We are saddened to report that Eric Adcock, the famous Dot factory Rider, ACU President of the North Western Centre and long standing ACU official and President of the Dot Owners Club passed away peacefully at his home in Manchester on Wednesday 18th March 2020.
He remained loyal to the DOT marque having been born into a motorcycling family, taking up the sport of trials in 1952, finishing tenth overall and taking the best novice award in the Oldham Ace Trial.
He was also sent a 350cc Matchless from Hugh Viney at the AMC factory in October 1959 to evaluate, but returned it soon after, preferring the two-stroke DOT.
He also declined an offer in 1956 from Norman Cycles in Kent.
Eric’s funeral will be held at Agecroft Crematorium, Salford on Wednesday, 25th March at 2.20pm.
Due to the current Corona Virus Emergency it is understood that there are guidelines in place which limit severely the number who can enter the crematorium chapel for the service and this will be limited to family members
Trials Guru extend our sincerest condolences to Eric’s widow, Dorothy and his family.
The two main motorcycling governing bodies, the ACU and for Scotland, the Scottish ACU have both announced statements covering the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The Scottish ACU stole a march on their English counterparts by being first to cancel all motorcycle events on 16th March until at least 31st May, with the ACU a day later, cancelling all events until 30th April 2020.
This means that the annual Scottish Six Days and Isle of Man TT races are now cancelled with no chance of them being run until 2021.
The governing bodies really had no choice, due to the global clamping down of transport, travelling, working arrangements, it was inevitable that there would be casualties for world-wide motorcycle sport.
The 2020 Scottish Six Days Trial has been cancelled due to the worldwide pandemic of the Covid-19, known as the Coronavirus.
The difficult decision was made by the Scottish ACU (SACU) to cancel all motorcycle sport events in Scotland until the 31st May and this includes the SSDT and Pre’65 Scottish Trials in early May, which are permitted by the SACU.
In a statement on the SSDT website, Edinburgh & Dustrict MC Ltd Chairman, Peter Bremner posted:
“The Edinburgh and District MC confirm that the SSDT and the Pre’65 Scottish trials, due to be run in May, have been cancelled. Following advice from the Scottish Government, the Scottish Autocycle Union have cancelled all motorcycle sporting events up to 31 May. Competitors who have entered the events will be contacted shortly to advise on refunds and the next steps.”
Trials fans and riders the world over will be disappointed that the annual Highland Sporting Holiday has fallen victim to the disease, the only other time the event has been cancelled was in 2001 with the UK ‘Foot & Mouth’ outbreak. The only other years of cancellation were the two World Wars.
The Spanish motorcycle sport federation RFME (Real Federacion Motociclista Espanola – Royal Spanish Motorcycle Federation) has taken the unprecedented step of advising member organisations and affiliated motorcycle clubs to instruct their members to leave their bikes in the garage and don’t even ride for practice during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
These steps have been taken as Spain’s hospitals are struggling to cope with the admissions of patients with the Covid-19 virus which has spread at an alarming rate throughout Spain in the last few weeks.
It won’t be a popular directive with riders, but it does put the sport in a position of being seen to be very responsible when so many lives are at risk. Motorsport comes with risks and even trials riding has risks attached and this is not a good time to sustain an avoidable injury. The federation is urging riders to stay safe during the crisis and not ride at all.
At a time when emergency services are stretched to the limit, it calls for a measured approach with a coherent plan of action, the RFME have done this using social media to publicise their advice.
They are quoted as saying on facebook:
“Once declared the state of alarm we cannot overload the health system with a possible accident completely avoidable, the best thing is that we park our bikes for a few days stay at home. Which doesn’t mean we park our hobby, that’s why during these days we are going to make you some recommendations to make the quarantine more bearable, on two “virtual” wheels.”
This is also seen as a defensive or protective course of action taken by the national motorcycling governing body, as it is believed that Spanish Emergency Powers Legislation classify sporting injuries as an act of negligence, without appropriate insurance cover, if sustained during a period when emergency powers are in place and carry significant penalties.
The Scottish Six Days Trial will rewrite the history books on May 4th 2020 with the arrival of two electric trials machines in the event for the first time ever.
The French Electric Motion company (EM) have entered two riders in the event, in the shape of former Trial World Champion, Spain’s Marc Colomer and experienced British rider and EM importer Matthew Alpe. Both riders will compete in the event on the latest EM machinery.
Colomer not only won the FIM Trial World Championship in 1996, he was also crowned the first ever Trial-E World Champion in 2017. Marc is no SSDT newcomer either having competed for the first time in 2006 when he finished ninth overall and was a member of the winning Gas Gas manufacturers’ team. He returned the following year to take seventh place on the prototype four-stroke Scorpa. He has since been involved in the development of several different trials marques including: Scorpa, Gas Gas, Ossa and now EM.
With electric vehicles of all types undergoing massive development it was inevitable that the Scottish Six Days Trial would eventually be targetted and, as it always has, the unique event will contribute positively to the development of the machines.
The SSDT organisers are challenged with a new form of motorcycle propulsion and have already addressed the different safety aspects, logistics and refuelling arrangements necessary both for this year and also going forward, as the use of electricity to power motorcycles progresses in future.
In an ever evolving world, where green credentials are ever more important, welcoming electric machinery to The Scottish is a positive and momentous move.
Finally, some humour was injected by club stalwart Rab Paterson who quipped, “I hope these electric bikes will be fitted with cardboard ‘flippers’ jammed in the swinging arm poking into the spokes so that they make a ‘brrrrrrrrrr’ noise, like we used to do on our pushbikes – or we will never hear them coming!”