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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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No Scott for 2020

The organising Richmond Motor Club (Yorkshire) Ltd have announced that after careful consideration to landowners, officials and the current restrictions, it will not be possible to run the Scott Trial this year.

The only time the Scott Trial has not been run was during the war years and 2001 when Foot and Mouth disease was present in the UK countryside.

A full statement can be viewed on the club website:

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Scott Trial Reunion Dinner 2019

Every five years, former riders, organisers, officials and enthusiasts of the famous Scott Trial decend upon the Yorkshire town of Ripon to celebrate the Greatest of All Trials with a celebratory dinner at the Ripon Spa Hotel.

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2019 was the year once again with Master of Ceremonies, Alan Lampkin at the helm which saw many riders of yesteryear attend the gathering to celebrate the Scott Trial.

The quinquennial dinner was open to anyone who has had an association with the event, male or female and it was well supported by young and not so young Scott enthusiasts.

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Table 1 – Photo courtesy: Barry Watson

The number one table consisted of Alan & Arthur Lampkin, Ray Sayer, Arthur Browning and partner Gail, Nigel Birkett, Gordon McLaughlan, Peter & Derrick Edmondson and Mick Wilkinson.

Alan ‘Sid’ Lampkin has organised four of these wonderful events, taking over the task from the Late T.U. Ellis, the former BSA supported rider/dealer of Ripon.

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Tom Ellis from Ripon on his factory BSA in the 1957 Scott Trial – Photo: Charlie Watson, Hull

The toast to the trial was proposed by former racing star, Nick Jefferies, a man who was quite capable of winning a Manx GP and then jumping on a trials bike to take honours in the Manx Two Day trial.

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Nick Jefferies proposed the toast to the Scott Trial – Photo courtesy: Barry Watson

Jefferies is an excellent after dinner speaker and covered a lot of ground in his toast, touching on quite a few riders who are no longer with us and added a slice of humour in for good measure as well as giving a short history on the event itself. Nick’s father, Allan Jefferies was the last man to win the Scott Trial on a Scott machine in 1932.

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Table 3 consisted of Neil Gaunt; John Moffat, Nick Jefferies. Rob Shepherd, Dave Butcher, Norman Shepherd, John Metcalfe and Jimmy Noble – Photo Courtesy: Barry Watson, Richmond

The toast was responded to by Trials Guru’s John Moffat who wasn’t a Scott competitor, but has attended many Scott Trials since his first as a schoolboy to spectate in 1974. Moffat made a point of thanking not only the main speaker, N.W. Jefferies, but also Sid Lampkin for all the effort and hard work he put into organising the dinner. Lampkin of course being a former winner of the trial as were his two brothers, Arthur and the late Martin Lampkin who featured in the many photographs that adorned the dining room.

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Main speakers were Nick Jefferies and John Moffat – Photo copyright: Eric Kitchen

Alan Lampkin skillfully arranged a display of every Scott Trial programme since 1909, a collection that will be sold off for charity shortly. many of the items were supplied by David Wood, the son of former Scott Trial clerk of course, C.H. Wood.

The doyen of trials photographers, Eric Kitchen attended and brought with him many photos of Martin Lampkin in action that he had taken since 1970 when Lampkin rode the Suzuki 80 in trials.

The assembled diners stayed on after the most excellent dinner to look at the photos, programmes, old route maps and time cards and converse and enjoy the company of like-minded individuals. It was a true celebration of the Scott Trial and motorcycle comradeship which no doubt had been built up over many years.

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Former Scott Trial winners: Rob Shepherd; Nigel Birkett; Arthur Lampkin; Alan Lampkin; Gerald Richardson & Ian Austermuhle – Photo courtesy: Barry Watson

Former Scott Trial winners present at the dinner were: Ian Austermuhle (2015); Nigel Birkett (1984); Alan Lampkin (1966); Arthur Lampkin (1960;61 &65); Rob Shepherd (1972) and Gerald Richardson (1983 & 85).

There were a good collection of younger riders attending and this bodes well for the future of this wonderful and unique five annual event.

Photos: Barry Watson; Eric Kitchen & Trials Guru

 

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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Scott Trial 2019 – latest news

The Scott Trial preparations are well underway.
As the trialing world now knows, the Yorkshire dales where the Scott Trial is held has been devastated by recent floods. The streams which host the sections have expanded from six feet wide to forty feet wide in some places, causing the landscape to change considerably.
Lots of the usual gullys have changed, streams and becks now run in different courses and hillsides have effectively ‘moved’. Richmond Motor Club’s Scott Trial Committee have had their August meeting and have agreed that this year’s event will run as usual.
So now is the time to put your pen to entry form and get it posted so you can ride a bag full of new sections and new routes with the best in Britain. Entries are as always on a first come basis and remember in the past few years, there has been up to thirty entries on the waiting list, so please don’t delay.
As always your entry fee and kind donations throughout the event will go directly to local Scott charities and to supporting the Dales as they try to get back to some normality.
Download you entry form at  www.richmondmotorclub.com.

Scott Trial Charities Benefit

Photo: Charlotte Brown, Richmond.

Richmond Motor Club’s Scott Trial committee were pleased to host their annual Charity Presentation evening on Friday 8th March 2019 at The Buck Hotel, Reeth.

The evening started with John Fraser, Scott Trial Chairman, welcoming everybody and giving a résumé of the history of The Scott Trial and how Richmond Motor Club came to take on the running of it some 28 years ago. John thanked all involved in the running of the Scott Trial and also the landowners, tenants, farmers and gamekeepers for their continued support. He then introduced local trials legend and former factory rider, Richard Sunter who, along with his family, has competed in numerous Scott Trials.

Richard presented the cheques to representatives of the various charities, many of whom expressed their gratitude and explained how the donation would be used.

A total of £10,000 raised from the 2018 Trial was given out on the night. This brings the grand total of charity money raised by the Scott Trial since RMC took it on in 1991 to a fantastic sum of over £180,000.

Beneficiaries of this year’s donations are (in no particular order):

Swaledale Scouts, Swaledale Mountain Rescue, Friends of Reeth and Gunnerside Primary Schools, Reeth and Gunnerside Schools Fund, Ravensworth C of E Primary School, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Great North Air Ambulance, Reeth Young Farmers Club, Swaledale Seedlings, The Bridge (previously St. Johns Community Centre), Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, Hambleton and Richmondshire MS Society, Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Luncheon Clubs Association, Richmond Cricket Club Youth , Moorland Association, St. Teresa’s Hospice, Deaf Education Through Listening and Talking, Holmedale Pre-School, Richmond Cricket Club, Wensleydale Rugby Club Development Fund, Gamekeepers Welfare Trust , ACU Benevolent Fund, The Mowbray Suite at the Friarage Hospital, The Alistair Bullen Memorial Fund, Homestart, Just The Job, Robert Dent Memorial Fund, Marrick Parish Council Village Hall Fund, The British Lung Foundation, Reeth & District Community Transport Ltd, Rape & Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre CIO, Dementia Forward, Upper Wensleydale Sports and Recreation Association and Reeth Literary Institute Trust.

It’s Scott Time!

Saturday 13th October is the date in the diary of trials enthusiasts for the 2018 Scott Trial which gets kick-started into action at 09:00 GMT at Feldom Lane, Richmond, the official starter being Councillor John Blackie of Richmondshire council, himself a great supporter of the event.

The usual favourite to win riders will be there, strategically starting at the back of the 200 field of entrants and once again it will be run in what is described in the programme by the Scott Sage, Bruce Storr as a ‘backwards Scott’.

Some new hazards have been plotted by the Clerk of the Course and the setting out teams to keep riders on their toes.

Trials Guru’s John Moffat will be on hand to provide some start field commentary and also at the finish to interview riders as they catch their breath after hauling up the finish field on Park Top Farm land.

Remember to buy your Scott Trial programme which will be available at the start field and in local shops in Reeth and Richmond area. It is an essential piece of kit, priced at £5.00 the proceeds of which go to the ‘Scott Charities’, local worthy causes in the Richmond area.

Scott Sales 2018

Also please try and keep traffic flows going according to the signage, perk sensibly or better still in the areas provided, these are all located in the programme. There are several catering units near spectator heavy sections along with Ladies conveniences, all arranged by the organizing committee.

Have a great Scott day!

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

Scott Trial times and riders 2018

The Richmond Motor Club has now released the start times and rider’s numbers for their 2018 Scott Trial which starts at Feldom Lane, Richmond on Saturday 13th October at 09:00.

Remember to buy your souvenir official programme, priced at £5.00 it is regarded as a Scott Trial essential. 88 pages of trial informtaion, detail, map, where to see, articles and rider list, the proceeds all go to local charities.

Link to rider list 2018 – Click Here

Scott Trial ’18 Programme Sales

The annual Scott Trial, the toughest one day trial in the UK, kicks off at 9.00am on Saturday 13th October, 2018. Main sponsor this year is Riverside Quarry.

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The ‘must have’ official souvenir programme will be on sale from Saturday, 29th September. It carries the full 2018 entry list, articles on local riders with Scott history, landowners and where to watch guide by the ‘Scott Sage’ Bruce Storr.

You can get your 88 page copy from the usual local outlets or get a copy online via the Richmond Motor Club website. (www.richmondmotorclub.com)

Price in the shops is £5.00 and online £6.50 to any UK postal address.

Local stockists include:

Brookes and Victoria Road Petrol Stations; CJ Tennant, Richmond; Neeps & Tatties, Richmond; Smith and Allan, Darlington; Piercebridge Farm Shop; AG Bikes, Low Row. Plus all the usual Reeth outlets.

Remember, all proceeds go to the local ‘Scott Charities’

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