The big 25:1 SSDT Challenge

Scottish Six Days Trial veteran Mark Lamplough is a glutton for punishment. He is attempting to raise £20,000 by taking on his 25th SSDT ride in company with his friend Darren Clover, taking part in his first SSDT on May 4-9.

Having ridden as a member of the British Army team for many of his 24 rides, Lamplough stopped riding the annual Highland event in 2007 vowing that it would be his swan-song.

Mark: “The Scottish is by far the best trial in the world, there is nothing else like it and I have not only competed in twenty-four, but have lasting memories of all of them. My riding partner will be Darren Clover, we served together all those years ago and he is the founder of ‘Bike Tours for the Wounded’ which help support wounded, injured and sick British Service Veterans through motorcycling. The value of this cannot be expressed in words, you have to be part of it to see the benefits. This is why we thought up the twenty-fifth challenge by riding the 2020 Scottish Six Days. We want to raise as much money as possible this week, help us make a real contribution to helping those who have served our country and paid a hefty price doing so.”

Donations for the challenge can be made on a website, follow this link:

25:1 SSDT CHALLENGE

CLASSIC TRIAL MAGAZINE ISSUE 32 SPRING 2020

It’s that time again for all the subscribers to Classic Trial Magazine, Issue 32 should be dropping through your letterbox this week. 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:

International: 1980 FIM WTC from Great Britain – Mick Andrews Wins.                                                                                                                                            

Lost Gold: We find the Jim Sandiford Greeves Anglian SOO22D, in the USA.                                        

Celebration: InMotion Celebrate 20 Years of Twin-Shock Spares

Rare: WASP Trials Machines come under the Spotlight.

Man and Machine: Peter Zeh and his CZ Trials Machine.

Catch Up: Stig Karlson and his special Matchless.

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Classic Competition: The 1970 Scottish Six Days.

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Project: An Italian and English Aprilia.

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Remembering: Ralph Venables, a Mind of Information.

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Bernie Schreiber website launch

1979 World Trials Champion, Bernie Schreiber has launched his new website to the trials world!

Brought up in Los Angeles, USA, Bernie now lives in Switzerland enjoying life and a rekindled interest in the sport that made him famous, having been the only American to take a World Trials title and a Scottish Six Days win, as well as numerous American trials titles.

A true ambassador for the feet up sport, he was best known as a factory rider for Bultaco, followed by Italjet, SWM, Fantic and Yamaha, in a career that started as a youth rider through to adult-hood.

He moved to live in Europe to gain worthwhile experience that he would never have gained staying Stateside. His World Trials victory was achieved at the age of 20, the youngest rider to take the coveted title for the Spanish Bultaco brand.

His new website is a committment to the sport of trials and will be enhanced as time allows.

Bernie June 2018
Trials Guru’s John Moffat has known Bernie Schreiber for a number of years.

Trials Guru is proud to be directly associated with Bernie Schreiber’s website and featured as a ‘partner’ in the venture.

Web hosting is provided by Heath Brindley of R2WRacing, another associate of Trials Guru.

Go directly to Bernie’s website: HERE

Olga Kevelos and Me

Olga Kevelos and Me

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Olga Kevelos on her ex-John Draper factory BSA Bantam in the Scottish Six Days Trial on Glen Ogle.

Words by: Colin Turbett

In my early teens in Hampshire, friends and I would cycle out to watch off-road events at Weavers Down, and also the Greybeards Trial that would come by our house annually. Although I never got the opportunity to ride off-road properly (that seemed to be reserved to farming families), the bikes fascinated me. However that was all put behind when the magic age of 16 approached and we all began to get road bikes. My first biking was dirt tracks on a road BSA C15 250cc belonging to a friend but by the time my birthday in 1970 came I had my own (at the princely cost of £10), and had already notched up a lot of road miles when parents weren’t looking. Roll on the years and one awful Brit bike after another, but they had to go in favour of a car for work and family. In my early thirties I was able to get an old bike again and my passion for tinkering with, “restoring” and researching the, by now, ageing British marques, revived and gradually gained pace. Off-road interest got as far as owning a nice 1951 AJS 18CS but that was used very much for road riding, taking me as far as Poland for a rally on one occasion.  A CCM came and went and that of course had lots of off-road associations, but again, I never really had the opportunity so never tried…

After forty years of fairly heavy duty and demanding work, and with kids now grown up and away, retirement at the age of 61 meant I suddenly had time on my hands. I had written a lot of stuff, including two books, in relation to work matters, so writing came easy. I also habitually read up on anything that tickled my fancy – often following up on tasters from the classic bike magazines: makes, bikes and personalities. That was where I came across Olga Kevelos, but, to my surprise there was no book.  Further research also revealed that her story was a good one and that a book was overdue if not too late as she had died in 2009. At that point I knew not a single person who had been acquainted with her in any way – not being part of the Trials fraternity didn’t help in that respect.  What I turned up in those initial stages back in 2016 was fascinating, not least because it revealed a complex personality whose own spin about herself had led to a certain amount of myth – the biggest one being that she won two ISDT Gold Medals (she actually won one but thought she should have won another – you’ll have to read the book to find out more!). She was also a “looker”, and had clearly used her feminine charms to the utmost to lead an unusual and very full life.

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The project of writing a book about Olga would probably have got no further than a magazine piece had researches not turned up a hoard of memorabilia on Ebay; this had been found, long abandoned, by builders renovating the Kevelos family home in Birmingham.  Using up some of my hard earned savings I managed to get quite a lot of this – several boxes full of old programmes, results sheets, letters, photographs and odds and ends. This included one or two tasty items but the valuable stuff – her trophies and medals – had long ago been “collected” after her death in Kings Sutton, Oxfordshire. I also made an appeal through the magazines for information and memories, and this turned up some fantastic results, putting me in touch with individuals like Michael Martin, whose well known motorcycling family were from the same neighbourhood as Olga and knew her very well.  Gradually the information came together although gaps and mysteries remained.  Sensitivities also emerged – Olga had, shall we say, an interesting sex life, and many of the personalities of the day fell victim to her charms although few seemed able to remember for one reason or another!  Her vibrant personality clearly made its mark on the Trials scene in her day, especially the Scottish, and the Midlands district – which she helped organise for several years after her retirement from the sport as a rider.

Researches over a year long period turned up enough information to describe Olga’s unusual background and childhood (her father was from a wealthy Greek family), and wartime experiences including the Birmingham Blitz and service on the canals (which never quite lived up to her childhood passion to become a seagoing buccaneer and marry Errol Flynn).  Her motorcycle sporting career started soon after the war through men she met at her father’s restaurant in the city centre of Birmingham, and it was soon clear that she had a talent even though she had never ridden prior to the age of 23. Trials was her forte and favourite, and of course it was open to women unlike other areas of motorcycle sport at that time.  During her years of activity she was associated with numerous makes but in particular the James and CZ factories.  She tried her hand at road racing, scrambles and car racing – showing pluck and determination in all that she did.

Olga ended up running a pub in Oxfordshire along with her brother Raymond. Those years too were eventful and enlivened by her character. She was a TV “Mastermind” contestant and a pub quiz aficionado until the end of her life. I called the book “Playing with the Boys” because that quote of her sums up exactly what she liked doing: she didn’t see herself as a feminist or pioneering woman even though her exploits offer example of both.  I feel fortunate, even though I never met Olga, to have had the opportunity to provide an account of her life.

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The book was self-published and like many such enterprises (I now know!) suffered from layout issues and marketing difficulties despite efforts to widen exposure. I had two-hundred and fifty copies printed and they are nearly all sold. Having had some errors pointed out (thanks to Olivier Barjon!) and with new information to hand, a further edition might be worthwhile. However this time it would have to involve a publisher and one (who produced a more recent motorcycle book by me) has already said no, so this may or may not go anywhere – maybe a case of watch this space!

Colin Turbett, Isle of Arran, Scotland

Colin Turbett is a “Sometime social worker and trade unionist – continuing socialist activist and author – and biker!”

Pete Simpson, Richmond Stalwart

Pete Simpson

Pete Simpson obituary:

By Barry Robinson

Motor cycle trial sport in North Yorkshire lost yet another stalwart with the passing of Wensley farmer Peter Simpson early this week. Pete, as he was best known in the Richmond Motor Club circles, was a true all-rounder on two and three wheels. His trials riding on two wheels took him to the Scottish Six Days Trial on three occasions in the seventies when competitors assembled in Edinburgh then rode their machines up to Fort William and back!  He also spectated at the Highland trial on many occasions. Ironically Pete was twenty nine years old when he got his hands on motorcycle as his father prevented him from two wheeled transport. A move out of the family home and a marriage to Beryl released Peter They brought up sons Gary and. Mark. Many a weekend he would travel with Ray Sayer and watch trials riders in action. In a very short time he competed in a trial on Gandale Moor then really dived in at the deep end by entering the Scott Trial but the BSA machine he rode fell by the wayside with a blown engine. Undeterred Pete was back for more a year on and gained Finishers Certificate which in those heady days was akin to winning the trial. After five Scott Trials he joined the refuelling teams and also observed the sections. Later in the seventies an ex Arthur Lampkin joined the Simpson stable plus a sidecar and that outfit was replaced a Montesa 310 cc machine with Michael Orde-Powlett in the hot seat. Another event on the calendar was the Manx Two Day Trial in which he competed and sponsored other competitors. Pete, in his later years, was a regular trials observer and as an official he will be missed by all who knew him.

The funeral service will take place at Wensley Church on Monday 10th February at  2.00 pm.

Trial Magazine UK Issue 79

TRIAL MAGAZINE ISSUE 79 – Its Trials 100% – Have a quick look, click on the link here: http://bit.ly/Trial-Magazine-79

Yes Issue 79 is available shortly in full colour gloss with all your Trials News, Action, Events, Product Tests, Interviews and so much more for you full throttle addicted trials junkies. As you would expect from such a high quality independent print publication in its 116 pages brought to you in full colour gloss or in digital format it carries superb images and interesting in depth articles from a team dedicated and passionate about the sport of trials.

For the UK subscribers check that letterbox from Thursday 30th January onwards and in the news agents for Friday the 31st. For all you guys on the go you can find it at most major UK airports and it is also available for a ‘Sneak’ preview and across all digital platforms to purchase at #pressreader or #issuu Web: http://bit.ly/Trial-Magazine-79

International: The 2020 FIM X-Trial World Championship.

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Calendar: Check out the 2020 Dates.

Meeting: Toby Martyn comes ‘Clean’ to Trial Magazine.

My World: Albert Cabestany talks trials.

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Product Focus: Gas Gas becomes a brand in demand.

Traditional: Sheffield Indoor celebrates 25 events.

Flashback: KTM Trials, we look at the past.

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Reflection: Gas Gas UK is changing direction with an exciting future.

Vacation: Who went to Costa Rica for the three day, we did.

Ladies: Jess Bown raised the goal posts in 2019, find out more.

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Technical: S3 Parts continue to innovate with the four-stroke Cota 4Ride.

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Youth: Team Station Garage from the Isle of Man comes under the radar.

Talk Trials: Yes we have Toni Bou ‘Feet-Up’ and on board at Trial Magazine.

News: Find out more.

Observation: We welcome Bernie Schreiber with his vision for the future.

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