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Scott Trial Re-Union Dinner 2014 – A Reet Good Do!

Scott Trial Centenary Re-Union Dinner 1914-2014

– Saturday 15th November 2014 –

Scott Mortons
Scott Re-Union Dinner Banner Auction – Photo Courtesy Mortons Motorcycle Media (All Rights Reserved)

Many years ago, the late Tom Ellis, Ripon motorcycle dealer and BSA works trials rider was responsible for organising the Scott Trial Re-Union Dinner at the Ripon Spa Hotel.

Tom was a highly respected rider and event organiser who, after he ceased competing, put a great deal of effort back into the sport he loved. Ellis was a stalwart of the Ripon Motor Club, which was founded in 1909. Tom had contacts throughout the trials world.

The dinner wasn’t just for riders past and present it was open to anyone who had helped the event become a success over the years.

Of course funds were raised on these evenings, held five years apart. for the famous Scott Trial charities. 2014 was to be no exception.

The event organisation was taken over some years past by Alan R.C. Lampkin known of course universally as Sid Lampkin, former BSA & Bultaco factory rider who himself won the Scott in 1966 on his works BSA (748MOE).

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John Moffat congratulates Alan Lampkin on organising a fine evening at Ripon. On the left is James Lampkin, Alan’s son, one of the many younger generation who are taking an interest in the five yearly event which will ensure its continuation into the future. Photo Courtesy, John Hulme/Trials Media


The event returned to the ever accommodating Ripon Spa Hotel in Park Street, Ripon as the hotel was able to accommodate at least 100 guests with ease.

The guest list was a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of motorcycle trials over the years.

Sid opened the proceedings by giving the assembled guests a run-down of the itinerary for the evening. He read out the apologies, which included past winners: Bill Wilkinson, Sammy Miller, Malcolm Rathmell, Graham Jarvis and the well-known Gordon L. Jackson who couldn’t manage along this year, but had the courtesy to write to Sid with their apologies.

To propose the “Toast to the Scott Trial” was Sid’s nephew, 12 times FIM World Trials Champion, Dougie Lampkin M.B.E. Doug is of course a multiple winner of the event.

Doug Lampkin on his feet addressing the 100+ guests at the Scott Centenary Re-Union Dinner. Photo: Trials Guru


Arthur Lampkin had a few comments to make of his own, his usual ‘dry sense of humour’ shone through, which raised a chortle from the gathering!

Senior Manx GP & F1 TT winner, Nick Jefferies entertains the audience with his Reply to the Scott Toast. In the foreground listening is Norman Shepherd. Photo: Trials Guru

The “Reply” was given by the very competent and knowledgeable guest, none other than former Senior Manx GP & Formula 1 TT winner, Honda factory star, Nick Jefferies. His knowledge of the sport and the Scott is un-paralleled. He took us through a little bit of the trials’ history eluding to great names of the past, made in the old ‘formal style’ by their initials and surname as they appeared in ‘official results’ and the press reports of the day. Such notables as: B.H.M. Viney; G.S. Blakeway; S.H. Miller; J.V. Brittain to name but a few.

The 1912 Scott “AK222” beside James Dabill’s 2014 Scott winning Beta Factory 300. Photo: Trials Guru

As far as machines were concerned, the 1912 Scott of Clerie Wood of C.H. Wood of Bradford Film-makers fame was there sporting it’s famous AK222 registration number and loaned specially by the fabulous Bradford Industrial Museum for the occasion. David Wood, Clerie’s son was also a guest and instrumental in gaining the museum’s permission to display the Scott.

The other machine to keep the Scott company, was this years’ winning bike, the factory Beta Evo 300 of James Dabill, still sporting its 200 number plate which in itself was significant for Dabill as his win being the Centenary Scott to go with his Centenary SSDT win in 2011. The machine was loaned by Beta UK boss, John Lampkin.

The guest list was extensive; here is a short summary of some of those present, firstly the ten former winners who attended: Philip Alderson; Nigel Birkett; Johnny Brittain; Rob Edwards; Arthur J. Lampkin; Alan. R. C. Lampkin; Dougie Lampkin; H. Martin Lampkin; Gerald Richardson & Jonathan Richardson.

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The Scott Winners line-up: Philip Alderson; Gerald Richardson; Rob Edwards; Jonathan Richardson; Nigel Birkett; Alan R.C. Lampkin; Dougie Lampkin; Martin Lampkin and just out of shot was Arthur J. Lampkin. Photo: Trials Guru


Other notable riders were: Tony Davis (BSA); Gordon Blakeway & Gordon McLauchlan (AJS); Pat Brittain; Tony Bingley; Peter & Neil Gaunt; John Metcalfe & Mick Wilkinson (Ossa); Norman Shepherd (Comerford Bultaco); Tony Calvert (Gori & Ossa).

A fair number of the Richmond club came by Harkers Coaches as the firms’ owner is Paul Terry, an active current rider and club worker.

Many present agreed that Sid Lampkin had put together a fantastic evening with excellent speeches and memorabilia on display, provided by Chris Wallis, Trial Secretary; Eric Kitchen, the doyen of trials photographers; John Hulme of Trial Magazine & Classic Trial and Tim Britton of Morton’s Motorcycle Media. David Wood supplied a selection of Scott videos that were playing in the ante-room and enjoyed by all.

Borrowing Sid’s gavel, Hulme made special photographic presentations to Dougie Lampkin and John Lampkin accepted a photograph on behalf of James Dabill, this years’ centenary victor.

John Moffat was both surprised and delighted, to be presented with two special photographs for his assistance and promotion of the Scott Trial over the past few years. Moffat, having been the most recent auctioneer at the trial awards evening, then proceeded to auction off the special “Scott Centenary Dinner banner” donated by Mortons, duly signed by everyone who attended, for the generous sum of £350, which of course tops up the Scott Charities pot.

The doyen of trials photography, Eric Kitchen (left side standing) brought a fantastic display of Scott photos. BSA works rider Tony Davis on the right, listening intently.


The dinner guests assembled at 6.30pm for a fine evening at the Ripon Spa Hotel.



Dougie Lampkin (12 times FIM World Trials Champion) proposed the toast to “The Scott Trial” in fine style. Photo: Trials Guru



Arthur Lampkin, centre the eldest of the Lampkin brothers enjoyed his evening. Photo Trials Guru



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The Rob Edwards Story – Part Two – 1964

1964 SSDT Programme
Front cover of the 1964 SSDT official programme, with Rob’s great friend Gordon Blakeway on the ex-Gordon Jackson AJS (187BLF) in 1963. The bike carried Jackson to victory losing one mark in 1961.

By the time the 1964 Scottish came around, I had got over my previous year’s disaster, this time I was allocated number 210 on an AJS 350 bought from Comerfords, this time entered as a ‘privateer’ and riding for the Middlesbrough & District, my home club.

The event still started and finished in Edinburgh. On the Thursday, we went over the Corrieyarrick Pass.

I think I had been following behind Peter Gaunt and what happened next I wasn’t to find out until sometime later.

I found myself sat on a banking at the side of the Pass, which is an old General Wade military road.

I had no idea at all how I came to be sitting there.

Alan Morewood from Sheffield who became a top sidecar driver, came along on his 500 Ariel as he was number 205 that year, he stopped and asked if I was Okay? ‘Yes, fine’ I said, ‘Bye’ he said and rode off.

couple of minutes later and Alan was back. ‘Rob, are you sure you are al-right, you look dazed?’ said Alan. ‘No problem’ I said and off he went again. Somehow I managed to get back to Fort William to finish the day’s run.

The first person I spoke to asked what I had been doing to scratch my face? Then someone said, ‘never mind his face, look at the back of his bike!’

The rear end was totally out of line. I then realised that I must have hit a pothole in the road with the front wheel over Corrieyarrick, cartwheeled and that explained my rest on the bank.

We pulled the bike back into line with a length of pipe that we found. Apart from a bit of a headache, it was back to business as usual.

Rest of the week was not as eventful and had a good old needle match with my mate Sid Lampkin who was on a factory Cotton that year. For the next year, I had bought another AJS from Comerfords, Thames Ditton built by Jock Wilson. I’ll tell you about that ride next. Bye for now! – Rob

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Rob on his 350 AJS at Achintee Farm, Ben Nevis, in the 1964 Scottish. The AJS supplied by Comerfords, hence the Surrey registration number 970PL. If you look closely the front wheel spindle nut has the ISDT type tommy-bar, obviating the need for a spanner. It also has the works style prop-stand tied to the front downtube by rubber bands and a small spigot mounted on the lower-most engine bolt and the attachment spigot mounting on the magneto mounting plate. Photo supplied by Rob Edwards. Photo copyright: Brian Holder.

Post Script by Rob Edwards: I’ve just been looking again at this fine Brian Holder photograph of me on the AJS on ‘Ben Nevis’ in 1964. The chap directly behind me is Mick Ward from Scarborough.

He built a bike especially for this event. He had the novel idea of taking the exhaust through the back frame loop to save a bit of weight.

However, when he got stuck, the ever helpful spectators would rush to his aid, not realising the exhaust was the rear frame loop and severely burn their hands in their quest to assist! I’m sure the A&E at Fort William were extra busy that week with burns!

I bet Mick never thought that one day Valentino Rossi would copy his helmet design! – Bye for now! – Rob


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Comerford’s employee, Peter ‘Jock’ Wilson with one of his creations, an ultra short-stroke AJS 16C, photo taken at the back of Comerfords workshop at Portsmouth Road, Thames Ditton.  Jock was brought up a mile from the old SSDT sections at ‘Meall Glas’ in Glen Lyon, Perthshire. Photo Copyright: Don Morley, Reigate, Surrey

TRIALS GURU: – 1964 Scottish Six Days, this edition was won by Sammy Miller riding the much modified and much weight reduced, Ariel HT5. This would be the last time he would do so on the British four-stroke, Miller had already been secret testing the 200cc Bultaco Sherpa which he was later to develop to an increased 244cc and thus created a world beating machine with the San Adrien De Besos factory.

From the 1964 Scottish Six Days Trial Results:

No. 210. R. Edwards, Middlesbrough & Dist. M.C., A.J.S. 350 c.c. …. 124 marks S F C (Special First Class Award)

Ron Thomson 1964SSDT Achintee
1964 SSDT another Achintee photo taken the same day as that of Rob Edwards. Here we see the late Ron Thomson a great character originally from St. Andrews who made his home in Inverlochy, Fort William. Seen here on his 500cc BSA Gold Star. Ron called this bike the ‘Stone Crusher’ and was later owned by Billy Maxwell of Newcastle. Thomson and Ali McDonald were great friends. Photo courtesy: Mrs Ron Thomson, Inverlochy, Fort William.

Rob’s eventful Scottish ‘Thursday’ was May 7th 1964. The route was as follows, let’s follow where Rob went that day: Start, Fort William; Inverlochy; 2 sections at Annat; Banavie; Gairlochy; 8 sections at Laggan Locks; Corrieyarrick Pass (where Rob has his big off!); Melgarve; Laggan Inn; Roy Bridge; Inverlochy – Lunch control; Glen Nevis; 4 sections at Ben Nevis; Fort William – Down Ashburn Lane; Onich; Kinlochleven; 1 section on Pollock Way; 8 sections at Leitir Bo Fionn; Down Loch Eild Path; 8 sections at Mamore; Check at top of hill; Mamore Road; 2 sections on the Town Hall Brae and Finish of day. Total Mileage 132 miles. 33 sections.

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1964 SSDT shot of the late Ali McDonald, a Fort William man, on his Ariel HT5 on Town Hall Brae in Fort William. Photo courtesy: Mrs. Ron Thomson, Inverlochy, Fort William.

SSDT Point of interest: The number plates you see in the SSDT photos were issued to riders by the organising club. The rider paid a fee of ten shillings and forfeited the deposit if they didn’t hand the plates back at the end of the event. In 1964 the number plate official was Bob Adamson who later was to become SSDT Assistant Secretary and Secretary of the Pre’65 Scottish Trial.

1964 - Blackie Holden at Achintee
1964 Scottish at the same section group, Achintee, Ben Nevis that we saw Rob on his AJS, here we have the late Blackie Holden from Bradford on his works Cotton. Blackie Holden junior supplied this photo and said: “My Dad rode with Rob Edwards many times and considered him a true gentleman of the sport”.


Copyright: Rob Edwards/Trials Guru, Moffat Racing (c) 2014


Don Morley, Reigate, Surrey for permission to use the photograph of Peter ‘Jock’ Wilson for this article.

Edinburgh & District Motor Club Ltd for the use of 1964 programme cover.

Rob Edwards for the use of the Brian Holder photo.

Blackie Holden Junior for the photo of Blackie Holden Snr in 1964.

Mrs Ron Thomson, Inverlochy, Fort William for the photos of Ali McDonald & Ron Thomson.

To read all of Rob Edwards’ story of his life in trials, click … here


Rob Edwards – Part One – The 1963 SSDT

1963, Monday May 6th. Rob Edwards leaving the start of the SSDT, riding number 168 on the Doug Marshall supplied 250cc Cotton. (Photo courtesy: James Young, Armadale, Scotland.)
1963 – My Disastrous First Scottish!
Back in 1963, the Scottish Six Days, the most famous of all trials, started in Edinburgh and we rode up to Fort William on the first day from where the event was centered until the following Saturday.
Almost all the opening day was by main road. From just leaving the start at Gorgie Market, it rained and rained and more rained. I rode the 250cc Cotton that year, which was supplied by my sponsor, Doug Marshall Motorcycles from Marske-By-The-Sea, North Yorks.
By the time we reached Rannoch Station I was very numb,
but at least we were about to do a bit of cross country to warm us up a bit.
We  couldn’t have been going for more than a mile when we came to a river that could only be described as a raging torrent.
You know things are bad when you see groups of maybe six riders up to their waist carrying a bike aloft then going back for another.
One person looked as though he had the job sussed it was Peter Gaunt.
After walking along the riverbank he had found a boulder that was part submerged in the mud. “That’s my launch pad!” he said. Peter jumped on his bike and disappeared.
When he returned, I estimated his speed at around 30-35 mph. Gaunt hit his ‘launch pad’ spot on, but due to a slight miscalculation instead of flying horizontally across to the far bank, he went straight up in the air, finally about mid-stream he plummeted into the river in a huge cloud of steam. Peter soon joined the ranks with their spark plugs out trying to dry out their engines.
I was sat wondering what to do next, when a farmer and tractor appeared out of no-where! “Two bikes and two riders at a time”, he shouted. He had a trailer, the type you would carry milk churns in.
We were a lot further down stream when we got to the far side. At times it felt as though the current was going to tip us into the drink.
In the meantime it was still pouring with rain.
When I finally got to Fort William I handed in my route card. “You have not done the two sections at Ben Nevis”, the official told me. “Give me my card back and I will nip back and do them”, I said. “Sorry!”,  the official said, “If your card is handed in, there is no getting it back, so I am afraid you are out of the Trial, rules are rules”.
I was bitterly disappointed to hear this, but I had to accept it. Many riders had traveled to the finish of the day in Fort William on the West Highland Railway with their bikes for company.
As well as this, they were allowed to get their bikes started and continue with the Trial.
And they were not penalised for missing Ben Nevis!
I was told I could ride with a R plate meaning retired, but that was not for me.
My dad Bob, came up by car and trailer, so we loaded up and I went home, feeling rather sorry for myself and back to work at Head Wrightons.
Ah well, never mind it happens I suppose … roll on next years’ “Scottish” … Bye for now, ‘Moaning’ ROB EDWARDS!
TRIALS GURU: The 1963 Scottish Six Days – The eventual winner was Arthur Lampkin on his factory 250 BSA C15 ‘XON688’ a machine that Arthur still owns to this day.
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Arthur Lampkin’s factory 250 BSA (XON688), the bike that won the 1963 Scottish, seen here in 2000 in the capable hands of Rob Edwards’ good friend, Alan ‘Sid’ Lampkin (Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven, Scotland)
The details that Rob gives us are very true in that it was a wet week generally and many rivers were in spate. Missing a section or group usually meant instant exclusion in 1963, as having failed to complete the course. Nowadays, riders are awarded extra penalty marks for missing sections, within set limits in the regulations, but rarely excluded.
Rob would have ridden the following first day route to Fort William:
Start, Gorgie Market (now called the Corn exchange); Kincardine Bridge; 2 sections at Culross in Fife; Blair Logie (Check point); Braco; Comrie; Lochearnhead; 8 sections at Glenogle Hill;
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Killin, Perthshire with riders making their way to Fort William on the first day of the Scottish. The village looks similar to this photo even now.
Killin; Bridge of Lochay (Petrol & Lunch control); Bridge of Balgie; Innerwick; 8 sections on Meall Glas; Dall; Rannoch (where the riders met with a raging torrent!); Fersit; Roy Bridge; Inverlochy; Glen Nevis; 4 sections at Ben Nevis; 2 sections at Town Hall Brae, Fort William.
Total mileage Day one: 170 miles; 24 sections for the day. The route-markers over Fersit was most likely to have been Johnny Clarkson from Skirling, Biggar and Bob Paterson from Airdrie, both former Six Days riders in the nineteen fifties.
Front cover of the 1963 Scottish official programme, Rob Edward’s first SSDT attempt.

Copyright: Rob Edwards/Trials Guru, Moffat Racing (c) 2014

With acknowledgement to Trial Magazine UK/Classic Trial Magazine UK for their assistance with this series of articles.

To read all of Rob Edwards’ story of his life in trials, click … here

The Rob Edwards Story – The Introduction

After meeting up with Rob Edwards at the Centenary Scott Trial, Trials Guru decided it would be of interest to our supporters to learn more of the Thornaby lad who went on to become a factory Montesa rider during the golden era of the Cota.

Here is the introduction in Rob’s own words:

Hi Reader
Thank you for taking the time to read my story.
My name is Rob Edwards. I was born back in 1945 in Thornaby and from a very early age I was desperate to be a trials rider.
Although my dad was not a trials rider, he was involved in the organising & observing side of things.
Tony Clarke, a fellow Thornaby lad, would get to our section and say: ‘come on lad I’ve had enough for today’… handing me his 250 BSA, I was off!
I was 14 years old at the time. ‘Don’t forget, I’ve to ride home and the bike has no lights’.
For the next 2 hours or so I was in motorbike heaven.
Until I was sixteen, Tony did this dozens of times and if I
ever win the lottery, he will be top of the list. Cheers Tony! and many thanks.
Rob early days
One of the earliest photos of Rob Edwards at an event, that’s him second from the right, spectating at a local Middlesborough trial around 1948. His Dad, Bob Edwards is the observer with the clip-board. Rob was at many trials as an observers’ apprentice until he took up riding at 16 years of age. Photo: Rob Edwards Private Collection.
My first job was an apprentice fitter and turner at Head Wrightsons, Teesdale Works.
My main interest was trialing not industry. Head Wrightsons were not at all sympathetic towards sports especially motorbike sport. However my doctor was and every year when I came back from the SSDT they knew where I had been as our local paper had done a daily report on it. Thanks to Dr. Kaye who had given me a sick note for the week and as I hadn’t claimed any money there was nothing they could do.
Eventually it did come to a head and we said goodbye.
I was sorry to say goodbye to my friends, but not the management.
Hope you will be here next time when we will be getting into my move to Montesa & the unbelievable life change that was about to happen.
Bye for now…
Rob seen here on the Montesa Cota in Spain demonstrating the art of trials riding to a gathering of Montesa owners at a 2 day trials class held in Cerro Alarcón, Valdemorillo (Madrid, Spain) in 1971. Photo Courtesy of Luis Munoz, Madrid.

Trials Guru: Rob gained an apprenticeship as a fitter/turner at Head Wrightson, a major employer and large heavy industrial firm based at Thornaby-on-Tees. They specialised in the manufacture of large industrial products such as fractional distillation columns that needed special transport to get them to site. Its products, which were made of cast or wrought iron, were used for boilers, railway chairs, naval ships, and many bridges across the world.

Rob having served his apprenticeship, rarely did any overtime or weekend working for one very good reason; that would have restricted his trials riding activities. One day a manager, called Jack Welham said to him in front of a number of his workmates, “Robbie, you have got to make up your mind, do you want to be a fitter or a motorbike rider?” As Welham turned and began to walk away with a smug smile on his face, Rob shouted back at him: “I have made up my mind Jack; I’m going to be a motorbike rider!”

To be continued …

To read all of Rob Edwards’ story of his life in trials, click … here

Tribute to Len Hutty Jnr (1960 – 2014) Frimley’s Mud Maestro

Popular Frimley Green rider, Len Hutty passed away on Tuesday 28th October after a short illness. He will be best remembered for campaigning a very competitive 410cc Matchless in Classic trials. Len was a member of the Surrey Schoolboys Trials Club having started trials as a youth rider in the early 1970’s when youth sport was in it’s infancy. He also rode a Gollner Kawasaki KT250 back in the late 1970’s, riding such a machine twice in the Scottish Six Days Trial.

Hutty’s happy nature, his wit and banter, made him popular with trials fans and his fellow competitors alike. His results in events like the annual Talmag Trial did the talking for him and he was one of Britain’s most respected Pre’65 competitors and a hard man to beat. We all at ‘Trials Guru’ sends our most sincere condolences to his widow Bev and the Hutty family.

Here is a photo tribute prepared specially by our Trials Guru photographer, Iain Lawrie from Kinlochleven showing Len on his Matchless in action in Scotland at the Pre’65 Scottish Two-Day Trial.


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2002 – Loch Eilde Path – Photo: Iain Lawrie, kinlochleven.
Len Hutty'06 Pipeline
2006 – Pipeline – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven.
Len Hutty'08 Caolasnacoan
2008 – Coalasnacoan – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven.

Two more photos this time provided by Trials Media/John Hulme from the 2014 event which was to be Len’s final Pre’65 Scottish.

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Len on Pipeline 2014 – Photo: Trials Media/John Hulme
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Len Hutty in the 2014 Pre’65 Scottish – Photo: Trials Media/John Hulme

Trials Guru – The Rob Edwards Story… coming soon

The Guru was attending the Scott Trial on 18th October and during a conversation was asked why it has been so ‘quiet’ recently, this was due to other activities which resulted in a lack of new material coming on-stream.

More importantly was the person asking the question… none other than 1974 Scott Trial winner and Montesa factory rider, Rob Edwards!!!

This gave us the idea though to put together an article on Rob himself, so watch this space!

Also we will be sharing some ‘exclusive’ photographs never before seen of Rob in action.

The format will be a short series of articles on the highly popular Middlesbrough rider.

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Rob Edwards (349 Montesa) in action at the 1979 SSDT on Pipeline – Photo Copyright: Iain Lawrie