Peter ‘Jock’ Wilson dies

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Peter Cameron ‘Jock’ Wilson of Tolworth, Surrey, formerly of Comerfords and Bultaco UK, Portsmouth Road, Thames Ditton and latterly director of SWM UK.

Jock Wilson - 1966 - Comerford BSA 441 - Photo - Don Morley
Jock on the 441 BSA prepared at Comerfords in 1966 – Photo: Don Morley

Jock was born and brought up in Glen Lyon, Perthshire and moved south when he joined the army to do his national service based at Bordon.

Jock was a former Trials and ISDT competitor and went on to manage the Scottish ACU ISDT Vase teams and then the Great Britain ISDT Trophy teams.

Details of his funeral arrangements are not available at this time.

Trials Guru send heartfelt condolences to his widow Patricia and his two sons at this difficult time.

Richmond rally round flood victims

Hannah Richards, Reeth 3-day (Sat) 26-07-15

The following announcement was released by the committee of the Richmond Motor Club (Yorkshire) Ltd (RMC) today, Wednesday 7th August, 2019.

“As many of you will have seen, our local area was hit by flash flooding last week, resulting in devastating damage to many homes, businesses, vehicles and roads and saw livestock and pets swept away. Fortunately no-one lost their lives, although some had near escapes.
The community is pulling together in a fantastic way and there are many offers of support and assistance.
RMC held a meeting last night to discuss how we could help as a club. We are organising a working party on Saturday, 17th August 2019 to help with the clear up in the Reeth area, clearing stone and debris and putting up walls where possible.
Scott Trial secretary and farmer, Ken Wallis said: “Anybody who can help, please meet in Reeth at the Woodward where the Reeth 3 Day starts from at 9.30am to help with a working party.”
Please wear suitable clothing such as boots and gloves and if you can bring shovels, brushes etc that would be much appreciated. If you can’t help hands on, but can help with refreshments for workers, please let us know.
We have already had enquiries from the trialing fraternity asking if we are collecting donations, so the club is setting up a fund raising page.
The Richmond club itself has also pledged to donate £7,500 into this fund, which will be passed on to community funds/organisations in order to support those most affected and also to the Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team, whose rescue services at the height of the floods and ongoing support has proved invaluable to the community.”

This is a very generous effort by the RMC to alleviate the suffering caused by the floods in the Reeth area. It is of course an area where many trials are held annually.

Northern Ireland Moto Trial News

Multiple British Trials Champion and World Championship contender, James Dabill will be in Northern Ireland for a weekend of events on Saturday, 10th and Sunday, 11th of August 2019 in association with Ards and North Down Borough Council.

James will be appearing with Trialstar alongside Multiple Ulster and Irish Champion Andy Perry at The Portavogie Sea Food Festival on Saturday 10th of August from 12pm and then he will be at Whitespots Trials Park in Newtownards on Sunday 11th of August 2019 in conjunction with Moto Trial NI.
James will be giving a Trials School to local competitors on Sunday morning and then competing in a Super Trial event in the afternoon from 1pm alongside the top riders from across Ireland.

If you want to be amazed at what can be done on a motorbike, make sure you get along to either event.


Peter Stirland, Royal Enfield factory rider dies

Peter Thomas Stirland (1935 – 2019)

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of former James, Royal Enfield & Greeves factory trials rider, Peter Stirland of Hungerford.

Peter’s death has occurred in the same year as Johnny Brittain who also rode for the Reddich manufacturer when the UK dominated the trials market with machinery and factory riders.

Prior to Royal Enfield, Stirland rode for James in 1954 and then after the Enfield years, he switched back to two-stroke power, riding for Greeves in 1964 on their TFS machines.

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Peter Stirland on his factory Royal Enfield on Achintee/Ben Nevis in the 1958 Scottish Six Days Trial – Photo: Ray Biddle

Stirland was not only an accomplished trials rider, he also represented Great Britain in the International Six Days Trial on many occasions.

Jeff Smith - Peter Stirland
Jeff Smith (Left) on his wedding day with best man, Peter Stirland (right) at St Mary’s Church in Prestbury, Gloucestershire on July 6th, 1957 – Photo Courtesy of Jeff Smith.

Stirland was the proprietor of Peter Stirland Ltd in Hungerford, Berkshire which was a main Ford car dealership which he founded in 1958 and has been a family owned business to the current day.

Jeff Smith - Peter Stirland - 2018
Jeff Smith (left) with daughter Chris (centre) and Peter Stirland (right) in 2018. Peter was Jeff and Irene Smith’s best man. Photo courtesy of Chris Smith, Wisconsin, USA.

Trials Guru sends sincere condolences to the Stirland family at this difficult time.


Richmond cancel Youth Training

Report: Barry Robinson for Trials Guru & Trials Guru

Photo Credit: Swaledale Mountain Rescue

The Richmond Motor Club have had no option but to cancel the annual Youth Training Training School.

It was scheduled for July 31/August 1, however flood damage at Lawrence Allison’s Cogden Hall Farm and other road damage have forced road closures in the Grinton area and this has given organisers Vicky Andrews and Pam Braithwaite no options at this time.

They hope to find an alternative date in August to get the school back on track.

Trials Guru and the wider trials community send our sympathies to landowners and farmers at this very difficult time of flash flooding in the North Yorkshire Dales.


Since the ravaging floods of July 30th 2019, much has been reported in the national press and television.

The Richmond Motor Club (Yorkshire) Ltd have since called a meeting of members and committee as they regularly make use many areas of farm land and moorland in the Reeth/Grinton/Richmond area and are keen to make a contribution to the plight of local landowners.

It is believed that the club are keen to mobilise help parties of club members and trials riders to effect a clean up and support operation on a local basis.

Club members have been asked to check the RMC website for details of club activity in this regard.

Richmond Motor Club

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Prototype: Tenaci-Wong TWC200 – Its Chinese Time.

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Factory Visit: Electric Motion, France – The Doors are Open.

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Observation: Ian Smith – A Few Words from Spain.

Catch Up: Robert Crawford – Irelands ‘Rocky’ Tells All.

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Vans: Van and Combi – What’s Your Next Van?

Dealer Visit: Marsh MX – 450 Machines Under One Roof.

Youth: Mintex Trial – Its ‘Race’ Day for the Youths.

Youth: British Championship – The ‘Kids’ are Alright.

Sport: British Championship – All the Action.

Classic: Highland Classic – SWM Action at Alvie Estate.

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