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.

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