Classic Trial - - TRI­ALS GURU: JOHN MOF­FAT -

An­drews was when I was at My first true rec­ol­lec­tion of Mick the pro­to­type Ossa in 1970 that school and he had just re­ceived ‘Mick An­drews Replica’ by would even­tu­ally evolve into the of the sport as well as a rider, 1972. Be­ing a life-long en­thu­si­ast that many in­clud­ing my­self as a young boy it was Mick An­drews tal­ented com­peti­tor, as­pired to be like. He was an ex­cep­tion­ally Like many of his de­vel­op­ment rider and brand am­bas­sador. which was em­ployed when con­tem­po­raries he had a ‘race face’ mo­tor­cy­cles. How­ever he he was do­ing his job rid­ing com­pe­ti­tion for those who col­lected such al­ways had time to sign au­to­graphs words to lesser rid­ers in a me­mora­bilia, and gave en­cour­ag­ing queue wait­ing to ride a sec­tion. the per­son when I started I re­ally got to know Mick An­drews as he was a guest of the So­to­bike rid­ing in Spain some years ago In­ter­na­tional Clas­sic Trial near Mo­tor-club at their Ro­bre­gordo re­alised that the Span­ish Madrid. I watched him closely and a ‘tri­als mes­siah’. I am for­tu­nate sim­ply wor­shipped the man like in­stru­men­tal in invit­ing to have been in the po­si­tion of be­ing Jill, to the In­ver­ness & District Mick, and his wife of many years in June. Mick had ex­pressed a Highland Clas­sic Two-Day event to ride this event for some de­sire to me that he has been want­ing of­fers of rid­ing mo­tocross years now and, af­ter po­litely de­clin­ing for­tu­nate in se­cur­ing his on the con­ti­nent, the club were Edition’ of the event. at­ten­dance this year for the ‘Yam­scot of the club com­mit­tee, the Go­ing by the com­ments and feed­back felt that Mick had been a true, rid­ers and also ob­servers, ev­ery­one and icon. He undertook his 100 per cent sport­ing am­bas­sador years or more in a most friendly ‘du­ties’ as he has done for forty com­pany – still with his se­ri­ous man­ner. The rid­ers en­joyed Mick’s but with more of a ‘grin fac­tor’ ‘race face’ when rid­ing the sec­tions another clean ride, which was as he ex­ited the ends cards with gave M.J. An­drews the ‘best en­hanced by the fi­nal re­sults which ma­chine’ to take home along per­for­mance by a rider of a Yamaha from the club. with a bot­tle of the hard stuff ran like clock­work and there were The trial was a great suc­cess, it trial hos­pi­tal­ity on the Sun­day many smil­ing faces at the post- that made it just that bit af­ter­noon. But it was Mick An­drews to it. Af­ter all, when he had spe­cial; he added the ‘mag­i­cal’ touch he was won five Scot­tish Six Days Tri­als not only called ‘Mag­i­cal Mick’ he was also dubbed the ‘Monarch of the Glen’ by the press of the day. At the Alvie shoot­ing es­tate he cer­tainly lived up to his nom-de­plume, and his rep­u­ta­tion. John Mof­fat

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