Pre’65 Scottish Trial News

Owen Hardisty and Guy Martin - Photo
Guy Martin picks up his 350 Ariel that he will use in the 2016 Pre’65 Scottish Two-Day Trial on 29/30 April from Hope Technology’s designer Owen Hardisty – Photo courtesy of Hope Technology.

With the 2016 Pre’65 Scottish Trial about a week away, the committee would like to thank our sponsors – Putoline, Hope Technology, Kia Motors and REH Forks for their support, without them we would not be able to add the finishing touches to the event that help to make it the trial it is today.

The first 15 lucky reserve riders have been successful in gaining a place so if you are still waiting, please don’t give up hope yet.

The parade which was started for the 30th anniversary as a one-off has now become an annual part of the trial. It takes place on Friday 29 April 2016 at 9.30am and will be headed by Guest of Honour, Guy Martin. We are very excited to have Guy at the event, not only to be our Guest but to ride as well and we hope he enjoys the experience and the challenge.

New for 2016 is a Shuttle Bus to take spectators out to the sections along the lochside. This is a venture by Kinlochleven Primary to help raise funds for the school as well as help the trial by easing the congestion and parking problems experienced at these sections. The cost of a return trip is only £3 or £5 for an unlimited trip ticket which we think is excellent value. Details are in the programme and local posters will be in the village. We wish them every success with this new and exciting addition to the facilities offered for the trial and hope that spectators will make good use of this service.

The 2016 range of merchandise and programmes will be on sale during sign-on in the Community Centre as well as in the Start areas each day. Please go along and have a look at the excellent selection on offer.

All the observers have been contacted but if you volunteered and have not heard, please contact Doreen on

She is still looking for a few more volunteers for Saturday if anyone wishes to help out.

Secretary, Anne Gordon is walking the 96 miles of the West Highland Way from Milngavie, near Glasgow to Fort William at the end of May 2016 and is raising money in support of Glencoe Mountain Rescue. She would be delighted if everyone could make a small donation to this very worthwhile cause which several riders have had assistance from over the past few years. We never know who will be next to need them so she would appeal for you to donate in the charity buckets in the Trial Office and on the Merchandise Stand during the event or if you prefer, you can donate online at More information can be found in the programme.

Other charity appeals during the event that we know of are from Mark Kemp who has been one of our backmarkers for a good few years and is currently riding his BMW round the world to raise awareness for the Teenage Cancer Trust. To support Mark you can donate online at .

Graham Lampkin will be selling raffle tickets at the Pre’65 Scottish Trial in aid of Cancer Research UK and the following is a small piece from him:

“If you haven’t yet bought your raffle tickets for T-shirts signed by Jeff Smith, Sammy Miller and six Lampkins (from Arthur to Dougie), don’t despair. Graham, of the ‘Lampy goes 2 L n back’ charity trip for Cancer Research UK, will be at the start area of the Pre’65 Scottish on Saturday selling them. Ring him on 07989 446131 if you can’t find him. He’ll also be at the weigh-in for the SSDT on Sunday.”

There will also be a stall within the start areas each day to support the charity AFB (Armed Forces Bikers) for veterans from all three armed forces. Please take the time to visit their stall.

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