Classic Trial - - TRIALS GURU -

2017 has been a busy year, and hap­pily, I have man­aged to ‘get out more’ and ride some events. Firstly the wet Cap­tain’s Trial on my BSA C15, a proper Pre-65 event, then the Blue Bar Two-Day, a very good twin­shock trial, and the ever grow­ing and in­cred­i­bly pop­u­lar High­land Clas­sic Two­Day fol­lowed by the Bultaco Re­vival Nos­tal­gia in Cum­bria, all on board my 325 Bultaco Sherpa. All these ad­ven­tures were planned, I may add! It is re­ally good to see first hand how other clubs and pro­mot­ers put to­gether their events and many thanks to these clubs for ac­cept­ing my en­tries so that I could en­joy my mo­tor­cy­cling has­sle free.

I am now heav­ily in­volved as Gen­eral Sec­re­tary with the In­ver­ness & District, both club and lim­ited com­pany, hav­ing taken over from Dave MacKay who car­ried these du­ties out for over twenty-eight years. I fully ap­pre­ci­ate that few thanks come a sec­re­tary’s way, but this year both at the High­land Clas­sic and af­ter it I was con­grat­u­lated on the trial by many of the rid­ers. It is not all down to me of course; there is a hard-work­ing team of ‘core’ peo­ple un­der­pin­ning that trial, which is par for the course at most if not all events coun­try­wide. I would like to thank on be­half of our team at the In­ver­ness & District our ‘Trial Part­ners’ namely Apico Fac­tory Rac­ing; Pu­to­line Oils and this pub­li­ca­tion Clas­sic Trial Mag­a­zine. The rid­ers and of­fi­cials ben­e­fited di­rectly from their gen­eros­ity and in­put which they be­stowed on the event, help­ing to make it the suc­cess that ev­ery­one has been rav­ing about. Thanks also to our two guests Rob Shep­herd and Nick Jef­feries, who car­ried out their du­ties im­pec­ca­bly. Of course, the landown­ers play a huge part in any event, and that is why we have the ‘Ad­dress to the Trial’ which fea­tures our main bene­fac­tor the Laird him­self, Jamie Wil­liamson, the owner of the Alvie Es­tate. There are class win­ners but no out­right trial win­ner, and that in it­self helps re­tain the friendly at­mos­phere.

A motorcycle trial needs some for­ward think­ing and flex­i­bil­ity to keep it fresh, and some­thing peo­ple want to come back to. It is no­tice­able that ‘our’ trial lacks the abun­dance of red tape that some oth­ers do, and we try to make it both easy and fun to en­ter.

As for time, it comes at a pre­mium the older I get, but that doesn’t pre­vent me mak­ing some plans! My lat­est is to build a ‘new’ tri­als motorcycle for fun and a bit of com­pet­i­tive rid­ing. The ba­sis is the Dray­ton frame kit that I have pur­chased for a 343cc BSA B40 ‘GB’ mo­tor which was ‘left over in a cor­ner’ af­ter I sold my 343 BSA, the ma­chine fea­tured in the story of the ‘Full Cir­cle BSA’ which ap­peared in the Fe­bru­ary edition of this very pub­li­ca­tion. The well-proven Dray­ton tri­als kit was de­liv­ered to my door and come as a true pack­age deal. This con­sists of a fully as­sem­bled pow­der-coated frame with swing­ing arm, alu­minium oil tank, oil pipes, alu­minium fuel tank, cap and tap, head races, seat, brake pedal and en­gine­plates. What more does a chap need? The de­liv­ery re­minded me of the old kit-form tri­als ma­chines of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Pic­tured from left: Rob Shep­herd, Nick Jef­feries and John Mof­fat

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