Day Six Mileage: 143 Miles; Sections: 17
It was all over bar the shouting as Miller made sure the two-stroke Bultaco was well prepared for the final run back from Fort William to Edinburgh, which was carried out in rain for the remaining 161 riders. A stop and the consequent five-mark penalty for Miller on Pipeline did not daunt him as he had such a massive advantage. Rowlands remained in second but the battle for the final step on the podium would finally go to Dennis Jones, much to the annoyance of Smith as he parted with a total of seven on Pipeline. A very proud Sammy Miller had given the Spanish Bultaco manufacturer its first of many wins at this prestigious event, adding another nail to the failing, once-proud Great British manufacturing of motorcycles who would not listen to the great man’s ideas on the future of the trials machine.
Saturday: Winner 1: Sammy Miller (Bultaco) 18; 2: Dave Rowlands (BSA) 34; 3: Dennis Jones (Greeves) 40; 4: Bill Wilkinson (Greeves) 41; 5: Gordon Farley (Triumph) 42.
Rowland Bjork (Bultaco-SWE): To win the best foreign rider award is a massive achievement. Imagine all those miles away from home in the ‘Scottish’: the toughest trial in the world.
Sam Cooper (Elstar): One of two brothers from the Midlands the Elstar, along with many machines at the time, was a kit one using a Villiers engine.
Ken Sedgley (Bultaco): A very popular rider, many younger readers will not know this but he was very instrumental in getting the finances through Silkolene Oils, who he worked for, and getting Steve Saunders on the RTL Honda before the Rothmans Honda deal came along.
Peter ‘Jock’ Wilson (Ariel): Another popular member of the Comerfords staff who were the Bultaco importers, he is well recognised as the man, along with Reg May, who looked after the likes of Martin Lampkin and the three-time World Trials Champion Yrjo Vesterinen from Finland.
Paul Dunkley (Cheetah): Taking the second-best newcomer award, the Cheetah was a new machine from Bob Gollner using a Mick Whitlock frame to house the popular Villers engine.