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