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Rob Edwards 1945 – 2019

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of former factory Cotton and Montesa trials rider, Rob Edwards at the age of 73 years. He slipped away peacefully in the afternoon of Sunday 6th October 2019.

His widow, Bev was at his side and she told Trials Guru’s John Moffat that he “… smiled and was happy right to the end”. This is a fitting tribute to a man who won the hearts of trials enthusiasts the world over.

Born in Thornaby-On-Tees in December 1945, his father was a trials enthusiast and Rob’s great ambition as a small boy was to become a professional trials rider, which he achieved in 1969 when he signed a contract to ride for Montesa, the Spanish motorcycle manufacturer. Edwards became the world-wide brand ambassador and was a pioneer of ‘trials schools’ which also assisted in the promotion of the Montesa Cota trials machine.

Rob’s life as a professional trials rider was told exclusively to Trials Guru in 2014, but it almost didn’t happen.

John Moffat explains: “Having known Rob for quite a few years, I met up with him and Bev at the 2014 Centenary Scott Trial and suggested that we did his life story on this website. Rob said that no-one would be interested, to which I replied that he was totally wrong as many people were eager to read about his career. Within a few days after the event, we started exchanging e-mails at a rapid rate, accumulating all the information, facts, figures and anicdotes to compile the ‘Rob Edward’s Story’ on Trials Guru. I am really glad we Rob’s story as it was all in his own words and recollections and will remain online to preserve his memory for future generations of trials enthusiasts.”

Rob Edward’s funeral will taken place on Monday 21st October 2019 at 11.45 am at St Hilda’s Chapel, Teesside Crematorium, Acklam Road, Middlesbrough TS5 7HD. Donations in aid of charities will be taken for Richmond Motor Club (Yorks) Ltd.

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The 1981 Scott at ‘Rock Garden’ section on the 200cc Montesa – Photo: Barry Robinson

Trials Guru conveys sincere condolences to Rob’s widow, Bev Edwards at this difficult time. It is thankful that we were privileged to be able to showcase Rob Edward’s story to the world during his lifetime, something that brought him great pleasure knowing he had so many followers of his career in the sport of trials world-wide.

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Rob Edwards relaxes in 1981 at the end of the Scott Trial – Photo Copyright: Barry Robinson

The full story of Rob Edwards life as a trials rider can be found HERE

Main photo: Copyright Eric Kitchen

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1971 – SSDT – ‘Laggan Locks’ – Photo: Rob Edwards Private Collection

SSDT make changes for 2020

Report: Trials Guru
Photos: Trials UK Media

With the announcement by the government that next year’s May bank holiday will be moved back by four days for the whole of the UK to coincide with the 75th anniversary of V.E. Day, the Scottish Six Days Trial will be making some changes to the traditional Monday and Friday routes, given that spectators won’t have a Monday holiday to take in the first day’s action.

‘May Day’ is traditionally held on a Monday, but will be put back to Friday, 8th May 2020.

V.E. Day, or ‘Victory in Europe’ Day, marks the day towards the end of World War 2 when fighting against Nazi Germany came to an end in Europe.

The May Day bank holiday has been moved only once before. It was changed from 1 May to 8 May in 1995 to mark the 50th anniversary of V.E. Day.

The Scottish Six Days will start on Monday 4th and finish on Saturday, 9th May 2020.

No details are available at the moment, as it will require very careful negotiations with land owners and government agencies from where permissions are sought for the trial to pass over private ground.

The routes will appear in the Official SSDT Programme which goes on sale from Monday, 20th April 2020 at local shops and fuel stations throughout Lochaber.

There will also be route details released on the official SSDT website nearer the event, so that those travelling up from the south will know where to catch the action.

The first of a series of monthly SSDT committee meetings to plan for the 2020 event took place in September.

SSDT History: HERE

 

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Leven Valley Preview

 

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Words: Trials Guru
Photos: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven; Fin Yeaman

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The second Leven Valley 2 Day Trial takes place on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September 2019, its base is the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven.

Satisfying a ten year desire for a Twinshock/Britshock style event, it is an alternative event to the well established Pre’65 type event held in the Kinlochleven area, as the classic trials movement moves onwards.

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Tim Peace (348 Montesa) SSDT 1979 on Pipeline – Photo: Iain Lawrie

The word ‘twinshock’ wasn’t even used in the 1970s through to the mid 1980s when the mono-shock framed machines stole the trials show with the advent of the game changing Yamaha TY250S developed by Nigel Birkett, followed by Beta with their TR machines and of course Honda with their RTL250S model.

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O. Andersson (348 Montesa) on ‘Pipeline’ – Photo: Iain Lawrie

Riders of the original twinshocks are now into their 60’s and original Pre’65 riders are moving into their 80’s, hard to believe but true!

The Leven Valley began life in 2018 with 150 competitors, a fantastic achievement in its inaugural year, but the popularity mushroomed and this year the enthusiastic local club, Kinlochleven & District have pushed the boat out by accommodating 250 competitors, exceeding the limit of the Pre’65 Scottish and coming close to equalling the SSDT itself.

Local businessman and club chairman, Martin Murphy summed it up well when interviewed by Trials Guru last week: “We are satisfying a long felt demand for a good twinshock type trial in God’s own trials country. The event is organised by local people and that was important to those of us who live and work in the village. Last year we held a raffle at the prize giving ceremony and the funds raised went to local good causes. we like to put something back into the community. We are also very grateful to the local landowners and businesses that support us, including Jahama Estates who hold a sizeable amount of the land we use. I hope the riders appreciate the hard work that the club have put in to present a fantastic event, while maintaining good relations with the landowners and government agencies that manage our land here in the Kinlochleven area. Thanks also to Jamie Smith for facilities at the Ice Factor.”

The trial starts at 10.00am Saturday and spectators are welcome to watch the action at Hydro, Pollock, Cieran Burn, The Kennels and Lower Mamore at the start of the lap, and Mambrec and Lochiel Burn at the end of the day.

Food and refreshments will be available all day at The Ice Factor and the venue will have entertainment including a live band on Saturday evening.

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Map courtesy of Kinlochleven & District Motor Cycle Club Ltd

On the Sunday, the action starts earlier at 9.00am with spectators accessing the sections at Hydro, Pollock, The Kennels and Lower Mamore on the outward loop, with  sections at Pipeline and Aluminium Works at the end of the second day.

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Map courtesy of Kinlochleven & District Motor Cycle Club Ltd

Once again, The Ice Factor will be open all day for food and refreshments, and this venue will also host the Trial Awards on Sunday evening with some input from Trials Guru’s John Moffat and a trials celebrity presenting the awards.

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Remember to obtain your copy of the Leven Valley Two Day Trial official programme available at the Ice Factor and start area.

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Great Scott 2019

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Barry Robinson captures Graham Tales at the 2016 Scott Trial at Orgate Falls – Photo copyright.

The annual time and observation Scott Trial takes place on Saturday, 12th October this year, starting on the usual start field at Feldom Lane, near Richmond on the Reeth to Marske road.

Following on from the devastating floods in July, some old sections have been swept away and new sections have been ripped into the landscape, many taken down to bed rock, so there will be some changes to the normal Scott route.

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Scott Trial finish 2018 – Photo: Trial Magazine

Ken Wallis, the hard working trial secretary spoke to Trials Guru: “The area has suffered this summer with the extensive flooding, but we are well supported by the landowners and there are still a few entry places left, so contact me now on: 07703222147”.

Provisional List of Riders 2019:

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It could be that some riders thought that the event would not be run because of the flooding, but matters have been put in hand in Swaledale and it’s all systems go for the big day on 12th October.

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Trials Guru has taken a full page advert in the 2019 Scott Trial programme, supporting the local Scott charities and the sport. Photos: David Wood (C.H. Wood Bradford) & John Hulme (Trial Magazine UK)

Proceeds from the sale of the official Scott Trial programme will once again go to the local Scott charities, the publication costs £5.00.

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Scott Trial 2019 official programme front cover by permission of the Richmond Motor Club (Yorkshire) Ltd – copyright.

More on the Scott Trial: HERE

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