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)