The Bor­ders

Classic Trial - - SPORT -

A fort­night later the se­ries moved north. At least north to the idyl­lic Scot­tish bor­der coun­try close to the enor­mous Kielder for­est. There on a beau­ti­ful sum­mer morn­ing 85 en­trants from the length and breadth of the coun­try gath­ered to tackle a course set out by Carlisle’s Paul Nor­man. It had all that Paul had promised, and jus­ti­fied the faith in him that the se­ries or­gan­is­ers had long pon­dered over. He un­doubt­edly de­liv­ered. Two seven-mile laps over the fells taxed ev­ery­one. It was ex­cit­ing, chal­leng­ing and tir­ing! The sec­tions were nat­u­ral, var­ied and sen­si­ble, set in the heart of a vast raw coun­try­side that had not seen a trial for 24 long years. Paul Nor­man achieved an im­mense task. He had planned, im­ple­mented and achieved. It wasn’t per­fect but it was ex­tremely good and of all the tri­als this year, this is the one that will be long re­mem­bered. Former north-east­ern star Colin Ward’s ride for just two dabs on his 1988 air-cooled mono Yamaha was in­cred­i­ble. All who rode were well tired the next morn­ing!

A three-week break took us to Llan­gollen for the Aque­ducts Club’s penul­ti­mate round. Blessed with a choice of land, Russ Jones laid on an event that again saw smil­ing faces in all classes. Though beaten by lo­cal star Phil Houghton on a very early Gas Gas, Steve Bird on his mono Yamaha wrapped up the class win and re­tained his ti­tle. Ossa mounted Steve Bisby tied up the ‘His­toric Span­ish’ class win and the se­ries ti­tle, whilst on the hard route in the Pre-72 Brit­shocks — Pre-72 Bri­tish ma­chines — Ox­ford’s Rob Faulkner con­vinc­ingly re­tained his se­ries crown.

All types of ma­chines can be found in the events

En­jpy tri­als at the Kia Twin-Shock Cham­pi­onship

Chris Gas­coigne (Bul­taco)

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