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Scott Trial 100 Years

It’s a dark morn­ing in the start field for the event that wel­comes ev­ery­one to Marske, sit­u­ated high above Rich­mond on the edge of the moors. The old mar­ket town that hosted the many rid­ers, or­gan­is­ers and spec­ta­tors who would gather in the area from far and wide for this mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion of­fered them all a good night’s sleep.

The rid­ers have to pro­vide a se­ries of fuel cans with their own rid­ing num­bers on, which they have to sup­ply to the ve­hi­cles that will be trans­port­ing them around the course to var­i­ous re-fu­elling ar­eas manned by the many mar­shals who keep the wheels of the event turn­ing. Th­ese ve­hi­cles leave the start area at 08.30am – miss the cut-off time and your event is over be­fore you have be­gun! As the ve­hi­cle head­lights faded and night be­came day the talk turned to the event. The su­per en­thu­si­as­tic Rich­mond Mo­tor Club had erected a huge mar­quee in the start area to cel­e­brate the 100-year cel­e­bra­tions with many items of nostal­gia for all to see. Pro­gramme cov­ers and ma­chines cov­er­ing the 100-year pe­riod, in­clud­ing a re­stored Scott, were on show.

In the mar­quee could be found many a past win­ner in­clud­ing Johnny Brit­tain, Sammy Miller, mem­bers of the Lamp­kin fam­ily, Bill Wilkin­son, Mal­colm Rathmell, Rob Ed­wards, Ger­ald Richard­son, Nigel Bir­kett, Philip Alder­son and Michael Phillip­son from more re­cent times.

The queue of rid­ers wait­ing to have their ma­chines marked and scru­ti­nised in the mar­quee buzzed with ex­cite­ment to be part of the cel­e­bra­tions. Friends old and new were on hand to share spe­cial mo­ments of the event and give out ad­vice to the rid­ers. Who would win and

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