Each team would have five riders, but the best four riders’ scores would count as the winning total. The question on most team riders’ lips was ‘Who will finish second?’ Such was the abundance of talent in the Yorkshire Centre. There were a few ‘rumblings’ before the start that the Northern Centre riders Tony Calvert and Richard Sunter were borderline ‘Yorkies’. Whatever anyone said there was only ever going to be one team winner, barring a complete disaster, and that was Yorkshire. Who would have argued that they could have run two teams and still come first and second? As it turned out the event was run in dry, overcast weather, but with some very strict observing the scores all ended up very high. Nigel was the best individual performer winning on 81 marks lost!
Most of the top riders considered it a tough but very good event. Many of the centre riders based south of Birmingham found it was way too hard for their experience, on such rocky hazards, having been more used to mud and banks. As it turned out, the Yorkshire team did take a very clear convincing victory, but when you divide the winning total of the four best scores they still averaged out at 96.5 marks each! In second was the host Northern Centre followed home by East Yorkshire. It had been a tough, fair day’s sport, and in the world of motorcycle trials, you cannot ask for much more than that.
John Luckett (Ossa): Can you imagine, after living and competing in the South Western, the shock at the severity of the sections in the Lake District. John along with his fellow team riders would come home 10th.
Tony Davis (Bultaco): A trials rider, winning 14 nationals, and motocross winner and works rider for BSA, Bultaco, Montesa and Beamish Suzuki, Tony had a long sporting career. His late brother Malcolm was a British Motocross champion before his untimely death in a road traffic accident in the 1980 Presidents National Trial.
Alan Wright (Beamish Suzuki): The Midlands based retired civil servant was a regular on the national trials scene in the seventies and eighties, on a wide variety of machinery. This machine is one of the early and very rare Beamish Suzukis with a ‘works’ engine fitted.
Rob Edwards (Montesa): Known very much as an ambassador during his riding days with Montesa, Rob along with Nigel Birkett would be involved with the development of the Cota 349.