raleigh range.
Test: Huffy Pro Lightning.
How to: Fit a Suntour headlock.
Freestyle: How to kick turn.
Mikes bikes: Hot racing tips.
Products: What's new on the BMX scene.
Dictionnary: Rad BMX vocab.
Great Kuwuhara ET full page ad in colour.
INCLUDES EDS NOTE,RACING FROM SHEFFIELD,KID KEEN,CYCLO TRIALS,RUFFS SPOT,THE RALEIGH 500 CLUB,RACING FROM POOLE,TESTING THE HUFFY PRO LIGHTNING,HOW TO FIT THE SUNTOUR HEADLOCK,HOW TO KICK TURN,MIKES BIKES,RACING FROM HERLINGSHAW, LEWISHAM,THREE SISTERS,ADUR ACES,SOUTHAMPTON AND MORECOMBE,SIDEHAX CORNER,NEW PRODUCTS,RADICAL DICTIONARY AND OFFICIAL CLUBS AND TRACKS.COVER SHOT RADICAL ROBINSON ACTION.
volume 3 issue 6 - 1983|
Cruiser comparison, JAG BMX test, Ashton National.
volume 3 issue 7 - 1983|
Bob Haro at NEC on the cover.
Bob Haro Talks about ET, Bob Haro Interview, Halfords extravaganza NEC, Prolite test.
|Bmx weekly became BMX bi-weekly.|