Highland Hits High Notes


Rob Shepherd with the ex-factory Honda at the Highland Classic 2017 – The Honda Edition – Photo: Jean Caillou

Photos: Jean Caillou & Lorna Brakenridge

Tracing their events’ roots back to 1950, the Inverness & District MCC, Scotland’s most northerly trials club are delighted that their annual Highland Classic Two Day Trial was voted a great success by those whose opinions really count, the riders!

The club have been flooded by e-mail messages by grateful competitors who enjoyed a weekend of great sport at the Alvie Estate, just four miles south of Aviemore on 10/11th June.

The Highland Classic is fast becoming the premier event to ride in Scotland whether you have a Pre’65 or twin-shock machine. This year the theme was ‘The Honda Edition’ and the Guest of Honour was former British Trials Champion, Rob Shepherd, a rider whose name will always be associated with the Honda marque.


Nick Jefferies was Special Guest and kept the riders entertained with his witty banter and facts about the Honda trials effort back in the 1970s – Photo: Jean Caillou

Special Guest was Nick Jefferies, a man who not only talks about trials but can ride as well, having picked up the B Route Two Stroke award on a BSA Bantam borrowed from Rob’s brother Norman. Jefferies hasn’t really ridden a trial since 2003, but showed that he indeed ‘still has it’ in the words of Norman Shepherd.

Part of Nick’s winnings was a brand new MICHELIN rear tyre which he immediately promised to friend Norman Shepherd for the loan of the machine.

Jefferies told Trials Guru: “What a great event, the organisation is absolutely first class and everyone is so friendly, it really lives up to its name, the Friendliest Classic Trial in Scotland. What a wonderful place to hold an event, this is all due to the landowner, Laird Jamie Williamson who welcomes such events onto his land, what a breath of fresh air”.


Full reports are expected to appear in both Classic Trial Magazine and Classic Dirt Bike over the next few months.

The Honda connection was supported by French Honda enthusiasts, Jean Caillou and Olivier Barjon who travelled many hundreds of miles to get to the Alvie Estate..


Jean Caillou, Rob Shepherd, Olivier Barjon, Yrjo Vesterinen and Nick Jefferies soak up the atmosphere at the 2017 Honda Edition of the Highland Classic.

Caillou: “I really enjoyed the experience, I have ridden Alvie before and it is a true classic event which has grown over the years”

Competitor, Darren Walker told the Inverness club secretary John Moffat: “I think I have died and gone to trials heaven, how do you manage to get permission to ride in a beautiful place like this?”


Alvie Estate hosted the Honda Edition of the annual Highland Classic which is the ‘must do event’ in Scotland – Photo: Jean Caillou

The Inverness club put a great effort into the event which was thought up by club Chairman, Malcolm Smith, who is originally from Dunsfold in Surrey. The event began on 2003 as a one day trial, but spurred on by Scottish super-enthusiast, Jock McComisky, it evolved into a two-day affair in 2004.

The relaxed but sporting atmosphere at the Highland Classic has raised the bar in Scotland with many saying openly that it is simply the best in Scotland now. Unfortunately this has meant over-subscription of the 150 rider limit.

Club and Company General Secretary John Moffat said: “We had a number of very good younger riders enter this year, but the club are keen to retain the level of severity that accommodates the bulk of the entry. We will not be raising the bar as far as section severity is concerned, we have hit an optimal solution of two routes, the easier B route is designed with Pre’65 machines in mind. What we have been striving to do is raising the bar on the infrastructure, this is without doubt the ‘Friendliest trial in Scotland’ now and we intend to keep it that way and develop that mantra further. We have the riders to thank for making it so as many travel hundreds of miles to take part. If we got it wrong, it would be so easy to ride somewhere a bit more local. The observers who are invaluable, many of those are coming up to help us, it’s fantastic”.

The event was supported by Putoline Oils UK; Apico Factory Racing and Classic Trial Magazine who provided both product and promotional material for the event, much of which went direct to the competitors and observers. The club also ran two observers’ prize draws during the event.

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Honda 2017 moves over for Montesa 2018 at the Friendliest Classic trial, the Highland Classic – Photo: Lorna Brakenridge

Entries will open on 1st February for the 2018 Highland Classic Two Day which will be the Montesa Cota Edition, celebrating fifty years since the original ‘Cota’ was launched in 1968. No doubt the organisers are already investigating which guest of honour and guest riders they will have with MONTESA connections. The event will be held once again at Alvie Estate on 9/10th June, 2018.


Brian Valder – Western Stalwart


Brian Valder (left) receives his ACU medal of honour in 2016


Brian Valder at Tower Hill Paley Cup Trial in 1961

Words: Ben Falconer, with Credit to: ACU Western Centre

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to a great servant of motorcycle sport who put in more than he got out over seven decades.

Brian Valder will be deeply missed in Gloucestershire, where he threw himself in to volunteering at hundreds of events, after moving to Quedgeley in 2004. Prior to that he had been involved in motorcycle sport in the High Wycombe area since the 1950s.

He died aged 83 on May 23, 2017 and on Sunday Cheltenham Home Guard MCC held a minute’s silence and applause before their Hazleton trial, and Zona 1 MCC posted up a photo of Brian at section one of their evening trial on Wednesday, May 24.

He also marshalled at 62 Kingsway Parkruns, where his daughter Amanda and grandson Declan run.

A very capable rider, he placed fourth and fifth in the Scottish Six Days Trial in 1955 and 1956 and rode a Greeves in scrambles, Brian was a key organiser too and in January of this year was presented with the Auto Cycle Union, the sport’s governing body, Medal of Honour for his lifetime of service to the sport.


Brian Valder riding a scramble on his Greeves

He started competing in the 1950s on a DOT motorcycle. He progressed to a Greeves, which became his preference and occasionally borrowed an Ariel which he enjoyed riding. Known as ‘The Manager’ by his club, Wycombe District Motorcycle Club, he organised their team in the South Midland Inter Club Trial which they won. He once finished the Scottish Six Days on the Saturday and headed home to ride in a major trial on the Sunday.

Such was his enthusiasm that when he stopped riding in the 70’s he became a steward in the ACU South Midland for trials and motocross. He later took on several roles, co-ordinating the centre stewards for twelve years, he was course recorder, and along with his wife Bridie, senior sound meter operator for the centre. Otherwise almost every week they could be found organising the paddock at local and national motocross events held in the ACU South Midland centre.


Brian Valder (Greeves) in the 1961 Manx Two Day Trial.

For many years, Brian was a respected member of the South Midland Competition Committee, and earned a vice presidency there. Brian was a member of the ACU panel of adjudicators for the sport for many years.

When he moved to Gloucester in 2004 he immediately became involved with ACU Western activities. He became a delegate for the Gloucester and Cotswold Motor Club, also a steward once again for his new centre and an observer at trials most weekends.

He was so much in demand that on one occasion he conducted a ballot to choose between two clubs who had asked for his services as an observer. He was awarded the Dick Wyatt trophy, an award given only for exceptional hard work for ACU Western events. He was also made a vice-president of the centre.


ACU Western chairman Tony Noel commented: “It is difficult to imagine someone who has consistently put so many years into ACU sport in different parts of the country, helping to ensure that our sport takes place”.

ACU Western vice chairman Tom Welch said: “He was a true gentleman, respected by all who knew him. Thoughtful, caring, willing, he never grumbled, was considerate, inspirational to the youth riders, he has left a legacy of fairness and abiding by the rules.

His life was extremely well spent. He will be sadly missed, however we have some very fond memories that will be everlasting.”

The funeral will be held on Friday, June 9 at 12.30pm at Gloucester Crematorium. Family flowers only with donations in lieu for the ACU Benevolent Fund or The British Heart Foundation c/o Beechwood Funeral Services Ltd, 7a Highfield Place, Gloucester GL4 4PB.

Mike Rapley wrote for Trials Guru about Brian Valder:

I was sorry to learn of the passing of Brian Valder recently. When I was a kid, I lived in Slough and observed at many South Midland Centre trials with my dad at Wycombe Club events where Brian was a stalwart of the organisation. Indeed, Wycombe organised many great trials using favourite venues that I knew well called Common Hill Wood and Great Wood, places of which I have fond memories.

He rode a Greeves in those days and regularly rode in all SM events as well as setting out his own club’s trials, and as a kid he was very much one of my local favourites as I took photos of riders in those days and tried to sell them for 2/6d

When I moved to the South West aged 19, I lost contact with the Wycombe Club and Brian and it wasn’t until the winter of 2015 that I took a phone call at home one evening with Brian on the line saying that he had heard that I intended to ride in a Western Centre trial that coming weekend.

I did ride that trial, having heard that it was a good event and Brian was there observing. We had a good long chat about his trials that I had observed nearly 50 years earlier, with the roles reversed, me riding and him observing on that December day 2015. It was very good to meet him again and now the sport has lost a great ambassador, who served the South Midland and Western Centres with enthusiasm.

Kenny Fleming Dies

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1970, Kenny Fleming, second from left in the year he won his second Scottish Trials title. On the far left is Allie Beag Cameron, second right Rodger Mount and on right, Alastair Macgillivray

Former Scottish Trials Champion, Kenneth McLean (Kenny) Fleming has died after a short illness on Thursday 25th May, 2017 aged 81.

Member of both Perth & District and Lochaber motorcycle clubs, the son of a farmer from Dunblane in Perthshire, Fleming was a serious, talented competitor who won the Scottish title twice, in 1965 and again in 1970. He took part in two International Six Days Trials first on an ex-Ken Heanes 500cc Triumph (Garmish-Partenkirchen, 1969) and an East German built 250cc MZ (El Escorial, Madrid, 1970). He was also a keen wrestler and excelled at this sport also.

The farm which his father owned was on reputedly poor arable ground, however the Fleming family opened the land out to create a sand and gravel quarry and benefitted financially from this change of use. The quarry business was run jointly over the years with his brother, the remainder ground which Kenny eventually owned was sold off to CALA Homes for development.

A batchelor all his life, Kenny Fleming was a quite introverted individual but was a highly respected rider in his time. He was fiercely competitive and trained hard for his personal fitness and practiced regularly to maintain his ‘bike-fitness’.

Having ceased competing in trials around 1973, Fleming appeared at a Perth trial at Blair Atholl in 1977 as an ‘unknown’ entering as a ‘novice’ on a TL125 Honda which he had borrowed. He almost won the event but sharp-eyed T. Arnott Moffat of the SACU who was stewarding that day, spotted the falsified entry and had Fleming re-classified as a ‘non-expert’ as a rider can never revert to being a novice having progressed to expert and indeed Scottish Champion!

His private cremation will be on Monday, 5th June with a memorial service open to friends at Westlands Hotel, Doune Road, Dunblane at 11.00am.

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1965 & 1970 Scottish Trials Champion, Kenny Fleming from Dunblane seen here at the 1966 White Heather on his 250 Bultaco Sherpa (model 10), bought from Comerfords, Thames Ditton – Photo: Grant Family Collection


Costa Rican Scottish

Words: Filipe Koberg

Photos: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven & Neil Sturgeon, Darlington


Team Costa Rica – SSDT 2017 – Photo: Neil Sturgeon, Darlington

Costa Rica is a very small country in Central America with only 4.5 million people.  Is one of the greatest places on earth to live since we have many beaches surrounding the country either on the Atlantic or Pacific side, lots of natural beauty,  no army and the most politically stable in the region.   

There are just a few active trial riders in the whole country, ten to be exact.   Unfortunately trials are not so popular in Latin America therefore we have no trial schools whatsoever. So  in order to learn we have to watch a lot of videos and improvise the best way we can. 
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Ronald Alpizar on Garbh Bheinn – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

When we were accepted in the 2017  SSDT, Ronald (doctor), Gustavo and myself (entrepreneurs) were super excited and started watching a lot of videos so we could understand a little better what were getting into. We prepared ourselves going to the gym, going on the trial bike to difficult places and trying to be fit for the event. We also purchased appropriate clothing since the coldest it gets throughout the year in Costa Rica is 18 degrees!
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Gustavo Jop on Clachaig – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

The day before the inauguration, we saw all different riders and realized that most of them were very experienced, country champions, top trial riders and we got intimidated a bit. We were amazed watching 3 year old kids practicing on their trial bikes in the park, something we’ve never seeing  before. 

During the inauguration we were very proud to participate in the parade wearing our Costa Rican team uniform.  Seeing  our flag in the poles next to countries that have participated in the SSDT for ages made us feel important!  Team Vertigo France was very friendly with us and gave us some valuable tips. 

The first day was a reality check day where the three of us were very stressed since we did not know what to expect. Everything was new for us. Driving on the left, new signs, the zones signals, driving under totally different conditions as we are use to (specially the cold weather).  Throughout the day we  realized that it was a lot more difficult than expected, that  there is absolutely no time to waist, and  the inter zones with deep trenches full of mood was something totally new for us where some could become traps. Having so many people watching did not help either and the rocks we saw on the videos were 10 times bigger and the hills were steeper!

Monday night we were dissapointed and thought that we would not be able to finish because there was little time for delays and that day we tried to waist no time and barely made it on time at the end of the day . We were encouraged by Vicki Anderson, a physiotherapist which helped us throughout the week, on not quitting.   At dinner the three of us decided to build a strategy which we wrote on a napkin and put on the mirror of our hotel room with the different things we would commit on doing in order to try to finish the entire event. 
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Felipe Koberg on Lower Mamore – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

Tuesday we had an issue with Gustavo’s bike which we were able to fix but we were about 20 minutes late at the end of the day. Following the rules we committed the night before made it easier and at the end of the day we were very happy because there we started having hopes that we would have some chances to finish the race if we continued the same strategy. 

Wednesday we left early, and we were the first riders out.  We took advantage of that and the whole day flowed better being happy that some zones we were absolutely first feeling less pressure.  That day we arrived 35 minutes before our return time so we were able to change the rear tire and check all the bike properly.  We felt as champions there and were very motivated.  Then we learned that going first on the zones wasn’t a good idea because it was even more slippery in some cases and no tracks so we needed to improvise.  

The following day was really hard and we were told that if we finished the 4th day we would have very high chances of finishing the six days. So we were mentally prepared and pretended that nothing had happened in the previous days and that was day one out of three having the advantage that we knew then what we did not know on Monday when we got started.   Murdo, a trial fanatic who was giving us support; recognized how most people thought at the beginning of the week that we would not make it. This encouraged us more of course to prove they were wrong!

Friday was not as hard as the previous day but our bodies were resentful. My knee was bad from a fall on Tuesday,  could not move my shoulder almost due to an old injury that reappeared this week and Ronald and Gustavo were also getting their forearms tired and with cramps. 

Saturday was a long day since the inter zones were forever but we managed to follow some experienced riders like Colin Ward  & son or Robert Paterson who always had a constant flow and had participated in several SSDT ’s before and had a positive attitude towards us. 

When we were able to get to the finish line we were very happy because finally the journey was over and we were extremely proud because throughout the week we’d learned that it was the first time ever that a latin american team had participated as a team and all riders finished in the SSDT.   We felt as everyone recognized our effort and made many good friends with a great attitude throughout the week which is a very special feeling since they all share the same passion but are located in the  other side of the world.   Having the support of Vertigo, Dougie Lampkin mechanics and many riders, helped us finish with a big smile in our faces.  
We know that we were very lucky because the weather helped us and because in all the different sections, even if they were very difficult, we went after them in most cases.  Now the feeling is even greater because our other trial friends back home are into it and want to go back with us next year, where we know that the weather will not be as nice; but now know what we will be facing and have plenty of time to train accordingly.  Maybe we bring the good weather again!

Felipe Koberg Leanachen

Felipe Koberg on Leanachen – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

Felipe Koberg 

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Video of Costa Rica Trial


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Trials Guru’s 2017 SSDT Review

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Dougie Lampkin at Lower Mamore where he surrendered a solitary mark to win the 2017 SSDT – Photo Copyright: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

Words: Trials Guru; Gordon L. Jackson; Jeff Horne.

Photos: Iain Lawrie; Jean Moffat; Trials Guru.

The Scottish Six Days Trial is the most famous motorcycle trial in the world and deserves a special place in Trials Guru website.

The 2017 event was blessed with wall to wall sunshine throughout the six days and this was a contributory factor to the enjoyment of the event.

Trials Guru’s John Moffat was there from start to finish and assisted Nevis Radio with their outside broadcast presentatation every morning from 07.00 to 11.00 Monday to Friday and 07.00 to 12.15 on the final day, Saturday 6th May. He also assisted the Edinburgh & District Motor Club by interviewing riders on the finish ramp and hosted the presentation of awards evening at the Nevis Centre, Fort William. A busy week by all accounts.

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Dougie Lampkin (Vertigo) on Bealach – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

First, a short post-event interview with the 1961 SSDT winner, Gordon L. Jackson:

“I was kept informed during the week that Doug Lampkin was still clean and my friend Gordon Blakeway phoned me ten minutes after Doug’s dab and I knew that I was sharing the record, but it hadn’t yet been beaten. If anyone was going to do it, it would have been Doug Lampkin and in my opinion he is the greatest trials rider ever, having twelve world titles to his credit and now eleven Scottish Six Days Trials.

I know that one can’t compare riders of different eras, that would be like comparing Valentino Rossi with Mike Hailwood. Doug Lampkin came close to beating my record of which I am proud, but if he had, I can’t think of a better bloke to do it. I admire him and know how much pressure he would be under last week.

I would of course have been slightly disappointed if my record had been beaten, but I don’t mind sharing it with Doug”.

Doug Lampkin (Vertigo 300) started the 2017 SSDT as the firm favourite for the win, however, other riders could not be ruled out, after all the SSDT is a six days event and anything could happen from a rider injury to a mechanical failure which could render a rider out of the event at worst or lose marks on time.

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Ben Hemingway (Beta) on Leanachen – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

Sitting in the wings were former runners-up Michael Brown (Gas Gas) and Gary Macdonald (Scorpa) who were just as keen and motivated to grab the win. Newcomer Jack Price was also a dark horse, he lacked experience in the Scottish, but his 2016 season indicated that he had gained the skills of a winner and would prove himself as a force to be reckoned with.

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Best Newcomer and runner-up, Gas Gas mounted Jack Price on Coire na Cloiche – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

Clerk of Course, Jeff Horne had taken on board the comments gathered after the 2016 event which was commented as being too severe for the clubman rider, but he had to balance that with the views of the top riders who expected the event to be challenging.

Horne: “We have listened to the post-2016 comments and we have reigned back many of the sections that caused problems last year, we have also varied the route to keep the SSDT fresh and one that riders want to ride in. Time hopefully will not be so tight as previously, but that is not a signal to hang about either”. He told Trials Guru’s Moffat when on the Nevis Radio broadcast on the opening day.

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

Day one saw five riders all on clean sheets, Lampkin, Andy Chilton; Jack Price; Jack Sheppard and Gary Macdonald kept their feet firmly on the rests which had enthusiasts wondering what the organisers would do if there was a tie on the Saturday, but this was not to happen.

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First day joint leader, Beta’s Jack Sheppard on Lower Mamore on the final day – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

What did happen was spectators were beginning to realise by Day 2 that Doug Lampkin could change the face of SSDT history by posting the first clean of the whole trial and the tongues were certainly wagging over this. Jordi Pascuet was just one mark behind Lampkin at this point.

Victoria Payne Clachaig

Bristol’s Victoria Payne (Sherco) on Clachaig in her second SSDT – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

By Day 3 Pascuet had posted a further two marks and tied for second place with newcomer Jack Price who was having a cracking ride, to which he resisted the pressure to become a very worthy runner-up at the end of the six days.

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Perthshire rider, Gareth Palmer (Gas Gas) on Meall nam Each on the Friday – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

Local man and twice previous runner-up, Gary Macdonald, the most successful Scottish Trials rider of all time, and the highest placed Scotsman since 1935 was just off the pace and didn’t challenge Lampkin which put him down the standings to finish as Best Scot, but in seventh position on 22 marks, not Macdonald’s personal best by a long way.

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Will McBain on Witches Burn – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

During the Friday ‘Road Trip’, Thatcham’s Will McBain struck out when he clipped the kerb at Strontian, just yards from the lunch check. The Beta spat him off at only 8 mph, but he touched down on his left knee and it dislocated. An ambulance was summoned by Trials Guru’s Moffat who was only feet away and witnessed the incident. The unlucky Bain was transported to Fort William’s Belford hospital. Will, obviously disappointed, took time to visit the Nevis Radio team at Parc Ferme on the Saturday morning sporting a knee brace and crutches, he vowed to return in 2018 and had been on course for a special first.

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Will McBain seconds before his Beta clipped the kerb at Strontian on Day 5, effectively putting him out of the event with a dislocated knee. Photo: Trials Guru/Moffat

The weather certainly made it an easier journey over the moors although there were still traps for the unwary and inexperienced rider. Fresh rear tyres were fitted a day early by many as the road temperature was doing its best to wear out tyres. Many riders also changed front tyres as a precaution. Air filters were changed every day as the dust levels were high.

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2017 SSDT Day 5 – Road Run day – Photo: Trials Guru/Jean Moffat

Grass fires broke out on more than one location due to the tinder dry conditions with Clerk of Course Horne issuing a precautionary warning to riders of the hotter operating four-stroke machines, in case embers were discharged from parked machines, to be extra vigilant.

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Ireland’s Harry Crawford (Gas Gas), a veteran of many SSDTs on Piper’s Burn on the Friday – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

Victory was Lampkins, he hoisted the North British Rubber Company trophy high above his head at the Saturday presentation to the cheers from an appreciative audience which included 1969 SSDT winner Bill Wilkinson. This made it win number eleven and Doug almost changed the record book, but he equalled Jackson’s dab he didn’t beat it. It’s a record that has stood for 56 years, how many more will it be intact? We shall just have to wait and see!

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Gordon’s Record is Shared

Gordon Jackson’s fifty six year record of the famous one dab win of the Scottish Six Days Trial has been equalled by Dougie Lampkin (300 Vertigo) who lost his one mark in the shadow of the hill on which Jackson lost his solitary dab.

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Dougie Lampkin on ‘Lower Mamore’ where he surrendered a solitary mark to win the 2017 SSDT – Photo Copyright: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

Jackson’s dab occurred at the top sub-section of the Grey Mare’s Ridge sections, observed by David Johnson back in 1961 when he was riding his now equally famous AJS 350 (187BLF).

Lampkin was clean for five days but had to surrender one mark on the ‘Lower Mamore’ section on May 6th, 2017.

Gordon Jackson spoke directly to Trials Guru on May 11th and said:

“I was kept informed during the week that Doug Lampkin was still clean and my friend Gordon Blakeway phoned me ten minutes after Doug’s dab and I knew that I was sharing the record, but it hadn’t yet been beaten. If anyone was going to do it, it would have been Doug Lampkin and in my opinion he is the greatest trials rider ever, having twelve world titles to his credit and now eleven Scottish Six Days Trials.

I know that one can’t compare riders of different eras, that would be like comparing Valentino Rossi with Mike Hailwood. Doug Lampkin came close to beating my record of which I am proud, but if he had, I can’t think of a better bloke to do it. I admire him and know how much pressure he would be under last week.

I would of course have been slightly disappointed if my record had been beaten, but I don’t mind sharing it with Doug”.

Interesting parallels and facts – SSDT 1961 and 2017:

Jackson was twenty-nine years of age when he won the SSDT in 1961 and Lampkin was forty-one years of age when he posted his solitary one mark win in 2017. Both riders are now firmly in the record books and proud of their achievements.

Other interesting points are that they both carried a number plate in the 160 bracket, only six numbers apart! Jackson was allocated 166 and Lampkin number 160, both of course leading the event from start to finish. Coupled to that the 1961 and 2017 trials both started and finished on Monday 1st May and Saturday 6th May!

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Gordon Jackson with his famous AJS 187BLF on which he won the 1961 SSDT on one solitary mark! (Photo: Trials Guru)

SSDT 2017 – Official Programmes

SSDT 2017 Programme

The 2017 SSDT official programme is now on sale at the following outlets prior to the event which starts on 1st May.

Proceeds from the sale of each programme which costs £3.00 goes to the Leanne Fund.

The Leanne Fund is the foremost Cystic Fibrosis charity working with individuals and families across the Highlands, Islands and Grampian regions of Scotland.

Programmes are available at the BP Filling Station, North Road; The Esso Filling Station North Road; WH Smiths, Fort William; The Granite House, Fort William, Co-op, Corpach & Gleaner Filling Station.

Look for the poster in the window!