Friends

Trial Magazine - - CLASSIC - WORDS: MIKE RAPLEY • PIC­TURES: ERIC KITCHEN

The sub-head­ing on the pro­gramme as “the friendli­est trial in Scot­land” says it all about the In­ver­ness Club’s High­land Clas­sic Two Day Trial, held on the won­der­ful Alvie Es­tate just a few miles south of the High­land town of Aviemore. Each year the trial grows in stature, from be­ing very much a tiny club event to one of the high­lights of the clas­sic tri­als rider’s year. The re­sult was a full-house en­try of 150 who filled the en­try list within a day or so way back in Fe­bru­ary, and a fur­ther small num­ber of guest rid­ers in­vited by the club to add even more ex­cep­tional sta­tus to the trial.

Back in 2013, the club lifted the level of the trial with the in­tro­duc­tion of the Bul­taco Edi­tion when fa­mous rid­ers of the mar­que were in­vited to at­tend. Fol­low­ing on from the Thorpe Edi­tion, the Tenth Edi­tion, the Yam­scot Edi­tion and the Honda Edi­tion, this year it was the Mon­tesa Cota Edi­tion, and in 2019 it will be the SWM Edi­tion.

Viva Mon­tesa

There was a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of twin-shock Mon­te­sas en­tered, most of them very smart re­builds, and it was for­mer Bri­tish Ex­pert Trial win­ner Clive Smith who was the guest of hon­our to rep­re­sent the mar­que. He had done the in­vite jus­tice as his Mon­tesa was an im­mac­u­late Cota 247 ver­sion cob­bled to­gether from three ma­chines that he’s owned since his days when he was sup­ported by Jim San­di­ford some 30 years ago. His brother Steve was also there, as was his son, but un­for­tu­nately the other two broth­ers of the fa­mous tri­alling fam­ily Ed­die and Ray are no longer with us.

The Alvie Es­tate’s Laird, Jamie Wil­liamson and his staff have been wel­com­ing tri­als rid­ers to the land for a good num­ber of years, and his speech at the rid­ers’ gath­er­ing be­fore they tack­led the two laps of 18 sec­tions each day proved once again how much the es­tate val­ues the at­ten­dance of the trial. The club has the trial en­tirely cor­rect for a clas­sic trial; there are no tight turns, every­thing can be rid­den with­out the use of the clutch if so de­sired, and the clas­sic rocky streams pro­vide a level of grip that is rarely found out­side of the High­lands.

Clive Smith (1975 247 Mon­tesa Cota)

John Mof­fat with Dou­glas Bald

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