1987: ‘Mack’ Jordi
In 1985 Spanish rider Jordi Tarres, on the Italian Beta, arrived on the world trials scene and competed in his first SSDT, taking the secondbest newcomer award. Concentrating on his world championship career in 1986, he vowed to return to the event in 1987. This he did and duly won on his way to the first of his FIM world outdoor titles. Yes; world champions rode in the ‘Scottish’! History, as we all know, has a habit of repeating itself and in a very embarrassing moment for Italian manufacturers Fantic they arrived at the event with no machine for their new rider Steve Saunders, not far short of the Dave Rowland scenario in 1967. They rebuilt his practice machine and he rode out of his skin for his first win, but could not catch Jordi ‘Mack’ Tarres.
Steve Saunders (Fantic-GBR) was desperate to win. Tony Scarlett (JCM) – Talks trials with Norman Eyre. Jordi Tarres (Beta-ESP) – 1987 was the year of the Spanish rider.