THE RE­FRESH

Classic Trial - - TRIALS GURU -

Peo­ple don’t like change, it’s a fact; it un­set­tles them and takes them out of their com­fort zone. But there are oth­ers who em­brace change and com­part­men­talise their lives ac­cord­ingly, never look­ing back. Some cham­pi­ons are like that for ex­am­ple. In a re­cent phone call with my friend Ernie Page we were talk­ing about cham­pi­onships; he was Scot­tish Scram­bles Cham­pion in 1967 and would have been Scot­tish Tri­als Cham­pion the same year ex­cept he con­cen­trated on the scram­bles crown. He said: “Is it so im­por­tant, when all is said and done, there was prob­a­bly an archery cham­pion 500 years ago; can I name him? No I can’t, so is it so im­por­tant?” I dis­agreed, say­ing one of the rea­sons I set up my web­site: Tri­al­sGuru was an at­tempt to keep the mem­o­ries alive. Af­ter all, win­ning any cham­pi­onship is im­por­tant at the time of the en­deav­our.

So I was faced with a dilemma, as my web­site was set up with the help of an­other friend Heath Brind­ley as he had much more knowl­edge of web­sites than I did and was also a knowl­edge­able mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­ast. That was in 2014 and things had re­mained static as far as the ‘look’ was con­cerned, and so I thought it was time for a re­fresh. I went for it, hop­ing that it was not too rev­o­lu­tion­ary and that peo­ple would still look at it. Af­ter all there is a lot of in­for­ma­tion on there about the sport and the peo­ple that make it hap­pen. I need not have wor­ried be­cause two days af­ter the re­fresh the view­ings ac­tu­ally in­creased; what a relief! Noth­ing stands still, es­pe­cially in sport, so why should a web­site be any dif­fer­ent? The con­tent was the same but it prob­a­bly re­ju­ve­nated Tri­als

Guru a lit­tle, and per­haps cap­tured a few new read­ers in the process. As for 2018, apart from in March it sig­nalling four years of Tri­al­sGuru, I find my­self with even more tasks on my hands. I have be­come the ed­i­tor of three ma­jor tri­als’ of­fi­cial pro­grammes and I am dis­cov­er­ing more, not less, in­for­ma­tion from tri­als events in the past, so a slow­ing down of ac­tiv­ity is not on the cards. Cou­pled with specif­i­cally planned out­ings on my BSA and Bul­taco at events dot­ted around the UK, 2018 looks to be a busy year ahead. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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