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Classic Dirtbike - - Contents - Photo: Nick Ni­cholls Col­lec­tion at Mor­tons Ar­chive www.mor­ton­sarchive.com

Re­mem­ber TT Leathers’ Vys­tram suits? Oooh the world was colour­ful in the Seven­ties.

With the en­tries for both the full Scot­tish Six Days Trial and the Pre-65 two-day ver­sion now closed, the trip to the High­lands is up­per­most in many tri­als riders’ minds.

Hav­ing a glance through Nick Ni­cholls’ SSDT ar­chive brought to light this great shot of Peter Salt in the 1975 SSDT. Nick caught him in bril­liant sun­shine tack­ling Bradileig on day three. Peter was part of the Kawasaki team that year along with Don Smith and the pop­u­lar filler rider AN Other.

In fact there were two other riders on Kawasakis that year, K Kitch­ener and PM Evans – does any­one know if ei­ther of the two were drafted into the Ja­panese man­u­fac­turer’s team?

Like the ma­jor­ity of the trial en­tries Peter is re­splen­dent in a TT Leathers’ Ruf­fryda Vys­tram suit. Thanks to Len Th­waites, colour had come to at least the start of an off-road event and while re­sem­bling the old fash­ioned waxed cotton gear, the new stuff was eas­ily washed off at the end of a trial and was avail­able in a range of colours, al­low­ing not just team riders to colour co-or­di­nate them­selves, but us club riders too. Peter fin­ished the week on 280 marks and gained a first class award.

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