Each year the SSDT has sole use of the Highland Council’s West End Car Park at Fort William. It is transformed into a ‘parc ferme’ and trade village as well as a service area for the riders, thanks to the importers and factories who provide essential back-up facilities throughout the week.
Here is Trials Guru’s tribute to those of the SSDT village community, courtesy of John Hulme/Trial Magazine UK and Nigel Pearson of Trials UK Media who have provided the images along with our own Trials Guru shots taken at the 2017 event.
Jack Austin has put together a very smart tribute bike for this year’s Scottish Six Days Trial (May 7-12) paying homage to a former SSDT observer (SSDT Observer No.1 in fact) Micky ‘Munch’ Gallacher, who ran MSport in Stevenage up until his untimely death in 2016 aged 56 years.
Jack takes up the story:
“I am pleased to have been accepted to ride in this year’s Scottish Six-Day Trials event.
The bike I will be riding will be a 260 Montesa 4RT which was purchased new from Micky Gallagher at MSport Trials Specialists – Micky being a long-time friend of my Father, Dave Austin and our family.
Sadly when Micky passed away in March 2016, Micky had never seen me ride in the Scottish, albeit he and my Father “Big Dave” were always encouraging me to enter, once eligible. Therefore, I’ve decided to dedicate my First 2018 Scottish SSDT ride as a tribute, in memory of Micky, as he was a long-time SSDT Observer & Enthusiast of the event, as is my Father still today.
Also, I have – in true MSport Trials tradition – modified the standard bike to what it is today:
I have changed the wheels, modified the brakes, changed the plastics, designed my own graphics and upgraded many of the smaller components on the bike.
I would like to thank all my Sponsors in this years event:
– Theresa, Ross & Gemma Gallagher
– Lings Motorcycles, Harleston
– WM Engineering Services Ltd
– Grandparents: Phyllis & Sid Austin (sadly no longer with us)
– My Parents & Family: David, Amanda & Brother George
– Austin Uncles: Stuart & Clive – who are my ‘2018 SSDT Pit-Crew’ – “Team Big-Dave”.
Nevis Radio, the station local to Fort William and Lochaber will once again be broadcasting live from the event’s parc ferme from Monday 7th May until Saturday 12th May.
The outside broadcast team this year will consist of John ‘Big John’ Weller; Simon Abberley and guest presenter, Trials Guru’s John Moffat. As well as radio broadcasting, the station will be ‘on air’ with live video streaming and additional recorded coverage during the day when ‘The Moffster’ will be out at sections with the Nevis Radio ‘roving mic’.
The daily broadcasts will commence at 07:00 – 11:00 on 96.6 102.3 & 102.4 MHz.
The sponsors of the programme this year will be once again Michelin Tyres and Trial Magazine UK.
Simon Abberley, Nevis Radio’s Business Development & Sustainability Manager said: “Nevis Radio would like to thank Michelin and Trial Magazine UK for their continued support after over seven years of sponsorship. As a registered charity, every penny we get counts towards our continued service and helps us broadcast across Lochaber.
In recent years we have expanded into the world of live video streaming on the internet. Without the support from Michelin and Trial Magazine UK we wouldn’t have had the funds available to offer this service.
Being mostly volunteer based with one staff member involved, it takes a great deal of resource to achieve our Scottish Six Days Trial coverage, but every year we are driven by the feedback we get and always try and push a little harder the next time round it’s a way of evolving and improving what we do to the best we can.”
This year the programme page numbers have been increased and it will continue to have the ‘pull-out’ additional competitor list, sponsored by Acklams Beta of Harrogate, which is handy for putting in a pocket when spectating out on the hill.
The 92 paged 2018 official programme gives all the daily routes with spectator suggestions and competitor’s early days, now located towards the back of the programme making this information easier to find. It also has more articles than before.
News that all eight businesses in Fort William have once again agreed to display trials motorcycles during the SSDT week, 7-12 May in the town’s High Street.
Machines will appear in the following display windows: Off Beat Bikes; The Granite House; The Whisky Shop; Marshall & Pearson; The Bank of Scotland; Nevisport; Mountain Warehouse and Visit Scotland.
The arrangements are being handled by Trials Guru in collaboration with: MRS Sherco/AGBikes; Vertigo UK; GasGas UK; Birkett Motosport/Scorpa; Inch Perfect Trial/Montesa; TRRS/Steve Saunders & Beta-UK/John Lampkin.
Marshall & Pearson usually have something a bit special and an older machine usually appears on display in the ironmonger shop window.
The shop displays help create a special atmosphere for shoppers to let everyone know that the event is underway.
Nevis Radio, sponsored by Trial Magazine & Michelin, will also be covering the event with the SSDT Morning show, daily from 07:00 to 11:00 Monday to Friday and a little bit longer on the Saturday. Guest presenter is Trials Guru’s John Moffat (aka The Moffster) and the lead presenter will be once again be Mr. John Weller, with techno-geek Si Abberley pressing all the buttons back at Nevis Radio base.
The station will be trying out a few new ideas this year to capture even more of the action. There wil be a number of guest interviews during the week and a QR Code in the official programme for your phone to listen live!
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