High­land Honda edition

Classic Trial - - SPORT ALVIE - Words: Steven Crane • Pic­tures: Mike ‘Rap­pers’ Rap­ley

Very much a new ex­po­nent of the Pre-65 and Twin-Shock machin­ery, Gary Mac­Don­ald looked very much at home at the ‘Honda’ edition of the ex­tremely pop­u­lar Alvie Two Day event. He along with John Charl­ton and Calum Mur­phy re­mained clean on the A Route to win their re­spec­tive classes. Car­ry­ing on the Honda theme, the or­gan­is­ing In­ver­ness & District MCC Ltd were de­lighted that John Mof­fat had or­gan­ised for the Honda fac­tory-sup­ported rid­ers from the seven­ties Rob Shep­herd and Nick Jef­feries to at­tend as the guests of hon­our.

It’s only re­cently that Rob has re­turned to the sport, but the 1977 Bri­tish Tri­als Cham­pion on the Honda was un­able to ride fol­low­ing an in­jury to his shoul­der. He was more than happy to rem­i­nisce with the other rid­ers about his four-stroke years though. Nick Jef­feries is a mul­ti­ple TT win­ner, tri­als ace and exISDT team­ster but has not com­peted on a tri­als ma­chine for over four­teen years, but on Nor­man Shep­pard’s BSA Ban­tam he won the B route out­right. Two laps of eigh­teen haz­ards were on of­fer each day, and the rid­ers en­thused about their en­joy­ment of the ride round and the qual­ity of the trial, which was en­joyed by all. • A more com­pre­hen­sive re­port and pic­tures can be found in is­sue 64 of our sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion Trial Mag­a­zine.

John Charl­ton (BSA)

Laird of Alvie Es­tate Jamie Wil­liamson and Rob Shep­herd

Nick Jef­feries (BSA)

Gary Mac­Don­ald (Honda)

Chris Haigh (Ve­lo­cette) John Mof­fat (Bultaco)

Jean Cail­lou (Honda)

Martin Gil­bert (Honda)

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