The SCOTT TRIAL – SCOTT 100 – 18 October 2014

The Scott Trial, for those who don’t know, is held near Reeth in Yorkshire, England by the Richmond Motor Club (Yorkshire) Ltd. A competition run over a moorland course of approximately 70-75 miles, consisting of one lap. It is the most challenging of one-day trial events in the UK, possibly the world, its appeal is universal to both club riders and international professionals.

David Tye Scott Trial 1954David Tye on his factory BSA in the 1954 Scott Trial – Photo: Ray Biddle, Birmingham, England.

Annually this event raises a size-able amount of funds for the ‘Scott Charities’, a range of local charitable associations and trusts which helps local communities. Much of the funding comes from an auction at the presentation of awards on the Saturday evening.

Doug Lampkin 2013 Scott
2013 Scott Trial winner: Doug Lampkin (Gas Gas) – Photo copyright: Neil Sturgeon, Darlington, England.

The event itself began in 1914 when Alfred A. Scott who manufactured ‘Scott’ motorcycles in the town of Shipley, set up a test of his products ridden by workers at his factory. It was a  reliability trial event to help publicise and prove his machines to the buying public. Of the 14 competitors who entered only 9 completed the course. The First World war intervened, but it was re-started in 1919 and continued by the Scott factory until 1926 when it was taken under the control of the Bradford & District MC. The trial was based near Harrogate at a village called Blubberhouses, then moved again to Swainby in Cleveland, not too far from where it is based today. The event organisation passed to the Middlesbrough and Stockton Motorcycle Clubs.

Emma Bristow 2013 Scott
Emma Bristow (Sherco) in the 2013 Scott Trial – Photo copyright: Neil Sturgeon, Darlington, England.

From 1950 the Scott moved again to Swaledale where it has remained until the present day and it is held within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Prior to Richmond taking over the reins in 1990, the Darlington & District Motor Club had organised the Scott. But throughout it’s history the event maintained its stature as the ultimate test of man and machine against the elements and course not just on observation but on reliability and against the clock. Scott competitors are always conscious of the clock ticking on as they traverse the moors of North Yorkshire. There are several re-fueling stops along the way, staffed by teams of enthusiastic volunteers not just from the Richmond Club but by people that are happy to be part of this great event.

Philip Alderson 2013 Scott
Local man Philip Alderson has won the Scott 4 times, in 1987 -89 and 1991. Seen here in the 2013 Scott on his Gas Gas. – Photo copyright: Neil Sturgeon, Darlington, England.

The course sports 76 observed sections and it is quite usual to see more than one rider in the section at one time, which is a feature of this event. There is at least one observer and also a ‘checker’ who notes only the riders numbers down as they enter the section. There is a team of officials on machines who make sure that all is well and they collect the observers books as soon as the last rider has left the sections. There is a small but very efficient results team back in Reeth who record all the observers scores into a computer for results production. The eventual winner is a closely guarded secret, until revealed at the presentation of awards and as the results are read out on the Saturday evening, you can feel the tension building within the Richmondshire Cricket Club pavilion where the awards ceremony takes place.

JR Sunter 2013 Scott
Fastest man, who set standard time in 2011 was John R. Sunter (Montesa 4RT) seen here in the 2013 Scott. – Photo copyright: Neil Sturgeon, Darlington, England.

And of course on 18th October 2014 the Richmond Motor Club (Yorkshire) Ltd will host the celebration of 100 years since Alfred A. Scott organised the very first SCOTT TRIAL.

See you in Swaledale….

2014 - 100 - NS

The Scott Trial winners – Year by Year:

Year Entries Finishers Winner Fastest Rider
1914 14 9 Frank Philip (Scott) Frank Philip
World War I – 1914 to 1918  No Event
1919 74 35 Geoff Hill (Triumph) Geoff Hill
1920 131 64 C.H. ‘Clarrie’ Wood (Scott) Clarrie Wood
1921 50 29 C.H. ‘Clarrie’ Wood (Scott) Clarrie Wood
1922 58 27 Harry Langman (Scott) Billy Moore (Scott)
1923 80 30 E. Mainwaring (Scott) Clarrie Wood (Scott)
1924 90 35 W.H. Clough (Scott) W.H. Clough
1925 117 64 Eddie Flintoff (Sunbeam) A. Jackson (AJS)
1926 134 30 Eddie Flintoff (Sunbeam) W. Evans (Triumph)
1927 145 60 Oliver Langton (Scott) W. Evans (Triumph)
1928 116 51 Eric Langton (Scott) Eddie Flintoff (Sunbeam)
1929 119 97 Vic Brittain (Sunbeam) Eddie Flintoff (Sunbeam)
1930 92 38 Len Heath (Ariel) Allan Jefferies (AJS)
1931 100 63 Vic Brittain (Sunbeam) Stanley Woods (Norton)
1932 94 70 Allan Jefferies (Scott) Allan Jefferies
1933 69 32 Len Heath (Ariel) Len Heath
1934 69 38 Ken Wilson (Panther) Ken Wilson
1935 74 42 Len Heath (Ariel) Allan Jefferies
1936 80 38 Billy Tiffen (Velocette) Allan Jefferies
1937 89 42 Allan Jefferies (Triumph) Allan Jefferies
1938 86 Len Heath (Ariel) W.J. Smith (Levis)
World War II – 1939 to 1945 No Event
1946 137 Bill Nicholson (BSA) Bill Nicholson
1947 147 Bill Nicholson (BSA) Bill Nicholson
1948 100 Jim Alves (Triumph) Jim Alves
1949 137 Bill Nicholson(BSA) Bill Nicholson
1950 195 Bill Nicholson (BSA) Bill Nicholson
1951 178 Bill Nicholson (BSA) Bill Nicholson
1952 169 Johnny Draper (Norton) David Tye (BSA)
1953 156 Arthur Shutt (Frances Barnett) David Tye (BSA)
1954 140 Jeff Smith (BSA) Jeff Smith (BSA)
1955 145 Johnny Brittain (Royal Enfield) Gordon Jackson (AJS)
1956 139 Johnny Brittain (Royal Enfield) Gordon Jackson (AJS)
1957 163 Artie Ratcliffe (Triumph) Brian Stonebridge (Greeves)
1958 178 Sammy Miller (Ariel) Jeff Smith (BSA)
1959 197 Jeff Smith (BSA) Jeff Smith (BSA)
1960 236 Arthur Lampkin (BSA) Jeff Smith (BSA)
1961 180 Arthur Lampkin (BSA) Arthur Lampkin (BSA)
1962 201 Sammy Miler (Ariel) Sammy Miller (Ariel)
1963 223 Sammy Miller (Ariel) Arthur Lampkin (BSA)
1964 183 72 Bill Wilkinson (Greeves) Bill Wilkinson (Greeves)
1965 188 Arthur Lampkin (BSA) Arthur Lampkin (BSA)
1966 193 43 Alan Lampkin (BSA) Arthur Lampkin
1967 184 40 Sammy Miller (Bultaco) Bill Wilkinson (Greeves)
1968 150 46 Sammy Miller (Bultaco) Gordon Farley (Greeves)
1969 176 44 Sammy Miller (Bultaco) Malcolm Rathmell (Greeves)
1970 147 61 Sammy Miller (Bultaco) Alan Lampkin (Bultaco)
1971 185 76 Malcolm Rathmell (Bultaco) Alan Lampkin (Bultaco)
1972 195 Rob Shepherd (Montesa) Rob Shepherd (Montesa)
1973 201 49 Malcolm Rathmell (Bultaco) Malcolm Rathmell (Bultaco)
1974 185 48 Rob Edwards (Montesa) Malcolm Rathmell (Bultaco)
1975 198 44 Malcolm Rathmell (Montesa) Malcolm Rathmell (Montesa)
1976 200 53 Malcolm Rathmell (Montesa) Malcolm Rathmell (Montesa)
1977 195 60 Martin Lampkin (Bultaco) Martin Lampkin (Bultaco)
1978 183 76 Martin Lampkin (Bultaco) Martin Lampkin (Bultaco)
1979 200 42 Malcolm Rathmell (Montesa) Malcolm Rathmell (Montesa)
1980 177 41 Malcolm Rathmell (Montesa) Malcolm Rathmell (Montesa)
1981 178 62 Martin Lampkin (SWM) Nigel Birkett (Fantic)
1982 140 50 Martin Lampkin (SWM) Malcolm Rathmell (Montesa)
1983 128 70 Gerald Richardson (Armstrong) Gerald Richardson
1984 152 50 Nigel Birkett (Yamaha) Gerald Richardson (Yamaha)
1985 104 63 Gerald Richardson (Yamaha) Gerald Richardson (Yamaha)
1986 146 78 Tony Scarlett (Yamaha) Philip Anderson (Yamaha)
1986 146 78 Tony Scarlett (Yamaha) Philip Anderson (Yamaha)
1987 164 99 Philip Anderson (Yamaha) Harold Crawford (Yamaha)
1988 151 71 Philip Anderson (Yamaha) Harold Crawford (Yamaha)
1989 148 91 Philip Anderson (Yamaha) Gerald Richardson (Yamaha)
1990 139 65 Robert Crawford (Beta) Philip Anderson (Yamaha)
1991 145 62 Philip Anderson (Yamaha) Philip Anderson (Yamaha)
1992 142 76 Steve Colley (Beta) Wayne Braybrook (Gas Gas)
1993 140 69 Steve Colley (Beta) Robert Crawford (Aprilia)
1994 166 68 Dougie Lampkin (Beta) Dougie Lampkin
1995 142 80 Robert Crawford (Yamaha) Robert Crawford (Yamaha)
1996 129 74 Graham Jarvis (Scorpa) Steve Colley (GasGas)
1997 138 78 Graham Jarvis (Scorpa) Graham Jarvis
1998 147 27 Graham Jarvis (Scorpa) Graham Jarvis
1999 175 76 Graham Jarvis (Bultaco) Wayne Braybrook (Montesa)
2000 195 83 Wayne Braybrook (Montesa) Henry Moorhouse (GasGas)
2001 Foot & Mouth Outbreak UK  No Event
2002 200 86 Michael Philipson (Beta) Ben Hemingway (Beta)
2003 200 83 Graham Jarvis (Sherco) Graham Jarvis
2004 200 68 Graham Jarvis (Sherco) Graham Jarvis
2005 200 78 Graham Jarvis (Sherco) Ian Austermuhle (Beta)
2006 200 80 Dougie Lampkin (Montesa) Dougie Lampkin
2007 200 85 Dougie Lampkin (Montesa) Dougie Lampkin
2008 180 60 Graham Jarvis (Sherco) James Dabill (Montesa)
2009 169 79 Graham Jarvis (Sherco) James Dabill (Montesa)
2010 200 73 James Dabill (GasGas) Michael Brown (Sherco)
2011 210 85 Jonathan Richardson (Sherco) John Sunter (Montesa)
2012 191 71 Michael Brown (GasGas) Michael Brown
2013 200 Dougie Lampkin (GasGas) Jonathan Richardson (Ossa)

18th October 2014 – Who will be the Scott 100 winner?

SCOTT 2012
Photo: Barry Robinson – All Rights Reserved

‘Trials Guru’ wishes to thank the members and committee of the Richmond Motor Club (Yorkshire) Ltd; Bruce Storr, Clerk of the Course and his team; and Neil Sturgeon for the use of his images.

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