Scorpa in Scotland
It has gone fairly unnoticed that the Scorpa brand has taken the last three seasons’ SACU Scottish Premier Trial’s Championships 2015-2017, which has been regarded as the main Scottish trials title for the last sixty-three years. The other interesting fac
EAST NEUK TRIALS MOTORCYCLES LTD All three riders received support from one Scottish based trials dealer, W. Duncan Wood of East Neuk Trials Motorcycles Ltd based in Pittenweem, Fife. He is the sole Scottish agent for the Scorpa brand which has Birkett Motosport as its UK concessionaire, headed up by the well-known Cumbrian rider and businessman Nigel Birkett. Wood operates his business from the Fife town of Pittenweem and has been established there since 2014 selling Ossa and Scorpa trials machines.
A very enthusiastic motorcycle trials enthusiast himself, he regularly attends Scottish trials events including the Scottish Six Days Trial where he assists the Scorpa support team, and he also covers both SACU and AMCA regulated trials throughout the year. However, the triple Scorpa winning streak wasn’t the first time that Scorpa machinery had taken the Scottish title. That honour belongs to Leslie Winthrop, who did so in 2005 riding the 250cc Yamaha TYZ powered Scorpa SY250 — and that was after a thirteen-year absence from the feet-up game.
The Scottish Premier Trials Championship Officially created in 1955 by the Scottish ACU, the
first winner of the new ‘Scottish Trials Trophy’ was A.M.L. McLean from the market town of Haddington in East Lothian. Known to all as ‘Lawrie’ he worked at the Ferranti organisation in Edinburgh and usually rode an Ariel HT5. However, he secured dealer support from Edgar Brothers in Edinburgh on a 250cc DMW.
McLean won the first three championships of the SACU series from 1955 to 1957. The Scottish Trials Championship as it was then called was run with the cooperation of the Scottish ACU affiliated clubs by holding one-day rounds. This was before the advent of the Youth, or more commonly known Schoolboy Trials Championships, as youths and adults were never permitted to compete for the same awards, and in the early days, they had to be held as separate events.
When Inverness rider Gavin Johnston and Les Winthrop took the sport to a higher level in 1982, the Scottish series events became much more severe. In an attempt to retain a healthy entry level it was obvious that split routes, and eventually a split series, was needed. Currently, the Scottish adult series consists of several classes including Clubman, Sportsman and age level championships. However, the original 1955 Scottish Trials Trophy was retained and is now awarded to the winner of the Scottish Premier Trials Championship.
Gary Macdonald: ‘Gary Mac’ has been the most successful Scottish trials rider of all time. His ultimate goal still, however, is to win the Scottish Six Days Trial.