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

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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.

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