CLASSIC TRIAL MAGAZINE ISSUE 35 WINTER 2020 – Have a quick look on the link here: https://bit.ly/Classic-Trial-Magazine-35
YES, WE HAVE BEEN BUSY – IT’S TIME FOR A CLASSIC ‘FEET UP’
It is that time again for all the subscribers to Classic Trial Magazine, Issue 35 should be dropping through your letterbox in the UK 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.
Classic Competition: 1980 Review
Micro Machine: Montesa Cota 200
Rebuild: Armstrong 320
Finale: Sammy Miller 1970 Scott Trial &ACU British Trials Championship
Project Part Two: Heath’s Beta TR34
European Championship: 1970
Special: Becker Montesa
Remembering: Malcolm Davis
Overseas: Robregordo Spain
Sidecar: 1980 ACU British Trials Championship
Rare: Fraser Honda
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New Ayrshire Club Donates
Report: Morton Sykes
The newly formed Ayrshire Trials Club promoted its very first trial on Sunday 8th November and, being Remembrance Sunday, it was agreed that all proceeds should go to a worthy cause in memory of those who gave their lives in global conflict.
It was decided to raise funds for the Erskine Hospital for Forces Veterans, a charity that was set up in 1939 to provide support to forces veterans in Scotland, through four care homes and a Veteran’s Village.
The Ayrshire club was formed in August this year and were immediately affiliated to the AMCA and negotiated the use of a cracking new piece of land in Ayrshire at Blackcraig Farm, New Cumnock.
Chairman, Barry Watson said: “I have been involved in trials in Scotland for a number of years now and when the opportunity came along to run an event on Remembrance Sunday, we all thought it best to donate to charity as a mark of respect. We held a minute’s silence at the start and of course complied with all the ongoing Covid regulations and stipulations to ensure a safe and friendly event for all abilities. There were seventy competitors at the trial, it would have been more but around thirty did not travel because on the pandemic restrictions, which is understandable. The fantastic sum of £1,160 was raised and this has now been donated to Erskine who were both delighted and supportive of our enterprise in such difficult times for all charities. We hope to make this an annual event going forward.”
New Dates for Classic Dirt Bike Show 2021
In a press statement released on Thursday 19th November 2020, the organisers of the annual Telford Classic Dirt Bike Show have announced that it will move from its usual date in February to a later date in mid-May.
Made necessary by the global Covid-19 pandemic, it has been done to try and secure the event which could not have taken place so early in the year. The communication reads as follows:
“The UK’s biggest and best classic off road show is getting a new date for one year only, as the scene aims to fight back against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Normally held each February, the Classic Dirt Bike Show in Telford will switch weekends to May 15 and 16 for 2021. Given the continued uncertainty surrounding the path of the pandemic and the immediate future of events with indoor content, organiser Mortons Media believes the best way to ensure that the UK’s biggest and best show off road show can go ahead is to run it later in the year.
The whole events team looks forward to welcoming you to the show in 2021… it’ll just be a little bit warmer than normal!”
To find out more please check out the website www.classicdirtbikeshow.co.uk
In a statement issued on social media today, 17th November 2020, James Dabill has announced his retirement as a professional rider in motorcycle trials.
Dabill has ridden competitively for almost 20 years and has ridden for Beta, Montesa, Vertigo and Gas Gas factories.
He issued the following statement on facebook social media:
Fans, friends and family.
The time has come for me to inform you guys that I will retire from riding the Trial World Championship and at the professional level.
This was a decision that didn’t come easy to make but I made it with a smile on my face as I know it’s the correct time to walk away.
From such a young age I have been able to live my dream of becoming a professional trials rider and that was all thanks to my amazing parents for sacrificing everything to help me on this crazy journey.
When I look back on almost 2 decades of riding in the world championship it fills me with pride to have achieved what I have and to have met and worked with some of the most amazing people in our sport.
There is too many names to mention but I am sure you all know who you are and I want you to know that I will be forever greatful and in your debt.
I am sure I will see everyone in the paddock again soon but for now it’s a fond farewell.
Thank you to everyone and I wish you all the best.
We all at Trials Guru wish James all success in whatever route he chooses to take, following his retirement from top level competition.
The 11th of November symbolises the end of the first great global conflict, but it also is the birthday of the greatest trials rider of all time, Samuel Hamilton Miller M.B.E.
On his 87th birthday, we celebrate the great man of trials and his achievements, over 1,000 wins in a career that spanned the 1950s to the early 1970s.
He will no doubt be busy in his New Milton workshops building something to enthrall his many customers at the Sammy Miller Museum.
Many happy returns Sammy Miller!
Frank Hildrick, from Helmsley, North Yorkshire, died at York Hospital, on Sunday, 8th November, aged 75.
On leaving school, Frank fully intended going into journalism but, for whatever reason, he got side-tracked and worked as a travelling mechanic for the Forestry before beginning his own garage/taxi business. He then worked at Perry Slingsby Systems building underwater equipment until retirement.
His passion for motorcycles, especially off-road, lasted his entire life, competing first at grass track on a C15, then a full blooded 500cc J.A.P. Speedway and sand racing followed with a fair amount of success before joining the trials scene.
Pete Clements, a close friend relates a tale which describes Frank`s appetite for riding. Frank and his wife Sally had gone to watch Pete ride his first trial and on his last lap, Pete went a right purler, his ankle swelling up like a football. Pete, thinking Frank was going to help him, couldn`t believe it when he pulled the wellies on and finished the lap. They got a second-class award.
A marvellous bike builder, he fettled a little Minarrelli road race/sprinter, competing at the Isle of Man Ramsey Sprint not that long ago. Later in life Frank slipped off and broke a hip at Scarborough. Before anyone reached him he`d ridden side saddle back to the pits. Typical Frank, hard as nails.
I`m sure motorbikes were invented for the likes of Frank Hildrick. Always riding, helping, fettling, plotting sections, or supporting son Richard, he just loved being involved. Clerk of Course for the famous Colonial in the seventies and eighties, he then became major course plotter for the Scarborough Sporting Weekend almost thirty years ago. He and his loyal helpers made it into a must ride event.
One of the finest pleasures derived from the trials scene is meeting larger than life characters such as Frank Hildrick. The best of company to be with, a great storyteller with the sharpest of wit. A man whose optimism and enthusiasm for the sport rubbed off on many. He will be greatly missed.
Frank was a loving husband to Sally, father to Rachel and Richard and grandad and great grandad to his four grand-children and great granddaughter.
The 2020 Montesada is reinventing itself to become more universal than ever!
The organizers of this popular event, which celebrates its 20th edition this year, have announced an online activity that will include Montesa fans from all over the world
Participate to be part of Montesa’s 75th Anniversary!
The 2020 Montesada was planned as a very special event, not only because it’s celebrating its 20th edition, but because it also coincides with Montesa’s 75th anniversary.
Although the health situation has forced the Montesa Club and the Moto Club Tona to cancel the Montesada as we know it, the organizers didn’t want to miss out on this very special edition. Thus, in 2020, the event has been completely reformulated to become an online event, which will give it a more universal character, that will make it easier than ever for all Montesa fans to participate, wherever they live.
The way it will work is very simple. From now until November 20th, all fans of the brand will be able to share, in video or photo format, their most special moments with Montesa (whichever the model or reason) through social media using the hashtag #Montesada2020. Furthermore, to make participation even easier, the organization has also considered fans who are not so used to using social media, providing them with a WhatsApp number (633 645 638) to which they will be able to send photos and videos, which will later be published on Montesa’s social media with the hashtag: #Montesada2020.
Everyone participating in this initiative will automatically become an active part of Montesa’s 75th anniversary celebrations, as the brand will make a selection of photographic and audiovisual material to create a special video of the 2020 Montesada and a commemorative 75th anniversary collage, which in turn will become part of the brand’s history.
But the surprises and activities don’t end here. All the participants in this online Montesada will also have the chance of winning fantastic prizes, such as trial courses with the Repsol Honda Team and the world champion Toni Bou, copies of the re-edition of the exclusive book ‘Montesa, The Art Gallery’, vintage Hebo t-shirts, Hebo Montesa shoes, tickets for the exhibition “Montesa, 75 years of an unforgettable adventure”, and VIP passes for the premiere of Montesa’s new documentary.
If you are passionate about Montesa, don’t hesitate, participate for free in this very special Montesada 2020 and become part of the history of the brand!
More information: www.montesada.com
On Thursday 5th November, after an absence of seven months, Trials & Motocross News (TMX) has made a very welcome return to the newsagents and doorsteps of thousand of trials, motocross and enduro enthusiasts across the country.
The popular weekly was delayed one day due to a distribution hitch, readers are delighted to see the paper return after weeks of speculation.
Readers overall prefer an actual ‘paper’ more-so than viewing at websites or online publications which just don’t seem to cut the ice.
A paper can be read with a nice cup of tea and be put down and picked up without logging on. Each to their own.
Obviously, the reports will be a little thin on the ground due to the Covid pandemic restrictions, but there is always something for the reporters and editor to write about.
So it’s a big ‘WELCOME BACK’ to the UK’s greatest coverage of off-road action, we MISSED YOU!
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.
Here is the link to take you to: