Scott Trial Centenary Re-Union Dinner 1914-2014
– Saturday 15th November 2014 –
Many years ago, the late Tom Ellis, Ripon motorcycle dealer and BSA works trials rider was responsible for organising the Scott Trial Re-Union Dinner at the Ripon Spa Hotel.
Tom was a highly respected rider and event organiser who, after he ceased competing, put a great deal of effort back into the sport he loved. Ellis was a stalwart of the Ripon Motor Club, which was founded in 1909. Tom had contacts throughout the trials world.
The dinner wasn’t just for riders past and present it was open to anyone who had helped the event become a success over the years.
Of course funds were raised on these evenings, held five years apart. for the famous Scott Trial charities. 2014 was to be no exception.
The event organisation was taken over some years past by Alan R.C. Lampkin known of course universally as Sid Lampkin, former BSA & Bultaco factory rider who himself won the Scott in 1966 on his works BSA (748MOE).
The event returned to the ever accommodating Ripon Spa Hotel in Park Street, Ripon as the hotel was able to accommodate at least 100 guests with ease.
The guest list was a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of motorcycle trials over the years.
Sid opened the proceedings by giving the assembled guests a run-down of the itinerary for the evening. He read out the apologies, which included past winners: Bill Wilkinson, Sammy Miller, Malcolm Rathmell, Graham Jarvis and the well-known Gordon L. Jackson who couldn’t manage along this year, but had the courtesy to write to Sid with their apologies.
To propose the “Toast to the Scott Trial” was Sid’s nephew, 12 times FIM World Trials Champion, Dougie Lampkin M.B.E. Doug is of course a multiple winner of the event.
Arthur Lampkin had a few comments to make of his own, his usual ‘dry sense of humour’ shone through, which raised a chortle from the gathering!
The “Reply” was given by the very competent and knowledgeable guest, none other than former Senior Manx GP & Formula 1 TT winner, Honda factory star, Nick Jefferies. His knowledge of the sport and the Scott is un-paralleled. He took us through a little bit of the trials’ history eluding to great names of the past, made in the old ‘formal style’ by their initials and surname as they appeared in ‘official results’ and the press reports of the day. Such notables as: B.H.M. Viney; G.S. Blakeway; S.H. Miller; J.V. Brittain to name but a few.
As far as machines were concerned, the 1912 Scott of Clerie Wood of C.H. Wood of Bradford Film-makers fame was there sporting it’s famous AK222 registration number and loaned specially by the fabulous Bradford Industrial Museum for the occasion. David Wood, Clerie’s son was also a guest and instrumental in gaining the museum’s permission to display the Scott.
The other machine to keep the Scott company, was this years’ winning bike, the factory Beta Evo 300 of James Dabill, still sporting its 200 number plate which in itself was significant for Dabill as his win being the Centenary Scott to go with his Centenary SSDT win in 2011. The machine was loaned by Beta UK boss, John Lampkin.
The guest list was extensive; here is a short summary of some of those present, firstly the ten former winners who attended: Philip Alderson; Nigel Birkett; Johnny Brittain; Rob Edwards; Arthur J. Lampkin; Alan. R. C. Lampkin; Dougie Lampkin; H. Martin Lampkin; Gerald Richardson & Jonathan Richardson.
Other notable riders were: Tony Davis (BSA); Gordon Blakeway & Gordon McLauchlan (AJS); Pat Brittain; Tony Bingley; Peter & Neil Gaunt; John Metcalfe & Mick Wilkinson (Ossa); Norman Shepherd (Comerford Bultaco); Tony Calvert (Gori & Ossa).
A fair number of the Richmond club came by Harkers Coaches as the firms’ owner is Paul Terry, an active current rider and club worker.
Many present agreed that Sid Lampkin had put together a fantastic evening with excellent speeches and memorabilia on display, provided by Chris Wallis, Trial Secretary; Eric Kitchen, the doyen of trials photographers; John Hulme of Trial Magazine & Classic Trial and Tim Britton of Morton’s Motorcycle Media. David Wood supplied a selection of Scott videos that were playing in the ante-room and enjoyed by all.
Borrowing Sid’s gavel, Hulme made special photographic presentations to Dougie Lampkin and John Lampkin accepted a photograph on behalf of James Dabill, this years’ centenary victor.
John Moffat was both surprised and delighted, to be presented with two special photographs for his assistance and promotion of the Scott Trial over the past few years. Moffat, having been the most recent auctioneer at the trial awards evening, then proceeded to auction off the special “Scott Centenary Dinner banner” donated by Mortons, duly signed by everyone who attended, for the generous sum of £350, which of course tops up the Scott Charities pot.