Clas­sic Racer

Classic Trial - - INTERNATIONAL -

Talk­ing of clas­sic racer De Feu, another for­mer clas­sic racer turned tri­als ace is Ed­die Aitken. Hav­ing at one time fin­ished as high as 8th in the Manx – the Clas­sic Grand Prix that is not the Clas­sic trial – he was another who suf­fered a prob­lem be­fore his two-day ex­cur­sion around the High­lands above Kin­lochleven came to an end. Pro­duc­ing a snapped-off foot rest, Aitken ex­plained that he had to ride much of the dif­fi­cult Black­wa­ter Dam loop with­out a foot rest, which caused him some losses in sec­tions that he would nor­mally have hoped to clean. “You could think it’s easy to ride with only one footrest, but be­lieve me it’s not,” said the ever-smil­ing north-east­ern mo­tor­cy­cle dealer.

James Noble, a for­mer win­ner of the trial in 2015, came af­ter break­ing his leg a year ear­lier in the last sec­tion of the trial while he was lead­ing. He felt that his con­fi­dent loss of just one sin­gle mark on each of the two days would be enough for him to grab his sec­ond win of this amaz­ing event. The ru­mour mill soon pro­duces a po­ten­tial re­sult as the rid­ers in con­tention re­veal the marks they con­sider they have lost. But as tri­als rid­ers around the world know only too well it’s not the mark that each thinks they have lost is what counts. It’s the score the ob­server has put down, and in Noble’s case his ex­pected dab turned out to be a five on the re­sults card, so he was un­der­stand­ably dis­ap­pointed at the evening pre­sen­ta­tion when he learned that he was run­ner-up, on six marks to Mac­don­ald’s win­ning score of four.

Ben But­ter­worth ben­e­fit­ted another way. His first-day score was down as ten marks as he ques­tioned the score, and it tran­spired that it was an in­putting er­ror to the first-day re­sults sheet so on Satur­day morn­ing his score of ten was re­duced to five which con­sid­er­ably im­proved his over­all re­sult.

Yrjo Ves­ter­i­nen (BSA-FIN): The three-time World Tri­als Cham­pion was also the first for­eign win­ner of the Scot­tish Six Day Trial in 1980. He still looks as stylish as he did back in the day.

Tony Calvert (Tri­umph): Would you be­lieve that ‘Sam’ is now the win­ner of the Best Over 60 Award. He had a re­ally tough first day with many ma­chine prob­lems.

Sam Clarke (Tri­umph): Rid­ing in his first pre-65 SSDT on this nice 350cc Tri­umph twin.

Rus­sell Rooksby (Ariel): Note the rear wheel is air­borne as he goes for his cho­sen line.

Michael Irv­ing (Ariel): It needs some strength to ride the big four-stroke sin­gles as seen here as he fires the Ariel over the rock at Up­per Mamore.

Ed­die Aitkin (Tri­umph): Pro­duc­ing a snapped-off foot rest he ex­plained that he had to ride much of the dif­fi­cult Black­wa­ter Dam loop with­out a foot rest, which caused him some losses in sec­tions that he would nor­mally have hoped to clean.

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