Being hosts to the Scottish Classic Racing Motorcycle Club’s Scottish Classic Grand National MX was an entirely new direction for Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estates, so to find their view on the event CDB caught up with Richard Clarke who is the Countryside Ranger for the estate. We asked Richard, who is also a keen mountain biker, for the official view of how the event went: “I’d say it was a success, certainly from the point of view of the castle and estate,” he said. “From what I’ve seen, this scramble looked to be well organised and well run with the bonus of attracting a lot of not only motorsports fans but the general public too, it’s given those visiting the castle something else to see and we look forward to next year.” Richard added the scramble was now part of the many events and attractions at Drumlanrig which also include the gardens, an adventure playground, the house itself, walking and mountain bike trails. Well worth a visit, for more information see www.drumlanrigcastle.co.uk.
was run, the last riders finished and cleaned up ready for the presentation of awards hosted and compered by Rob Kinsey. Rob had been on hand all weekend, keeping up a superb commentary for each race as he imparted snippets of information about each rider. With the presentation over, riders left to make their way home, either by a long drive or a shortish drive to a ferry for Cecil Pearson’s JAP team, and all the talk was about next year at Drumlanrig, see you there. )
Ian Berry is an East Anglian former trials rider who cites his best result as Best Novice in the Beggars Roost trial in 1976. He has a passion for scrambling and MX. A noted author on scrambling with a couple of books and loads of articles under his belt, Ian teaches English in Portugal.
…taking both the supporting races at the British GP the same year; his father wouldn’t let him race in the GP as he thought it was too dangerous… Ian Berry
Above: A bit of bunching in an early corner. Right: All the way up from Bolton, Michael Smith has the wire tight on his 490 Maico. Ian Robertson shouting: “Where’s your Can-am?” Safely in the shed, these lads were too fast for me! Below: …and the lad had to do the ‘dismount dance’ pretty sharpish – luckily he was back up in a second or three. Left: For some reason, Eoin Munro’s Beezer coughed on the apex of this tight turn…
Team JAP: (left- right) Cecil Pearson, Harry Stitt, James Thompson, Adrian Lappin and John Griffiths, with Graham Noyce. Peter Hollinshead was going really well on his 650 BSA until the ‘handlebar incident’ slowed him a bit… …the throttle side snapped off and the clutch side fractured. Thankfully Peter wasn’t landing from a jump.