If I had had the chance to get meetings earlier, I would have seen the great names of British motocross, Jeff Smith, Dave Bickers, Chris Horsefield, Don & Derek Rickman and the Lampkins too name but a few. Sadly, when I did get see the racing I was only able to see the end of the great era of British racing, from this time until about 1979 UK riders had to settle for 3rd best.
The Swedish contingent of Ake Jonnson, Christer Hammergen & Ake Aberg took charge for a year or two chased by the East German Adolf Weil on a Maico and the Czechs on Cz's.
When the Belgians retired in the late 70's, their place was taken for a short while by the Russian KTM's, which were a off road version of the road bike.
Towards the end of the 70's the US Supercross riders became a force too, this variety of motocross racing is as far from the original concept of Scrambles started after WW2, as dvd's are from cd's.
Scrambling started in Europe after the war as a way of testing motorcycles in rough terrain, the term Scrambling relates to the scramble from one point to another-Point to Point racing using horsepower, rather than horses.
The idea was to pit man against nature and natural obstacles such as steep inclines and sharp bends and the sport to encompass most of Europe, unfortunately back in the early years few of the riders could afford to race out of their country because of the costs.
Supercross is a man made sandy environment, usually in huge arenas and as far as I have seen on TV, there is little racing involved other than who can jump the furthest and highest-as you see nothing like racing, more stunt riding.
It wasn't until Dave Thorpe and Graham Noyce (riding a machine designed by the Rickman brothers) started winning championships in the early 80's did British racing regain the world crown, even if only for a few year before the Belgian rider Harry Goebers-Sylvain's younger brother-took it back.