Scottish Trials Awards

Lorna Brackenridge Photo - 2017 awards SACU
The 2017 SACU Scottish Trials Champions – Photo: Lorna Brackenridge

The Scottish ACU held their 2017 Trials Championship awards evening at Grangemouth, near Falkirk on Saturday 20th January.

Trials Guru’s John Moffat was there as Guest Presenter.

A one minute silence was obeyed in memory of Dalmellington’s Michael Anderson who passed away recently.

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Trials Guru’s John Moffat with 2017 Scottish Premier Trials Champion, Criag Houston. Craig is the first Ayrshire born winner in the history of the series which began in 1955. Photo: Lorna Brackenridge

The 2017 Champions are:

 
Premier
1st
CRAIG HOUSTON
2nd
ANDREW ANDERSON
3rd
JOE DAWSON
 
 
Sportsman
1st
MARK MACMILLAN
2nd
JACK DIGNAN
3rd
ROBBIE WEIR
 
 
Clubman
1st
STEVEN MOFFAT
2nd
STUART GAIRNS
3rd
BRAD STEIN
 
 
Over 40
1st
ALASTAIR STEWART
2nd
BILLY ROSS
 
3rd
LEE COLLINS
Sportsman Over 40
1st
ALAN MACDONALD
2nd
GEORGE NOBLE
3rd
 
 
 
Over 50
1st
WILLIAM MATTHEWS
2nd
MURDO MACPHAIL
3rd
A MERCER
 
 
 
Wobblers
1st
JORDAN DOOEY
 
2nd
RICHARD YOUNIE
 
3rd
S ROBERTSON/ L WELSH
 
 
Youth A
1st
BEN DIGNAN
2nd
BRETT STEIN
3rd
ROSS GALLOWAY
 
 
Youth B
1st
J SIMPSON
2nd
C PATON
3rd
S SIMPSON
 
 
 
Youth C
1st
GRANT YOUNIE
 
2nd
E FORBES
3rd
C DRYSDALE
 
Youth D
1st
EUAN SIM
2nd
ARCHIE BREMNER
3rd
R YOUNIE
 
Youth E
1st
C CAMPBELL
2nd
HARRY REID
3rd
G WINTER
 
 
 
 
SACU Inter Club Team Trial
PERTH & DISTRICT
 
Gold
G PALMER
Gold
A ANDERSON
Gold
G REID
Gold
P PALMER
 
LOCHABER “A”
 
Silver
A MCMASTER
Silver
T MURPHY
Silver
L BYRON
Silver
L MACDONALD
 
DUNFERMLINE AND DIST
 
Bronze
C SMITH
Bronze
C HOUSTON
Bronze
P DAVIES
Bronze
B MALLOCH
 
Best Over 40
DALMELLINGTON AND DIST
 
Gold
A MCDONALD
Gold
G NOBLE
Gold
F WHITE
Gold
A CROCKET
 
Best Youth Team
DUNFERMLINE AND DIST
 
Gold
C PATON
Gold
R GALLOWAY
Gold
J GALLOWAY
 
Gold
J HORNE
 
SACU BAXI Classic Championship
Monoshock A
1st
MARK MCCOMISKY
2nd
MARTIN PENNYCOOK
3rd
G TEESDALE
 
 
Monoshock B
1st
DAVID DOUGAN
2nd
JIM MCFARLANE
 
Twinshock A
1st
JOHN GARRIOCH
2nd
ALASTAIR MCNAUGHTON
3rd
ROSS THOMSON
 
 
Twinshock B
1st
GRAHAM LAW
2nd
STEVEN CORRY
3rd
J MCFARLANE
 
Twinshock Youth A
1st
ROSS GALLOWAY
 
 
Pre 65 A route
1st
JIM TENNANT
2nd
MICHAEL ANDERSON JNR
3rd
JAMES MORTON
 
 
Pre65 B route
1st
IAN MCANESPIE
2nd
C ASHBRIDGE

 

Tribute to Tiger

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Brian Payne on his AJS 16C in the 1964 SSDT – Photo: Brian Holder
Words: Neil Anderton

Brian ‘Tiger’ Payne was a founder member of the Yorks and Lancs Classic Bike Club in 1982 and subsequently appointed an honorary life member of Yorkshire Classic Motorcycle Club.

Tiger was always passionate about motorcycling and spent part his National service with the RAF laid up with a broken leg as a result of a motorcycle accident. He became interested in trials riding and rode his first Scott Trial in 1958, his start number was next to Arthur Lampkin. Once the flag dropped Tiger never saw Lampkin again. Tiger rode the Scott many more times, and then took up an observer’s role every year right up up to 2017 with his son John.

He rode the International Scottish Six Days trial from 1961 to 1966. Starting in Edinburgh and covering a 1000 miles in the week. 1964 brought one of the wettest trial in its long history. The second day crossed Rannoch Moor, a most inhospitable place and a little river crossing they normally splashed through was a raging torrent and impassable. Sammy Miller tried to jump it and failed landing in the water and drowning the bike. So Tiger and his mates Arthur Lampkin, Bill Wilkinkson, Blackie Holden and Ray Sayer formed a chain gang and standing waist deep in the water manhandled every bike across one by one. Ironically on the final day he broke down only a few miles from the finish in Edinburgh with a cracked piston, a huge disappointment and spoiled one of his best ever rides. Made of stern stuff, he once rode his AJS from home in Burnley up to Edinburgh, did the trial and rode home again.

In those days, socialising was a big thing at the Scottish Six Days and no opportunities were missed to enjoy themselves. Drinking and trials riding don’t go well together but even though he took the trial seriously the daily lunch stop wasn’t complete unless he could find a pub for a pint with Billy Gray and Jim Wallace his north Yorkshire Mates who were similarly minded, they were then set up for whatever the afternoon could throw at them

He was a good Pub singer and raconteur, his famous renditions of ‘Eskimo Knell’ and ‘A Fine Old English Gentleman’ would keep everybody well entertained into the small hours particularly if Dickie Davies (the competition manager from Dunlop) was there on the piano.

He loved Trail riding and often had trips with his friends Blackie Holden and George Slinger visiting his old trials stomping grounds and then trail riding in the Torridon region of the North West Highlands. Following his retirement, he used to have an annual pilgrimage to Crete where he would hire trail bikes and in lovely warm weather explore the mountainous regions of the island.

His knowledge of the Yorkshire Dales became second to none over the years. He once organised a three day off road endurance event for the Army Dispatch riders from Catterick Camp all in the Yorkshire Dales. In 2016, Tiger laid on a couple of organised runs in the Dales for the York Classic club.

He was also an active member of the New Imperial Club frequently riding with them on the organised road runs with John going along as well to help with a bike that was often a difficult and reluctant starter.

As well as being an enthusiastic observer in recent years, he put in many hours laying out our trials at Rogerham Gate the moorland venue which became synonymous with Tiger. He loved to go to the Rogerham Gate Inn after the trial to chat about the day’s events.

Although he retired from closed venue trials over ten years ago, he continued riding his favourite event the annual Beamish Trial run organised by the Vintage Motor Cycle Club. He rode this event over twenty times winning it in 2011 and finishing every time .His final Beamish was in September last year. The weather turned bad, the last hour was ridden in torrential rain. Without doubt a major personnel achievement on his old rigid and girders Triumph Tiger 80 for someone battling a debilitating illness and yet he still won a first class award.

Tiger wasn’t a one trick pony he enjoyed many things. Not confined to two wheels he once had a go partnering his friend Peter Roydhouse as passenger in his trials sidecar outfit in the Ilkley re Union trial.

Away from Motorcycling, depite never learning to swim he was a keen sailor and in his youth, a completive rower. He was also an accomplished crown green bowler.

Yorkshire Classic club trail rides in the future will be Tiger’s Legacy and Rogerham Gate will always be our Remembrance Day.

RIP Tiger, you couldn’t have achieved more.

Neil Anderton is the Yorkshire Classic Motorcycle Club President

Post script: Tiger’s AJS YNC526 ended up in the hands of Scottish Six Days assistant Clerk of Course, Alex Smith who rode the 1965 SSDT on the machine. It eventually ended up in Rogart, Sutherland owned by the local postman, John Macdonald.

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John Macdonald, the local postman on his ex-‘Tiger’ Payne AJS 16C (YNC526) on ‘Sonnys’ at Rogart, Sutherland – Photo Grant Family Collection, Rogart

Bob Mac Run 2018 gets refresh

Bob MacGregor 1939
Bob MacGregor (Rudge) in the 1939 SSDT, a trial he won twice (1932 & 1935) and remains the only Scotsman to have won the SSDT in the events 109 year history

The annual Bob MacGregor Memorial Road Run takes place on Tuesday 1st May at Killin.

Organised by Westmorland Motor Club it is open to motorcycles and has a loop of around 139 miles in rural Perthshire.

killin 2018 map

This year the route has been changed and will take it as far out as Blair Atholl and Killiecrankie with fuel at the 60 mile marker.

Entry forms are now released and it costs £15.00 to enter.

WMC-Bob-MacGregor-Run-2018

 

Mike Anderson Passes away after illness

Mike Anderson - Sammy Miller
Mike Anderson (left) pictured here with Sammy Miller MBE during a family visit to Sammy’s museum at New Milton in summer 2017

 

The Scottish trials community was saddened to learn of the death of Dalmellington club stalwart and keen trials rider, Michael Anderson on Monday 8th January, he was sixty years of age. He had been bravely battling cancer for some time, but throughout his treatment remained cheery and positive and continued to ride a motorcycle whenever possible.

Living at Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire, he was originally from Bishop-Auckland in County Durham. Mike as he was known to all, never lost his North-East accent. He was a trials fanatic and amassed a collection of machines over the years. He rode a Royal Enfield many times in the early years of the Pre’65 Scottish Trial and a BSA Bantam and was delighted when his trials riding son, Michael junior was successful in gaining an entry to this years’ Scottish Six Days Trial in May. An event the whole family looked forward to, as well as their annual visits to the Scott Trial in the October.

Mike was married to the hard working Dalmellington club secretary, Heather Anderson and father to daughter, Coral who has been involved in the sport as an observer for many years and latterly an official at the SSDT. He made his living as an opencast mine machine operator.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Tuesday 16th January at St. Brides Church of Scotland, Sanquhar, at 12.30 pm, 1:00pm at the graveside, thereafter to the Sanquhar Community Centre for a funeral tea where the family would like to invite all friends to join them.

Mike’s daughter Coral spoke to Trials Guru and said: “We have been overwhelmed with all the supportive messages, visits and flowers that we have received. It is so comforting to know that my Dad was loved by so many people”.

Trials Guru conveys condolences to the Anderson family at this sad time on behalf of the wider Scottish trials community.

Mike Anderson 1997 Loch Eilde Path
Mike Anderson on his BSA Bantam in the 1997 Pre’65 Scottish on Loch Eilde Path – Photo: Iain Lawie, Kinlochleven.

Tom Ollerton the Bultaco Original

My beautiful picture
Tom Ollerton at Gorgie Market, Edinburgh in 1962 when competing in the Scottish Six Days Trial on his Bultaco when he worked at Anelays Motorcycles. This was the first Bultaco to be ridden in the SSDT.

 

It is with much sadness that Trials Guru brings the news of the passing of  Tom Ollerton at the age of 91 on Christmas Day, 2017.

Ollerton was an active member of Darwen Motor Cycle & Light Car Club (now Darwen Trial Club) in Lancashire, being at one time their club secretary. Tom had the accolade of being the very first rider to compete in the Scottish Six Days Trial on a Bultaco in 1962. The Bultaco machine he rode was a 196cc ‘Sherpa S’ registered in Blackburn, Lancashire as PBV700, his riding number was 8 that year.

He worked at Anelays Motorcycles in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire who were the original importers of the Bultaco brand in the UK and had racing connections. However having ridden the modified Sherpa S in the 1962 Scottish Six Days and again in 1963 riding another Bultaco Sherpa of 155 cc capacity under number 18. Tom was joined in 1964 by Oriol Puig Bultó from the Bultaco factory who provided him with a factory prepared prototype machine riding number 40.

Tom Ollerton 1963
Tom Ollerton on his factory prepared prototype in the 1964 SSDT, tackles ‘Glen Ogle’ on the first day.

Oriol who is the nephew of Senor F.X. Bultó the founding father of the marque, was very impressed by the modifications that Tom had carried out to the standard, dual purpose ‘Sherpa N’ and Puig Bultó set about altering his own factory machine to a similar specification. Oriol was a very competent international motocross rider as well as being an expert trials and ISDT competitor.

It could be said that Ollerton was the fore-runner/creator of the machine that was the basis for Sammy Miller’s ‘Sherpa T’ of November 1964, the model with increased capacity to 244cc, that literally changed the world of trials forever.

Trials Guru’s John Moffat who has followed the history of the Sherpa since childhood said:   “Tom Ollerton’s involvement with developing the ‘Sherpa N’ to close to ‘Sherpa T’ specification has all but been forgotten except for a handful of enthusiasts. Tom Ollerton has been the ‘missing link’ in the Bultaco Sherpa story, my aim is to put that right. Tom Ollerton’s contribution to the Sherpa’s development was significant in nature, having competed in the toughest trial in the world three times on the brand. I wouldn’t take any credit away from Sammy Miller of course, but the trials Bultaco had been in a constant stage of development before Sammy did his secret testing sessions in company with Roy Peplow in the October of 1964 at Senor Bultó’s ranch, called San Antonio.”

Moffat continued: “Sammy Miller’s development work on the Sherpa which eventually became the production Model 10 is well documented, but Tom Ollerton’s contribution to the Bultaco Sherpa, less so.”

Moffat also said: “Having got to know Oriol Puig Bultó very well over the past few years, we have discussed this many times in conversation. He told me that in 1964 he drove a small Fiat 500cc car with a trailer carrying two Sherpa prototype machines, one for himself and the other for his friend Tom Ollerton to ride, all the way from Barcelona to Edinburgh in Scotland for that year’s SSDT. I know that Oriol held Tom Ollerton in high regard, I am certain he will be much saddened to hear of Tom’s passing.”

Our sincere condolences go to the Ollerton family.

Tom Ollerton’s funeral service will take place at St Anne’s Church, Turton, BOLTON, Lancashire BL7 0ER at 1.30pm on Monday, January 8th 2018, followed by cremation at Pleasington, Blackburn, Lancashire BB2 5LE.

Oriol Puig Bultó wrote on 3rd January 2018:

“I am very sad today by the news of Tom Ollerton’s passing.
This brings my memory back to May 1964, when I drove all the way from Barcelona to Edinburgh taking on my trailer two Bultaco Trial prototypes prepared at the factory for the SSDT, one for myself and the other for my team mate Tom Ollerton. The experience we gained at that event helped us to further develop the Trial model towards the Sherpa T. My sympathy and condolences to Tom’s family.”

For more on the Bultaco story go HERE

Jeff Smith Trials Expert

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Coming on to the bookshelves in February 2018 is a new biography written by Ian Berry on Jeff Smith, a man who really should have no introductions, he was of course not only World Motocross champion but also was a very good trials rider, who won the SSDT (1955) and Scott Trial (1954 & 1959).

The book, which is hardback and has 450 pages will be published by Motorsport Publications LLC and Ian hopes to have copies available for the Telford Off Road Show on the weekend of 17/18 February. Price to be announced shortly.

New Year Quiz

Guess the identity of the rider/modifier of this 340 Bultaco Sherpa!

Bultaco - SSDT

The photo was taken at the SSDT in the early eighties – yes we know which year, but do you know who the rider of this modified machine was?

Bultaco enthusiasts will straight away notice the larger alloy air-box, different mudguard stays, additional length mud-flap on the front mudguard, different tank filler cap, much modified clutch casing and operating arm location!

Answer added at foot of page: 31/12/2017

1977 SSDT prog rear cover - Bultaco advert

Answer: Walther Luft from Vienna modified this Bultaco Sherpa 340 in 1982, photo taken at the SSDT the same year by Ian Gibson, Newcastle.

 

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