So, This is Yorkshire!
Date of the Scott Trial 2017 – Saturday, 21st October 2017
Regarded as the most famous one-day motorcycle trial in the world, Trials Guru consider a ‘special section’ is appropriate to celebrate this great British (Yorkshire) institution.
Featuring the work of C.H. Wood, courtesy of the David Wood Archive, Bradford.
The Scott Trial has been organised by four motorcycle clubs in its hundred year history. It currently uses North Yorkshire National Park ground and has planning permission granted until 2020. It annually raises money which is donated to the ‘Scott Charities’, a grouping of charitable trusts and organisations in the North Yorkshire area.
The event is currently organised by the Richmond Motor Club (Yorkshire) – Scott Trial committee, an enthusiastic band of trials supporters, current and past competitors and people that just love the event for what it is. 2016 marks the twenty-fifth year of Richmond organising the event for the Yorkshire Centre ACU.
It is run under the rules and regulations of the Auto-Cycle Union, with a ‘Special Permit’ and is a time and observation event, where the fastest rider sets the standard time for completing the whole course. All other competitors lose a mark per every minute you are late & part thereof that they are behind the fastest rider’s standard time.
A little history of the event:
The event was actually a trial created in 1914 by Alfred A. Scott, the founder of the Scott Motorcycle Company for his employees from his motorcycle factory in Shipley and his local sales agent.
The idea was to ride machines and navigate their way from the factory, through the rough countryside and over tracks and bye-ways to Burnsall in the Craven district all in North Yorkshire. This was a true test of not only the Scott machines, but the riders’ abilities at the same time. There were, according to the results for 1914, 14 competitors of which 9 finished the event.
Due to the outbreak of World War I, the trial recommenced in 1919 and continued to be organised by the Scott Company employees until 1926, when the Bradford Club took the event under it’s wing. Bradford was the mother club of Clarrie Wood, the Scott factory rider and of course Allan Jefferies, the great Triumph rider/dealer who built up a large dealership in the town of Shipley, West Yorkshire.
Harold Wood was one of the original course plotters and put a power of work into organising the event over the years. Harold Wood (of C.H. Wood) was also a prolific motor-sport film-maker and his firm was the ‘go to’ company for large organisations such as Castrol who used film footage taken by Wood in their movies that were shown at motor and motorcycle clubs to promote the sport and their products. Nick Jefferies, son of Allan Jefferies, quite correctly points out that these are two different people, a common mistake to make many years later. Nick Jefferies has ridden in many Scott Trials during his career as a trials rider and has a fantastic knowledge of motorcycle sport.
Allan Jefferies ran the motorcycle dealership in Shipley which bore his name. The Jefferies family have had therefore a long association with the Scott Trial.
The Jefferies are indeed a unique Yorkshire family of competition motorcyclists who rode in trials and racing. Allan Jefferies rode in the TT between 1947 and 1949 gaining two second places. His eldest son Tony raced on the Island between 1969 and 1973, winning three TT’s; the 1971 Formula 750 and Junior plus the 1973 Production 750cc Races. He had a crack at the Scott in 1973 on a 325cc Bultaco. Tony’s son, the late David Jefferies, started racing at the TT in 1996 and had achieved six wins by way of two treble victories in 1999 and again in 2000. Nick Jefferies, Allan’s younger son has his own claim to fame by winning the Manx Two Day Trial in 1976; the Senior Manx Grand Prix in 1983 and the Formula One TT in 1993. Nick has ridden a variety of racing machinery including the New Zealand built Britten and over the years having had the privilege of racing factory machines from Loctite Yamaha, Silkolene Honda, Castrol Honda and Honda Britain as well as factory CCM Britain and Honda trials machines. He has forty Silver and two Bronze TT replicas in his collection at home. The Brasdford Club organises the national Allan Jefferies Trophy Trial annual in his memory.
The Scott was to become an event that Grandfathers, Fathers and Sons competed in and Fathers and Daughters also. Notable winners with offspring winners have been, Vic and Johnny Brittain; Martin and Dougie Lampkin and Gerald and Jonathan Richardson.
Alfred Scott died in 1923, but his creation lived on. The Scott Trial rapidly becoming a prestigious event in the trials calendar, and by the mid nineteen-twenties it had contributed to the belief that Yorkshire-men were the toughest trials riders in the land.
In 1938, the trial locus was moved to Swainby in Cleveland County, this was because of land loss in the Yorkshire Dales. The running of the Scott Trial was also placed under the joint control of the Middlesborough & Stockton Motor Clubs.
In 1951 the Auto-Cycle Union restructured and the large Yorkshire Centre was split into two centres which became the separate Yorkshire and the East Yorkshire Centres. At this point, the organisation of the event was moved across to the Darlington Motor Club which was affiliated to the Yorkshire Centre ACU with the event moving to Swaledale in the North Yorkshire National Park where it has remained to this day.
The trial eventually passed to the Richmond Motor Club (Yorkshire) Ltd in 1991, the current custodians of The Scott.
As occurred in 1962, the weather can be very harsh, making the course extremely difficult for the competitors. In 1998, only twenty-one of the one hundred and forty-seven entries completed the course. This event was won by Graham Jarvis, for the third time, with the fastest time of 5 hours 50 minutes. In 2008 rain reduced the finishers to sixty out of two-hundred, with Jarvis winning for a record eight times and once again the following year, making him the most successful rider in the events’ hundred year history.
In 1963, Phillip H. Smith from Ilkley compiled the first book on the event. It was called ‘The Greatest of All Trials’. Copies of which appear occasionally in on-line auction sites.
The 1974 Scott was extensively filmed by a BBC film crew which made use of a helicopter for the aerial shots. It showed many of the well-known parts of the event including Fremington Edge. It was a little disconcerting for some of the riders when the helicopter followed them across the moors, many thinking they had developed machine trouble, but it was the sound of the aircraft’s rotors. An excerpt of the whole film is still available on ‘YouTube’ which was used as a short filler feature by the BBC for some years after, called Two-Stroke Cowboys.
A longer edition showing the full programme is available here:
The modern Scott trial is still a time and observation event run over an off-road course of approximately eighty miles, with usually seventy-five observed sections. The riders lose marks on observation in the sections and for finishing behind the fastest rider who sets the trials’ standard time.
Over the years a wide range of special awards and memorial trophies have become associated with the Scott Trial. This includes the award for best Yorkshire-man, or woman, the oldest finisher, and a variety of club and special awards.
There are now forty-one different awards given out at the presentation evening after the trial. A dedicated team of club riders and other volunteers gather in the observer books when the trial is still progressing and ferry these back to Trial Headquarters throughout the day. There is a results team which have the scores, time calculations and final results produced by around 10 pm in the evening. The presentation of awards follows the charity auction.
The winner is never known or publicised until his or her name is finally read out at the presentation of awards. This creates a tense atmosphere and one of excitement and eventual jubilation for the winner of the annual event.
It has been described as the greatest test of man and machine and is an event in which the club riders can still compete over the same course and sections as the top international riders.
Many riders over the years have won Scott ‘Silver’ and ‘Gold’ spoons and these are treasured possessions of those who won them. Each year sponsors purchase the spoons so the organisers can continue this fine tradition. Every year the top six finishers (including the winner) receive a Gold spoon and the remaining 20 finishers receive Silver spoons. The spoons are bought each year by spoon sponsors, these are enthusiasts who keep the tradition going. Some spoon purchases are done to commemorate a relative.
The 2014 event was the Centenary of the Scott Trial, this ensured a full entry of two-hundred competitors, with many of the past winners attending the trial.
The Richmond Club organised a special Centenary Dinner at Tennants in Leyburn. A further dinner was also organised in the November by Alan ‘Sid’ Lampkin at the Ripon Spa Hotel. This event was attended by many members of the Richmond Motor Club and past riders and winners of the Scott. The Scott Re-Union dinner at Ripon was for many years organised by the late Tom U. Ellis of BSA fame and is held every five years.
The Scott is a unique event, with a real social conscience.
When the Middlesborough & Stockton Motor Clubs organised the event, funds were raised for St Dunstans, now the Blind Veterans UK, with Darlington raising money for Guide Dogs for the Blind. This was changed when Richmond took over as event organisers, raising money for a variety of institutions.
Each year the Scott Trial raises money for the ‘Scott Charities’, these are local non-profit making organisations who are too small to attract grants from the usual sources. After the 2013 Charity Donation Evening a total of £137,600 has been donated in the time since Richmond Motor Club took over the running of the trial in 1991.
The Trial proceeds each year are added to this total and presented to the charities in late February annually.
Some photos from previous Scott Trials:
Scott Trial action 2015:
More Scott Trial photos will be added in the future …
The Scott Trial – Hall of Fame:
Year – Winner / Fastest Rider to set standard time
1914 – Frank Philip (Scott) / Frank Philip (Scott)
1915 – 1918 – World War I – No Trial
1919 – Geoff Hill (Triumph) / Geoff Hill (Triumph)
1920 – Clarrie Wood (Scott) / Clarrie Wood (Scott)
1921 – Clarrie Wood (Scott) / Clarrie Wood (Scott)
1922 – Harry Langman (Scott) / Billy Moore (Scott)
1923 – Ernie Mainwaring (Scott) / Clarrie Wood (Scott)
1924 – Wally Clough (Scott) / Wally Clough (Scott)
1925 – Eddie Flintoff (Sunbeam) / A. Jackson (AJS)
1926 – Eddie Flintoff (Sunbeam) / W. Evans (Triumph)
1927 – Oliver Langton (Scott) / W. Evans (Triumph)
1928 – Eric Langton (Scott ) / Eddie Flintoff
1929 – Vic Brittain (Sunbeam) / Eddie Flintoff
1930 – Len Heath (Ariel) / Allan Jefferies (Scott)
1931 – Vic Brittain (Sunbeam) / Stanley Woods (Norton)
1932 – Allan Jefferies (Scott) / Allan Jefferies (Scott)
1933 – Len Heath (Ariel) / Len Heath (Ariel)
1934 – Ken Wilson (Panther) / Ken Wilson (Panther)
1935 – Len Heath (Ariel) / Allan Jefferies (Triumph)
1936 – Billy Tiffen (Velocette) / Allan Jefferies (Triumph)
1937 – Allan Jefferies (Triumph / Allan Jefferies (Triumph)
1938 – Len Heath (Ariel) / W.J. Smith (Levis)
1939 – 1945 – World War II – No Trial
1946 – Bill Nicholson (BSA) / Bill Nicholson (BSA)
1947 – Bill Nicholson (BSA) / Bill Nicholson (BSA)
1948 – Jim Alves (Triumph) / Jim Alves (Triumph)
1949 – Bill Nicholson (BSA) / Bill Nicholson (BSA)
1950 – Bill Nicholson (BSA) / Bill Nicholson (BSA)
1951 – Bill Nicholson (BSA) / Bill Nicholson (BSA)
1952 – John Draper (BSA) / David Tye (BSA)
1953 – Arthur Shutt (Francis Barnett) / David Tye (BSA)
1954 – Jeff Smith (BSA) / Jeff Smith (BSA)
1955 – Johnny Brittain (Royal Enfield) / Gordon Jackson (AJS)
1956 – Johnny Brittain (Royal Enfield) / Gordon Jackson (AJS)
1957 – Artie Ratcliffe (Triumph) / Brian Stonebridge (Greeves)
1958 – Sammy Miller (Ariel) / Jeff Smith (BSA)
1959 – Jeff Smith (BSA) / Jeff Smith (BSA)
1960 – Arthur Lampkin (BSA) / Jeff Smith (BSA)
1961 – Arthur Lampkin (BSA) / Arthur Lampkin (BSA)
1962 – Sammy Miller (Ariel) / Jeff Smith (BSA)
1963 – Sammy Miller (Ariel) / Arthur Lampkin (BSA)
1964 – Bill Wilkinson (Greeves) / Bill Wilkinson (Greeves)
1965 – Arthur Lampkin (BSA) / Arthur Lampkin (BSA)
1966 – Alan Lampkin (BSA) / Arthur Lampkin (BSA)
1967 – Sammy Miller (Bultaco) / Bill Wilkinson (Greeves)
1968 – Sammy Miller (Bultaco) / Gordon Farley (Greeves)
1969 – Sammy Miller (Bultaco) / Malcolm Rathmell (Greeves)
1970 – Sammy Miller (Bultaco) / Alan Lampkin (Bultaco)
1971 – Malcolm Rathmell (Bultaco) / Alan Lampkin (Bultaco)
1972 – Rob Shepherd (Montesa) / Rob Shepherd (Montesa)
1973 – Malcolm Rathmell (Bultaco) / Malcolm Rathmell (Bultaco)
1974 – Rob Edwards (Montesa) / Malcolm Rathmell (Bultaco)
1975 – Malcolm Rathmell (Montesa) / Malcolm Rathmell (Montesa)
1976 – Malcolm Rathmell (Montesa) / Malcolm Rathmell (Montesa)
1977 – Martin Lampkin (Bultaco) / Martin Lampkin (Bultaco)
1978 – Martin Lampkin (Bultaco) / Martin Lampkin (Bultaco)
1979 – Malcolm Rathmell (Montesa) / Malcolm Rathmell (Montesa)
1980 – Malcolm Rathmell (Montesa) / Malcolm Rathmell (Montesa)
1981 – Martin Lampkin (Bultaco) / Nigel Birkett (Fantic)
1982 – Martin Lampkin (SWM) / Malcolm Rathmell (Montesa)
1983 – Gerald Richardson (Armstrong) / Gerald Richardson (Armstrong)
1984 – Nigel Birkett (Yamaha) / Gerald Richardson (Yamaha)
1985 – Gerald Richardson (Yamaha) / Gerald Richardson (Yamaha)
1986 – Tony Scarlett (Yamaha) / Philip Alderson (Yamaha)
1987 – Philip Alderson (Yamaha) / Harold Crawford (Yamaha)
1988 – Philip Alderson (Yamaha) / Harold Crawford (Yamaha)
1989 – Philip Alderson(Yamaha) / Gerald Richardson (Yamaha)
1990 – Rob Crawford (Beta) / Philip Alderson (Yamaha)
1991 – Philip Alderson (Yamaha) / Philip Alderson (Yamaha)
1992 – Steve Colley (Beta) / Wayne Braybrook (Gas Gas)
1993 – Steve Colley (Beta) / Rob Crawford (Aprillia)
1994 – Dougie Lampkin (Beta) / Dougie Lampkin (Beta)
1995 – Rob Crawford (Yamaha) / Rob Crawford (Yamaha)
1996 – Graham Jarvis (Scorpa) / Steve Colley (Gas Gas)
1997 – Graham Jarvis (Scorpa) / Graham Jarvis (Scorpa)
1998 – Graham Jarvis (Scorpa) / Graham Jarvis (Scorpa)
1999 – Graham Jarvis (Scorpa) / Wayne Bratbrook (Montesa)
2000 – Wayne Braybrook (Montesa) / Henry Moorhouse (Gas Gas)
2001 – Foot & Mouth outbreak, no trial
2002 – Michael Phillipson (Beta) / Ben Hemingway (Beta)
2003 – Graham Jarvis (Sherco) / Graham Jarvis (Sherco)
2004 – Graham Jarvis (Sherco) / Graham Jarvis (Sherco)
2005 – Graham Jarvis (Sherco) / Ian Austermuhle (Beta)
2006 – Dougie Lampkin (Montesa) / Dougie Lampkin (Montesa)
2007 – Dougie Lampkin (Montesa) / Dougie Lampkin (Montesa)
2008 – Graham Jarvis (Sherco) / James Dabill (Montesa)
2009 – Graham Jarvis (Sherco) / James Dabill (Montesa)
2010 – James Dabill (Gas Gas) / Michael Brown (Sherco)
2011 – Jonathan Richardson (Sherco) / John Sunter (Montesa)
2012 – Michael Brown (Gas Gas) / Michael Brown (Gas Gas)
2013 – Dougie Lampkin (Gas Gas) / Jonathan Richardson (Ossa)
2014 – James Dabill (Beta) / John Sunter (Montesa)
2015 – Ian Austermuhle (Beta) / Jonathan Richardson (Beta)
2016 – James Dabill (Vertigo) / Jonathan Richardson (Sherco)
With thanks to the Richmond Motor Club (Yorkshire) Limited – Website
Date of 2017 Scott Trial – Saturday, 21st October 2017
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