Classic Trial - - CONTENTS - Ar­ti­cle: Sil­ver Surfer


The BMCA is now of­fi­cially 30 years old and re­cently cel­e­brated its Pearl an­niver­sary with a trial. The or­gan­i­sa­tion was set up in the Mid­lands to co­or­di­nate Pre-65 tri­als in the area and to en­sure that the clas­sic scene re­mains vi­brant, giv­ing rid­ers an event to ride vir­tu­ally ev­ery weekend.

The BMCA put on around thirty events a year, which are mostly be­tween the months of Septem­ber and April. It’s an all-English af­fair as the rules state it has to be a Bri­tish ma­chine you are rid­ing when you en­ter, al­though they do have a guest class. So if you do the maths, of the thirty year cel­e­bra­tion and the thirty events a year it won’t be long be­fore they get to the one thou­sand mark – which will mean yet an­other party!.

Af­fil­i­ated to the AMCA it has of­fered just what the rid­ers wanted from an event, which is an en­joy­able day’s sport.

When they de­cided to lay on an an­niver­sary trial they were re­warded with an en­try of no less than seventy com­pe­tent rid­ers who all en­joyed the free-en­try in­vi­ta­tion. In ad­di­tion to the com­peti­tors it was also good to see many char­ac­ters from the past few years such as the likes of Bill Price and Phil Bright in at­ten­dance.

The venue was Frank Bourne’s farm near to Mar­ket Dray­ton in Shrop­shire, where they had a multi-lap course with four dif­fer­ent routes avail­able to cover all ranges of age and abil­ity. The haz­ards were very dry and com­posed of twists and turns on the wooded hill­side. Su­perb weather and a bar­beque at the end of the day’s sport en­sured it was a ter­rific day for ev­ery­one in­volved.

On the se­ri­ous stuff two rid­ers, Jim Pickering and Rob Bowyer, held their nerve and man­aged to cover the hard route with clean sheets; no mean achieve­ment in any com­pe­ti­tion. Class A wit­nessed Stephen Davies take the win from ex-AMCA cham­pion Mick Parkes, rid­ing his Vil­liers pow­ered DMW, and it seemed ap­pro­pri­ate also to see Dave Jones on his BSA top the C group. Dave has been a per­ma­nent fix­ture on the scene since its start and is al­ways at the sharp end. It was also good to see his wife Sue ob­serv­ing out there, as al­ways. The ever-jovial Arthur Brown­ing was out on his Jawa and it was Ivan Davies who took the Class D with a very good ride, los­ing just seven marks on his James.

Steve Thomp­son and Colin Leese

Arthur Brown­ing (Jawa)

Bob Haines (Tri­umph)

Mick Parker (DMW)

Pete Reed (Tri­umph) Joe Owen and Pete Reed

Bill Price, Bob Hines and Frank Bourne

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