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