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Highland Classic gets the Schreiber touch

Photos courtesy: Jaxx Lawson; Iain Lawrie; Chris Sharp & Tim Britton Media.

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IDMCC Company Secretary, John Moffat (left); The Laird of Alvie Estate, Jamie Williamson (centre) and Bernie Schreiber (right) at the 2019 Highland Classic Two Day Trial – Photo: Tim Britton Media

The 2019 Highland Classic Two Day Trial – The SWM Edition will go down as one of the most memorable, with the 1979 FIM World Trials Champion and 1982 SSDT winner, Bernie Schreiber as the Inverness & District MCC Ltd’s Guest of Honour, taking centre-stage. Schreiber’s attendance being the first part of a global forty years celebration of the only USA rider to win a Trials title.

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“An Idea without a plan is just a dream” – Bernie Schreiber, 2019

60 year old Schreiber didn’t just be the man of the moment, he rode the trial on a specially prepared TL320 SWM, supplied by of Cheddar, Somerset.

SWM UK supremo, Martin Matthews attended the event as  ‘Trial Partner’ to ensure that the machine fitted Bernie’s requirements during the weekend.

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Bernie also launched his world-wide S3 / Schreiber Collection 40 year clothing range at the Highland venue.

Here is a link to Bernie’s clothing Collection: Bernie Schreiber

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But that was not all, Schreiber had carefully negotiated the use of the prestigious Alvie Estate facilities to host a special trials training and educational day on the Monday following directly on from the main event.

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Bernie Schreiber giving instruction during the Schreiber Experience at Alvie Estate, if you look closely that is a ‘Trials Guru’ decal on his helmet.

Aptly entitled the ‘Bernie Schreiber Experience’, it covered not only bike-craft, but a seventy-minute unique classroom session which was very well received by the twenty students.

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Bernie Schreiber (SWM) captured by the lens of Iain Lawrie

The trial itself consisted of eighteen sections covered twice per day with a variation on the second day to keep riders on their toes.

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Richard Allen was the best SWM rider at the Highland Classic – Photo: Jaxx Lawson (Joat’s Imagery)

One hundred and sixty riders plus twenty-two ‘Guest Riders’ took part, including three times World Champion, Yrjo Vesterinen; TT winner, Iain Duffus; 250cc British racing champion, Donnie McLeod; former Honda factory trials rider, Nick Jefferies plus ten overseas riders from Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, France and Southern Ireland.

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Post 1977 Twinshock B Route class winner Owen Hardesty (Honda) – Photo: Jaxx Lawson

It was hoped that former World Champion in 1981, Gilles Burgat would attend as Special Guest, but he damaged his shoulder at this year’s Scottish Six Days and was still recovering with a possible operation planned in the near future.

Schreiber told Trials Guru: “I really enjoyed my first visit back to Scotland in thirty-seven years. I was determined to add value to my role as the motor club’s guest and I think my input was not only well receive, but substantial. I stayed with the Inverness & District’s Company Secretary, John Moffat and we discussed many aspects of how to make a good event even better, I’m sure he will be taking quite a few of my suggestions and proposals to their board of directors. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Scotland and the scenery at Alvie Estate was breathtaking. I rode the first day with John and day two with Vesty and the company also helped make the visit that bit more special. I aim to return next year to the Highland Classic if I can, for their 2020 Fantic Edition.”

Highland Classic 2019: Class Winners:

A Route:

4ST Unit – Gary Macdonald (0 Marks)

Two Stroke – Yrjo Vesterinen (8 Marks)

4ST Pre-Unit – Kevin Chapman (12 Marks)

Post 1977 Twinshock – Chris Koch (0 Marks) + Special Award from IDMCC Ltd.

U35 P’65 – Calum Murphy (2 Marks)

U35 Twinshock – Ben Butterworth (6 Marks)

B Route:

Two Stroke – Alan Gordon (13 Marks)

4ST Pre-Unit – Gary Shaw (17 Marks)

4ST Unit – Stuart Edgar (10 Marks)

Post 1977 Twinshock – Owen Hardesty (2 Marks)

U35 P’65 – Matthew Giblin (29 Marks)

U35 Twinshock – Andrew Rose (10 Marks)

Best Female – Charlotte Kimber (29 Marks)

Best SWM/Moto Gori – Richard Allen (10 Marks)

Oldest Finisher (Derek J. Edgar Trophy) – Neil Walker (55 Marks)

Best Pre’72 Twinshock – Ross Edgar (136 Marks)

Rockshocks award: A Route Lowest Score – Gary Macdonald

Rockshocks award: B Route Lowest Score – Owen Hardesty



S3 Launch Bernie Schreiber Collection in Scotland

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Highland Classic Two Day Trial – 8/9 June 2019.

S3 have launched the exclusive BERNIE SCHREIBER Celebration Collection today in Scotland, on the Alvie Estate, near Aviemore. 2019 marks forty years of Trials history since Screiber’s 1979 World Championship victory.

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Bernie Schreiber spoke to Trials Guru: “I am proud to partner with S3 to design the exclusive ‘Limited Edition’ and stylish BS Collection to mark this memorable moment in time. Products are available via the link below or via your local S3 retailer in some countries. Enjoy riding in style and keep your feet up”.

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Trial Mag Issue 75 out now

Yes, the Issue 75 is available from Thursday 30th May onwards in full colour gloss with all your Trials News, Action, Events, Product Tests, Interviews and so much more for you full throttle trials enthusiasts. As you would expect from such a high quality independent print publication in its 116 pages brought to you in full colour gloss or in digital format it carries superb images and interesting in depth articles from a team dedicated and passionate about the sport of trials.

For the subscribers check that letterbox from Thursday 30th May onwards and in the news agents later. For all you guys on the go you can find it at most major UK airports and it is also available across all digital platforms to purchase at #pressreader or #issuu Web:


Indoor: 2019 FIM X-Trial ‘Finale’.

International: James Dabill (Beta-GBR) wins the 2019 SSDT.

Catch Up: Felipe Koberg talk’s about the 2019 Jurassic Three Day Trial.


Crossover: Oliver Smith on the OSET.


Project: The making of Motorcycle Retro Replay.

Traditional: Dan Thorpe wins the 2019 Pre-65 ‘Scottish’.

Camera Man: Colin Bullock talks about the ‘Back Catalogue’ collection.


Sport: Are you aware of the trials Etiquette.

Sport: British solo and sidecar action.

Celebration: Bill Wilkinson’s 1969 SSDT victory.

Debut: Bultaco at the 1999 SSDT.

Plus all the regular features including ‘Talk Trials’ with Toni Bou, News, Paddock Pictures and so much more – Remember it’s only Trials!!

If you are looking for ‘Father’s Day’ gift ideas look no further with a subscription that will last for six issues! 

CJ Publishing also have books and all the currents DVD’s in stock.

Donald’s Run In

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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.


SSDT 2019 Nevis Radio coverage

For some years now, Trials Guru’s John Moffat has been involved with the Nevis Radio local media coverage of the Scottish Six Days Trial.

Year on year this coverage gets better with improvements and new features introduced.

Here is the 2019 coverage, Day 1-6, which was streamed out on youtube:

1Day  – SSDT 2019 Day One

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Day 2 – SSDT 2019 Day Two

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Day 3 – SSDT 2019 Day Three

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Day 4 – SSDT 2019 Day Four

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Day 5 – SSDT 2019 Day Five

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Day 6 – SSDT 2019 – Day Six


Dabill’s Highland Fling

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Report: SSDT Media

Photos: Matt Betts

Factory Beta rider, James Dabill has won the 2019 Scottish Six Days Trial and finally brought Dougie Lampkin’s run of seven straight victories to an end and thwarted the Vertigo factory ambassador’s aim of a thirteenth victory in the Edinburgh & District Motor Club’s famous event. James was actually the last rider to win the Scottish before Lampkin’s incredible run and that was back in 2011 when he was also Beta mounted. It was his third SSDT win in total, his first being back in 2007 on a Future Montesa.

James Dabill – 2019 SSDT winner – Photo copyright: Matt Betts

The battling duo went into the final day separated by just two marks with Dabill holding the advantage in a repeat of the final day scenario of 2018. However, whereas he snatched defeat from the very jaws of victory last year when a flat tyre caused a crushing five on Ben Nevis, this year fate was on his side.

Both riders arrived at the crucial Ben Nevis group without having parted with a single mark. The two final sections on Ben Nevis were once again the hardest of the day and arguably of the week. Lampkin arrived first and needed a big dab just after he entered the first section. Dabill, some 20 riders behind Lampkin, rode this section with ease and edged the lead to three marks.

On to the fourth and final section of the group, which was the fateful one for Dabill last year. Just as Lampkin had done in the previous section, Dabill took a big prod after he lost the front wheel on a slippery rock, but then holding his nerve positively, he got the Beta back on track to complete the section without further loss. It was all over, bar the shouting and James had set the record straight.


After the event, James said “There was tremendous pressure all week but I actually rode the bike quite relaxed. It obviously means a lot to beat Doug in this event as he just doesn’t give up and you can’t afford to lose a mark!”

Doug took defeat gracefully but jokingly said he was “…going to sulk for a week!” in the post trial interview with Trials Guru’s John Moffat, who was master of ceremonies at the presentation of awards.

Best performance on the final day was actually posted by Jack Price (Gas Gas) with a superb ride for zero marks, but even this effort was not quite enough to net him the final podium position. That honour was earned by the persistent Dan Peace (Sherco) whose single mark ride was enough to retain a hard earned third place.

Michael Brown finished just behind his Gas Gas teammate, Price after threatening a podium place all week while Iwan Roberts waved the TRRS flag with sixth place, a final day late five ending Iwan’s own podium chance.

World and British Women’s champ Emma Bristow, on the factory Sherco, not only stormed to a phenomenal win in the Ladies class, she also finished an incredible 29th overall, almost two hundred marks ahead of Jess Bown (Scorpa) and Jess had a more than capable ride, only just failing to make the top 100. All nine girls who competed in this year’s Scottish deserve total respect.

French debutante Benoit Dagnicourt (Vertigo) romped to the Best Newcomer’s award, dominated by foreign riders whilst Andy Anderson (Scorpa) eventually pulled away from Joe Dawson (TRRS) and local rider Calum Murphy (TRRS) to take Best Scottish Rider. Inverness clubman Danny Sutherland (Gas Gas) nailed the Scottish Newcomer award.

It was no consolation to Lampkin that he walked away with the Over 40 trophy from cousin Ben Hemingway (Beta) and Gas Gas stalwart Dan Thorpe while Scottish rider Stuart Mack (Beta) was the proud winner of the Services award.

So ends the 2019 Scottish Six Days Trial. The organisation, the weather, the hard-working officials and the riders and supporters all made for another fantastic week of real trials.