Sammy Miller for Leven Valley

The news is out that the inaugural ‘Leven Valley Two Day Trial’ to be held on 29/30 September 2018 will have Sammy Miller as the Guest of Honour.

Kinlochleven MCC

The go-ahead Kinlochleven & District Motor Cycle Club announced that the new event will cater for Brit-shock and the later Twin-shock machines on a course that is completely off-road.

Entries will open at 1.00 am on 31st March on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and limited to 150 riders plus a group of invited ‘Guest Riders’.

Sammy Miller has also presented the club with a trophy, which will then be presented by Sammy to the overall winner of the event which will have 30 sections per day utilising many of the networks of paths and private roads which populate the Leven Valley area which surrounds the Argyllshire village.

JOM - Sammy Miller - SMCS
Trials Guru’s John Moffat has interviewed 10 times British Trials Champion, Sammy Miller on many occasions – Photo: Trials Guru/Helen Thomson

Club chairman Martin Murphy told Trials Guru: “We have invested a lot of time in negotiating with landowners, land managers and the local community to put this much needed event on the ground. We will be making good use of the private roads and tracks that are a feature of the locality to avoid any scarring on the hills.”

Murphy continued: “The club are delighted that eleven times British Trials Champion, Sammy Miller has accepted our invitation to be our guest of honour. I discussed it with him at the recent Telford show and he appeared very excited at the proposal and accepted immediately. After all, it was Sammy that effectively created the so-called Pre’65 movement when he moved from Ariel to Bultaco in 1964 and he won the Scottish Six Days, partly in the hills we will use for our Leven Valley Two Day. It was only right and fitting that Sammy should be our main guest.”

Martin also commented: “We have couched our trial planning in similar terms to the now established Highland Classic 2 Day that the Inverness & District club promote on the Alvie Estate, it has been a real success story in Scottish trials and we are keen to compliment that particular event as it is similar to what we are planning around Kinlochleven. We really appreciate the help and assistance that we have received from our neighbouring clubs, those being Inverness & District and the Lochaber & District. It’s all about the sport of trials.”

The new event was heavily promoted during the recent Telford Off Road show in the Midlands and Trials Guru predicts that this will be an oversubscribed event going by the level of enquiries being received both at the show and afterwards.

The Kinlochleven & District club was reformed after an almost 40 year shut down, local man and former trials rider and club member, John MacGregor of Glencoe happened to have the original club badge which is believed to date back to pre WW2 times.

The reformed club also affiliated to the Scottish ACU in early February this year and their secretary, who will be taking the entries is local man David Dougan.

At the time of this news item, there are ‘Special Guests’ and ‘Guest Riders’ that have been approached, so watch this space as no doubt Trials Guru will be informed.

The entry form will be available as a download file on the club’s facebook page: HERE

Sammy Miller 2014 - Telford - Jake Bee
Sammy Miller developed the Bultaco Sherpa T -Photo: Jason Batsford

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