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MacGregor Run 2017

Peter Remington - John Holmes
Two great motorcycling enthusiasts from the North West, Peter Remington (left) and John Holmes

The enthusiastic Westmorland MCC headed up by super enthusiast Peter Remington have plans well advanced for the annual Bob MacGregor Memorial Road Run 2017, which takes place on Tuesday 25th April.

Again starting and finishing in MacGregor’s home town of Killin, Perthshire, the route takes in many of the old SSDT section locations from the 1960s and even earlier.

The route is around 180 road miles on a variety of A and B class rural roads and is still attracting some genuine trials machines of yesteryear.

The Guest of Honour this year is ever-green John Holmes a well known Cumbrian character who loves this run and the enjoyment it brings, especially if the weather is kind!

The start and finish is at the McLaren Hall, Main Street, Killin FK21 8UH and is open to Pre-1975 motorcycles (preferred). It is a circular route: Killin – Aberfeldy – Loch Rannoch area – Killin.

The first machines leave the start at 10.00 am and then groups of 5-10 leave at minute intervals. There is a lunch break on route.

Entries are to Peter Remington, Kenrig, Levens, Kendal, LA8 8DT or e-mail him on premington2@gmail.com

1969 - SSDT - Edramucky
1969 – SSDT – ‘Edramucky’, a section that the road run usually passes. Rob Edwards negotiates the hazard on his Cotton Minarelli – Photo: Rob Edward Private Collection

 

Guru Gears-Up for Run!

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Bill Brown in 1981 with his special Triumph engined Maico. Brown imported the German made Maico to the UK – Photo Wulfsport International

The annual Bob MacGregor Memorial road run takes place on Tuesday 26th April at Killin, Perthshire.

Organised by the Cumbria Classic MCC under the guiding hand of Peter Remington, the run takes in 130 miles of rural Perthshire roads and stretches over some of the old Scottish Six Days Trial routes from the 1950s and 1960s.

The guest of honour this year is Bill Brown or Mr. Wulfsport as he is affectionately known in off-road motorcycling circles. Bill was an accomplished pole-vaulter in his youth and then a motocross rider who opened Bill Brown Motorcycles in Whitehaven, Cumbria in the 1970s.

Double British Motocross champion Vic Allan will ride his very special NSU/Greeves and Trials Guru will be there riding his 1964 AJS 16C short-stroke, the machines first real long run since a rebuild in 2011.

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Trials Guru’s John Moffat will ride this 1964 AJS at the Bob MacGregor run – Photo: Trials Guru

The start is the MacLaren Hall in the centre of Killin and pays homage to the ony Scotsman to win the Scottish Six Days Trial, Bob MacGregor who owned the local greengrocers shop in the village. MacGregor rode factory Rudge machines and won the SSDT twice, 1932 and 1935.

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Vic Allan (British MX Champion in 1974) will ride this NSU/Greeves – Photo: J. Vic Allan

Bob MacGregor Road Run 2016

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2015 Bob MacGregor Memorial Run with ‘Trials Guru’ representative John Moffat thoroughly enjoying the run on his late father’s 1951 AJS 16MC machine with the riding number carried in the 1953 SSDT and 2013 Pre’65 Scottish – Photo courtesy of Ron Allner, Killin.

The annual Bob MacGregor Memorial road run for 2016 will take place on Tuesday 26th April, the week prior to the Pre’65 Scottish and the Scottish Six Days Trial.

The 2016 will have guest of honour, Bill Brown from Egremont, known affectionately as Mr. Wulfsport or even Mr. Maico given his connection with the German motocross marque and the world famous Wulfsport clothing brand which he created back in the 1970s.

Bill was a top motocross rider who raced predominately in the North West and Scotland, who ran Bill Brown Motorcycles.

Vic Allan - Greeves NSU
The Greeves/NSU that Vic Allan will use in the 2016 Bob MacGregor Run on 26 April at Killin. – Photo: Vic Allan

The main organiser is of course Peter Remington, himself an accomplished trials and motocross rider who enjoys the road run which takes in approximately 130 miles of rural Perthshire public roads.

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Peter Remington (Kendal) Saffire Bultaco 325 at the Lanarkshire Valente Trial in 1981. Photo: Jimmy Young, Armadale.

It is a circular route which goes from Killin to Aberfeldy and into the Loch Rannoch area. There is also a lunch break on route for the participants.

Pete Rem 2015 BM run
Peter ‘Rem’ Remington enjoys the fruits of his labour by taking part in the 2015 Bob MacGregor Memorial Run on his 644 CCM – Photo: Ron Allner, Killin.

The event starts and finishes at the McLaren Hall, Main Street, Killin FK21 8UH. Entry forms will be available from Peter by post: Peter Remington, Kenbrig, Levens, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 8DT or by e-mail: premington2@gmail.com

The entry fee is £15 with £2 going to the local Bob MacGregor Motorcycle Club who provide local assistance.

Trials Guru representative, John Moffat took part last year on his father’s 1951 AJS 16MC and enjoyed it so much, he will be back in 2016 for another helping, this time on a 1964 AJS 16C short-stroke.

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Riders preparing to leave the McLaren Hall in Killin for the 2015 event – Photo courtesy of Ron Allner of Killin

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Mark Whitham leaves the start area on his Rudge in 2015, a machine similar to that which Bob MacGregor rode to SSDT victory in 1932 and 1935 – Photo courtesy of Ron Allner of Killin

Bob MacGregor Road Run 2015 – Trials Guru

Bob MacGregor 1939
Bob MacGregor is the only Scotsman to have ever won the Scottish Six Days Trial, seen here on Kinloch Rannoch in 1939 on his factory Rudge.

 

The fourth annual ‘Bob MacGregor Memorial Road Run‘ open for classic motorcycles (or anything special) will be taking place at Killin, Perthshire on Tuesday 28th April, 2015.

In memory of Bob MacGregor, the only Scotsman to have ever won the Scottish Six Days Trial, the event takes place two days before the preamble to the Pre’65 Scottish Trial at Kinlochleven.

MacGregor won the SSDT twice, in 1932 and again in 1935 on Rudge machines and had a greengrocers’ business in the town of Killin, the shop is still there.

Guest of Honour this year will be John Moffat, the Trials Guru, who will start the event and will travel along with local trials rider Bobby Lafferty, the event organiser. Bobby also organises the annual national trial named after MacGregor.

The route will traverse through the picturesque Glen Lyon and pass some old SSDT sections along the way.

Moffat intends bringing his 350 AJS, JSC905, which is the very bike his late Father rode in the Scottish Six Days in 1953 & 1954, the same bike that his son, David rode sixty years later, at the very wet 2013 Pre’65 Scottish Trial.

Those who want to join in the fun and nostalgia can do so by contacting event secretary, Peter Remington on 01539 560695 or click on the website: www.cumbriaclassic.co.uk

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John Moffat (Trials Guru) standing, checks over JSC905 with son David. Photo copyright: Mortons Motorcycle Media.