Something a little different

Trials Guru is of course all about the sport of trials, but its’ creator, John Moffat is interested in all forms of motorcycle sport, that includes Motocross.

John was invited to get a ‘bit involved’ in the recent Drumlanrig Grand National Motocross on the weekend of 13-15th July, 2018.

Held in the grounds of the majestic Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries and Galloway, the stately home of the Duke of Buccleuch, the event was very well supported and is becoming the premier motocross event in Scotland.

It was promoted and organised by the re-formed and locally based Galloway Motorcycle Club, which was a club that had started out in the 1930s and folded around 2011. The good news is that it is back up and running again, affiliated to the Scottish ACU and headed up by Fraser Dykes (Chairman) and Willie Brown (Secretary) and has a strong nucleus of committee members, all willing to get their hands dirty.

Moffat’s remit was to conduct a full hour-long interview on the Friday evening with the 1982 World 500cc Motocross Champion, Brad Lackey who kept the audience spell-bound with his recounts of his life in professional motocross as a factory rider for CZ, Kawasaki, Honda and Suzuki.

Moffat also hosted the ‘Galloway Gathering’ on the Saturday night which saw many former Scottish Motocross riders and champions being interviewed to keep the crowd both intertained and informed. This was all done in a massive marquee on site.

Here are some photos taken during the three day event, courtesy of former Trials & Motocross News reporter, Graham Milne which gives a flavour of what Trials Guru had been getting up to at Drumlanrig!

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World 500cc Motocross Champion in 1982 was Suzuki’s Brad Lackey, here talking to Trials Guru at Drumlanrig – Photo: Graham Milne

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Billy Edwards on the left was a former Bultaco, CCM, Kawasaki and Maico rider… and oh yes he was Scottish Motocross Champion in 1979. Photo: Graham Milne

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Vic Allan (left) was double British Motocross Champion 250/500cc in 1974 on Bultaco Pursangs – Photo: Graham Milne

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Roy Black Jnr (left) was both Junior and Senior Scottish Motocross Champion in successive years, the only rider to achieve this on Maico – Photo: Graham Milne

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Brad Lackey tells John Moffat exactly how he won the 1982 World 500cc Motocross Championship for Suzuki, a ten year ‘journey’ – Photo: Graham Milne

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Photo: Graham Milne

 

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