High­land Clas­sic

62 It’s okay just hav­ing a trial with ade­cent­course­and agreat atmosphere, but­the in­ter­est goes up if there’sath­eme to it...

Classic Dirtbike - - Contents - Words and Pics: Alan Te lford Me­dia Ltd

With Rob Shep­herd be­ing guest of hon­our at In­ver­ness and DMCC’S High­land clas­sic trial it would have been rude not to go… so we went.

The idea of a themed event isn’t a new one, but it is a credit to the or­gan­is­ers and the In­ver­ness and DMC Ltd that they pull out all the stops and have such no­table guests at The High­land Clas­sic Two-day Trial.

This year’s Honda Edi­tion boasted guest of hon­our Rob Shep­herd (1977 Bri­tish tri­als cham­pion) as the lat­est in a line of guests who have made their mark in the feet-up world.

Rob wasn’t the only Honda star at the event in June ei­ther, as there were four other no­ta­bles in the Honda tri­als world – okay three of them were me­chan­i­cal and from the Honda col­lec­tion of French su­per en­thu­si­ast Jean Cail­lou – the re­main­ing Honda star was Nick Jef­feries.

Both Nick and Rob were down to ride but a knee in­jury kept Rob off the 250 Honda built for him by Nigel Land at TLR Trans­for­ma­tions. Luck­ily, there were a num­ber of Hon­das in the event and prov­ing his ma­chines are built to go, not show, Jean Cail­lou was rid­ing one of the works ma­chines he’d brought along.

Hot on the wheels of the Honda Edi­tion came news of the Mon­tesa Edi­tion for 2018, to cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­sary of the first pro­duc­tion Mon­tesa Cota…

Mean­while, en­joy our selec­tion of pho­tos from the 2017 trial. )

Nick Jef­feries (left) and guest Rob Shep­herd were both Honda team rid­ers in the Sev­en­ties. Javier Cruz is one of the over­seas rid­ers who en­joy the trip to the High­lands, this time he is Honda- mounted. Leo Sal­vadori ac­cepted his dad Paul’s of­fer to ride his Ariel. If the event is Edi­tion Honda, the guest of hon­our is a for­mer Honda works rider, then a works Honda ought to be rid­den... Jean Cail­lou has a such a Honda... or three. Jock Stu­art was rid­ing well on his Yam­scot Yamaha. Rid­ers gather the off on for day two. Fresh from his suc­cess in the Pre- 65 Scot­tish, Gary Mac­don­ald can now add the High­land Clas­sic Two- Day to his ‘won’ list. Prize time: Rob Shep­herd con­grat­u­lates Gary Mac­don­ald on his win.

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