Drum­lan­rig Cas­tle

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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.

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