Report: Trials Guru
Photos: Heather Mead Photography; Trials Guru
News that all eight businesses in Fort William have once again agreed to display trials motorcycles during the SSDT week, 7-12 May in the town’s High Street.
Machines will appear in the following display windows: Off Beat Bikes; The Granite House; The Whisky Shop; Marshall & Pearson; The Bank of Scotland; Nevisport; Mountain Warehouse and Visit Scotland.
The arrangements are being handled by Trials Guru in collaboration with: MRS Sherco/AGBikes; Vertigo UK; GasGas UK; Birkett Motosport/Scorpa; Inch Perfect Trial/Montesa; TRRS/Steve Saunders & Beta-UK/John Lampkin.
Marshall & Pearson usually have something a bit special and an older machine usually appears on display in the ironmonger shop window.
The shop displays help create a special atmosphere for shoppers to let everyone know that the event is underway.
Nevis Radio, sponsored by Trial Magazine & Michelin, will also be covering the event with the SSDT Morning show, daily from 07:00 to 11:00 Monday to Friday and a little bit longer on the Saturday. Guest presenter is Trials Guru’s John Moffat (aka The Moffster) and the lead presenter will be once again be Mr. John Weller, with techno-geek Si Abberley pressing all the buttons back at Nevis Radio base.
The station will be trying out a few new ideas this year to capture even more of the action. There wil be a number of guest interviews during the week and a QR Code in the official programme for your phone to listen live!
The Scottish Six Days Trial which takes place on 7-12 May, 2018 was massively oversubscribed with 510 entrants for 280 places.
Given the excellent weather at the 2017 event, the organisers braced themselves for a bumper entry and it certainly lived up to that expectation.
Entrants began to be informed on Wednesday 27th December if they were successful or not by e-mail.
The organisers have a hard job when it comes to administrating the initial entries, but SSDT Secretary, Mieke de Vos told Trials Guru: “Unsuccessful entrants shouldn’t take it personally and we always have an attrition rate of around 10% pre-trial with 25 to 30 entrants dropping out for various reasons. We run the ballot to be as fair as we can, but as everyone knows we cannot fit 510 into 280, it’s as simple as that”.
Entrants are urged to check their e-mail spam filters to make sure that contact has been made, but please be patient and follow the instructions issued by the SSDT carefully. Please do not contact the organisers until after 1st January 2018.
With entries now closed for the annual Scottish Six Days Trial in May 2018, reports indicate that the event is almost 100% oversubscribed with Secretary, Ms. Mieke De Vos looking at a pile of over 500 entries.
This happened as far back as 1972 when the event was massively oversubscribed to a similar magnitude and saw the commencement of the now famous ‘ballot of entries’.
At that time, the then Secretary, the late Jim McColm and the SSDT Committee of the day pondered what to do and a ballot system was put in place.
The 2018 ballot will take place between now and the festive season, with all successful and non-successful entrants being informed between 25th December and January 1st.
The Dutch born SSDT Secretary, Mieke De Vos urges entrants not to make contact with the SSDT administration before 1st January, if you have not heard any news.
No doubt there will be a flurry of social media activity between now and the new year with successful entrants gleefully declaring their acceptance and unsuccessful entrants drowning their sorrows.
However remember that with all large events there is an attrition rate of around 10% who have to withdraw their entry prior to the event for a variety of reasons. So don’t be overly despondent.
Full details of this most famous of all trials can be found on the SSDT website, www.ssdt.org
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Trials Guru has released a 3 minute video supporting our coverage of the history of the Scottish Six Days Trial on YouTube.
Trials Guru has compiled scenes from the 2017 SSDT interspersed with some historical images for your enjoyment.
Entitled 2017 SSDT Trials Guru ‘Lost But Won’ (Extended Version) is just over six minutes in length.
Linked Here: 2017 SSDT Lost But Won – Extended Version
For more on the Scottish Six Days Trial click HERE
Links to images on YouTube from the 2017 SSDT from Trials Guru – choice of three.
The Extended Version of Lost But Won:
Gordon Jackson’s fifty six year record of the famous one dab win of the Scottish Six Days Trial has been equalled by Dougie Lampkin (300 Vertigo) who lost his one mark in the shadow of the hill on which Jackson lost his solitary dab.
Jackson’s dab occurred at the top sub-section of the Grey Mare’s Ridge sections, observed by David Johnson back in 1961 when he was riding his now equally famous AJS 350 (187BLF).
Lampkin was clean for five days but had to surrender one mark on the ‘Lower Mamore’ section on May 6th, 2017.
Gordon Jackson spoke directly to Trials Guru on May 11th and said:
“I was kept informed during the week that Doug Lampkin was still clean and my friend Gordon Blakeway phoned me ten minutes after Doug’s dab and I knew that I was sharing the record, but it hadn’t yet been beaten. If anyone was going to do it, it would have been Doug Lampkin and in my opinion he is the greatest trials rider ever, having twelve world titles to his credit and now eleven Scottish Six Days Trials.
I know that one can’t compare riders of different eras, that would be like comparing Valentino Rossi with Mike Hailwood. Doug Lampkin came close to beating my record of which I am proud, but if he had, I can’t think of a better bloke to do it. I admire him and know how much pressure he would be under last week.
I would of course have been slightly disappointed if my record had been beaten, but I don’t mind sharing it with Doug”.
Interesting parallels and facts – SSDT 1961 and 2017:
Jackson was twenty-nine years of age when he won the SSDT in 1961 and Lampkin was forty-one years of age when he posted his solitary one mark win in 2017. Both riders are now firmly in the record books and proud of their achievements.
Other interesting points are that they both carried a number plate in the 160 bracket, only six numbers apart! Jackson was allocated 166 and Lampkin number 160, both of course leading the event from start to finish. Coupled to that the 1961 and 2017 trials both started and finished on Monday 1st May and Saturday 6th May!