THE TRIDENT ROCKET Three Owners’ Club (TR3OC) is to field a five-man team campaigning three triple-engined machines at Race the Waves, Bridlington, on May 8-10.

The event, organised by Backfire Promotions, is a “Retro Theatre of Auto-motion” extravaganza that harks back to the motoring speed events on the Yorkshire Sands.

The event will feature 1950s hot-rodders, custom cars and motorcycles and the TR3OC will have a club stand. Now in its third year, Race the Waves will be held on the South Shore beach at Bridlington.


In addition to purveyors of steampunk, alternative lifestyle and Goth, and displays of classic motorcycles and scooters, Race the Waves includes a beach race run along the lines of a sprint.

TR3OC has entered three very different machines for the beach races. The machines, kindly loaned for the event by John Young, include a triple-powered race car driven by John Syme; John Young will pilot a triple-powered off-road outfit and Ian Strong will ride a triple-powered BSA flat track replica based on the Trackmaster BSA Rocket 3 tuned by Tom Cates and ridden to race success in the Sedalia 25 Mile National by Jim Rice.

It also featured in the legendary bike racing movie On Any Sunday and set a land speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats.


The five-man team also includes pit crew of TR3OC chairman Peter Nicholson and Martin Rawson, the TR3OC events secretary.

The beach at Bridlington will resonate with the howl of three-cylinder motorcycle engines on full chat, reminiscent of the halcyon days of the Triumph Trident and BSA Rocket 3 racers of the Transatlantic Trophy races in the early 1970s in the UK, and the iconic “Slippery Sam” Trident that won five Isle of Man races.

TR3OC is a club with an international membership, which is dedicated to promoting the use of BSA and Triumph push-rod engine triples and owns and restored the P1 prototype Trident.


The club supports riding events and runs the annual track-based rally, Beezumph.

Beezumph 29 will be at Snetterton, Norfolk on August 14/15 and is themed ‘Prototypes’. For membership enquiries, please contact the membership secretary at

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