Twin Shock Trial

West­ern Dis­tricts Tri­als Club Twin Shock Mas­ter’s Trial • 4 Novem­ber, 2018 – Conon­dale Qld.

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port and pho­tos Colin Shee­han

92 bikes turned out for this an­nual event, ar­riv­ing on Satur­day to en­ter and set­tle in and have a Show & Shine. Sun­day dawned bright, sunny and with the threat of heat, but luck­ily al­most all of the 8 sec­tions were marked out in the rocky creek bed that runs be­side the mo­tocross track. The great ap­peal of tri­als is that all are wel­come and a warm friendly at­mos­phere per­vades. The range of ma­chines can in­clude any­thing from the usual Yamaha TY se­ries and Honda TLR range to the clas­sic Span­ish and Bri­tish mar­ques and many more. The oldest bike com­pet­ing on the day was a 1956 James Cap­tain rid­den by Terry Telfer. Robert Gough’s rare 1965 Bul­taco 250 Sammy Miller model was the jewel in per­fectly re­stored form which at­tracted a lot of at­ten­tion.

Once the trial be­gan, the bikes dis­persed through­out the bush to eagerly get started. The rules are ba­sic in that you aim to ride through the sec­tion marked by tapes with­out plac­ing feet on the ground, dis­mount­ing, stalling or break­ing/ cross­ing the tapes. The sec­tions were laid out over some re­ally rocky parts of the creek with al­gae play­ing a part in the haz­ards as well.

It was in­ter­est­ing to see just how well the old ma­chines per­formed when com­pared with some of the

mod­ern tri­als irons run­ning in the trial for the fun of it. Four laps of the eight sec­tions saw many folk feel­ing the heat, but still thor­oughly en­joy­ing the day. For­mer Aus­tralian tri­als cham­pion Peter Paice was on hand to watch and rem­i­nisce. West­ern Dis­trict Tri­als Club is very ac­tive in the gen­eral west­ern area of Bris­bane and be­yond and re­cently hosted the Queens­land Ti­tles.

Pre-race brief­ing

For­mer cham­pion Peter Paice watch­ing Jar­rod Bowen ne­go­ti­ate the rocky creek bed.

Justin Gough with his fa­ther Robert’s 1965 Bul­taco “Sammy Miller” model.

Ash­ley Jamieson at­tack­ing the rocks in the creek.

ABOVE Ma­son Pugh show­ing the way for the younger rid­ers on his TY175 Yamaha. LEFT Tom Wa­ger and Ele Cole­man aboard their Yamaha side­car out­fit.

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