Classic Trial - - CONTENTS - Words: Clas­sic Trial Magazine Pic­tures: Alan Vines

One thing was on the mind of Sammy Miller at the start of the 1971 tri­als sea­son, and that was to try and win back the British Tri­als Cham­pi­onship crown that his ri­val Gor­don Far­ley had taken from him in 1970. The New Year Cup Trial or­gan­ised by the Stur­min­ster New­ton and District Mo­tor Cy­cles and Light Car Club on the 17th Jan­uary was an ideal Cen­tre event for him to get back to his win­ning ways. The ac­tion opened up with a young Bill Gun­ner on his Bul­taco, tak­ing an early lead be­fore his form de­serted him. Miller then moved his rid­ing up a gear as early as sec­tion nine, when he was the only rider to record a clean pas­sage as only four more riders man­aged to get through the haz­ard. The haz­ards on the scram­bles course at Bull­bar­row Hill and Oke­ford Hill ac­counted for the high scores as Miller took a clear vic­tory from fel­low Bul­taco rider Paul Dunk­ley.

Sammy Miller (252cc Bul­taco).

Arthur Dovey (500cc Green­land Wasp).

Paul Dunk­ley (250cc Bul­taco).

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