The annual Highland Classic Two Day Trial took place on the weekend of 13-14 June at the scenic Alvie Shooting Estate near Aviemore. Labelled the ‘Friendliest Classic in Scotland’ it lived up to its name with guest of honour former Greeves works rider Bill Wilkinson keeping all the riders and spectators entertained at the pre-event briefing talk.
Estate owner and Laird Jamie Williamson once again welcomed everyone to his land as he is an enthusiastic benefactor of trials at Alvie. Also on hand was local man Raymond Sangster, who was responsible for gaining permission for holding events on Alvie thirty-five years ago. Everyone enjoyed the short speeches before tackling the eighteen sections over two laps each day.
European riders from Germany, Kurt-Patrik Beckmann (Panda TC200), France’s Olivier Barjon (250 Honda) and Jean Caillou on the ex-Eddy Lejeune RTL360 Honda were in attendance, with previous guests of honour Yrjo Vesterinen (Bultaco) and Dave Thorpe (Triumph) locked in battle on the first day — Thorpey losing only one mark on day one.
Furthest UK travelled was Martin Gilbert from Devon, who has ridden the popular event many times. Riders were given a Jura Malt Whisky miniature and special folding metal goblet by the whisky distillers, and support from Classic Trial Magazine now in its fourth year.
The event was again over-subscribed such is its popularity, as it is a wonderful area to be allowed to ride a trial. Top honours were taken by Alan ‘Chips’ Crayk (Montesa 310 – Post 1977 Twin-shock); Robbie Weir (Yamaha 175 – Pre-1977 Twinshock); John Maxfield (Triumph – Red route Pre-65); Alan Gordon (James 250 – Best Two-Stroke); Allister Stewart (Triumph 200 – Best Unit); Liston Bell (Triumph 500 – Best Pre-Unit); Leo Salvadori (Fantic 300 – Blue route Twin-shock).
Some very competent riders now ride this event but the club is committed to keeping this very much a friendly clubman-based event for the enjoyment of all who enter.