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The annual time and observation Scott Trial takes place on Saturday, 12th October this year, starting on the usual start field at Feldom Lane, near Richmond on the Reeth to Marske road.
Following on from the devastating floods in July, some old sections have been swept away and new sections have been ripped into the landscape, many taken down to bed rock, so there will be some changes to the normal Scott route.
Ken Wallis, the hard working trial secretary spoke to Trials Guru: “The area has suffered this summer with the extensive flooding, but we are well supported by the landowners and there are still a few entry places left, so contact me now on: 07703222147”.
It could be that some riders thought that the event would not be run because of the flooding, but matters have been put in hand in Swaledale and it’s all systems go for the big day on 12th October.
Proceeds from the sale of the official Scott Trial programme will once again go to the local Scott charities, the publication costs £5.00.
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of John Little, former trials and enduro rider who had suffered two dibilitating strokes recently and slipped away peacefully on Sunday, 8th September 2019, aged 84 years.
John was originally from Edinburgh, but made his home at Elgin, Moray in the 1980s with his wife Eileen.
Father of top Scottish enduro rider Derek Little, John or Johnny as he was also known was a prime mover in the Grampian MCC and Elgin Enduro clubs with his friend Gilbert Rae. He was a passionate supporter of both trials and enduros.
He rode in the 1973 International Six Days Trial in the USA at Dalton, Massachusetts on a 169cc Greeves Pathfinder enduro, then switching to Laverda for the 1974 ISDT and finally Husqvarna machinery. John was a regular competitor in the Welsh Three Day Trial.
He was life-long friends with Jimmy Ballantyne who also died earlier this year.
After retiring from active competition, Little took up support work for the Scottish ACU ISDE teams along with friend Ballantyne.
John Little also served on the SACU Enduro committee and was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award by the SACU management some years ago.
Trials Guru’s John Moffat said: “I have known John Little for well over 50 years. He was one of those people who rode competitively for many years, but put more into the sport than he took out. He worked tirelessly for the sport and encouraged many riders to take up enduro racing, that included myself. It was Johnny that insisted that I try my hand at enduros and I was grateful for his encouragement. I spent time in his company in 1976 at the ISDT in Austria and it was then as an 18 year old that I realised how helpful he was in supporting the Scottish ACU riders in that event. He had the ability to talk to anyone, of any age and his enthusiasm was infectious. He told me many times that motorcycling was a ‘disease’, to which there is no cure.
John was a true enthusiast, he rode trials, enduros and road bikes, he restored and prepared machines to a very high standard. There are many stories I could tell which involved Johnny, but this, for me, isn’t the time. I will miss his enthusiasm, I will miss his friendship. Johnny Little was one of the good guys.”
John’s funeral will be held on Friday 13th September 2019 at 2.30pm at William Watson Funeral Directors, 17 Blackfriars Road, Elgin, IV30 1TY – all welcome to attend.
Our sincere condolences go to the Little family at this difficult time.
Dubbed the Alternative Scottish Two Day Trial, the Leven Valley event at Kinlochleven, Argyll has, after only one year, become the most sought after event to ride in Scotland, second only to the SSDT.
The brain-child of local enthusiasts, Martin Murphy and David Dougan, the event fills a gap that opened up in the trials market, that of twinshock trials covering the era 1970 – 1984. Remember most who rode in that era are now appraoching their 60s!
Named after the picturesque Leven Valley in which it is run, the event traverses many sensitive areas covered by the National Leven Valley SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) controlled by the Scottish Natural Heritage agency on behalf of the Scottish Government.
Such areas are only open to permitted events and careful negotiation and permission is required. Covering 558 hectares, it is a significant parcel of land which covers the entire valley which is rich in bryophytes, the plants that prevent flash flooding which acts as a retaining ‘sponge’ of vegitation.
The event itself started last year, 2018 and was oversubscribed. This year the entry has been elevated to 250 competitors and was still oversubscribed. One noteable entrant is celebrating 40 years since his World Championship title win, Bernie Schreiber, who will ride a 350 Triumph to mark the achievement and not a Bultaco, which carried him to victory back in 1979.
The action gets underway on Saturday 28th September in the centre of the town. A souvineer programme will be on sale at the start to keep you alerted to where the route goes.
The Kinlochleven MCC was reformed in 2018 after being wound down in the 1990s.
It’s that time again for all the subscribers to Classic Trial Magazine, Issue 30 should be dropping through your letterbox next week, from Thursday 5th September onwards. Inside you will find all your Classic Trials News, Action, Events, Tests and so much more for you Classic – Retro addicted trials enthusiasts. It’s time for a brew a beer or maybe a wine for the ladies so park your feet up sit back and enjoy the read!
Inside and full of action you will find:
Evolution: From air-cooled to water-cooled machines.
Visit: Celebrating 50 Years of the Montesa Cota models at Bassella Museum, Spain with Miquel Cirera.
Legends: Talking with Oriol Bulto (Bultaco) and Pere Pi (Montesa).
Micro Machine: Looking at the Cotton Cavalier.
Celebration: Remembering Dave Rowland and the first trial named after him in 1979 run by the Manchester 17 MCC.
International: Concluding with Bernie Schreiber and his 1979 FIM World Trials Championship winning season.
Classic: Visiting the Alvie and Andorra Two Day Trials.
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