Trial Magazine - - NOW AND THEN… NORTHERN EXPERTS 1977-2013 - Words: John Hulme Pic­tures: Yoomee 2013 and Mal­colm Car­ling 1977

I per­son­ally have been at­tend­ing the North­ern Ex­perts run by the en­thu­si­as­tic Manch­ester 17 MCC since 1967, and have an in-depth knowl­edge of the area around where the ma­jor­ity of the events have been run. This is in the Peak District Na­tional Park high above the Spa town of Bux­ton in Der­byshire. I ac­tu­ally rode in the event from 1977 un­til 2011 miss­ing only the oc­ca­sional event. The haz­ard where these im­ages were taken is in Wild­boar Clough which is sit­u­ated be­tween Bux­ton

and Con­gle­ton. 2013: In the present day the event has lost its at­trac­tion, with the ma­jor­ity of the ‘Works’ rid­ers not at­tend­ing the event. The haz­ards at Wild­boar Clough are still in use. The ‘Buzz’ at this year’s event was Richard Tim­per­ley who was out for the first time on a Jotagas 250cc. The bulk of the en­try is made up of rid­ers on the three al­ter­na­tive routes the club of­fers. Dan Thorpe on the Gas Gas was a wor­thy win­ner but where have the ‘Top’ rid­ers and the spec­ta­tors gone? 1977: The event has so many of the works rid­ers in at­ten­dance on their spe­cial ma­chines in­clud­ing win­ner Nigel Bir­kett on the su­per light Suzuki RL 325cc, Rob Shepherd on the four-stroke Honda and Mick An­drews who was on the de­vel­op­ment Yamaha 320cc. Throw in a host of im­porter sup­ported rid­ers and you soon get the pic­ture, it was still a pres­ti­gious event to win with many spec­ta­tors gath­er­ing to watch the top rid­ers in ac­tion from the North of the coun­try.

1977 Rob Shepherd (Honda)

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