MX Beat was a popular BMX Freestyle TV show broadcast on the UK's main commercial channel, ITV between 1983 1987 on Saturday mornings. Hosted by Andy Ruffell and various co-hosts including Gaz Top (Gareth Jones), Alistair Pirrie and Ron Stebbene. Featuring UK Stars Neil Ruffell RIP, Craig Campbell, Carlo Griggs, Lee Reynolds and many more. It was one of the most popular shows on UK TV. Filmed in Carlisle at Border TVs Car Park (mostly), The 3-in-1 BMX Beat TV Championship was the first sponsored BMX Beat series and was the 2nd highest rated in terms of viewers behind The Tizer Sponsored World BMX Beat a year later featuring the amazing Mat Hoffman.
This was the most controversial World Pro BMX Champs ever because 98% of the UK Pro's boycotted the whole championship! Why? Well at the time the UK Pro's were represented by the PBA (Professional BMX Association). They felt that misconduct by Gary Llewellyn breached all kinds of ethical and professional standards during the 1986 season that lead up to this World BMX Championship in 1986 - even now this is a controversial subject, we will leave it to the UK Pro's involved to comment on whether it was a good idea - but here's what happened anyway.
The ScreenSport Professional BMX Championship took place in 1985 and featured the UK's top pro riders like Andy Ruffell, Tim March, Geth Shooter, Tony Slater, Jamie Vince, Mark 'Sid' Salsbury, Mark White and Alan Woods. Two USA riders also joined the series World Champion Anthony Sewell RIP and Nelson Channady NBA Champ. It was broadcast all over Europe and took UK Pro racing to a new level.
BMX The Video was released by Thorn EMI in 1983 and starred Andy Ruffell. The video sold over 1m copies around the world and was filmed in Johannesburg South Africa. The video was shot on 35mm and features some great old school racing and freestyle footage and some great music. When Andy Ruffell toured South Africa to promote the video launch, over 100,000 people turned out over 25 shows in Joburg, Durban, and Cape Town.
Kelloggs BMX Track Wars was a hugely popular TV show that ran for two seasons in 1984 & 1985. The Freestyle competition featured the best in the world including; Eddie Fiola, Neil Ruffell, Mike Dominguez, Brian Blyther & Craig Campbell.