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Scott Centenary Charity Relay Team

Veteran relay at the Scott Trial

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, 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.

Yro Vesterinen, three times FIM World Trials Champion will lead the Scott Charity Relay Team on 19th October, 2014
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 or contact Trevor Willans on 01325 460358 or Kevin and Barry Johnson on 01388 776833

Beamish Suzuki – some British with a touch of the orient!

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.


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Mick Whitlock left with Bob Gollner from Denmead and the Gollner Yamaha back in 1971. Was this the first Yamaha based trials bike?
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The Whitlock framed Gollner Yamaha of 1971.
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Dean Price (Gollner’s workshop foreman) demonstrates how light the Gollner Yamaha really was.


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.

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A one-off works Beamish Suzuki 250 of Chris Sutton from 1978.
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Drive side view of the special works Beamish Suzuki 250 used by Chris Sutton.
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Beamish Suzuki frames, factory fresh at Whitehawk.
Beamish Sidecar chassis
Top sidecar drivers flocked to buy the Beamish Suzuki chassis, including Cornishman, Colin Dommett who won British titles and helped develop the chassis.
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Mick Whitlock poses with an array of his handiwork at Whitehawk.
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Beamish Suzuki frame takes shape in the specially made frame-jig at Whitehawk.

Many thanks to Mike Pearce of Winchester for sharing with ‘Trials Guru’ these fantastic photos. More to come!

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John Reynolds on his Beamish Suzuki 325 on Calliach at the SSDT in 1980 – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

Gary Macdonald – 10 times Scottish Champion

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Gary Macdonald seen here in 2002 at the Scottish Six Days – Photo: Worldwide Copyright: Eric Kitchen

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)

1979        Alistair McGillivray

1980        Roy Kerr

1981        Graham Smith (G.F.)

1982        Gavin Johnston

1983        Gavin Johnston

1984        Leslie Winthrop

1985        Leslie Winthrop

1986        Leslie Winthrop

1987        Leslie Winthrop

1988        Leslie Winthrop

1989        Leslie Winthrop

1990        Leslie Winthrop

1991        Neil Dawson

1992        David Page

1993        Neil Dawson

1994        Crawford Carrick-Anderson

1995        Gavin Johnston

1996        Gavin Johnston

1997        Gavin Johnston

1998        Gavin Johnston

1999        Gavin Johnston

2000       Gavin Johnston

2001        Gary Macdonald

2002        Gary Kennedy

2003        Gary Kennedy

2004        Roger Mount (Jnr)

2005        Leslie Winthrop

2006 – 2014    Gary Macdonald

EMMA BRISTOW – Three Titles in one year – 2014

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Emma Bristow (Sherco) seen here at the 2013 Scottish Six Days – Photo: Copyright, Yoomee/Trial Mag

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!



Trial Mag Issue 46

Inside and full of action you will find:
International: World Championship Action
Test: EM – Electric Motion to you
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Reflection: SSDT 2014 Sandy Mack
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Product Focus: Jitsie HT2 Helmet
Poster: Fujigas and Dibsta
Sport: Round Up – Out and About
Cycle: British Championship

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Centenary Scott…100 Years of THE SCOTT TRIAL

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The Centenary Scott Trial Calendar 2014 – Cover photo copyright Neil Sturgeon Photography, Darlington.


Entries are now open for the Centenary Scott Trial, the most famous one-day time and reliability trial in the UK, which takes place on Saturday 18th October 2014. Entries are limited to 200 competitors and will close on 5th September. The hard working officials of the Richmond Motor Club (Yorkshire) Ltd are pulling out all the stops to ensure that the 100 years celebrations will be a great success. keep tuned to Trials Guru for more updates as they become available!

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David Tye (BSA Gold Star) in the 1954 Scott. Tye was a BSA factory rider in trials, scrambles and ISDT. He now lives near Oban. – Photo: Ray Biddle, Birmingham


Scott Winners:

1914 – Frank Philip (Scott)

1914-18 – No Trial – World War 1.

1919 – Geoff Hill (Triumph)

1920 – Clarrie Wood (Scott); Jim Whalley (Sunbeam)

1921 – Clarrie Wood (Scott; Billy Moore (Scott); Harry Langham (Scott)

1923 – Billy Moore (Scott); Ernie Mainwairing (Scott)

1924 – Tommy Hatch (Sunbeam); Wally Clough (Scott)

1925 – Eddie Flintoff (Sunbeam)

1926 – Eddie Flintoff (Sunbeam)

1927 – Oliver Langton (Scott)

1928 – Eric Langton (Scott)

1929 – Vic Brittain (Sunbeam)

1930 – Len Heath (Ariel)

1931 – Vic Brittain (Sunbeam)

1932 – Allan Jefferies (Triumph)

1933 – Len Heath (Ariel)

1934 – Ken Wilson (Panther)

1935 – Len Heath (Ariel)

1936 – Billy Tiffen (Velocette)

1937 – Allan Jefferies (Triumph)

1938 – Len Heath (Ariel)

1939 – 1945 – No Trial – World War 2.

1946 – Bill Nicolson (BSA)

1947 – Bill Nicolson (BSA)

1948 – Jim Alves (Triumph)

1949 – Bill Nicolson (BSA)

1950 – Bill Nicolson (BSA)

1951 – Bill Nicolson (BSA)

1952 – John Draper (BSA)

1953 – Arthur Shutt (Francis Barnett)

1954 – Jeff Smith (BSA)

1955 – John Brittain (Royal Enfield)

1956 – John Brittain (Royal Enfield)

1957 – Artie Ratcliffe (Triumph)

1958 – Sammy Miller (Ariel)

1959 – Jeff Smith (BSA)

1960 – Arthur Lampkin (BSA)

1961 – Arthur Lampkin (BSA)

1962 – Sammy Miller (Ariel)

1963 – Sammy Miller (Ariel)

1964 – Bill Wilkinson (Greeves)

1965 – Arthur Lampkin (BSA)

1966 – Alan Lampkin (BSA)

1967 – Sammy Miller (Bultaco)

1968 – Sammy Miller (Bultaco)

1969 – Sammy Miller (Bultaco)

1970 – Sammy Miller (Bultaco)

1971 – Malcolm Rathmell (Bultaco)

1972 – Rob Shepherd (Montesa)

1973 – Malcolm Rathmell (Bultaco)

1974 – Rob Edwards (Montesa)

1975 – Malcolm Rathmell (Montesa)

1976 – Malcolm Rathmell (Montesa)

1977 – Martin Lampkin (Bultaco)

1978 – Martin Lampkin (Bultaco)

1980 – Malcolm Rathmell (Montesa)

1981 – Martin Lampkin (Bultaco)

1982 – Martin Lampkin (SWM)

1983 – Gerald Richardson (Armstrong)

1984 – Nigel Birkett (Yamaha)

1985 – Gerald Richardson (Yamaha)

1986 – Tony Scarlett (Yamaha)

1987 – Philip Alderson (Yamaha)

1988 – Philip Alderson (Yamaha)

1989 – Philip Alderson (Yamaha)

1990 – Robert Crawford (Beta)

1991 – Philip Alderson (Yamaha)

1992 – Steve Colley (Beta)

1993 – Steve Colley (Beta)

1994 – Dougie Lampkin (Beta)

1995 – Robert Crawford (Yamaha)

1996 – Graham Jarvis (Scorpa)

1997 – Graham Jarvis (Scorpa)

1998 – Graham Jarvis (Scorpa)

1999 – Graham Jarvis (Bultaco Sherco)

2000 – Wayne Braybrook (Montesa)

2001 – No trial – Foot & Mouth Outbreak.

2002 – Michael Philipson (Beta)

2003 – Graham Jarvis (Sherco)

2004 – Graham Jarvis (Sherco)

2005 – Graham Jarvis (Sherco)

2006 – Dougie Lampkin (Montesa)

2007 – Dougie Lampkin (Montesa)

2008 – Graham Jarvis (Sherco)

2009 – Graham Jarvis (Sherco)

2010 – James Dabill (Gas Gas)

2011 – Jonathan Richardson (Sherco)

2012 – Michael Brown (Gas Gas)

2013 – Dougie Lampkin (Gas Gas)

2014 – ?

Neil Sturgeon’s photograph taken with ‘Rotten Wood’ in the distance, near to Clapgate section, the last section of the trial. Scott 100 – 18th October 2014

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