North East Trials – UK

Trials Guru’s special ‘section’ for trials events and riders from the North East of England from various photographers who have generously allowed us to display their images. This will be extended over time to feature past events and competitors in and from the North East Trials.

Dave Younghusband - JY

Captured by Scottish photographer, Jimmy Young, here is North East Trials rider and Newcastle Speedway star, Dave Younghusband on his 325 Bultaco at the 1980 Aberfeldy Trial.

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Gordon Butterfield (325 Bultaco) 1980 Aberfeldy 2 Day Trial | Photo: Jimmy Young, Armadale

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Trials Guru – John Palmer (Berwick-Upon-Tweed) Montesa Cota 349 at the Lanarkshire Valente Trial in 1981. Photo: Jimmy Young, Armadale

Colin Ward Jnr from Stanley ,County Durham in the 1988 Scottish Six Days on Ben Nevis. Hos fatehr Colin Ward Snr was a handy rider and backmarker at the SSDT for many years Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

Colin Ward Jnr from Stanley, County Durham in the 1988 Scottish Six Days on Ben Nevis. His father Colin Ward Snr was a handy rider and back-marker at the SSDT for many years Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

Billy Maxwell - JY

A born Scotsman who has lived the majority of his life in the North East, Billy Maxwell on a 325 Bultaco in 1980 at the Aberfeldy Two Day Trial. Photo: Jimmy Young, Armadale.

Walter Dalton:

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Walter Dalton, Triumph Cub mounted around early 1960s

We could not cover the North East without at least mentioning Weardale’s Walter Dalton, who would appear to have been involved in trials forever.
Walter was employed by Portland Blue Circle Cement at their Weardale plant at Eastgate and was a regular competitor across the border in Scottish trials which also included the Loch Lomond Two-Day and Scottish Six Days events, plus the Pre’65 Scottish.

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Walter Dalton on an AJS in the 1980s

Walter in later years took up riding Pre’65 trials on his 500 Ariel and supported Spain’s Carlos Casas on a 200cc Triumph Cub for many years in the Pre’65 Scottish.

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Walter ‘drowning’ a Bultaco Sherpa in 1968

Dalton competed in many SSDTs back as far as the late 1960s. He rode both Bultaco and Montesa machinery.

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Walter, Montesa Cota mounted in 1969

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The ‘RM Special’, built in 1984 by Reg May for Walter Dalton to ride in the SSDT that year – Photo: Graeme Campbell, Moffat

In 1984, Walter entered the SSDT and the Pre’65 Scottish on a Reg May built ‘RM Special’, this machine was actually road registered as such. The machine was a BSA B40 motor in a much modified Bultaco Sherpa frame, with Alpina front wheel and Pursang rear wheel and a modified 340 Sherpa alloy tank and specially fabricated oil tank. The machine was not strictly Pre’65 but the organisers were less strict in those days!
The ‘RM Special’ was sold to the North East trials enthusiast, George P. Shorter of Ulgham who kept it for many years up until his death in 2012.

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Walter Dalton with the 1979 Bultaco Sherpa model 198A (250) that he rode in the 1979 Scottish Six Days Trial – Photo: Alan Pennington, Stanhope

Recently, Sunderland’s Alan Pennington went to see Walter and re-united him with a 1979 Bultaco Sherpa 250 that Walter rode in that years’ Scottish Six Days Trial.

Alan Pennington: “I had the absolute pleasure of taking my Bultaco Sherpa 250 to show its’ original owner when it was new. The gentleman is Walter Dalton of Eastgate in Weardale. Walter bought the Bultaco in the April of 1979 and rode it in the Scottish Six Days Trial in May of the same year. Mr. Dalton is coming up to his 90th birthday soon, he made my day by signing and endorsing the side panel. I think it is true to say he made my day and I made his. Walter Dalton was a local legend in his day around the trials scene and still an absolute gentleman. His trophy cabinet was pretty impressive too”.

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Walter with his wife Mabel at their Weardale home – Photo: Alan Pennington, Stanhope

‘Farmer John’ Article – HERE

Albert Aruna, Alwinton 2-day 21-6-15

Albert Arana (Gas Gas) – Alwinton 2 Day Trial 2015 – Photo copyright: Jaxx Lawson @ Joat’s Imagery.

Beth Waite, Farndale Trial, May 2015

Beth Waite (Beta) – Farndale Trial, May 2015 – Photo Copyright: Jaxx Lawson @ Joat’s Imagery.

Billy Bolt, Jan 2015, Edmondsley Trial - Photo Copyright: Jaxx Lawson at H

Billy Bolt (Ossa) – Jan 2015, Edmondsley Trial – Photo Copyright: Jaxx Lawson @ Joat’s Imagery.

Bobby Clark, Durham County TC Trial - 07-06-15 - Section 9 Dursand Quarry

Bobby Clark, Durham County TC Trial – 2015 – Section 9, Dursand Quarry – Photo copyright: Jaxx Lawson @ Joats’ Imagery.

Hannah Richards, Reeth 3-day (Sat) 26-07-15

Hannah Richardson – (Gas Gas) Reeth 3 Day Trial 2015 – Photo copyright: Jaxx Lawson @ Joat’s Imagery.

James Thompson Cleveland Trial 2015

James Thompson (Gas Gas) Cleveland Trial 2015 – Photo copyright: Jaxx Lawson @ Joat’s Imagery.

Joel Edwards Reeth 3-day (Sat) 26-07-15

Joel Edwards (Beta) Reeth 3 Day Trial 2015 – Photo: Jaxx Lawson @ Joat’s Imagery.

Matthew Maynard, Harold Graham Trophy Cogden Hall, Grinton, 22-2-15

Matthew Maynard (Sherco) watched by Jack Stones at the Harold Graham Trophy, Cogden Hall, Grinton, 2015 – Photo copyright: Jaxx Lawson @ Joat’s Imagery.

Michael Wright, Beakes Farm, Chop Gate 11-07-15

Michael Wright (Montesa) – Beakes Farm, Chop Gate July, 2015 – Photo copyright: Jaxx Lawson @ Joat’s Imagery.

Ossy Byers, KIA Twin shock Champs, Newcastleton, 23-08-15

Ossy Byers (250 Cotton) – KIA Twin-shock Championship, Scottish round at Newcastleton, August 2015 – Photo copyright: Jaxx Lawson @ Joat’s Imagery.

 

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North East group photo – from left: Travis Ward; Louis Grey; Colin Ward; Ossy Byers and Gary Pears – Photo: Hilary Little

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Glen Quinn (Gas Gas) Thrunton Woods, Bedlington MCC – 28 February 2016 – Photo: Jaxx Lawson @Joats Imagery

Jack Peace

Jack Peace (Gas Gas) – Aislaby Trial, Guisborough Club, 24/01/2016 – Photo: Jaxx Lawson @Joats Imagery

Victoria Holmes

Victoria Holmes (Sherco) – Alston Trial, Newcastle Club, 14/02/2016 – Photo: Jaxx Lawson @Joats Imagery

Olly Kendra

Olly Kendra – Kay Trophy Trial, Eboracum Club, 21/02/2016 – Photo: Jaxx Lawson @Joats Imagery

Chris Brown

Chris Brown (Scorpa) – Scarborough Trial, 10/01/2016 – Photo: Jaxx Lawson @ Joats Imagery

John James Battensby

John J Battensby at Thrunton Woods Trial, Bedlington Club, 28/02/2016, 3rd place overall – Photo: Jaxx Lawson @Joats Imagery

Andrew Battensby Hope Farm

Andrew Battensby at Hope Farm – Photo: Ray Crinson

John Nipper Pattison 2 Bollihope

John ‘Nipper’ Pattison at Bollihope – Photo: Ray Crinson

John Palmer Brockley Hall

John Palmer at Brockley Hall – Photo: Ray Crinson

Michael Phillipson Alwinton 2 day

Michael Phillipson, who won the Scott Trial in 2002 seen here at the Alwinton 2 Day Trial – Photo: Ray Crinson

Nigel Birkett Alwinton 2 day

Nigel Birkett (Scorpa) at the Alwinton 2 Day Trial – Photo: Ray Crinson

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Peter McIntyre (Honda RTL250) at Bollihope – Photo: Ray Crinson

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Richard Sadler (Beta) at Sunnyside – Photo: Ray Crinson

Vicky Holmes

Victoria Holmes (Sherco) – Photo: Ray Crinson

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Colin Ward from Stanley on his Yamaha TY250R at Butsfield (Consett) Trial on 25 March 2016 – Photo: Jaxx Lawson @Joats Imagery

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Eddie Aitken (Gas Gas) at Butsfield (Consett) Trial on 25 March 2016 – Photo: Jaxx Lawson @Joats Imagery

Stay tuned for more photos and features on the North East trials scene over the years…

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© – Images: World-wide Copyright Jaxx Lawson @ Joat’s Imagery (All Rights Reserved) Tel: +447720713892 – 2016.

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© – Images: World-wide Copyright Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven (All Rights Reserved) – 2016.

© – Images: World-wide Copyright Alan Pennington, Stanhope (All Rights Reserved) – 2016.

© – Images: World-wide Copyright Ray Crinson (All Rights Reserved) – 2016

© – Images: World-wide Copyright Hilary Little – (All Rights Reserved) – 2016

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