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It is noticeable at certain times of the year, not much new material is posted on Trials Guru website. There is a good reason for this, annual holidays and a general lack of new articles and material coming forward. It happens!

However, the website is actually crammed with interesting stuff that you may not have seen yet, have you looked or just passed by?

Try out our INDEX to see what is held in our pages and articles, you will be surprised!


Revamp complete!

We have recently undertaken to rebrand (if that is the correct phrase) Trials Guru to reflect what it really is… ‘It’s All About Motorcycle Trials’.


Taking note of comments from our readers and followers, we also decided that the menu banner at the top of the page had become rather too busy and confusing, so we have introduced a simpler format with fewer titles and some drop down menus from the headings which are:

Stand-alone headings: Index; Coming Next!; About: Trials Guru; Useful Links; Contact;

Drop-down headings: Photographers; Riders; Major Events; Features; Regional Sport & Manufacturers.

The ‘Index’ facility is proving really popular.

Hopefully this will enhance your Trials Guru experience and enable you to find articles, features and all sorts of trials information easier and quicker than before, especially if using a mobile device.

Trials Guru – Dedicated to the Sport!

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New title for Trials Guru

After four years of Trials Guru on the web, we have decided to change our headline slogan from “Photos from the sport of trials” to something more aligned with what Trials Guru is about… “It’s All About Motorcycle Trials” and that of course includes electric trials as they have a ‘motor’.

Still Trials Guru, the independent, not for profit website which is recording the history of the sport from the start to the current day.

Trials Guru, made by trials riders and enthusiasts, for trials riders and enthusiasts!


Andrew Dignan trials enthusiast

The Scottish trials world was saddened by the news that Lochaber man, Andrew J. Dignan, father of three trials riding sons David, Kevin and Simon and also Mike and Graham, passed away on Thursday 19th July, 2018 aged 84 years.

Andrew for many years, with his wife Grace, were stalwarts of the Lochaber & District MCC and  after Grace’s death in 2001, the club has run an event in her memory every year since.

Trials Guru’s John Moffat said: “Andrew Dignan was a man who always met you with a cheery smile and a good firm handshake. He was a true trials enthusiast who never competed but put a lot into the sport, having observed and officiated at the SSDT and local trials which he helped organise with his wife Grace.”

Moffat continued: “On a personal note, I had a lot of time for Andrew and we could chat for many hours when we met. I valued his friendship highly and I will miss him greatly”.

Andrew’s funeral took place at Noon on Saturday, 28th July 2018 at St Margaret’s Church in Roy Bridge, near Fort William. The R.C. church was filled by neighbours, friends, family, shinty and trials enthusiast from far and near.

His son Graham read a eulogy and his grandson, Cahal Dignan had written a special poem which he read  out.

As already mentioned, Andrew’s wife and sole-mate, Grace passed away in 2001 and part of Andrew died with her, they were a very close couple. They are now buried together in Cille Choirill cemetry high on the hill overlooking the road to Fersit where the Grace Dignan Memorial trial is held.

Young Sandy Cameron from Fersit played the pipes as Andrew’s coffin was carried from the church, the tune being ‘Sands of Kuwait’.

Andrew was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award by the Scottish ACU in 2014 in recognition of his dedication to Scottish trials over 30 years as an observer, parc ferme marshal and time check controller at the SSDT and his work for the Lochaber & District MCC. Many of their members were at Andrew’s funeral. He also won recognition from the local Lochaber Cammanachd club for services to Shinty.

On a lighter note, the priest commented that the family had all mentioned that Andrew always had a can of WD40 close by, as he believed it sorted most things that had gone wrong, even his arthritic knees!


There was a collection for the local Belford Hospital – Ward One, endowment fund.

We send our sincere condolences to the Dignan family.

Photo courtesy of the Dignan family

Scott open for business

Entries for the 2018 Scott Trial, to be held Saturday 13th October 2018 are now officially open.

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Entry Form’s and official regulations are now available to download from the Richmond Motor Club website under ‘Scott Trial 2018 -Regs’ and ‘Scott Trial 2018 Entry Form’

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The organisers ask that you please read the regulations carefully before filling in the entry form to make sure that you enter for all the correct awards.

Entries for the toughest trial in the UK are on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and the entries will close on Friday, 2nd September 2018. The entries are limited to 200 riders, so get your entry forms in as soon as possible to guarantee your place!

Any businesses who may wish to take up advertising space should contact the programme editor by e-mail: scotttrialeditor@outlook.com as soon as possible as the advertising space is almost full, with full page adverts fully booked, but a few half page are still available, at the reasonable cost of £50.00.

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Something a little different

Trials Guru is of course all about the sport of trials, but its’ creator, John Moffat is interested in all forms of motorcycle sport, that includes Motocross.

John was invited to get a ‘bit involved’ in the recent Drumlanrig Grand National Motocross on the weekend of 13-15th July, 2018.

Held in the grounds of the majestic Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries and Galloway, the stately home of the Duke of Buccleuch, the event was very well supported and is becoming the premier motocross event in Scotland.

It was promoted and organised by the re-formed and locally based Galloway Motorcycle Club, which was a club that had started out in the 1930s and folded around 2011. The good news is that it is back up and running again, affiliated to the Scottish ACU and headed up by Fraser Dykes (Chairman) and Willie Brown (Secretary) and has a strong nucleus of committee members, all willing to get their hands dirty.

Moffat’s remit was to conduct a full hour-long interview on the Friday evening with the 1982 World 500cc Motocross Champion, Brad Lackey who kept the audience spell-bound with his recounts of his life in professional motocross as a factory rider for CZ, Kawasaki, Honda and Suzuki.

Moffat also hosted the ‘Galloway Gathering’ on the Saturday night which saw many former Scottish Motocross riders and champions being interviewed to keep the crowd both intertained and informed. This was all done in a massive marquee on site.

Here are some photos taken during the three day event, courtesy of former Trials & Motocross News reporter, Graham Milne which gives a flavour of what Trials Guru had been getting up to at Drumlanrig!

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World 500cc Motocross Champion in 1982 was Suzuki’s Brad Lackey, here talking to Trials Guru at Drumlanrig – Photo: Graham Milne

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Billy Edwards on the left was a former Bultaco, CCM, Kawasaki and Maico rider… and oh yes he was Scottish Motocross Champion in 1979. Photo: Graham Milne

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Vic Allan (left) was double British Motocross Champion 250/500cc in 1974 on Bultaco Pursangs – Photo: Graham Milne

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Roy Black Jnr (left) was both Junior and Senior Scottish Motocross Champion in successive years, the only rider to achieve this on Maico – Photo: Graham Milne

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Brad Lackey tells John Moffat exactly how he won the 1982 World 500cc Motocross Championship for Suzuki, a ten year ‘journey’ – Photo: Graham Milne

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Photo: Graham Milne


Reeth Three Day 2018 cancelled

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The annual Reeth Three Day Trial scheduled to begin on July 20th and organized by the Richmond Motor Club (Yorkshire) has had to be cancelled due the risk of moorland fires this year.

Dry weather during June and more similar warm, dry weather forecast leading up to the event has made the moorland on which the trial is run, tinder dry and the risk of fire possible.

The ever responsible Richmond Motor Club took the weighty decision to cancel the very popular and over-subscribed event, as it depends on the good working relationship with landowners, game-keepers, factors and farmers in the vast landscape in the which the club organizes its events, including the famous Scott Trial in October.

The Reeth Three Day was an idea put forward many years ago by local enthusiast and life-long club member, the late David ‘Tubby’ Allinson of Reeth who wanted to create a mini SSDT. Over the years it has been a great success and well supported.

The Richmond club did not take the decision lightly as the event attracts 200 competitors and takes a great deal of effort to organize, but it did not wish to put ground at risk now and in the future if a fire was to break out during the event for whatever reason.

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