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Classic Trial Issue 31 – Winter 2019

CLASSIC TRIAL MAGAZINE ISSUE 31 WINTER 2019

Have a quick look on the link here: http://bit.ly/Classic-Trial-Magazine-31

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It’s that time again for all the subscribers to Classic Trial Magazine, Issue 31 should be dropping through your letterbox this week. Inside you will find all your Classic Trials News, Action, Events, Tests and so much more for you Classic – Retro addicted trials enthusiasts. It’s time for a brew a beer or maybe a wine and a mince pie for the ladies so park your feet up sit back and enjoy the read!

Inside and full of action you will find:

Trials Guru: ‘Never Meet Your Heroes’ – another myth exploded!

International: All the action from the Leven Valley Two Day

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Interview: Catching up with the French ‘Ace’ Mederic ‘Mede’ Dellannoy                                                                                                                                          Vacation: Costa Brava Two Day action as Albert Cabestany wins

Quick Spin: Toby Martyn on the Beta TR34

Transformation: It’s the ‘Retro Cool’ four-stroke Montesa Texas

Photographers: Justyn Norek Snr talks about his life and times

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Special: This really is some story on the Triumph Maitresse

Good Times: Remembering friends and the SWM

Sport: Kia Championship round up

Classic Competition: 1969 British Experts Trial action

Take a quick view before you buy: http://bit.ly/Classic-Trial-Magazine-31 Have a look at our digital magazine.

Classic Trial Magazine in Print – We are proud to be in print and using new material and many unseen images from the very best photographers in the world.

Remember Classic Trial Magazine is only available on subscription.

Looking for a back issue? – Go to www.trialmaguk.com

Subscribe On-Line – Its Easy – It’s so easy to subscribe just go to www.trialmaguk.com and yes it’s an all English website. We produce four seasonal issues each year: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

The Perfect Gift: Are you stuck for a gift idea, a subscription makes the perfect gift and lasts for twelve months.

Classic Trial Magazine on the Internet – Yes it’s available across all platforms including Issuu and Pressreader.

International Readers – Subscribe On-Line – Its Easy – Just go to: www.trialmaguk.com Payment can be made with Paypal.

Make sure you don’t miss out and get yourself a subscription by contacting Classic Trial Magazine: Mail: lisa@trialmag.comengland@trialmag.com for more details or telephone on Monday or Friday: 01663 – 744766 (Between: 10 – 3 O’clock) Please be patient when calling.

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Classic Trial Magazine issue 30

It’s that time again for all the subscribers to Classic Trial Magazine, Issue 30 should be dropping through your letterbox next week, from Thursday 5th September onwards. Inside you will find all your Classic Trials News, Action, Events, Tests and so much more for you Classic – Retro addicted trials enthusiasts. It’s time for a brew a beer or maybe a wine for the ladies so park your feet up sit back and enjoy the read! 

Inside and full of action you will find:

Evolution: From air-cooled to water-cooled machines.

Visit: Celebrating 50 Years of the Montesa Cota models at Bassella Museum, Spain with Miquel Cirera.

Legends: Talking with Oriol Bulto (Bultaco) and Pere Pi (Montesa).

Micro Machine: Looking at the Cotton Cavalier.

Celebration: Remembering Dave Rowland and the first trial named after him in 1979 run by the Manchester 17 MCC.

International: Concluding with Bernie Schreiber and his 1979 FIM World Trials Championship winning season.

Classic: Visiting the Alvie and Andorra Two Day Trials.

Sport: Catching up on the Kia championship.

Take a quick view before you buy: http://bit.ly/Classic-Trial-Magazine-30 Have a look at our digital magazine.

Classic Trial Magazine in Print – We are proud to be in print and using new material and many unseen images from the very best photographers in the world.

Remember: Classic Trial Magazine is only available on subscription.

Looking for a back issue? – Go to www.trialmaguk.com

Subscribe On-Line – Its Easy – It’s so easy to subscribe just go to www.trialmaguk.com and yes it’s an all English website. We produce four seasonal issues each year: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

The Perfect Gift: Are you stuck for a gift idea, a subscription makes the perfect gift and lasts for twelve months.

Classic Trial Magazine on the Internet – Yes it’s available across all platforms including Issuu and Pressreader.

International Readers – Subscribe On-Line – Its Easy – Just go to: www.trialmaguk.com Payment can be made with Paypal.

Make sure you don’t miss out and get yourself a subscription by contacting Classic Trial Magazine: Mail: lisa@trialmag.comengland@trialmag.com for more details or telephone on Monday or Friday: 01663 – 744766 (Between: 10 – 3 O’clock) Please be patient when calling.

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Classic Trial Issue 27 out now

CLASSIC TRIAL MAGAZINE ISSUE 27

Classic Trial Magazine Issue 27 Winter 2018

It’s that time again for all the subscribers to Classic Trial Magazine, Issue 27 should be dropping through your letterbox early this week and inside you will find all your Classic Trials News, Action, Events, Tests and so much more for you Classic – Retro addicted trials enthusiasts. It’s time to sit back and enjoy the read.

Inside and full of action you will find:

Factory Special: Restoration of the Ex-Rob Shepherd Honda 360.

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New Event: The Leven Valley Two Day in Scotland proved a winner for everyone involved including Classic Trial Magazine. 

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Mechanic: Find out about the Mick Andrews apprentice Sam Brownlee.

 

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Flashback North: It was a cold and wet 1968 Bemrose Trophy Trial.

Conversion: One man’s passion for the Honda TLR 250.                                                                                                            

International: It’s on the ‘Bucket’ list, the Robregordo Trial in Spain.

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Vacation: Attracting nearly 500 riders the Costa Brava Two Day Trial was the place to be despite the rain in Spain.

Reunion: A gathering to reflect on the Perce Simon Trial.

Flashback: Ice and cold came to the 1968 Cotswold Cup.

Product Feature: Wrapping is a fast and effective protection, find out more.

Sport: Once again the Kia Championship has proved a huge success.

Classic Trial Magazine in Print – We are proud to be in print and using new material and many unseen images from the very best photographers in the world.

Remember Classic Trial Magazine is only available on subscription.

Looking for a back issue? – Go to www.trialmaguk.com

Subscribe On-Line – Its Easy – It’s so easy to subscribe just go to www.trialmaguk.com and yes it’s an all English website.

Classic Trial Magazine on the Internet – Yes it’s available across all platforms including Issuu and Pressreader.

International Readers – Subscribe On-Line – Its Easy – Just go to: www.trialmaguk.com

Make sure you don’t miss out and get yourself a subscription by contacting Classic Trial Magazine: Mail: lisa@trialmag.comengland@trialmag.com or telephone on Monday or Friday: 01663 – 744766 (Between: 10 – 3 O’clock) Please be patient when calling.

If you are looking for a perfect Christmas gift look no further than a 12 month subscription to Classic Trial Magazine at: www.trialmaguk.com

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Classic Trial Magazine presses on

It’s that time again for all the subscribers to Classic Trial Magazine, Issue 26 should be dropping through your letterbox early this week and inside you will find all your Classic Trials News, Action, Events, Tests and so much more for you Classic – Retro addicted trials enthusiasts. It’s time for a brew, a beer or maybe a wine for the ladies, so park your feet up sit back and enjoy the read!

Inside and full of action you will find:

What’s the Story? Bernie Schreiber at the opening round of the 1981 WTC

Catch Up: Up to speed with Bernie Schreiber.

New Models: Showroom 1978 – What’s for Sale?

Profile: The Gustav Franke story told for the first time.

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Records: Following the start of the European championship1964 – 1974.

Specials: Made in Holland – The machines of Toon Van De Vliet.

Sport: Its catch up time at the Kia Championship.

Classic Event: Who knows the history of the Highland Two Day at Alvie?

Kit Machine: Looking at the Sammy Miller 125cc Honda.

Heritage: The future of the Talmag Trial.

Mystery Machine: What’s the yellow Heuser trials machine?

Let’s Travel: On the ‘Bucket’ list in 2019 is the Andorra two day trial.

International: We conclude the 1978 World Championship.

Classic Trial Magazine in Print – We are proud to be in print and using new material and many unseen images from the very best photographers in the world.

Remember Classic Trial Magazine is only available on subscription.

Looking for a back issue? – Go to www.trialmaguk.com

Subscribe On-Line – Its Easy – It’s so easy to subscribe just go to www.trialmaguk.com and yes it’s an all English website.

Classic Trial Magazine on the Internet – Yes it’s available across all platforms including Issuu and Pressreader.

 International Readers – Subscribe On-Line – Its Easy – Just go to: www.trialmaguk.com

Make sure you don’t miss out and get yourself a subscription by contacting Classic Trial Magazine: Mail: lisa@trialmag.comengland@trialmag.com or telephone on Monday or Friday: 01663 – 744766 (Between: 10 – 3 O’clock) Please be patient when calling.

Karl Clark is 2017 NZ Champ

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Karl Clark (Beta) – Photo: Ian Yeomans

The New Zealand Moto Trials Championship, which has been run since 1972, was held over three days at Labour Weekend in October.  New Zealand is made up of two Islands, North and South. Throughout the year each Island holds their own championship held over several weekends.  UK’s Jack Sheppard has ridden in the New Zealand Championship back in 2014 and 2016 and has taken the title both times.  Another previous two time winner is Stefan Merriman who would possibly be the best trials rider to come from New Zealand with his first place finish in the junior world championship in 1989.

Stefan’s name will be also been known in the UK competing in the Scottish and British Championship. Stefan finished third in the Scottish Six Day in 1992. Stefan left trials for enduro and became world champion in 2000. Some other previous New Zealand winners are two time winner James Lawton, six times winner Andrew Poad  and seven time winner Warren Laugesen who all have also competed at Scottish Six Day Trial and done very well.

The 2017 New Zealand Championship was held on the 21 – 23rd of October and was held in the North Island near the bottom of the Island on the Kapiti Coast. New Zealand events are held on mostly farmers properties. This year’s terrain was made up of mostly treacherous creeks, slippery tree roots, sharp rocks, steep banks and climbs. Ten sections of four laps were run over the three days and this year’s championship attracted over 55 competitors.

This year’s winner is Karl Clark, born and raised in Motueka, a small town at the top of the south island. Karl has been competing since 1995, 2003 was the first time Karl competed in the New Zealand Championship top class, expert. Karl managed third place on his first attempt, with winning the first day he also received the New Zealand Experts Trial which is held on one of the three days and has also been run since 1972. Karl then had some time away from the sport due to the birth of his twin boys.  Karl came back to the sport in 2008, competing once again in expert class right through till 2014 where Karl finished always in the top three but never managing the top spot.  In 2014 Karl suffered a back injury which meant he couldn’t compete at the top level.

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Six weeks before the 2017 New Zealand Championship Karl decided to give it one more crack in Expert as age is now not on his side.  This has always been a childhood dream of Karls to win the New Zealand Moto Trials Championship. Karl was on true form as he won the premier Expert grade on each of the three days, edging out Taranaki’s Matthew Foster, Christchurch rider Jules Huguenin.

“I was over the moon about the result and thought that chapter had closed for me. Also making it even more special for myself it had been twenty-five years since last won by a South Island rider. Looking back at the weekend, experience was the difference as I had more than ten years over the competition.  I thoroughly enjoyed the three days of sections and would like to thank the Ixion Motorcycle Club for putting on a great event. I’m super proud to finally get my name on the Premier Championship grade trophy”.

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Karl himself has also competed in the Scottish Six Day Trial from 2014 to 2016 and receiving first class awards.

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2015 SSDT action with Karl Clark (Beta) on ‘Fersit’ – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

Karl is adamant the SSDT event is the best event in the world and he would ride it every year if the cost of getting there wasn’t an issue. He feels that riding the SSDT has improved him as a rider.  Not ruling out a return to Scotland, never say never. Karls more than happy to hang his boots up in the premier class but will still continue to support the sport he loves here in New Zealand and to give back to the future young riders.

Classic Trial Issue 22

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Yes, the Classic Trial Magazine issue 22 is the autumn publication and is ready to feed the appetites of all you fans of the golden era of trials. Inside you will find a wide variety of articles using many pictures never printed before from the very best photographers in the trials world, along with a mine of information to accompany them with interesting articles and features. If you already subscribe start to check your letter boxes later this week. Remember the magazine is subscription only.

Inside this A4 size full colour issue which carries 100 pages you will find the following:

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Special Greeves/Triumph: We look at a very Special association as Justyn Norek puts the Greeves/Triumph through its paces and brings a little bit of nice history with it.

Classic Competition: The 1965 Scott Trial seen through the camera of Brian Holder.

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Micro Machine: Who had a BSA Bantam, Classic Trial Magazine Editor John Hulme did, we look at this superb machine which opened the door to the world of motorcycles for so many people. We also talk with Mick Bowers who was so involved with the project.

Classic Machine: Comerfords in its hay day was a massive part of the off-road scene. The BSA Bantam and Triumph Tiger Cub conversions are looked at.

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Game Over: What actually did finish DOT Motorcycles is the question we asked works rider Eric Adcock.

Vision: It was a short trip across the channel to find out about the Terrot 175cc.

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Retro: In 1987 the World Trials Championship was beginning to witness the great Jordi Tarres on the Beta.

Showcase: Blackpool opened its doors to a motorcycle show in 1973, we take a look inside.

How to Ride: Mud was never a problem to the legend that is Sammy Miller. Learn how to ride it on your classic machine with the master.

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International: Ace photographer Eric Kitchen was on hand along with Mike Rapley and the ‘Trials Guru’ John Moffat to bring us all the news from the Bultaco Reunion.

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Sport: Gary Macdonald takes the front cover as the winner of one of Scotland’s premier trials the Alvie based Highland Classic. “Macdonald is the most successful Scottish Trials rider of all time” – Trials Guru, 2017. We also bring you up to speed with the Kia supported Twinshock championship.                                                                                                                  

Workshop: We supply and easy to follow guide on manufacturing your own Air Filter Box for the Yamaha TY.                                                                                     

Remember Classic Trial Magazine is only available on subscription – It’s so easy to subscribe just go to www.trialmaguk.com and yes it’s an all English website. Click on the Shop Trialmag toolbar at the top of the page and it will dropdown all your options to order.

Kia go Vale of Towy

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Kia series, Round 5 at Newgale, Pembrokeshire

Words and photos: Gillian Lawson

Vale of Towy MCC did themselves proud, promoting the Kia Twinshock series round 5, which was set in the stunning countryside of Pembrokeshire on the 18th June.

The Club, have been working tirelessly for weeks clearing a lot of new ground as well as some of the existing favourite parts of what is a great venue, around a 6 KM lap with varied terrain.

The weather was very good this weekend and especially for Wales.  It reached up into the 30s, so as well as the tough sections to contend with the riders also had to contend with the heat making it a very challenging experience.

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Dan Sanders (Yamaha TY250R) Photo: Gillian Lawson

Quite a few people came down on the Saturday and camped overnight as it was a six-hour drive for most, but this gave them the opportunity to explore the stunning area as well as have a gathering with friends for a beer and catch up.

Land owner, Peter Gwyther is a lifelong trials rider and he graciously allowed us to camp on his land.   No one else would have let us cut swaths of wheat and grass to ride the course.

I was told by Eirian Davies, Peter had ridden the Scottish Six Days Trial an exceptionally nice person.

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Rockshock manufacturer, Gary Fleckney on his RTL Honda – Photo: Gillian Lawson

The club was established around 1976, which started as a scrambles club and its founder Member, Glyn Jones, is still active and sometimes still competes. The club is based in Carmarthenshire but also has a presence in Pembrokeshire as well.  It runs trials only at present, but in more prosperous times enduros and grass track racing as well.

It has the largest membership in South Wales and is also one which suffers the least politics, as they involve all riders in from all organisations, which seems to work exceptionally well.

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Glyn Ridley (Fantic) – Photo: Gillian Lawson

Membership of the club is around sixty people and at the Kia event, thirty-four attended either riding or observing so a very good turnout and great support. Eirian said he has to blow his own trumpet and said: “We all have a lot of fun together and have social evenings without the bikes, but the trials is the main hook.”  The club used to have a very strong schoolboy section, but found once they hit 18, other pastimes seemed to take over, however they ran two very successful schoolboy nationals a few years back.

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Robert Faulkner (Yamaha) – Photo: Gillian Lawson

There were seventy entries for the Trial which was down on the usual one hundred & twenty  on a Kia round, but the long travel appeared to have put some people off, which is a great shame after all the hard work from  the organisers in hosting the event.  A special mention has to go to Fredina Minshall, Gerry Minshall and team who run the Kia series and without their efforts would not be possible.

I also must mention a young man called Jim Waters. Jim has been riding since the age of fourteen when he started on a TY80 and now at the age of twenty, he is riding the TY175.  Without doubt he is a star in the making and as I said in my first article, one to watch for.

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Jim Waters (Yamaha) – Photo: Gillian Lawson

 

Jim is from Lincolnshire and rides at all his local clubs, with his dad Kim Waters who is also a rider in the Kia series.

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Kim Waters (Yamaha) – Photo: Gillian Lawson

He travels to all the Kia rounds. On Sunday 18th June 2017, round 5 Vale of Towy MCC Pembrokeshire they travelled six hours to take part where Jim won the clubman class, dropping only 4 marks throughout the day on 2 out of 20 sections of varied terrain and approximately 6KM of a lap.

It was another fantastic weekend, so a big thank you to all involved.

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For more information about Lincolnshire and East Midlands trials, see our special section: East Midlands Trials

 

Trials Guru Revue 2016

2016 is almost at an end and we are all looking forward to the new year, 2017.

It’s always good to look over the shoulder to see where we have come from and the sport of trials is always interesting to revue.

It has been a busy year for Trials Guru with some news, reports and most of all, new articles from the sport of observed trials, all brought to you – free of any charge.

So have a look at our archives and view articles, comment and great photographs from the sport worldwide.

We have plans for 2017 and hope you will continue to pop in and have a look at Trials Guru’s pages, whether that be on a regular or occasional basis, you choose, you will be made most welcome!

So here is to 2016 and here is to 2017.

December 2016 – AJS article

November 2016 – Kia Series Closes

October 2016 – Len Hutty Remembered

September 2016 – James Dabill x 7

August 2016 – West Country 2 Launched

July 2016 – Charly’s World of Trial

June 2016 – Panda Time

May 2016 – SSDT Time

April 2016 – Gas Gas – Still Riding

March 2016 – Farewell TubbyFarewell Munch

February 2016 – Irish Luck

January 2016 – Lampkin of Silsden

See what is in : Trials Guru Index

– The Premier Trial Sport Website for photos, articles, news and the history of motorcycle trials –

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Kia 2017 dates announced

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The Kia Motors UK sponsored National Twinshock Series of trials for 2017 moves ahead at great pace, with the announcement of the dates for the now popular series of events for twinshock and air-cooled mono-shock machines.

The 2017 dates are as follows:

February, 26th – Congleton MCC
March, 26th – Castleside Trials Club at Stanhope
April, 23rd – Nene Valley MCC at Geddington
May, 14th – Scunthorpe MCC at Alkborough
June, 18th – Vale of Towy MCC
July, 16th – Wye Valley MCC
September, 17th – Aqueduct MCC at Foel
October, 1st – Spen Valley MCC at Tong
October, 22nd – Central Wales Auto MCC at Knighton

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Seven times TT winner, Mick Grant on his BSA Bantam at the Knighton round in 2016 – Photo: Lorna Brackenridge, Falkirk

The series organisers will have a stand at the Classic Dirt Bike Show at Telford, Shropshire on February 18/19th where they will have more information and a booklet explaining the series available.

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Richard Allen (Honda) at the final Knighton round in 2016 – Photo: Lorna Brakenridge, Falkirk

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KIA Series 2016 Closes!

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Twin-shock Expert class winner 2016 – Richard Allen (Honda) at the final Knighton round – Photo: Lorna Brakenridge, Falkirk

Photos: Lorna Brakenridge, Falkirk.

Roger Kenyon on behalf of the Kia Twinshock series organisers writes:

With well over 1,000 entries spread over the nine rounds, the 2016 Kia Twin-shock series draws to a close. In its third season, it has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of the ‘must do’ competitions for owners of both twin-shock and air-cooled machines in the UK. Over twenty-eight different makes of machines took part throughout the season, ranging from virtually standard machines to some really tricked out specials.

The opening event of the year was hosted by the Congleton & DMCC at Mow Cop in March and the final event was at Knighton in October, organised by the Central Wales Auto Club. During the series, the championship visited, Cumbria, Gloucestershire, North Yorkshire, Scottish borders and Denbighshire. Next year’s competition will be visiting some new venues to keep the series fresh.

The popular format of no road work, two laps of twenty sections, with a lap of at least two miles gave the organising clubs plenty of scope. All the events proved to be both challenging and enjoyable in some of the best terrain in the country.

The organisers of the championship would like to thank everyone involved for making the series possible. This includes landowners, members of host clubs, observers, riders, and everyone who has contributed in any way to the smooth running of the series including Kia Motors for their continued support as main sponsors.

The class winners will be presented with their trophies at the Telford Classic Dirt Bike Show on February 18/19, 2017.

2016 Kia Twinshock & Air-cooled Monoshock Series Winners:

Air-cooled Mono Expert – Colin Ward
Air-cooled Mono Clubman – Colin Ward Jr
Pre 78/Historic Spanish Expert – Gary Younghusband
Pre 78/Historic Spanish Clubman – Gary Hawkins
Twin-shock Expert – Richard Allen
Twin-shock Clubman – Dave Wardell
Brit-shock Expert – Mark Stokes
Brit-shock Clubman – Peter Edwards

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Seven times TT winner Mick Grant on his BSA Bantam at the Knighton round – Photo: Lorna Brackenridge, Falkirk