T. Arnott Moffat Memorial – Highland Road Run

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T. Arnott Moffat (1929 – 1997) on his 350 AJS (JSC905) competing in the 1953 Scottish Six Days Trial on ‘Inshriach’ near Aviemore – Photo: Ray Biddle

 

2018 T. Arnott Moffat Memorial – Sunday, 22nd July

A road run for motorcycles, based in the highlands of Scotland and organized by the Inverness & District Motor Cycle Club Ltd for motorcycle enthusiasts in memory of T. Arnott Moffat, who was General Secretary/Treasurer of the Scottish Auto Cycle Union for 32 years.

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T. Arnott Moffat (AJS) on the section ‘Kinloch Rannoch’ in Perthshire during the 1953 Scottish Six Days Trial – Photo: Ray Biddle, Birmingham.

The inaugural event was held on Monday, 12th June 2017 and followed the route of the 1957 Highland Two-Day Trial.

The initial idea was put to John Moffat, Arnott’s son, by Peter Remington, a former motocross and trials rider from Kendal who organizes the annual ‘Bob MacGregor’ run based at Killin each April prior to the Scottish Six Days Trial week.

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Arnott Moffat’s Grandson, Steven J. Moffat riding the same AJS (JSC905) that Arnott rode from 1951 – 1957, still owned by the family, seen here on the 2017 run at Glendoe Lodge – Photo: Dode Fraser, Nairn.

 

The idea was developed and having discovered the 1957 Highland Two Day Trial route, this would make a starting point for an annual road run in Moffat’s memory who died in 1997.

Known as ‘Arnott’, he was a keen promoter of all motorcycle sports including trials, scrambles, grass track and road racing. He competed twice in the Scottish Six days Trial and officiated at many motorcycle events in Scotland. He attended eight International Six Days Trials either as a team support member or as team manager.

Moffat was instrumental in persuading Jock Wilson to undertake team managerial duties of first the Scottish ACU team then the Great Britain Trophy team, which he managed.

The route was plotted and marked out prior to the event and it was voted a great success by the 40 entrants who took part. It has been decided to make it an annual event – full details of which will be posted here and on the facebook page in due course.

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John Moffat riding his father’s ex-factory Matchless G3LC (OLH722) at Glendoe Lodge in the 2017 run. The machine was bought in 1957 direct from Associated Motorcycles when the factory team was disbanded. The last factory rider to be issued with OLH722 was Ted Usher. Photo: Dode Fraser, Nairn

 

The Scottish ACU provide the event permit, which is not a competition, but a social run for motorcycle enthusiasts. The ‘preferred’ machines are those manufactured pre-1975, but all motorcycles are in fact made welcome. All machines must be road registered, comply with the road traffic acts, be taxed, insured and where appropriate carry a MOT certification.

The entry fee is kept at a modest level, merely to cover the cost of route marking material and a snack lunch at a suitable tea room along the way.

The intended route will make use of country roads as much as possible, although it may be that trunk roads are used win the absence of B class roads.

The event is still in its early stages, but it is hoped that it will grow to a modest level, the ideal entry would be 60 riders as there is already an established ‘Loch Ness Rally’ organized by the Highland Classic Motor Cycle Club.

The 2017 route:

Dochgarroch Start (West of Inverness)

Abriachan

Drumnadrochit

Invermoriston

Fort Augustus

Glendoe Lodge

Whitebridge

Foyers (Lunch Check at Camerons Tea Room)

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Lunch Check 2017 – Camerons at Foyers – Photo: Louise Gardiner

 

Inverfarigaig

Errogie

Foyers Road End

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The long climb from Foyers to Whitebridge 2017 – Photo: Dode Fraser, Nairn

 

Whitebridge

Glendoe Lodge

Fort Augustus

Invermoriston

Drumnadrochit

Foxhole

Dochgarroch

Total mileage: 106.3 miles.

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Route card detail from the 2017 run

 

Save The Date!

2018 T. Arnott Moffat Memorial Run – date announced:

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Details have been released that the 2018 edition will take place on Sunday, 22nd July 2018 in the Inverness area. Following the success of the inaugural 2017 event which attracted over 40 entries, the event organisers have penciled a date in the diary for the second annual road run event. Details as to the start and approximate route will be released in due course, but make a note in your diary now for the 2018 event.

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