1968: Miller’s the man

Trial Magazine - - FLASHBACK -

De­scribed by many as the ul­ti­mate pro­fes­sional in his day, his ded­i­ca­tion to preparation and win­ning was the very best. Leav­ing noth­ing to doubt, his suc­cess at the 1968 event proved the ef­fect his metic­u­lous methods had over his ri­vals. In many cases they were beaten even be­fore they had started. Montesa had fol­lowed suit, as had Ossa, in want­ing to prove their tri­als ma­chines at the Scot­tish, as the move from the traditional ma­chines grew pace and Great Bri­tain fell be­hind in the tri­als world.

Apart from the sec­ond day, when his great ri­val Gor­don Far­ley on the Greeves headed the leader board, no one else was in with a shout of win­ning as the en­thu­si­as­tic crowds wit­nessed Miller ‘The Man’ at his very best on the Bul­taco. He also added him­self to an ex­clu­sive club, tak­ing his record-break­ing fifth win over­tak­ing both Hugh Viney and Gor­don Jack­son with four vic­to­ries apiece. Montesa had seen the very first pre-pro­duc­tion Cota ma­chines roll off the pro­duc­tion line and they en­tered four rid­ers, Don Smith and Char­lie Har­ris with Chris­tian Rayer from France along with re­spected Span­ish de­vel­op­ment en­gi­neer Pe­dro Pi, and they all fin­ished. The first ever man­u­fac­tur­ers’ win for a for­eign brand would go to Bul­taco team though.

Gor­don Far­ley (250 Greeves) 1968: Try as he might Gor­don could not pro­duce another win for a Bri­tish man­u­fac­turer.

Montesa would ar­rive at the event in 1968 with a new ma­chine in the Cota 247. The Cota name would be­come leg­endary in the tri­als world.

Mick An­drews (250 Ossa) 1968: ‘Mag­i­cal Mick’ was start­ing to show the form that would even­tu­ally bring him five Scot­tish vic­to­ries: 1970–1972 (Ossa) and 1974 & 1975 (Yamaha).

The Ossa Mick rode in 1968 was still very much un­der de­vel­op­ment and, as you can see, was still quite a large ma­chine.

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