Day Six Mileage: 143 Miles; Sec­tions: 17


It was all over bar the shout­ing as Miller made sure the two-stroke Bul­taco was well pre­pared for the fi­nal run back from Fort Wil­liam to Ed­in­burgh, which was car­ried out in rain for the re­main­ing 161 rid­ers. A stop and the con­se­quent five-mark penalty for Miller on Pipe­line did not daunt him as he had such a mas­sive ad­van­tage. Row­lands re­mained in sec­ond but the bat­tle for the fi­nal step on the podium would fi­nally go to Den­nis Jones, much to the an­noy­ance of Smith as he parted with a to­tal of seven on Pipe­line. A very proud Sammy Miller had given the Span­ish Bul­taco man­u­fac­turer its first of many wins at this pres­ti­gious event, adding another nail to the fail­ing, once-proud Great Bri­tish man­u­fac­tur­ing of mo­tor­cy­cles who would not lis­ten to the great man’s ideas on the fu­ture of the tri­als ma­chine.

Satur­day: Win­ner 1: Sammy Miller (Bul­taco) 18; 2: Dave Row­lands (BSA) 34; 3: Den­nis Jones (Greeves) 40; 4: Bill Wilkin­son (Greeves) 41; 5: Gor­don Far­ley (Tri­umph) 42.

Row­land Bjork (Bul­taco-SWE): To win the best for­eign rider award is a mas­sive achieve­ment. Imag­ine all those miles away from home in the ‘Scot­tish’: the tough­est trial in the world.

Sam Cooper (El­star): One of two broth­ers from the Mid­lands the El­star, along with many ma­chines at the time, was a kit one us­ing a Vil­liers en­gine.

Ken Sed­g­ley (Bul­taco): A very pop­u­lar rider, many younger read­ers will not know this but he was very in­stru­men­tal in get­ting the fi­nances through Silko­lene Oils, who he worked for, and get­ting Steve Saun­ders on the RTL Honda be­fore the Roth­mans Honda...

Peter ‘Jock’ Wil­son (Ariel): Another pop­u­lar mem­ber of the Comer­fords staff who were the Bul­taco im­porters, he is well recog­nised as the man, along with Reg May, who looked af­ter the likes of Martin Lamp­kin and the three-time World Tri­als Cham­pion Yrjo...

Paul Dunk­ley (Chee­tah): Tak­ing the sec­ond-best new­comer award, the Chee­tah was a new ma­chine from Bob Goll­ner us­ing a Mick Whit­lock frame to house the pop­u­lar Villers en­gine.

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