C.H. Wood – Master Film-maker

Trials Guru is honoured to be permitted access to the photographs taken by the well-known film-maker, Mr. Charles Harold Wood of Bradford, who began a photographic career in 1922.

The firm of C.H. Wood (Bradford) Limited, formed in 1932 made many films for Castrol oils, both to publicise their products and promote motor sport in general.

Many motor and motor cycle clubs made use of the Castrol film facility for club film show evenings across the length and breadth of the UK.

Recently David Wood, son of C.H. Wood was speaking to Trials Guru’s John Moffat and they realised that they had family connections back to the late ninteen sixties and seventies.

In 1968, the Wood film company were shooting a film in Scotland at Ryeflat Farm, Carstairs, Lanarkshire. This was a scrambles event run by the Edinburgh Southern MC and Moffat’s father, T. Arnott Moffat was instrumental in organising the filming which was eventually formed part of the Castrol film, ‘Quartet for Two Wheels’. This was four motorcycle events in one movie. A scramble in Scotland, the Inter Centre Team Trial in Wales, Racing at Scarborough’s Olivers Mount and road racing at Kirkistown in County Down, Northern Ireland.

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Filming at Ryeflat, Carstairs for ‘Quartet for Two Wheels’ – An unknown piper with Mrs. C.H. Wood recording sound, watched by director, Harold Wood, Derek Guy of Castrol and David Wood captures the action on a professional cine camera.  Copyright – David Wood Archive

The Wood family attended these events and both David and Harold Wood met Arnott Moffat. David also met Moffat at many Scottish Six Days Trials over the years, when on location to make more films for the Castrol Film Library.

David Wood and John Moffat met at the 2014 Scott Trial Reunion dinner at the Ripon Spa Hotel, organised by mutual friend Alan ‘Sid’ Lampkin. The meeting was recorded by John Hulme of Trial Magazine that evening.

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Scott Trial Reunion 2014 photo by John Hulme of Trial Magazine UK – Left to right: Arthur Lampkin; the late Martin Lampkin; Rob Edwards (on Scott machine); Alan ‘Sid’ Lampkin; David Wood; John Brittain & John Moffat

Some time later, David started looking at Trials Guru website and decided that it would be a good place to allow some of his father’s trials archive to be seen.

David Wood told Trials Guru recently: “My father was C. H. Wood of course but after he retired I ran the company for another twenty years, making over two-hundred motor sport films not only for Castrol and Shell, but for companies such as BSA/Triumph, Yamaha, Honda, Camel, Champion, Dunlop and Suzuki. The last Scottish Six Days film I made was ‘Mick Andrews Trials Champion’.

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Camera, action! – David Wood seen here filming Mick Andrews in 1973 at Edinburgh’s Gorgie Market at the start of the SSDT during the making of ‘Mick Andrews Trials Champion’ for Yamaha Motor Company. Photo courtesy of David Wood Archive

I kept the C. H. Wood name as a tribute to my father, but many people think he was a one man band who made films for 70 odd years. When I retired C.H. Wood (Bradford) Ltd had a staff of over 30.
The later films were made with quite large crews and though it was hard work I wouldn’t change anything”.

What better opportunity to do this but at Scott Trial time. So here we are, some examples of C.H. Wood’s work, some never having been seen in public before.

Trials Guru are delighted to be able to bring you these images and are indebted to David Wood’s generosity.

Please be aware that all these images belong to the David Wood Archive and no reproduction can be made without express written permission from Mr. David Wood.

The images can be seen within the Scott Trial page on Trials Guru HERE

SSDT Action 2017

We are always looking for something unusual in the world of trials, but here we have discovered a couple of videos from the 2017 SSDT, one of the warmest on record for many years.

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German Sherco rider, Tommy Schubert with the handlebar moustache on Garbh Bheinn – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

If you were there, see if you are on them.

Thanks to (YouTube) Nevis Radio in Fort William and Jitsie.com

Trials Guru – no ordinary trials media – Dedicated to the Sport!

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Jitsie video: The Adventures of Milky & Jan

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Felipe Koberg on Lower Mamore 2017 – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

Scott Trial 2017 just around the corner

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Ben Hemingway (Beta) captured by the lens of ace photographer, Barry Robinson at the 2016 Scott.

The annual Scott Trial, 2017 is being held over the Swaledale moors on Saturday, 21st October.

Organised by the Richmond Motor Club (Yorkshire) Ltd, it promises to be a challenge of man (or woman) and machine over approximately 75 miles of open moorland, streams and beautiful Yorkshire Dales countryside.

The event has been run for 103 years, but this of course is it’s 92nd event, due to the intervening war years, 1914-1918 and 1939-1945, plus the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001, when no events were run.

The Clerk of Course this year is once again, Paul Robinson, a local joinery contractor and trials enthusiast, he promises that the event will be a challenge, with some changes to the route to keep the riders on their toes.

The trial starts near to Feldom Ranges, outside Richmond DL11 7LS and the first rider starts at 09:00 prompt with riders leaving at twenty second intervals thereafter.

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Michael Brown (JST Gas Gas 300) was second place overall last year – Photo: John Hulme/Trial Magazine UK 2016

Start official is the ever enthusiastic local Councillor, John Blackie of Richmondshire District Council who is a keen supporter of the Scott Trial.

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Councillor, John Blackie (left) is a well-known face on the Scott Trial start field and will be the Official Starter again in 2017 – Photo: John Hulme/Trial Magazine

Councillor Blackie makes sure he is at the start early to have a cup of tea and a bacon roll before taking up his duties on the start ramp.

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With runner up, Michael Brown in the background, Trials Guru’s John Moffat interviews Scott Trial 2016 winner, James Dabill at the finish – Photo: John Hulme/Trial Magazine.

Trials Guru’s John Moffat will be on hand to do some snappy interviews of riders as they approach the start ramp, always a ‘tense’ time for competitors.

Diane Horner stood down as event secretary at the end of last year’s trial, so Ken Wallis has taken on the job for 2017. Ken is certainly no stranger to the Scott as the start field is provided by his family. His wife Chris was a previous secretary also.

If you are planning to attend, please remember to buy a copy of the official programme, it costs £5.00 and will be available at the start field where a team of ladies will happily take your money in exchange for a copy of the programme which has 88 pages packed with information for spectating, where to see and how to get there. A full entry list of riders and teams are included at the back of the programme along with last year’s results and all the award details that the riders are competing to win.

There are also interesting articles and photos about the event’s history and the people who organise it and those who allow the trial to cross their property. It is indeed a great souvenir to remind you of a fantastic day’s sport in North Yorkshire.

If you want a copy sent directly to you at a slightly higher price, due to postage and packing, then this can be done by visiting the club’s official website: RICHMOND MOTOR CLUB

Remember, all proceeds from the sale of the official programme go to the local ‘Scott Charities’, so please ‘dig deep’ and help the club raise as much money as possible for these very worthy causes.

Copies of the programme will be available from Saturday, 7th October at local shops and businesses, petrol stations etc.

If you are planning to hang around Richmond after the event, the awards presentation takes place in the Richmondshire Cricket Club, near the town centre. It starts around 8.15pm with the Charity Auction, again proceeds go to the ‘Scott Charities’. The final results will not be known until they are read out by the presenter and handed over by the guest of honour, a well-known former British Trials Champion from the 1970s.

More on THE SCOTT TRIAL

 

Scott Time – 2017

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Sixty years ago this year, Anthony H. ‘Tony’ Bisby from Sheffield and his 197cc Dot takes part in the 1957 Scott, he rode up until the 1964 event – Photo: Charlie Watson, Hull

With but a few weeks until the annual Yorkshire classic is due to be run (Saturday, 21st October), Trials Guru takes a quick look at this unique and historic event.

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Previous winner four times, Dougie Lampkin (Vertigo) was out of luck after suffering a problem on the course, seen here at Orgate – Photo copyright: Lorenzo Burnet

The Scott is a very special event in the UK trials calendar. Special in that it has roots back to 1914 and this year 2017, is the 92nd edition to be run in the last 103 years. The only time the Scott wasn’t organized was 1915-1918; 1939-1945, known as the war years and 2001, when the ‘foot and mouth’ epidemic hit Britain.

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Sixty years ago, C. R. Dickens lofts the front wheel of his 197cc Greeves in the 1957 Scott – Photo: Charlie Watson, Hull

For 2017, there will be changes to the route with some fresh hazards and the course will be ridden in the opposite direction to standard. This is done every four or five years to add a bit of variety for regular riders.

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Yorkshireman, Tom Ellis the rider/dealer from Ripon on his factory BSA in the 1957 Scott Trial, trophy in his name is competed for in this historic event – Photo: Charlie Watson, Hull

The Scott Trial raises funds for the local ‘Scott Charities’ a group of worthy causes in the Richmond area and the grand total of £160,000 has been raised over the twenty-six years that Richmond Motor Club (Yorks) Ltd have been promoting the event on behalf of Yorkshire Centre A-CU.

This is done through sales of the official souvenir programme, priced at £5.00, it is a ‘must buy’ for any serious Scott spectator, bursting with features and articles, it gives details of where to see and this year features ‘Scott Landowners – past & present’, families who farm the local area and give their ground willingly so that the trial can pass smoothly.

The programme can be obtained locally at a variety of outlets in Richmond and surrounding villages or via the Richmond Motor Club website by post at a slightly higher cost to cover postage and packing. http://www.richmondmotorclub.com

Another source of fund raising is the ‘Charity Auction’ on the Saturday evening at the Richmondshire Cricket Club in the town centre, which starts at 8.30 pm. Lots are auctioned off and there are bargains to be grabbed on the night. Again all proceeds go to the ‘Scott Charities’.

For more Scott Trial information, have a look at our SCOTT TRIAL page on Trials Guru.

Classic Trial Issue 22

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Yes, the Classic Trial Magazine issue 22 is the autumn publication and is ready to feed the appetites of all you fans of the golden era of trials. Inside you will find a wide variety of articles using many pictures never printed before from the very best photographers in the trials world, along with a mine of information to accompany them with interesting articles and features. If you already subscribe start to check your letter boxes later this week. Remember the magazine is subscription only.

Inside this A4 size full colour issue which carries 100 pages you will find the following:

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Special Greeves/Triumph: We look at a very Special association as Justyn Norek puts the Greeves/Triumph through its paces and brings a little bit of nice history with it.

Classic Competition: The 1965 Scott Trial seen through the camera of Brian Holder.

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Micro Machine: Who had a BSA Bantam, Classic Trial Magazine Editor John Hulme did, we look at this superb machine which opened the door to the world of motorcycles for so many people. We also talk with Mick Bowers who was so involved with the project.

Classic Machine: Comerfords in its hay day was a massive part of the off-road scene. The BSA Bantam and Triumph Tiger Cub conversions are looked at.

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Game Over: What actually did finish DOT Motorcycles is the question we asked works rider Eric Adcock.

Vision: It was a short trip across the channel to find out about the Terrot 175cc.

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Retro: In 1987 the World Trials Championship was beginning to witness the great Jordi Tarres on the Beta.

Showcase: Blackpool opened its doors to a motorcycle show in 1973, we take a look inside.

How to Ride: Mud was never a problem to the legend that is Sammy Miller. Learn how to ride it on your classic machine with the master.

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International: Ace photographer Eric Kitchen was on hand along with Mike Rapley and the ‘Trials Guru’ John Moffat to bring us all the news from the Bultaco Reunion.

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Sport: Gary Macdonald takes the front cover as the winner of one of Scotland’s premier trials the Alvie based Highland Classic. “Macdonald is the most successful Scottish Trials rider of all time” – Trials Guru, 2017. We also bring you up to speed with the Kia supported Twinshock championship.                                                                                                                  

Workshop: We supply and easy to follow guide on manufacturing your own Air Filter Box for the Yamaha TY.                                                                                     

Remember Classic Trial Magazine is only available on subscription – It’s so easy to subscribe just go to www.trialmaguk.com and yes it’s an all English website. Click on the Shop Trialmag toolbar at the top of the page and it will dropdown all your options to order.

Build it and they will come

A facebook interest page has spawned a new event in Derbyshire, we catch up with Mark Trueman…

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Words: Trials Guru – Mark Trueman

Photos: Nigel Ward

Facebook is of course a world-wide social media website and trials is becoming well catered for in that popular place, it now boasts over 5,000 members.

A general interest entitled “Hard to Find Twinshock Trials and Aircooled Mono” has now a large following, with members trading parts and complete machines. It is quite refreshing as it isn’t just another chat room, riders are helping other riders.

The result was the creation of a ‘Group Trial’ where members of the facebook group were invited to compete in a two day trial at two separate venues in Derbyshire.

Mark Trueman from Sheffield, England is the man behind this special interest group and puts a lot of time and effort into keeping it fresh and sensible. If people post inappropriate content or comment, he politely asks them to remove it, before it is removed. Most if not all, comply!

Here is the report on the third edition of the ‘Two Day Group Trial’ or 2DGT for short:

Hard To Find Twinshock Trials & AC Mono – Two Day Group Trial – 22ND / 23RD July 2017

Day One : Burycliffe Farm, Elton, Derbyshire

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Day Two : Dudwood Farm, Elton, Derbyshire

The ever popular Facebook Group 2 Day Trial headed back to the rolling Countryside of Derbyshire over the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd of July, stageing its 3rd edition.

Hosted and organised by the well known pairing of ‘YMSA’ couple of Barry & Sally Burton, with on the weekend assistance from facebook master, Mark Trueman, a weekend fielding over forty riders competed over the ten section, four laps per venue courses.

Classes were offered for Pre’65, Twinshock, along with a smattering of the comparatively modern Aircooled Monos.

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Heavy pre-event rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the entrants, and sections were designed and set out by trials master, Mr Mick Andrews leading up to the event.

Camping and entertainment was provided on the Saturday, and riders came from as far and wide as Malta and the Isle Of Man, as well as a strong contingent from the Southern Counties, for what is fast becoming a popular yearly event.

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Day one saw Dan Clark ride clean on his 1987 Honda RTL250 in the Expert Aircooled Mono class with an exceptional ride in the sticky conditions, as you would expect from a rider with his natural ability and experience.

Day one also saw Paul ‘Mac’ Houghton only lose 3 marks on his smartly turned out 1989 Gas Gas 250 in the Novice Aircooled Mono class, with Danny Littlehales riding well in the Pre’65 Expert category.

Andrew Bunton taking the spoils on the first day on his 1983 SWM 320 in the Twinshock Novice class.

In the Twinshock Expert class, a great ride also from Matt Spink on a 1980 Suzuki saw him clean all ten on the day.

With Richard Rogers riding a 1984 Fantic 300 and Jim Williams on board a 1983 SWM 350 ‘JUMBO’ cancelling each other out in the 50/50 Twinshock class.

Day two provided a few more entrants on the day, and complimented perfectly the great weekend had by all in drying conditions, providing a little more grip in the Rocky sections.

OVERALL RESULTS AFTER DAY 2

  • AIRCOOLED MONOSHOCK – EXPERT – DAN CLARK – 0 MARKS LOST
  • TWINSHOCK – EXPERT – MATT SPINK – 6 MARKS LOST
  • PRE 65 – EXPERT – DANNY LITTLEHALES – 44 MARKS LOST
  •  TWINSHOCK – 50/50 – RICHARD ROGERS – 39 MARKS LOST
  • PRE 65 – 50/50 – SIMON SMITTS – 44 MARKS LOST
  •  AIRCOOLED MONOSHOCK – NOVICE – PAUL ‘Mac’ HOUGHTON – 7 MARKS LOST
  • TWINSHOCK – NOVICE – ANDREW BUNTON – 17 MARKS LOST

Well done to all involved, and the planning now starts for next year’s event to again be staged at Elton, Derbyshire. All details to be found when available on the ‘Hard To Find Twinshock Trials and Aircooled Monos’ facebook Page.

Allan Johnston 1933-2017

OBITUARY:

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Allan Johnston 1933-2017

It is with sadness that Trials Guru has to announce the passing of SSDT enthusiast and former competitor, G. Allan Johnston on July 21st, 2017.

Educated at George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh, Allan was a well-known figure in the parc-ferme area of the SSDT in more recent years, being a machine examiner on the team led by Chief Machine Examiner, Archie Plenderleith.

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Allan Johnston checking machines in the Parc Ferme at the SSDT – Photo: Heather Mead, Dingwall

Johnston who lived in Longniddry, East Lothian was father to Scottish trials riders, Keith and Paul and rode in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He leaves a widow, Thelma.

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Allan Johnston’s eldest son Keith was a former Youth Scottish Trials Champion seen here on a 320 Majesty Yamaha prepared by Allan at Edinburgh St. George, Lauder Trial. – Photo: Jimmy Young

Allan also assisted Team Yamscot in the 1970s and 1980s when the Aberdeen dealers Shirlaws Ltd were promoting Yamaha off-road and racing machinery under the Yamscot moniker. He was a member of the Edinburgh Southern MC and worked as a Telephone Engineer firstly with Post Office Telephones and latterly BT.

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Allan Johnston (right) working with SSDT Clerk of Course Jeff Horne in 2013 – Photo Heather Mead, Dingwall

Allan had a passion for anything on two or four wheels and owned a dark blue and black, 1926 Morris ‘Bullnose’ Oxford which was owned previously by a retired Doctor. Unfortunately it was involved in a minor collision with another vehicle and such was his sense of perfectionism, he wouldn’t allow the insurers have it repaired at a garage because: “I would never have been happy with a repair I hadn’t done myself”.

As well as preparing his son’s trials machines and tuning Karts for racing, Allan obtained great pleasure from his work as a volunteer at the East Lothian based ‘Museum of Flight’ at East Fortune where he helped restore Concorde for display and also maintained the models and displays.

Funeral details: Tuesday, 1st August at Seafield Crematorium, Edinburgh at 14.00 hours. Family and friends welcome. Collection fro Cancer Research UK.

SCOTT 2017 – OPEN

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‘The Scott Trial’ logo is copyright Richmond Motor Club (Yorks) Ltd.

The famous Scott Trial, the toughest one-day motorcycle trial of them all and over 100 years old will take place in Swaledale, North Yorkshire on Saturday 21st October 2017.

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Geoff Duke (Ariel Colt 250) gets a helping hand to extract his machine from the waters of ‘Washfold Splash’ in the 1957 Scott – Photo: Charlie Watson, Hull

The entry forms and regulations have now been released for this annual classic of motorcycle trialsport, organised in the last 26 years by the Richmond Motor Club (Yorkshire) Ltd.

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Ben Hemingway (Beta) captured by the lens of ace photographer, Barry Robinson at the 2016 Scott. – Copyright: Barry Robinson (NUJ)

Entry forms and regulation smay be obtained by visiting the official club website: http://www.richmondmotorclub.com

or follow this direct link to the page where you can download the documents: HERE

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James Dabill (Vertigo) winner of the 2016 Scott Trial – Photo copyright: John Hulme/Trial Magazine 2016

The event limits riders to 200 combatants.

Photos: Courtesy and copyright of Barry Robinson (NUJ); John Hulme/Trial Magazine & Charlie Watson

 

Claude Coutard 1928-2017

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Claude Coutard 1928 – 2017 – Photo Trial-Club.com

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of a great enthusiast of the sport, Claude Coutard from France.

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1998 Claude Coutard (250 Greeves) on Loch Eild Path – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

He was a well-known rider who competed on Greeves machines in the 1960s. He was father to multiple French Trials Champion, Charles.

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Claude Coutard watches his son, Charles Coutard (Greeves) on Loch Eild Path in 1998 – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

French super-enthusiast Oliver Barjon spoke to Trials Guru about Claude’s passing:

I first met Claude Coutard in the seventies, at the world rounds when his was helping his son, Charles. We talked a lot, as Charles was very focused on his riding.
I will never forget Claude’s blue eyes, until his last years.
Claude discovered trials in the nineteen-fifities, in the woods near Paris (St Cucufa), it really was the beginning of trial sport in France. From that time, his life was dedicated to our sport.
Firstly as a rider, he was the vice French champion behind Christian Rayer, and as ‘the’ French promoteur of our sport  for over 50 years, until recently.
I was 30 years and and one week younger than Claude, sometime on the trials we wish each other ‘happy birthday’.
After Greeves, he rode Bultacos and had a shop in Lyon named ‘Coutard Service’.
We will all miss Claude and our hertfelt sympathies go to his widow, Josette, son Charles and all the Coutard family.”

 

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Claude Coutard and his beloved Greeves in 1994 at Mons, Belgium – Photo: Oliver Barjon

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Claude Coutard (Greeves) – Photo: Jean-Claude Commeat (Photo by Claudio)