With little to write about in terms of current Scottish racing we’re staying on the Retro Trail; going back a little before even my time – to the 60’s and Mr. Tony Mills who’s still involved in the sport, helping Dave Rayner Fund riders find their feet in La Belle France.
Tell us about your amateur career please, Tony.
“I started racing at 16 as there were no schoolboy events in those days, probably my best result was seventh in the British Junior Championship at Goodwood.
“I had thought I would do better but due to the Seventh day Adventists complaining there was no lap bell for final lap so results were just given to the riders as they crossed the finish line.
“I was fourth in the London Centre junior champs in ‘57 won by a certain Alf Engers.
“I turned Senior in ‘58 and started winning the longer senior races such as the Orpington Carnival which was an Olympic selection race, the Esoteric race and the Fred Cowley.
“I had about eight or 10 wins, I think.
“I then joined the Army on my national service in September 1958.
“The following year I won the army Cyclo-cross Championships.
“In 1960 I was still in the army but took out an independent licence for Fred Dean Cycles.”