1968: Miller’s the man
Described by many as the ultimate professional in his day, his dedication to preparation and winning was the very best. Leaving nothing to doubt, his success at the 1968 event proved the effect his meticulous methods had over his rivals. In many cases they were beaten even before they had started. Montesa had followed suit, as had Ossa, in wanting to prove their trials machines at the Scottish, as the move from the traditional machines grew pace and Great Britain fell behind in the trials world.
Apart from the second day, when his great rival Gordon Farley on the Greeves headed the leader board, no one else was in with a shout of winning as the enthusiastic crowds witnessed Miller ‘The Man’ at his very best on the Bultaco. He also added himself to an exclusive club, taking his record-breaking fifth win overtaking both Hugh Viney and Gordon Jackson with four victories apiece. Montesa had seen the very first pre-production Cota machines roll off the production line and they entered four riders, Don Smith and Charlie Harris with Christian Rayer from France along with respected Spanish development engineer Pedro Pi, and they all finished. The first ever manufacturers’ win for a foreign brand would go to Bultaco team though.
Gordon Farley (250 Greeves) 1968: Try as he might Gordon could not produce another win for a British manufacturer.
Montesa would arrive at the event in 1968 with a new machine in the Cota 247. The Cota name would become legendary in the trials world.
Mick Andrews (250 Ossa) 1968: ‘Magical Mick’ was starting to show the form that would eventually bring him five Scottish victories: 1970–1972 (Ossa) and 1974 & 1975 (Yamaha).
The Ossa Mick rode in 1968 was still very much under development and, as you can see, was still quite a large machine.