The busy Inverness & District MCC, the most northerly trials club in the UK have a busy time ahead with the promotion of their Highland Classic Two-Day Trial on June 9/10 on the picturesque Alvie Estate, four miles south of Aviemore.
The event has grown in stature over the years and now plays host to 150 riders plus 9 Guest Riders which includes Yrjo Vesterinen; Montesa ace from the 1970s, Clive Smith and from the racing world, Donnie McLeod and Iain Duffus who will be watched closely by Nick Jefferies, who makes his second appearance at the Highland Classic.
The trial starts at 11.00 am on the Saturday when the riders will be piped away by local piper, Sandy MacDonell and will enjoy two laps of 18 sections traversing the highland shooting estate.
The landowner is Laird, Jamie Williamson who has permitted trials on his ground for over 30 years.
The event is supported by Trial Partners: Putoline Motorcycle Oils; Apico Factory-Racing and Classic Trial Magazine.
This year the theme is The Montesa Cota Edition, recognizing the 50 years of the ‘Cota’ since it’s creation in 1968. Guest of Honour is the 1968 Scottish Trials Champion, Douglas Bald.
The newly reformed Kinlochleven and District MCC have just launched their new website.
Situated in the ‘electric town’ that was famous for aluminium smelting and electricity production. The club is chaired by local man Martin Murphy with secretarial support from David & Lorna Dougan who are also local to the town.
Entries for their new Leven Valley Two Day Trial will be released at midnight on the 31st March and demand is expected to be high.
Sammy Miller agreed to be their guest of honour for the inaugural event which will see 25 miles each day, completely off-road. The trial will be for Brit-shock and Twin-shock machines.
Entry fee will be £50.00 and is permitted by the Scottish ACU.
The course details are emerging, it will be 30 sections per day, one lap per day of approximately 25 miles.
Club Official, David Dougan spoke to Trials Guru:
“This is an exciting event for the locals of Kinlochleven, but like all events we need the co-operation of the landowners and government agencies that control the use of the land. We also need observers to staff the event. As with any trial we will be looking for observers. If any of our wonderful trials friends are able to help out in any way it would be greatfully appreciated. Lorna Brackenridge has kindly agreed to organise the observers for us, so if anyone can help please get in touch with her. We will be needing 30 observers per day. Lorna can be contacted by the following E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ”
Yamaha Motor Company have re-entered the World trials arena by confirming that they will contest the 2018 FIM ‘Trial-E’ class with the announcement of their ‘TY-E’ model. The machine will be ridden by the factory rider Kenichi Kuroyama.
Kuroyama, is an eleven-time national champion of Japan. He rode for eleven years in the World championships and achieved four world title rounds and scored twenty-five podium positions.
The re-entry of Yamaha onto the world stage is significant and to be electric powered, even more so.
The question now must be asked, will the mighty Honda concern make inroads to electric-trials with their own electric powered machine?
Images courtesy of Akihiko Hattori, taken at the Tokyo Show, March 2018:
Organised by the Bexleyheath & District Motor Cycle Club, the ‘Battle of Burwash’ trial has been running for around seven years. It’s been named after the Battle off Hastings (1066) as it’s only down the road from the famous battle.
Held on 2nd and 3rd June, it’s run on a brilliant piece of ground over seventy acres of streams, rocks and high banks, which makes a challenge for all abilities.
Run over two days starting on the Saturday at noon with four laps of eight sections with results and awards that same afternoon.
Sunday is three laps of thirteen sections, which are different from the Saturday, the results being compiled that night and up on Motorbiketrials.com by Monday morning.
Camping is available with plenty of room for campers, caravans and tents. Easy access via concrete path so no getting stuck problems. There will be toilets and fresh water available on site. Event postcode TN218XA. Camping available from the Thursday afternoon.
The news is out that the inaugural ‘Leven Valley Two Day Trial’ to be held on 29/30 September 2018 will have Sammy Miller as the Guest of Honour.
The go-ahead Kinlochleven & District Motor Cycle Club announced that the new event will cater for Brit-shock and the later Twin-shock machines on a course that is completely off-road.
Entries will open at 1.00 am on 31st March on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and limited to 150 riders plus a group of invited ‘Guest Riders’.
Sammy Miller has also presented the club with a trophy, which will then be presented by Sammy to the overall winner of the event which will have 30 sections per day utilising many of the networks of paths and private roads which populate the Leven Valley area which surrounds the Argyllshire village.
Club chairman Martin Murphy told Trials Guru: “We have invested a lot of time in negotiating with landowners, land managers and the local community to put this much needed event on the ground. We will be making good use of the private roads and tracks that are a feature of the locality to avoid any scarring on the hills.”
Murphy continued: “The club are delighted that eleven times British Trials Champion, Sammy Miller has accepted our invitation to be our guest of honour. I discussed it with him at the recent Telford show and he appeared very excited at the proposal and accepted immediately. After all, it was Sammy that effectively created the so-called Pre’65 movement when he moved from Ariel to Bultaco in 1964 and he won the Scottish Six Days, partly in the hills we will use for our Leven Valley Two Day. It was only right and fitting that Sammy should be our main guest.”
Martin also commented: “We have couched our trial planning in similar terms to the now established Highland Classic 2 Day that the Inverness & District club promote on the Alvie Estate, it has been a real success story in Scottish trials and we are keen to compliment that particular event as it is similar to what we are planning around Kinlochleven. We really appreciate the help and assistance that we have received from our neighbouring clubs, those being Inverness & District and the Lochaber & District. It’s all about the sport of trials.”
The new event was heavily promoted during the recent Telford Off Road show in the Midlands and Trials Guru predicts that this will be an oversubscribed event going by the level of enquiries being received both at the show and afterwards.
The Kinlochleven & District club was reformed after an almost 40 year shut down, local man and former trials rider and club member, John MacGregor of Glencoe happened to have the original club badge which is believed to date back to pre WW2 times.
The reformed club also affiliated to the Scottish ACU in early February this year and their secretary, who will be taking the entries is local man David Dougan.
At the time of this news item, there are ‘Special Guests’ and ‘Guest Riders’ that have been approached, so watch this space as no doubt Trials Guru will be informed.
The entry form will be available as a download file on the club’s facebook page: HERE
The Westmorland Motor Club, established in 1910, which makes it one of the oldest clubs in North West England, will be out in force at this year’s Telford Off-Road Show (17/18 February) at the International Centre (TF4 8RH).
The members will be promoting the ‘Bultaco Revival Nostalgia’ trial which takes place on 16th June at Holme Farm Sedbergh, Cumbria, a week after the Highland Classic Two Day which is already a sell out.
Guest of honour this year is Alan R.C. Lampkin, better known perhaps as ‘Sid’ Lampkin, former Bultaco works rider who was a winner in the SSDT and Scott Trials in 1966 on a works BSA C15T.
This year there will be team awards for teams of three riders competing for the Martin Lampkin memorial award.
Also attending is American Bernie Schrieber who won the World Trials title in 1979 on a Bultaco. Bernie now lives in Zurich but is really looking forward to riding in Cumbria.
The main sponsors are Coniston Brewery, BMW – Lloyd South Lakes and LSS Waste Management. The prime mover is once again Peter Remington who rode a Sapphire Motorcycles sponsored Bultaco back in the late 1970s.
Event Secretary is Mike Rapley and the forms are now released, with the entry limited to the first 120 places.
Last year was the inaugural event and was a great success, raising money for cancer charity.
There are many classes at the event which is not solely for Bultaco machinery, albeit that is the theme.