Highland Classic tops the bill!

Alvie Estate plays host to the Highland Classic Two-Day Trial, Neil Hebdon on his Fantic – Photo: Jackie Siddle

Over 140 riders lined up for the annual Highland Classic Two-Day Trial at Alvie Estate near Aviemore on Saturday 11th June.

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Joe Buckworth from Guisborough (SWM) tackles section one at Alvie Estate – Photo: Lorna Brackenridge

The theme this year was The Yamscot Edition’ and guest of honour was five-times SSDT winner, Mick Andrews, entered on a Magical-Chase 220 Yamaha, on which he took home the best Yamaha award.

Mick Andrews on the Magical-Chase 220 Yamaha – Photo: Lorna Brackenridge

The event was supported by Classic Trial Magazine UK and Putoline Oils. It was oversubscribed after entries were released in February, such is the popularity of the trial.

Holding his copies of the trial programme, The Laird of Alvie, Jamie Williamson welcomes the riders and enthusiasts to his land which has been in his family since 1927. Others are left to right, Alex Carmichael, Inverness Chairman, Malcolm Smith and Club Treasurer and Company Secretary, John Moffat – Photo: Lorna Brackenridge

Mick Andrews: ‘I was delighted to attend the Highland Classic and thoroughly enjoyed my weekend with great scenery, great people and it has a continental feel to it which is nice’.

Javier Cruz from Madrid on the BSA 250 he borrowed from friend, John Moffat. This was his tenth Highland Classic event – Photo: Lorna Brackenridge

Classic Trial supplied two free subscriptions for the ‘2-Day observers’ draw’ which also included some cash prizes for the lucky winners.
Best A route and B route lowest scorers also received new Michelin Rear tyres as extra prizes, courtesy of Classic Trial Mag and Michelin UK.

Section inspection by Javier Cruz (Spain), Bil McKeown and Gerry Minshall – Photo: Lorna Brackenridge

Two laps per day of eighteen sections over a 5 mile course on the picturesque hunting estate was a testing but fair competition for all concerned.
Unfortunately Chris Riley parted company from his Fantic on section six, which resulted in a helicopter evacuation to Inverness Raigmore Hospital with a dislocated shoulder and two broken ribs. He was released on Saturday night.

Trials Guru’s John Moffat on section six with his Vazquez Racing Bultaco 325 – Photo: Lorna Brackenridge

Former Scottish Trials Champion and Yamscot rider, John Winthrop was in attendance. Members of the Shirlaw family from Aberdeen were present on the Saturday as Yamscot was the promotional idea of the late Les Shirlaw when they were Yamaha agents for the off-road and racing range in the mid-1970s.

Martin Peirson recovers his SWM on section 6 – Photo: Lorna Brackenridge

The trial uses the moniker ‘the friendliest classic trial in Scotland’, but in reality it is now the biggest classic trial run under SACU permit, with a limit of 150 competitors.

Steven Moffat on his 1981 ex-Jock McComisky Honda Seeley 200, specially refinished by ‘Bike Paints’ as a tribute to Scottish racer, Steve Hislop’s RC45 of 1994 – Photo: Lorna Brackenridge

Rick Lound: ‘This is my first year as competitions secretary of the Inverness club and it has been a learning curve for me. We haven’t used a reserve list for this event, but it is something the committee may look at for next year and we have made changes already for the 2017 trial to the way we invite riders to enter. We always have a post-trial de-brief meeting and all these things will be discussed along with the next theme and guest of honour’.

Andrew Chandler from Milton Keynes on his 340 Bultaco Sherpa – Photo: Lorna Brackenridge

Ian Myers on his Triumph Cub – Photo: Lorna Brackenridge

Carlos Bosch on a Vazquez Racing Bultaco – Photo: Lorna Brackenridge


2016 Highland Classic 2 Day Results

Many thanks to Lorna Brackenridge and Jackie Siddle for the use of their photographs.

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