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Telford show moves dates

New Dates for Classic Dirt Bike Show 2021

In a press statement released on Thursday 19th November 2020, the organisers of the annual Telford Classic Dirt Bike Show have announced that it will move from its usual date in February to a later date in mid-May.

Made necessary by the global Covid-19 pandemic, it has been done to try and secure the event which could not have taken place so early in the year. The communication reads as follows:

“The UK’s biggest and best classic off road show is getting a new date for one year only, as the scene aims to fight back against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Normally held each February, the Classic Dirt Bike Show in Telford will switch weekends to May 15 and 16 for 2021. Given the continued uncertainty surrounding the path of the pandemic and the immediate future of events with indoor content, organiser Mortons Media believes the best way to ensure that the UK’s biggest and best show off road show can go ahead is to run it later in the year.

The whole events team looks forward to welcoming you to the show in 2021… it’ll just be a little bit warmer than normal!”

To find out more please check out the website www.classicdirtbikeshow.co.uk

James Dabill retires from Top trials

In a statement issued on social media today, 17th November 2020, James Dabill has announced his retirement as a professional rider in motorcycle trials.

Dabill has ridden competitively for almost 20 years and has ridden for Beta, Montesa, Vertigo and Gas Gas factories.

He issued the following statement on facebook social media:

Fans, friends and family.

The time has come for me to inform you guys that I will retire from riding the Trial World Championship and at the professional level.

This was a decision that didn’t come easy to make but I made it with a smile on my face as I know it’s the correct time to walk away.

From such a young age I have been able to live my dream of becoming a professional trials rider and that was all thanks to my amazing parents for sacrificing everything to help me on this crazy journey.

When I look back on almost 2 decades of riding in the world championship it fills me with pride to have achieved what I have and to have met and worked with some of the most amazing people in our sport.

There is too many names to mention but I am sure you all know who you are and I want you to know that I will be forever greatful and in your debt.

I am sure I will see everyone in the paddock again soon but for now it’s a fond farewell.

Thank you to everyone and I wish you all the best.

Cheers Dibs

We all at Trials Guru wish James all success in whatever route he chooses to take, following his retirement from top level competition.

Happy Birthday Mr Miller M.B.E.

Sammy with his first Bultaco Sherpa – Photo: Rickman Brothers, New Milton.

The 11th of November symbolises the end of the first great global conflict, but it also is the birthday of the greatest trials rider of all time, Samuel Hamilton Miller M.B.E.

A confident Sammy Miller on his Ariel HT5 (GOV132) at the 1960 British Experts Trial – Photo: Mike Davies

On his 87th birthday, we celebrate the great man of trials and his achievements, over 1,000 wins in a career that spanned the 1950s to the early 1970s.

Sammy Miller and Trials Guru’s John Moffat catch up at the Classic Dirtbike Show at Telford in February 2016 – Photo: Fiona Watson

He will no doubt be busy in his New Milton workshops building something to enthrall his many customers at the Sammy Miller Museum.

Sammy Miller (NSU) at the Ulster Grands Prix in 1957 chats with Terry Hill

Many happy returns Sammy Miller!

Sammy Miller MBE and his wife, Rosemary. Photo

Frank Hildrick dies

Frank Hildrick, from Helmsley, North Yorkshire, died at York Hospital, on Sunday, 8th November, aged 75.

On leaving school, Frank fully intended going into journalism but, for whatever reason, he got side-tracked and worked as a travelling mechanic for the Forestry before beginning his own garage/taxi business. He then worked at Perry Slingsby Systems building underwater equipment until retirement.

His passion for motorcycles, especially off-road, lasted his entire life, competing first at grass track on a C15, then a full blooded 500cc J.A.P. Speedway and sand racing followed with a fair amount of success before joining the trials scene.

Pete Clements, a close friend relates a tale which describes Frank`s appetite for riding. Frank and his wife Sally had gone to watch Pete ride his first trial and on his last lap, Pete went a right purler, his ankle swelling up like a football. Pete, thinking Frank was going to help him, couldn`t believe it when he pulled the wellies on and finished the lap. They got a second-class award.

A marvellous bike builder, he fettled a little Minarrelli road race/sprinter, competing at the Isle of Man Ramsey Sprint not that long ago. Later in life Frank slipped off and broke a hip at Scarborough. Before anyone reached him he`d ridden side saddle back to the pits. Typical Frank, hard as nails.

Frank Hildrick on teh right in black leathers with his Minarelli racer

I`m sure motorbikes were invented for the likes of Frank Hildrick. Always riding, helping, fettling, plotting sections, or supporting son Richard, he just loved being involved. Clerk of Course for the famous Colonial in the seventies and eighties, he then became major course plotter for the Scarborough Sporting Weekend almost thirty years ago. He and his loyal helpers made it into a must ride event.

One of the finest pleasures derived from the trials scene is meeting larger than life characters such as Frank Hildrick. The best of company to be with, a great storyteller with the sharpest of wit. A man whose optimism and enthusiasm for the sport rubbed off on many. He will be greatly missed.

Frank was a loving husband to Sally, father to Rachel and Richard and grandad and great grandad to his four grand-children and great granddaughter.

Richard Hildrick riding his father Frank’s home brewed 250 BSA

2020 Montesada

2020 Montesada!

The 2020 Montesada is reinventing itself to become more universal than ever!

The organizers of this popular event, which celebrates its 20th edition this year, have announced an online activity that will include Montesa fans from all over the world

Participate to be part of Montesa’s 75th Anniversary!

The 2020 Montesada was planned as a very special event, not only because it’s celebrating its 20th edition, but because it also coincides with Montesa’s 75th anniversary.

Although the health situation has forced the Montesa Club and the Moto Club Tona to cancel the Montesada as we know it, the organizers didn’t want to miss out on this very special edition. Thus, in 2020, the event has been completely reformulated to become an online event, which will give it a more universal character, that will make it easier than ever for all Montesa fans to participate, wherever they live.

The way it will work is very simple. From now until November 20th, all fans of the brand will be able to share, in video or photo format, their most special moments with Montesa (whichever the model or reason) through social media using the hashtag #Montesada2020. Furthermore, to make participation even easier, the organization has also considered fans who are not so used to using social media, providing them with a WhatsApp number (633 645 638) to which they will be able to send photos and videos, which will later be published on Montesa’s social media with the hashtag: #Montesada2020.

Everyone participating in this initiative will automatically become an active part of Montesa’s 75th anniversary celebrations, as the brand will make a selection of photographic and audiovisual material to create a special video of the 2020 Montesada and a commemorative 75th anniversary collage, which in turn will become part of the brand’s history.

But the surprises and activities don’t end here. All the participants in this online Montesada will also have the chance of winning fantastic prizes, such as trial courses with the Repsol Honda Team and the world champion Toni Bou, copies of the re-edition of the exclusive book ‘Montesa, The Art Gallery’, vintage Hebo t-shirts, Hebo Montesa shoes, tickets for the exhibition “Montesa, 75 years of an unforgettable adventure”, and VIP passes for the premiere of Montesa’s new documentary.

If you are passionate about Montesa, don’t hesitate, participate for free in this very special Montesada 2020 and become part of the history of the brand!

Viva Montesa’ 

#Montesa75Years

#Montesada2020

More information: www.montesada.com

TMX News is back

On Thursday 5th November, after an absence of seven months, Trials & Motocross News (TMX) has made a very welcome return to the newsagents and doorsteps of thousand of trials, motocross and enduro enthusiasts across the country.

The popular weekly was delayed one day due to a distribution hitch, readers are delighted to see the paper return after weeks of speculation.

Readers overall prefer an actual ‘paper’ more-so than viewing at websites or online publications which just don’t seem to cut the ice.

A paper can be read with a nice cup of tea and be put down and picked up without logging on. Each to their own.

Obviously, the reports will be a little thin on the ground due to the Covid pandemic restrictions, but there is always something for the reporters and editor to write about.

So it’s a big ‘WELCOME BACK’ to the UK’s greatest coverage of off-road action, we MISSED YOU!

Gearhead Alerts on Trials Guru

A good friend of Trials Guru website is American super-enthusiast, Jon Stoodley of JSE Trials in Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA.

Jon has been an active competitor in trials for many years, but that is not all he has achieved, having been a drag-racer and raced in motocross, he has a rounded knowledge of the sport and is also an accomplished engineer and engine and chassis builder.

His now famous ‘Letter from America‘ which he published on Trials Guru in 2017 is a true dedication to the sport of trials, but we thought he was able to contribute much more!

He has, for many years, produced technical articles and tips for a variety of American magazines and clubs, so we thought he may share these with Trials Guru readers and he has agreed to do so.

Here is the link to take you to:

Stoodley’s Gearhead Alerts

Farewell to Felipe Koberg

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Costa Rican trials super-enthusiast, Felipe Koberg after a short battle with cancer.

Felipe is the only Costa Rican rider to have completed the course at the Scottish Six Days Trial in 2019 and was known with his fellow countrymen by their taking part in the Sunday parade dressed in Dinosaur suits to promote their Jurassic Three Day Trial in Central America.

Felipe was the driving force in the promotion of the Costa Rica event and he enlisted the help of SSDT Spanish Ambassador, Carlos Casas to help plan the route and section design.

Felipe Koberg on Leanachen during the Scottish Six Days Trial – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

Trials Guru’s John Moffat said: “Felipe was a true enthusiast of trials, he was so excited about riding the Scottish Six Days Trial and of course the subsequent organisation of his brainchild three day event in his home country. He was always willing to be interviewed live on Nevis Radio during SSDT week and his love of the sport was simply endless. Felipe was such a friendly man, his enthusiasm was truly infectious. He will be sorely missed by all who got to know him at Fort William and in the wider trials world. Felipe was a great family man and I send my sincere condolences to his relatives at this very difficult time.”

(Photos courtesy of Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven)

Words of gratitude from Felipe Koberg’s Mother 07/11/2020:

“Dear friends and friends of my son Felipe Koberg, family, doctors who cared for him, paramedical staff, employees, people who knew and estimated him, people who prayed for him.

With my deepest gratitude, I wish to send each and every one a very special blessing of Love, Faith, Joy, Health and Prosperity, extended to their respective families.

I thank God for giving my son Felipe the gift of meeting them. He was a truly amazing person in the different aspects of his life. I firmly believe that what determined the course of his life was the fact that he received, at the age of 6, our Lord Jesus Christ in his heart, and so also, Christening in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Scriptures tell us, in The New Testament, that in order to appropriate, on a personal level, the work of Christ Jesus, we must have a personal encounter with Him and, right away, receive the fullness of Him Holy Spirit, for it is He who us Power to live a victorious life, ′′ despite what may happen at different times throughout our lives “. This reality greatly facilitated Max, his dad, and me, his mother, his training. And at this point, I wish to mention, with great gratitude, Mr. Otto Silesky’s role as Director of the Institute of Comprehensive Education. A very special greeting to him.I ask the Most High God for his protection continues for each and every one as well as for each member of their respective families And it’s like this, how, trusting that one day you can meet again, I say goodbye to you with a hug full of affection from the depths of my heart.

Ana Luisa Marenco Dominguez

Memories of a schoolboy

Exclusively on Trials Guru, Welsh trials and scrambles enthusiast and competitor, Mike Davies was sharing some of his sixty year old photos on social media recently.

He now has a permanent home for his images here on Trials Guru for posterity. It’s what we do. He has entrusted his photos to the website that is ‘Dedicated To The Sport’ on a not for profit basis.

As always the images remain the property of Mike and they are his property, so please repsect that. They show the British Experts trial of 1960 and will be added to over time to include some really nice scrambling photos and a few road racing.

A Trials Guru page devoted to Mike’s handiwork as a schoolboy attending events.

If you would like your old photos featured, contact us at Trials Guru.

Mike Davies’ page is HERE

Celebrating the Scott

With the cancellation of the oldest trial in the world which was planned by the Richmond Motor Club (Yorkshire) Ltd for Saturday, 17th October, Trials Guru has decided to run this special tribute to the hardest and fastest of all one day national trials.

Only interrupted by world wars and the 2001 Foot & Mouth outbreak, the Scott Trial fell foul of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. The organisers made the right decision to cancel the event which would have been a compromise situation. First and foremost, the consideration of the safety of the local community and the landowners was paramount.

Let us take a look back at recent and not so recent Scott Trials with the help of some of our friends, which include John Hulme of Trial Magazine, Nigel Pearson/Trials UK Media; Eric Kitchen, Blackie Holden IV; Barry Robinson, Mrs Ros Brown and Mrs Theresa Roads, plus of course the officials and riders who make the Scott Trial such a memorable annual event.

We sincerely hope that the Scott Trial will return in 2021…

… The atmosphere on the start field, provided by the local Wallis family for many years. The aroma of fresh bacon rolls fills the air on a crisp October morning!

Jack Price (Gas Gas), 2017
Dougie Lampkin (Vertigo) 2017

The late Councellor, John Blackie, an enthusiastic supporter of the Scott Trial and Official Starter for many years.

Former Scott Trial winner, Sammy Miller MBE and Nick Jefferies spotted at the Centenary 2014 event – Photo copyright: Barry Robinson

The tension at the start line…

Scotsman, Gordon Murray from Evanton on his 300 Beta at the 2017 start line

Alexz Wigg (Gas Gas) 2014 watched by former winner Sammy Miller, these two men share the same birth date! – Photo: Mrs Ros Brown, Richmond

The 1967 Scott Trial in Yorkshire, winner Sammy Miller (105, EAA60D) about to pass a slower competitor to take the win – Photo courtesy and copyright: Blackburn Holden IV

The organisation for the Scott Trial is extensive each year

Each year the official programme raises money for the Scott Charities

The 2016 Scott Trial Charity Team (203) who rode to raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer sufferers. From the left: Barry Roads; Kevin Hart; Ray Haslam; Roger Johns and Paul Anstey – Photo: Mrs. Theresa Roads.

1971 Scott Trial at ‘Orgate Splash’ followed by Malcolm Dennis – Photo: Rob Edwards Private Collection

Orgate is still used, here we see Andrew Anderson in 2017 on his Scorpa

The Scott has a long and enviable history, much oif it was displayed at the Centenary trial in 2014 – Photo: John Hulme/Trials Media/Trial Magazine UK

… The ‘Lampkin’ Connection – All three Lampkin brothers, Arthur (A.J.), Alan (A.R.C) and Martin (H.M) have won the prestigeous Scott Trial in their riding careers…

Martin Lampkin (SWM) during his winning Scott Trial ride in 1982 – Photo: Copyright, Barry Robinson

A.J. Lampkin and the late H.M Lampkin in conversation with Trials Guru’s John Moffat at the Scott Trial dinner in 2014 – Photo: John Hulme.

H. Martin Lampkin in 1978 on ‘Surrender’ – Photo Copyright, Studio Six Creative/Andrew Moorhouse.

Scott Trial action from 1966 winner, Alan ‘Sid’ Lampkin in 1974 – Photo: Alan Lampkin Archive.

Scott Trial winner in 1974 on his factory 247 Montesa was the late Rob Edwards – Photo Copyright: Eric Kitchen

Rob Edwards looks pleased with himself at winning in 1974, congratulated by Mrs Marjory Rathmell, mother of Malcolm – Photo courtesy of the Rob Edwards Collection and the estate of the late Rob Edwards

Dougie Lampkin carried on the Lampkin connection by winning the Scott Trial multiple times – Photo: John Hulme

Fastest rider in 2011 and again in 2014, John R. Sunter (Montesa) at the finish in 2017 – Photo: John Hulme/Trial Magazine UK

Winners all at the Centenary Scott Trial Dinner at the Ripon Spa Hotel in 2014 – Philip Alderson; Gerald Richardson; Rob Edwards; Jonathan Richardson; Nigel Birkett; Alan Lampkin; Dougie Lampkin; Martin Lampkin – Photo: John Moffat/Trials Guru

To the winners, the spoils!

Ian Austermuhle, a popular winner of the Scott Trial 2015, interviewed by Trials Guru representative, John Moffat – Photo copyright: John Hulme, Trial Magazine UK

2014 winner, James Dabill (Beta) with Trials Guru’s John Moffat – Photo: Nigel Pearson/Trials UK Media

The spirit of the Scott – Phil Alderson in action, a previous winner – Photo: John Hulme/trial Magazine

For more Scott Trial on Trials Guru, jump to the Scott Trial Section:

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