A good friend of Trials Guru website is American super-enthusiast, Jon Stoodley of JSE Trials in Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA.
Jon has been an active competitor in trials for many years, but that is not all he has achieved, having been a drag-racer and raced in motocross, he has a rounded knowledge of the sport and is also an accomplished engineer and engine and chassis builder.
His now famous ‘Letter from America‘ which he published on Trials Guru in 2017 is a true dedication to the sport of trials, but we thought he was able to contribute much more!
He has, for many years, produced technical articles and tips for a variety of American magazines and clubs, so we thought he may share these with Trials Guru readers and he has agreed to do so.
Exclusively on Trials Guru, Welsh trials and scrambles enthusiast and competitor, Mike Davies was sharing some of his sixty year old photos on social media recently.
He now has a permanent home for his images here on Trials Guru for posterity. It’s what we do. He has entrusted his photos to the website that is ‘Dedicated To The Sport’ on a not for profit basis.
As always the images remain the property of Mike and they are his property, so please repsect that. They show the British Experts trial of 1960 and will be added to over time to include some really nice scrambling photos and a few road racing.
A Trials Guru page devoted to Mike’s handiwork as a schoolboy attending events.
If you would like your old photos featured, contact us at Trials Guru.
With the Covid-19 pandemic showing little signs of being resolved for most of this year, it’s time to stay healthy and keep an interest in our sport of trials, where ever you live.
The sport has been effectively shut down and mothballed and given the comments of health professionals across the globe, unless a vaccine is developed then there will be a degree of restraint applied by governments to keep us at home for some time to come. Unfortunately as a direct consequence, our sport is suspended and will be for a considerable period of time.
So when can we start the sport back up again?
Motorcycle events by their very construction are meetings or gatherings of people, something that is now forbidden in all countries. This will probably not change until much later in the year or perhaps into 2021, it is dependent on when a tested and approved vaccine is released in commercial quantities to counteract this virus. Even if we are released from what is regarded as ‘lockdown’, this may be on a phased basis, which would still restrict the organisation of events. In truth there is no ‘magic date’.
Looking through various articles, it is impossible to establish when we can expect events to come back online. The famous Isle of Man TT races, usually in early June have already been cancelled, as has the Scottish Six Days Trial in May because of the magnitude of organisation pre-event that is required to promote such events. As for the governing bodies, to name but two, the Scottish ACU will review the clampdown on 31st May and not before. The Auto Cycle-Union are in a similar position. Events just cannot be run and there is no guidance forthcoming from any governing sport, simply because they don’t know. These governing bodies, like the general public, look to the national governments for guidance and the message for some months to come is to ‘stay home, protect the NHS and save lives’. This of course is extremely important.
So what can we do? Basically, nothing! – except to keep spirits up and to look through sporting websites, potter about in our workshops and read up about events that have taken place, riders who were at the top of their game and so on.
That is where Trials Guru website plays a small part, let’s see how we can find things – there is a search text facility:
There is also a large Index to let you look through what we have available:
We will be updating the index over the next few weeks to try to make your browsing experience better. We are also working virtually to bring you fresh articles over the coming months.
Stay safe, stay well and feel free to share our articles with your club mates and trials friends.
If you have only looked at our front page, you will only have seen a small proportion of the total content of Trials Guru.
We have been putting information, photos and articles on this website since March 2014, which is almost six years and the content is considerable, thanks to the photographers, article writers and professional journalists like John Hulme and Sean Lawless to name but two.
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