Tie Breaker

Classic Trial - - INTERNATIONAL -

As the re­sults were an­nounced, it turned out that three rid­ers Dan Thorpe, But­ter­worth and another for­mer win­ner James Har­land had all fin­ished on seven marks apiece. Thorpe had gone clean on the first day but suf­fered an early five on Satur­day and said: “I fived a sec­tion my dad cleaned”. His dad, of course, be­ing Dave Thorpe, who is a six-time win­ner of the trial.

Dan added: “Dad used to have to mind for me in my early days of rid­ing, but now I am hav­ing to mind for him!” as he sat at the top of Pipe­line wait­ing for his fa­ther to make the as­cent. And it was on Pipe­line that Dan squan­dered another two marks as the Cub bounced off­line on a sec­tion that yielded more cleans in 2017 than it has done for many a long year, de­spite the sever­ity of the steep iconic hazard.

Clas­sic Tri­als Magazine’s reg­u­lar tester Nick Shield was rid­ing his 500 Tri­umph which he took to 13th place. It was squirt­ing oil at the fin­ish of the sec­ond day as he com­mented: “Well it’s a Tri­umph, what do you ex­pect!” as he re­flected on his very re­spectable score of seven marks each day.

The big ma­chines most def­i­nitely take some man­han­dling and, in the right hands, are good for the style of sec­tions of­fered by the Pre-65 Scot­tish. There’s no doubt the rider has to be the boss and those cam­paign­ing big four-strokes ex­pe­ri­ence a more chal­leng­ing two days than those on the pop­u­lar mix of the light­weight BSA Ban­tams and Tri­umph Tiger Cubs.

Each year the Ed­in­burgh Club comes up with the goods for the clas­sic tri­als scene and this com­pe­ti­tion, run­ning in its 34th year, once again re­flected their tire­less ef­forts to pro­duce a high-level event to be en­joyed by rid­ers of all abil­i­ties. Once again, a near fault­less af­fair was en­joyed, and it’s easy to un­der­stand why it so reg­u­larly at­tracts dou­ble the num­ber of en­tries that is avail­able. No doubt next year will be the same, and it’s so easy to un­der­stand why.

Mac­don­ald, Noble, Thorpe may well be the big name win­ners, but through­out the fin­ish­ing list, each and ev­ery rider will have given their all in what is any­thing but an easy cou­ple of days of tri­als rid­ing.

Mick Grant (BSA): One of the most in­ter­est­ing mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­asts you will ever meet and some­one who ap­pears to have been around for ever, ‘Granty’ claimed to the Old­est Fin­isher Award.

Stuart Edgar (BSA): Rid­ing num­ber one is no mean task at the event, but when you are the son of a for­mer SSDT Clerk of the Course and Scot­tish Tri­als Cham­pion it makes the job a lit­tle eas­ier. Norman Edgar can be very proud of his son Stuart, as he has...

Mark Feather (BSA): You can be as­sured that Mark felt ev­ery rock at the event on his way to the Best Rider on a rigid ma­chine up to 250cc.

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