Not long now! … On Saturday morning, 18th October 2014 at 09:00, Councillor John Blackie, Chairman of Richmondshire District Council will flag away rider number 1 – Roger Tushingham on a 1920 Scott 604cc motorcycle and the Centenary Scott Trial will be underway. Councillor Blackie is a strong supporter of the event which has special permission to be run in the North Yorkshire National Park. It is not expected that Tushingham will complete the course as his machine is a celebration of a unique event that dates back to 1914 and has been a test of man and machine against the course and the clock for 100 years! Also starting early will be three times FIM World Trials Champion, Yrjo Vesterinen who leads a 5 strong charity team raising money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance service. The very capable Clerk of the Course, Bruce Storr has no doubt put in some surprises to keep riders on their toes. Riders leave at 20 second intervals from the start field near Marske, part of Park Top farm. The paddock is expected to be filled with knowledgeable spectators, trials enthusiasts and past competitors. There are 201 competitors taking part including past winners including last years’ winner, Dougie Lampkin and former winners of the event: Philip Alderson; Michael Philipson; James Dabill and Michael Brown. So if you haven’t already made plans, get yourself over to Marske near Richmond, North Yorks this coming Saturday to watch the greatest one-day trial on the planet!
Two local businesses are combining their efforts to raise a minimum of £2000 for local charities, to include the Great North Air Ambulance.
Shildon based Barrier Energy and Darlington based Northern Distribution Ltd are to each pledge £1000 towards the Scott Charities as part of this years running by The Richmond Motor Club of the Scott Motorcyle Trial, held in and around Reeth and Arkengarthdale on Saturday 18th October.
This prestigious motorcycle event is in it’s Centenary Year and the Richmond Motor Club and are hoping to raise in excess of £10,000 for the Scott Charities (a list of which is available via www.richmondmotorclub.com), this being the amount handed over to the charities last year. The club have contibuted over £137,000.00 to local charities to date.
The respective directors of the two businesses, Kevin and Barry Johnson from Barrier Energy and Trevor Willans from Northern Distribution Ltd, both wish to see a contribution going to the Great North Air Ambulance as they have all needed to use the invaluable services of the GNAA recently ! Both Kevin’s and Trevor’s respective daughters needed the services of the Air Ambulance when both girls each had horse riding accidents in separate incidents. Thankfully both girls are fine and are riding again. Also, Barry Johnson fell from his horse whilst hunting and needed Air Ambulance support in February of this year !
To assist in their challenge, they have put together a team of ‘Veteran’ trials riders to complete the forthcoming Scott Trial in a non-competitive ‘relay’ ride.
The team has been assembled with the help of long time Scott enthusiast Nigel Mackenzie from Manfield, North Yorks, himself a past competitor from the 1980’s and whose late father David (DT) Mackenzie had a long time association with the event.
The team consists of 5 Riders, all of whom are multiple award winners in the event during the 1970’s and 1980’s. Non of the riders are in the first flush of youth (all mid-50’s and one over 60 !) and between them they have collected 16 silver and 3 gold awards in the event.
At the head of the team, will be Finland’s 61 year old trials legend Yrjo Vesterinen, being a triple world champion in the years 1976,77 and 78, and indeed British Champion in 1982, he is guaranteed to draw the crowds.
Yrjo, known to all as ‘Vesty’ will be backed up by Glen Scholey from Ripon, Yorks; Mark Willis from Richmond, Yorks; Trevor Willans from Piercebridge, Co Durham; and Joe Buckworth from Guisborough, Cleveland.
Glen and Joe were top British and World Championship contenders in the 70’s and 80’s and had many top placings in the Scott Trial during that time. Both retired from the sport in the late 80’s and have only recently returned to compete again at clubman level.
Mark has been a regular Scott competitor until very recently and is a multiple award winner in the Scott and is still a regular top placed rider in local events.
Trevor is best remembered by Scott followers for his epic race around the event in 1987 with Les Richardson and Harry Crawford, only losing out to Harry in the last mile to be 1 minute off achieving fastest (standard) time and the coveted trophy that goes with it ! Trevor retired from the sport in the early nineties only to return 15 years later and is now a regular top placed rider at clubman level.
The team is to be known as the Barrier Energy / Northern Distribution Charity Team and they are all hoping that supporters and spectators will cheer them along the way and more importantly, dig deep and contribute generously to The Scott Charities.
For more information and for all donations, please visit www.richmondmotorclub.com or contact Trevor Willans on 01325 460358 or Kevin and Barry Johnson on 01388 776833
Thanks to Mike Pearce who worked and was mentored by his good friend Mick Whitlock, we are able to show you some factory shots of the famous Beamish Suzuki and Gollner Yamaha (1971), before Yamaha Motor Co produced it’s own trials machine which we have already seen here on Trials Guru.
Mick Whitlock was of course better known as the brains behind the Whitehawk concern from Hampshire.
Beamish Suzuki, was of course backed and financed by Graham Beamish a well known scrambler and with full assistance of Suzuki Motor Co, they produced the British built Beamish Suzuki. The frame kits manufactured by Whitehawk.
Many thanks to Mike Pearce of Winchester for sharing with ‘Trials Guru’ these fantastic photos. More to come!
Gary Macdonald, Kinlochleven (MRS Sherco) is the newly crowned 2014 Scottish ACU Premier Trials Champion. This is Macdonald’s tenth Scottish adult title, his ninth in succession (2001 was his first and he has won from 2006 – 2014). This makes Gary the most successful rider in the history of Scottish Trials since the championships began in 1955, making him the 60th winner of the championship. The previous records were held by Leslie Winthrop (8 championships) & Gavin Johnston (also 8 championships). The first winner of the Scottish title was Haddington man A.M. Laurie MacLean who won it three times 1955-1957. Macdonald is the only Scottish trials rider to have ever won a British title, that of British Expert Trials Champion.
Here is a list of all the Scottish Champions since the commencement in 1955.
Scottish Trials Champions
1955 Laurie McLean (A.M.L)
1956 Laurie McLean (A.M.L.)
1957 Laurie McLean (A.M.L.)
1958 Jack Duncan (J.W.)
1959 Jack Duncan (J.W.)
1960 James Adamson
1961 James Adamson
1962 Jackie Williamson (J.D.)
1963 Jackie Williamson (J.D.)
1964 Jackie Williamson (J.D.)
1965 Kenny Fleming
1966 Norman Edgar (N.F.W.)
1967 Norman Edgar (N.F.W.)
1968 Douglas Bald
1969 Norman Edgar (N.F.W.)
1970 Kenny Fleming
1971 Rodger Mount
1972 Rodger Mount
1973 Rodger Mount
1974 Alistair McGillivray
1975 Michael Tye
1976 Alan Poynton (A.A.)
1977 Michael Tye
1978 Robin Cownie & John Winthrop – (Joint winners)
Emma Bristow has entered the history book of the sport of Motorcycle Trials by being a triple Champion in the same year. Emma riding for Sherco not only clinched the ACU Women’s British Trials Championship, but also Superenduro World Title and possibly the most important one, FIM Women’s World Trials Champion. To put the icing on the cake she also picked up an FIM gold medal by being part of the victorious British Team which won the Women’s Trial de Nations in Andorra. Aided by Malcolm Rathmell Sport the UK importer for the Sherco brand, she received a full factory bike from the Spanish manufacturer. lincolnshire Bristow had previously ridden for GasGas and Ossa prior to her move to Sherco in 2013. Emma, the Trials Guru salutes you!
Here is a link to an article on Speedtracktales website which is dedicated to the International Six Days Trial (now International Six Days Enduro). It features the 1964 ISDT when the famous movie actor Steve McQueen rode for the USA Vase team at Erfurt in Germany that year.
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