Classic Trial - - CON­TENTS - Words: John Mof­fat • Pic­tures: Rick Lound

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.

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