The Scott Trial

Trial Magazine - - TRIAL MAGAZINE - AR­TI­CLE: JOHN HULME, WITH THANKS TO BARRY ROBIN­SON AND BARRY WAT­SON PIC­TURES: MAL­COLM CAR­LING AND JOHN HULME

I had at­tended the world fa­mous Scott time and ob­ser­va­tion Trial many times with my fa­ther un­til I first rode in the late sev­en­ties. I will ar­gue that it’s the ul­ti­mate tri­als test of man and ma­chine. It has an at­trac­tion which be­comes in­fec­tious and yes I be­came a vic­tim, I still am in fact. The haz­ards are well known in the folk­lore of the tri­als world and in par­tic­u­lar in North York­shire, the home of the event. First used in the 1950’s the haz­ards at Wash­fold hold many mem­o­ries for the read­ers of Trial Mag­a­zine and our sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion Clas­sic Trial Mag­a­zine. It was while I was at the 2016 Scott with my wife Jane that we made a visit to the haz­ards at Wash­fold which are now over­grown and lost for­ever, last used in 1995. As I walked over to the main rock steps with my cam­era in hand to take some pic­tures my mind raced back in time to the years when this was a se­ri­ous rider — and spec­ta­tor — haz­ard. Through the cam­era of Mal­com Car­ling we take you back in time to the golden era of tri­als in the sev­en­ties and 1970 to show you just what it was like ap­proach­ing fifty years ago.

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