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