Donald’s Run In

Donald Buchan - 2019 SSDT Windows
Donald Buchan pictured with the 1959 BSA he helped ‘run-in’ pre-trial for Ron Thomson – Photo: Graeme Buchan.

Trials Guru in association with the Scottish Six Days Trial committee was instrumental in arranging all the bikes for the shop windows at SSDT time. This included the machine on display in Marshall & Pearson’s window, the 1959 BSA C15T which was first owned by local man Ron Thomson.

The story of Ron’s 1959 SSDT was in the official programme and caused great interest in the town because it was a local story.

Donald Buchan, who had a motorcycle shop in Perth was up for the Sunday SSDT parade and took time to go and look at the SSDT windows.

The first one he came to was Marshall & Pearson, the bike on display he recognised straight away as the very machine he helped to ‘run-in’ for his then foreman, none other than Ron Thomson.

Donald told Trials Guru: “I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the BSA, it brought back so many happy memories of sixty years ago when I was apprenticed to Ron Thomson and I was charged to run the bike between Perth and Dundee daily, to get some miles on it before the Scottish that year”.

Ron’s BSA was the only one out of eight similar models to complete the course as the factory bikes all dropped out with mechanical trouble, leaving Ron as the sole finisher, much to the annoyance of BSA bosses who were looking for some results to promote sales of the then, new model.

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One thought on “Donald’s Run In”

  1. Top news as always, Top story indeed, I think observed trial is one of the few sports that you can take in the blood and in the heart.

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