And now for some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent...

Classic Trial - - TRIALS GURU -

I have to ad­mit that my main sport and pas­time has al­ways been mo­tor­cy­cle tri­als in what­ever guise, be that modern, Pre-65, twin-shock or what­ever. But be­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­ast it opens up a wider world of sport and for me that has to in­clude scram­bling or mo­tocross, what­ever way you wish to la­bel it.

Last De­cem­ber I was in­vited to help the like-minded en­thu­si­asts who went on to form the Gal­loway Mo­tor­cy­cle Club to or­gan­ise the Drum­lan­rig Grand Na­tional, which took place on 13-15th July. No or­di­nary venue ei­ther, be­cause Drum­lan­rig is a cas­tle si­t­u­ated on the Queens­berry Es­tate in Dum­fries and Gal­loway! The cat­e­gory A-listed build­ing is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Buc­cleuch and Queens­berry. They were go­ing to race mo­tocross in the grounds!

My main con­tact was John Flem­ing, the son of a Glas­gow mo­tor­cy­cle dealer who has com­peted in mo­tocross since a youth and some­one I watched rac­ing over the years when I went to spec­tate or work at mo­tocross events in Scot­land. His fa­ther knew my fa­ther, the con­nec­tion con­tin­ues.

So how would I get in­volved? The phone calls in­creased over time and the an­swer was sim­ple, they wanted some pub­lic­ity and some­one to han­dle the in­ter­view with their guest of hon­our. I asked John Flem­ing: “who have you got in mind” John replied: “Brad Lackey”. I replied: “What ‘THE’ Brad Lackey, the world mo­tocross cham­pion?” He replied: “Yip”. I couldn’t refuse.

Cou­pled to that they wanted a Gal­loway Gath­er­ing of past Scot­tish Cham­pi­ons and folks from the sport to have on the Satur­day evening in a huge mar­quee tent and would I host that? Hold me back, I’m in there! It was noth­ing short of awe­some; the in­ter­view with Brad on the Fri­day evening went down so well, you could hear a pin drop; they hung on his ev­ery word. The ‘gath­er­ing’ was ter­rific too with many of the old-school rid­ers be­ing in­ter­viewed by yours truly, it was very well re­ceived. In the words of Gra­ham Milne: “it brought the crowd closer to the rid­ers”. To crown it all, Brad told me on the Fri­day that he was so taken with the track that he had asked if he could do a lap of hon­our and do a queen-like wave to the crowd.

The or­gan­is­ers said it was pos­si­ble, but he had to ride slow. I sug­gested an up­grade, why don’t we get some well-known rid­ers to do a pa­rade be­hind Brad; he thought that was a ‘neat’ idea. Be­fore I knew where I was I had the fol­low­ing for­mer cham­pi­ons and stars on bor­rowed mo­tocross ma­chines: Vic Al­lan; Roy Black Jnr; Billy Ed­wards; Tony Caig; Wil­l­lie Wal­lace; Wil­lie Simp­son; Mark Ful­ton and even North West 200 win­ner Glenn Ir­win out on a gag­gle of Maicos, CZs, Hon­das, Bul­ta­cos and a JAP Metisse. The crowds loved it!

The ic­ing on the cake was on the Sun­day, when Brad came up on my blind-side and pre­sented me with a copy of the book he wrote with Len Weed, ‘Mo­tocross Tech­niques, Train­ing and Tac­tics’, in­side it read: “To John, thanks for the chat – Brad Lackey #82”.

Dude – You are the man!

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