DEREK J EDGAR

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Derek J. Edgar, one of Scot­land’s fore­most Tri­als and En­duro com­peti­tors from the 1960s and 1970s, passed away on Tues­day 28th March 2017. He was born in Ed­in­burgh, the younger son of Norman Edgar se­nior who with his broth­ers ran the mo­tor­cy­cle sales and re­pairs busi­ness of Edgar Broth­ers in the city.

Derek de­vel­oped his me­chan­i­cal ap­ti­tude from his very skil­ful un­cles at the fam­ily busi­ness be­fore go­ing to work for Steyr-Daim­ler Puch at their fac­tory at Graz in Aus­tria in 1970 as a de­vel­op­ment rider/en­gi­neer, fol­lowed by a term with Mon­tesa USA when he was based in Cal­i­for­nia in the USA. He sub­se­quently re­turned to his home­land Scot­land and set up his own prop­erty de­vel­op­ment com­pany called Derek Edgar De­vel­op­ments.

Edgar Bros were agents for the in­no­va­tive DMW range of mo­tor­cy­cles, and both Derek and older brother Norman cam­paigned the firm’s tri­als mod­els in Scot­tish and Na­tional events. This was fol­lowed by a spell on Bul­taco when the fam­ily busi­ness was the first Scot­tish agent for the brand in 1965.

In 1968 Edgar’s be­came agents for the An­dover built AJS two-stroke scram­bles ma­chines, and it was Derek who helped de­velop the AT-37A tri­als model when the fac­tory sent up a con­sign­ment of parts to the Ed­in­burgh deal­ers. As a pri­vate en­trant, Derek rode the 1968 and 1969 In­ter­na­tional Six Days Tri­als on a 125 Puch GS, a ma­chine he later con­verted into a one-day tri­als ma­chine.

In 1970 Derek rode for the Scot­tish ACU Vase team on a fac­tory pre­pared 250cc Ossa be­fore mov­ing to live in the USA. Derek’s older brother Norman was three-times Scot­tish Tri­als Cham­pion and for­mer Clerk of Course of the Scot­tish Six Days Trial, an event in which Derek com­peted rid­ing Puch, Bul­taco and Honda ma­chin­ery.

His last ride was in 1977 on an im­ported Honda TL250. Derek Edgar never lost his en­thu­si­asm for the sport but had been ill for some time hav­ing been di­ag­nosed with in­op­er­a­ble can­cer. He had been un­der­go­ing spe­cial­ist treat­ment at Ed­in­burgh’s West­ern Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal for sev­eral months prior to his death.

This is the 125 Puch GS that Derek con­verted into a tri­als model. Mal­colm Car­ling cap­tures the ac­tion at the 1968 Bri­tish Ex­perts Trial. Rid­ing what they sold: this su­perb Brian Holder pic­ture is from the 1965 Scott Trial of Derek on the DMW.

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