Who was Len Eyre?

Len Eyre owned a motorbike shop in Buxton situated in Spring Gardens, below the viaduct. Len’s interest in two-wheeled transport extended to bicycles which he repaired in his shop. He was an excellent motorcyclist and rode in trials from the 1930’s, winning national and local awards. He also competed in hill climb and road races and rode speedway pre-war for Liverpool, Stoke Potters and Belle Vue.

Len was born in Tideswell in 1915 and died in 1999 ages 84. He had a cycle shop at 113 Spring Gardens from just after WW2 until retiring due to ill health in 1970. He sold new bicycles and did repairs on all makes. They also sold cycle clothing, spares and camping equipment. From the 1930’s he competed in (motorbike) trials, hill climbs and road racing and rode speedway for Liverpool, Stoke Potters and Belle Vue Clubs until the outbreak of WW2 when he was called up. After the war he took up trials riding again and won many local and national awards.

He sponsored Buxton Cycling Club for many years – hence the trophy – but I do not know when it was presented to the club. He sponsored Peter Oldham and did the wheels for Fallowfield race track for many years. His son, Norman rode from Buxton to Leamington Spa, aged 11, with a message between the two mayors and also competed in 25 mile Time Trials on the Ashbourne Road.

You will also find Len Eyre named events within the local motorbike trials community.