Day One Mileage: 148 Miles; Sections: 27
No one ‘Scottish’ is classed as easy but the 1967 event was a tough one by any standards. The Edinburgh & DMC had been won by Alan Lampkin (BSA) in 1966, but the 216 starters in the 1967 event would find the hazards made a little harder as the club tried to move away from the fact that on day one in Lampkin’s winning year they had six riders parting with no marks and the next 34 separated by a mere 10 marks. With a total mileage of 148 covering the action Sammy Miller parted with just 5 marks over the route to take a clear lead from Dave Rowland.
Monday: 1: Sammy Miller (Bultaco) 5; 2: Dave Rowland (BSA) 13; 3: Gordon Farley (Triumph) 14; 4: Don Smith (Greeves) 17; 5: Scott Ellis (Triumph) 17.
Dave Rowlands (BSA): Would you believe the story of Chapel-En-Le–Frith based Dave Rowland’s 175 BSA Bantam named the ‘Thing’? When he visited the BSA Competition Department at Birmingham for his ‘Scottish’ machine he was given the development machine of Brian Martin. It was a Bushman model BSA which, shall we say, needed some ‘fettling’. He loaded the ‘Thing’ along with some parts into his car and returned home and on to Cartwright’s Motorcycles in Stockport. Here their mechanic Bob Lydiatt assisted him with turning it into a machine ready for six days of action in Scotland. He arrived at the event with the ‘Thing’ and, more determined than ever, took the smile off his rivals with an incredible ride into second position.
Bill Wilkinson (Greeves): Very much a fancied winner, Greeves had left no stone unturned in the preparation of the works machines, including Wilkinson’s. Competition manager Bill Brooker was given the task of preparing the machines, and he had taken note of the electrical failings in previous events and had coil ignition fitted with a Stefa scrambler coil linked with generator lighting coils, with the standard ignition coils serving the Villiers HT coil as a standby system. Utilising the high-gear pinion and layshafts from the Albion scrambles model, the Crankcase assembly was supplied by Alpha.
Gordon Farley (Triumph): A member of the number one Triumph works team, Farley was riding the fourstroke 248cc factory supplied machine as the trials world started to take note of his talent. Always quiet and unassuming, this very popular rider would let his riding do the talking
Dennis Jones (Greeves): Forever falling foul of the Sprite, boss Frank Hipkin: ‘Jonah’ as he was nicknamed: talked Greeves Competition manager Bill Brooker into the loan of a trials model for the event. The on-off saga with Sprite would run for many years through the career of Jones.