Les Williams: Triumph Trident legend

TRIUMPH TRIPLE GENIUS Les Williams has died at the age of 87.

He was known throughout the world of British classic motorcycling for his involvement with Triumph’s racing triples, his work with the White Helmets display team and for setting up L P Williams, which has been helping keep Triumph twins and triples on the road since 1976.

Les was a member of the White Helmets display team in the mid-1950s, and then worked at Meriden, eventually joining the experimental department which was the name given to Triumph’s race shop in the 1960s and 70s.


In 1970 he became involved, along with Doug Hele and Rob North, with creating the Triumph Trident based ‘Slippery Sam’ production race machine.

Slippery Sam was so named when a mixture of Duckhams mineral and castor oil was used during the 1970 Bol d’Or and blocked a breather, covering the bike and rider Percy Tait with oil.

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