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Iain Lawrie’s 4 Decades

As we enter a new decade, we take a look back at some SSDT photos from 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010 while we slip effortlessly into 2020.

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Iain Lawrie from Kinlochleven, an enthusiast of trials since the early 1970s.

We are indebted to Iain Lawrie, a trials enthusiast from the village of Kinlochleven for putting together this collection of photographs, so please be respectful of his copyright and do not share them on the internet, instead put a link to this article if you don’t mind please.

The SSDT sections are named in the captions for all years.


A. Morrison'80 Cnoc A Linnhe
SSDT 1980 – Ady Morrison – Fantic – Cnoc A Linnhe

Albert Juveteny'80 Callaich
SSDT 1980 – Albert Juveteny – Ossa – Callaich

Alistair McGillivray'80 Cnoc A Linnhe
SSDT 1980 – Alistair McGillivray – Bultaco – Cnoc A Linnhe

Andy Watson'80 Cnoc A Linnhe
SSDT 1980 – Andy Watson – SWM – Cnoc A Linnhe

Bernie Schreiber Pipeline'80
SSDT 1980 – Bernie Schreiber – Bultaco – Pipeline

Charles Coutard 1980 Caillaich
SSDT 1980 – Charles Coutard – SWM – Caillaich

Charles Coutard'80 Cnoc a Linnhe
SSDT 1980 – Charles Coutard – SWM – Cnoc a Linnhe

Charles Coutard'80 Muirshearlich
SSDT 1980 – Charles Coutard – SWM – Muirshearlich

D Clinkard'80 Cnoc a Linnhe
SSDT 1980 – Dave Clinkard – Beamish Suzuki – Cnoc a Linnhe

Debbie Evans'80
Spectating in 1980 – Debbie Evans

G F Smith'80 Cnoc a Linnhe
SSDT 1980 – Graham F Smith – Ossa – Cnoc a Linnhe

J Galloway'80 Muirshearlich
SSDT 1980 – Jack Galloway – Fantic – Muirshearlich (now called Trotter’s Burn)

J Zurita'80 Muirshearlich
SSDT 1980 – J Zurita – Bultaco – Muirshearlich (now called Trotter’s Burn)

Jaime Subira 1980 Muirshearlich
SSDT 1980 – Jaume Subira – Fantic – Muirshearlich (now called Trotter’s Burn)

John Reynolds'80 Calliach
SSDT 1980 – John Reynolds – Beamish Suzuki – Calliach

John Shirt 1980 Pipeline
SSDT 1980 – John Shirt Snr – Majesty Yamaha – Pipeline

Kiyoteru Hattori'80 Pipeline
SSDT 1980 – Kiyoteru Hattori – Honda RS – Pipeline

Lane S Leavitt'80 Cnoc a Linnhe
SSDT 1980 – Lane Leavitt – Montesa – Cnoc a Linnhe

M E Myres'80 Cnoc a Linnhe
SSDT 1980 – Mike Myres – Bultaco – Cnoc a Linnhe

Marland Whaley 1980 Blackwater
SSDT 1980 – Marland Whaley – Honda – Blackwater

MARTIN LAMPKIN'1980 Cnoc a Linnhe
SSDT 1980 – MARTIN LAMPKIN – SWM – Cnoc a Linnhe

Mick Andrews Cnoc a Linnhe'80
SSDT 1980 – Mick Andrews – Ossa – Cnoc a Linnhe

N.J Holt Honda 200 Calliach'80
SSDT 1980 – Nick Holt – Honda 200 – Calliach

Nigel Birkett '80 Cailliach
SSDT 1980 – Nigel Birkett – Montesa – Cailliach

Norman Pickles'80 Cnoc a Linnhe
SSDT 1980 – Norman Pickles – Bultaco – Cnoc a Linnhe

O Wells'80 Muirshearlich
SSDT 1980 – Orson Wells – Montesa – Muirshearlich (now called Trotter’s Burn)

R B Haley'80 Cnoc a Linnhe
SSDT 1980 – R. Brett Haley – Bultaco – Cnoc a Linnhe

Rob Edwards 1980 dab
SSDT 1980 – Rob Edwards – Ossa

Rob Shepherd'80 Muirshearlich
SSDT 1980 – Rob Shepherd – Honda – Muirshearlich (now called Trotter’s Burn)

Stig Karlson'80 Muirshearlich
SSDT 1980 – Stig Karlsson – Matchless Special – Cnoc A Linnhe

Stig Karlsson'80Muirshearlich
SSDT 1980 – Stig Karlsson – Matchless Special – Muirshearlich (now called Trotter’s Burn)

T A Bingley'80 Muirshearlich
SSDT 1980 – Tony Bingley – Bultaco – Muirshearlich (now called Trotter’s Burn)

T.J.Murphy'80 Altnafeadh
SSDT 1980 – Tommy Murphy – Montesa – Altnafeadh

Ted Breffitt'80 Muirshearlich
SSDT 1980 – Ted Breffitt – Ossa – Muirshearlich (now called Trotter’s Burn)

Yrjo Vesterinen'80 Pipeline
SSDT 1980 – Yrjo Vesterinen – Montesa – Pipeline

Yrjo Vesterinen 1980 Cnoa a Linnhe
SSDT 1980 Winner – Yrjo Vesterinen – Montesa – Cnoc a Linnhe


C Taylor'90 Lagnaha
SSDT 1990 – C. Taylor – Fantic – Lagnaha

Gunter Ruttloff'90 260 MZ Lagnaha
SSDT 1990 – Gunter Ruttloff – 260 MZ – Lagnaha

Lindsay Howard'90 Ben Nevis
SSDT 1990 – Ms. Lindsay Howard – Beta – Ben Nevis

Manel Jane'90 Rubha Ruadh
SSDT 1990 – Manel Jane – Beta – Rubha Ruadh

james Boggis'90 Achlain
SSDT 1990 – James Boggis – Achlain

John Lampkin'90 Achlain
SSDT 1990 – John Lampkin – Beta – Achlain

John Lampkin'90 Kilmalieu
SSDT 1990 – John Lampkin – Beta – Kilmalieu

JOHN SHIRT'90 Lagnaha
SSDT 1990 – JOHN SHIRT Jnr – GasGas – Lagnaha

Jurgen Heinze'90 Achlain
SSDT 1990 – Jurgen Heinze – Fantic – Achlain

Les Winthrop'90 Ben Nevis
SSDT 1990 – Leslie Winthrop – Yamaha – Ben Nevis

Marc Reit'90 Lagnaha
SSDT 1990 – Marco Reit – Lagnaha

Mick Andrews'90 Achlain
SSDT 1990 – Mick Andrews – Yamaha – Achlain

Noriyuki Ichikawa'90 Achlain
SSDT 1990 – Noriyuki Ichikawa – Yamaha – Achlain

Phil Alderson'90 Achlain 2
SSDt 1990 – Phil Alderson – Yamaha – Achlain

Rene Opstals'90 Achlain
SSDT 1990 – Rene Opstals – Beta – Achlain

Renee Opstals'90 Pipers Burn
SSDT 1990 – Rene Opstals – Beta – Pipers Burn

Rob Crawford'90 Kilmalieu
SSDT 1990 – Rob Crawford – Beta – Kilmalieu

Rob Sartin'90 Rubha Ruadh
SSDT 1990 – Rob Sartin – Rubha Ruadh

Robert Crusher'90 Rubha Ruadh
SSDT 1990 – Robert Crusher – Yamaha – Rubha Ruadh

Steeve Moore'90 Pipers Burn
SSDT 1990 – Steve Moore – Honda – Pipers Burn

SSDT 1990 – STEVE COLLEY – Fantic – Gearadh

Steve Jewitt'90 Kilmalieu Mecatecno 326
SSDT 1990 – Steve Jewitt – Kilmalieu – Mecatecno 326

Steve Saunders'90 Fersit
SSDT 1990 winner: – Steve Saunders – Beta – Fersit

Takumi Narita'90 Fersit 1
SSDT 1990 – Takumi Narita Honda – Fersit

Tony Scarlett'90 Kilmalieu
SSDt 1990 – Tony Scarlett – GasGas – Kilmalieu

Urban Lindholm'90 Fersit
SSDT 1990 – Urban Lindholm – Beta – Fersit

Wayne Braybrook'90 Achlain
SSDT 1990 – Wayne Braybrook – Beta – Achlain

Yoshiki Mizuno'90 Gearadh
SSDT 1990 – Yoshiki Mizuno – Fantic – Gearadh


Adam Raga 2000 Ben Nevis
SSDT 2000 – Adam Raga – GasGas – Ben Nevis

Adam Raga'00 Ben Nevis
SSDT 2000 – Adam Raga – GasGas – Ben Nevis

Adan Raga'00 Lagnaha
SSDT 2000 – Adam Raga – Gas Gas – Lagnaha

Alberto Deyme'00 Fersit
SSDT 2000 – Alberto Deyme – Sherco – Fersit

Andreu Codina'00 Fersit
SSDT 2000 – Andreu Codina – Sherco – Fersit

Andreu Codina'00
SSDT 2000 – Andreu Codina – Sherco

Andy Huddleston 2000 Fersit
SSDT 2000 – Andy Huddleston – Yamaha – Fersit

Andy Huddleston'00 Fersit
SSDT 2000 – Andy Huddleston – Yamaha – Fersit

Ben Hemingway 2000 Doire Damph
SSDT 2000 – Ben Hemingway – Beta – Doire Damph

C Stranghoner'00 Fersit
SSDT 2000 – C. Stranghoner – Sherco – Fersit

Carlos Casas Fersit SSDT 2000
SSDT 2000 – Carlos Casas – Montesa – Fersit

Dan Thorpe'00 Ferst
SSDT 2000 – Dan Thorpe – Gas Gas – Fersit

Dave Thorpe'00 Fersit
SSDT 2000 – Dave Thorpe – GasGas – Fersit

David Cobos'00 Fersit
SSDT 2000 – David Cobos – Sherco – Fersit

Dominique Guillaume 2000 Fersit
SSDT 2000 – Dominique Guillaume – Yamaha – Fersit

Duncan MacDonald'00 Fersit
SSDT 2000 – Duncan MacDonald – Gas Gas – Fersit

Egbert Neumann'00 Fersit
SSDT 2000 – Egbert Neumann – Montesa – Fersit

Henry Moorhouse'00 Cameron Hill
SSDT 2000 – Henry Moorhouse – Sherco – Cameron Hill

hn Shirt jnr'00 Fersit
SSDT 2000 – John R. Shirt – Gas Gas – Fersit

Jaime Subira'00 Chairlift
SSDT 2000 – Jaume Subira – Gas Gas – Chairlift

John Lampkin'00 Fersit
SSDT 2000 – John Lampkin – Beta – Fersit

Jonny Starmer'00 Fersit
SSDT 2000 – Jonny Starmer – Montesa – Fersit

Jordi Tarres'00 Ben Nevis
SSDT 2000 – Jordi Tarres – Gas Gas – Ben Nevis

Malcolm rathmell'00 Leanachan
SSDT 2000 – Guest rider: Malcolm Rathmell – Sherco – Leanachan

Martin Sandiford'00 Chairlift
SSDT 2000 – Martin Sandiford – Montesa – Chairlift

Mick Andrews'00 Ben Nevis
SSDT 2000 – Mick Andrews – Gas Gas – Ben Nevis

Phillipe Berlatier'00 Cameron Hill
SSDT 2000 – Phillipe Berlatier – Gas Gas – Cameron Hill

Roger Mount'00 Cameron Hill
SSDT 2000 – Roger Mount – Gas Gas – Cameron Hill

Steeve Moore'00 Fersit
SSDT 2000 – Steve Moore – Gas Gas – Fersit

Steve Colley 2000 Leanachan
SSDT 2000 winner: Steve Colley – Beta – Leanachan

Walter Luft'00
SSDT 2000 – Walter Luft – Aprilia

Yuriko Kobayashi'00 Fersit
SSDT 2000 – Yuriko Kobayashi – Beta – Fersit


Albert Arana'10 Leanachan
SSDT 2010 – Albert Arana – Leanachan

Albert Bordoy'10 Leanachan
SSDT 2010 – Albert Bordoy – Leanachan

Carlos Casas'10 Leanachan
SSDT 2010 – Carlos Casas – Montesa – Leanachan

Dan Thorpe'10 Leanachan
SSDT 2010 – Dan Thorpe – Gas Gas – Leanachan

Diego urreta Bidaburu'10 Leanachan
SSDT 2010 – Diego Urreta Bidaburu – Montesa – Leanachan

Gary MacDonald'10 Leanachan
SSDT 2010 – Gary MacDonald – Gas Gas – Leanachan

GaryMac'10 leanachan
SSDT 2010 – Gary Macdonald – Gas Gas – Leanachan

Kevin Dignan'10 leanachan
SSDT 2010 – Kevin Dignan – Gas Gas – Leanachan

Marcel Albos'10 Leanachan
SSDT 2010 – Marcel Albos – Gas Gas – Leanachan

Mark Sunter'10 leananachan
SSDT 2010 – Mark Sunter – Beta – Leanachan

Pere Borellas'10 leanachan
SSDT 2010 – Pere Borellas – Gas Gas – Leanachan

Pere Camp'10 Leanachan
SSDT 2010 – Pere Camp – Montesa – Leanachan

More Iain Lawrie images:

Iain Lawrie Collection

Iain Lawrie Take 2




Pre’65 Scottish Trial Plans 2017


The Pre’65 Scottish Trial will take place on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th April in 2017, however it doesn’t magically appear year after year.

The official ‘setting out team’ have been busy this November looking for new routes and sections to keep riders on their toes and to stop the event becoming the same old event year in, year out.

The biggest challenge now is to test the top riders due to the massive improvements made to Pre’65 machinery, with very few original bikes being entered now as the Pre’65 scene has changed dramatically over the years.

Machines that would have been turned away ten years ago are now accepted, with four speed Bultacos being just one make that has come of age.

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1959 Scottish Six Days Trial – Paul Kilbauskas with his 500 Royal Enfield – Photo: John Davies

Many say that it is sad that so many genuine machines have been assigned to the backs of sheds and garages once again as the Pre’65 movement evolved in the late 1970s to encourage the use of old trials irons. The Pre’65 Scottish unfortunately gets more attention than most events, purely because of its’ popularity and status as being still ‘THE’ event to get an entry accepted to.

Ernie Lyons on his 250 Bultaco, a machine that is now accepted in the Pre’65 Scottish, seen here riding the sections known as the Moon in Glassamucky, Co Dublin – Photo: Pat Ewen, Dublin

However what hasn’t changed since 1984, the first year the Pre’65 Scottish was run as a one day event on a midweek, is that it still takes a team of dedicated individuals to actually put the trial on the ground.

Super-enthusiast from Olot, Carlos Casas loves the Pre-65 Scottish as much as he does the SSDT – Photo: John Hulme/Trial Magazine UK

Please be aware that riding in the Kinlochleven area without the full permission of both the landowners and the government agency, Scottish Natural Heritage is strictly prohibited. Many of the well-known Pre’65 Scottish sections are located on SSSIs.

Additional Information on Land use – HERE

Pre’65 Scottish Trial Entries Open

Toshi Nishayama'99 Mamore - IL
Toshi Nishiyama (Japan – BSA B40) Pre’65 Scottish 1999, watched by Mick Wilkinson on far left and Robert Woodfield on right centre – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

Entry forms and regulations are now available for the 2017 Pre’65 Scottish Trial on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th April.

The event has been running since 1984 and is limited to 180 competitors. It is expected to be over-subscribed which necessitates a entry ballot which is drawn just before Christmas.

The 2017 event is sponsored by Hope Technology of barnoldswick in Yorkshire and is in memory of part founder, Simon Sharpe who died this year and was a regular competitor in the event.

Team Sharpe (Large)
‘Team Sharpe’ son and father: Sam & the late Simon Sharpe at the 2016 – Photo courtesy: John Hulme, Classic Trial Magazine UK

Here are the entryform and regulations for the 2017 Pre’65 Scottish:


Fifteen Minutes with Carlos Casas


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Carlos Casas in a familiar place, the parc ferme of the Scottish Six Days Trial – Photo: Trials Media/John Hulme

An addiction in life usually needs a fix, something to make your life feel good. Motorcycle trials becomes an addiction for many people, be it young or old. They may need a new machine, maybe some new riding kit, who knows? In many cases the older you become the more the addiction takes hold as more time becomes available in your life. Many years ago a Spanish motorcycle trials rider by the name of Carlos Casas came to ride in the Scottish Six Days Trial. A foreign adventure to the ‘Highland’ trial. The pleasure and enjoyment of riding in this location became so strong that over thirty years on, this enthusiastic man returns every year to the ‘Scottish’ for his fix to feed his addiction for motorcycle trials. 

John Moffat of Trials Guru was the SSDT secretary in 2002 and that year at the Highland Council reception in Fort William, Moffat introduced  Carlos Casas to guests and councillors as “the Ambassador for Spain for the Scottish Six Days.

Words: John Hulme with Carlos Casas

Photos: Carlos Casas Collection – Trials Media – Eric Kitchen – Kim Ferguson/Kimages

Carlos Casas has had a long association with the Montesa brand, seen here in 1978 on a Cota 348 – Photo: Carlos Casas Collection

Why the Scottish Six Days Trial? 

Carlos: “For many reasons, it’s the biggest trial in the world, I love Scotland, the scenery, I love trials, good sections, friendly people as riders, observers, public, organisers and friends  from all around the world…and all of this I can meet in the SSDT. This is my favourite event by far and my best holiday every year”.

Trials Guru’s John Moffat interviews the SSDT Ambassador to Spain for Nevis Radio during SSDT week – Photo John Hulme/Trials Media

How well do you remember your first trip to the ‘Scottish’?

Carlos: “My first trip to ride the SSDT was in 1979. I was the winner of a challenge/competition for the best private rider at the Santigosa Three Days and Cingles Three Days trial in Spain. We travelled with the Montesa factory riders who were Jaume Subira, Miquel Cirera, Pere Olle and Josep Jo. I remember that we travelled by car and van and it was a long trip from Spain”.

Watched by observer, the late Bill Reid, Carlos Casas in the 1979 SSDT on the Montesa 348 Cota.

Was the week’s competition a tough one?

Carlos: “I rode a Montesa Cota 348 and the weather was horrible as each day the route was very long and it was extremely cold with rain and snow. At the end of the week I was happy about the experience and finished in the top fifty with a Special First Class award”.

Carlos climbs Pipeline in the 1979 SSDT, the first of many to come

When you returned home did many people ask you about the event?

Carlos: “Yes, all the trials riders and many people asked me about the SSDT – I was a minor celebrity – Carlos laughs at this! This event is very popular in Spain and for many trials riders it is like a dream. It’s incredibly expensive to travel and compete from Spain but at every event we are always talking about the ‘Scottish’. It’s an event that you’ll love or hate. I always say that every trials rider must ride this event at least once. The problem could be that if you then enjoy it, you’ll repeat the experience every year and that’s when the addiction begins or as I always say, an incredible experience”.

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Camaraderie at the SSDT – Paul Nicholson, Gary Pears and Carlos Casas carrying a fellow competitors mount through a swollen river – Photo: John Hulme/Trials Media

Did Montesa support you in the early days?

Carlos: “I have always had good support from Montesa. I have never been a good enough rider to make a wage from the sport but I won the Spanish Veterans class over twenty eight years ago, a championship I have won fourteen times. I have also had some other good results and based on this and my loyalty to the brand, they are always happy to loan me a machine. I think of Montesa as family”.

How good did it feel to win the Best Foreign rider award?

Carlos: “I can remember it like it was yesterday, the first time I won the Best Foreign rider award. I have won this award four times and my highlights from the event are two thirteenth place finishes. The last time I achieved this result I had tears of joy in my eyes on the last sections on Ben Nevis I was so happy”.

The Spanish are keen supporters of the SSDT and Casas has encouraged even more to come, hence his nickname, “The SSDT Ambassador”

You continued to support the event even when it went back to full ‘No-Stop’ in the nineties.

Carlos: “Yes, I like the ‘No Stop’ rules at this event and I believe it was the correct decision”.

Carlos: “The last years of the event when they were using the ‘Stop’ rules the sections became tighter, difficult, dangerous and boring because of delays at the sections. Each year less competitors entered and I think the SSDT committee made a good job and the decision to go back to ‘No Stop’ was correct for the future of the event. Since then the SSDT is oversubscribed every year and it needs a ballot. One year I suggested to the committee that there should be two SSDT trials, one in May and one in October – Carlos laughs again as he explains he just loves the event!”

How important in Spain and to Montesa was the win of Amos Bilbao in 2002?

Carlos: “It was very important for Montesa/Honda to win the SSDT as it’s a very prestigious event, classed by many as nearly as important as the World Trials Championship. Montesa won the SSDT in 1979 (Rathmell), 1980 (Vesterinen), 1983 (Toni Gorgot) but for both Amos and Montesa/Honda the victory in 2002 was more important because it was a Montesa Honda machine and Dougie was contesting the World Trials Championship”.

1995 SSDT Carlos Casas on the Honda powered Montesa Cota 315

Have you ridden all your Scottish Six Days on Montesa/Honda machines?

Carlos: “I have ridden the Montesa Cota 348, Cota 314, Cota 315 and Cota 4RT, twenty four times in total. I rode a Gas Gas one year because there was no support from Montesa. My good friend Manel Jane loaned me his Gas Gas. It’s very important for foreign competitors to know that the manufacturers, through the importers, have full facilities available”.

When did you first ride the Pre-65 Scottish?

Carlos: “My first year was 2004 and since then every year after”.

Carlos loves the Pre-65 Scottish as much as he does the SSDT

What machines have you ridden in the Pre-65 Scottish?

Carlos: “I have always ridden a Triumph Tiger Cub usually loaned from my good friend Walter Dalton, but one year I used a ‘Cub’ loaned from Peter Remington. I love all the machines and one year I’d like to ride in the event on a rigid”.

Many people think you can win the Pre-65 Scottish – Is this your dream?

Carlos: “Around twenty riders could win the Pre-65 Scottish. It’s one of my dreams to win it but the most important thing for me is to be there and enjoy every section and every minute of this fabulous event – you would not believe the smile on his face when we talk about the Pre-65 Scottish”.

We know you are very good friends with the Vertigo brand owner Manel Jane. How do the Spanish trials riders feel about Vertigo?

Carlos: “People in Spain waiting patiently for the Vertigo to arrive because they understand that it would be well made, good quality, lighter and perform well. They were not disappointed. Manel is a real trials enthusiast and his dream was to build his own machine and build a good strong team”.

Manel Jane and Carlos Casas have been friends for many years

Why the loyalty to Montesa?

Carlos: “Because the motorcycles produced are always superb quality, very reliable and nice to ride. The people from the Montesa factory are always very good, friendly and professional”.

How much longer will you come to Scotland and compete in the Six Days and Pre-65 events?

Carlos: “As long as my body allows me to! I love both events and every year the memories are with me forever. I am getting old but the addiction just gets stronger”.

Carlos Casas negotiates Ba House in the 2000 SSDT on his Montesa 315 – Photo – worldwide copyright: Eric Kitchen

Before we finish; the question that gets asked so many times – Stop or No-Stop?

Carlos: “For me as a rider, No-Stop, it is without doubt correct. But sections whatever the rules must be well thought out to make them challenging and interesting, you must try to always make the rider think about the challenge”.

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Carlos Casas, the “Spanish Ambassador to the SSDT” – Photo: Kim Ferguson/Kimages

This article was generated for Trial Magazine issue 50 in April/May 2015 and we at Trials Guru thank John Hulme for the use of his article on this website.

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Don’t Follow by Bike!

The road stops – so does the vehicle!

With the annual Scottish Six Days Trial and Pre’65 Scottish fast approaching, perhaps it’s time to remind ourselves that these are organised events, suitably insured and staffed with officials. These events don’t just happen and many months of planning and negotiations with public and private organisations take place each year, let’s keep it that way?

Have a read through the article on Trials Guru which explains fully the situation surrounding land use in the UK and how trials fans and spectators can do their bit.

There is a ‘right to roam’ but that does not include motor vehicle access!

The simple solution is, by all means go to these events, but don’t take a motorcycle, unless you strictly plan to follow only by the public highway.

Learn about illegal land use, it isn’t as obvious as you may think!

Click on this link:

Responsible Land Use Article

Coming soon- Gary Mac

Coming soon only on Trials Guru, the story of the most successful Scottish Trials rider of all time, Gary Macdonald.

Read about the Kinlochleven lad who practiced hard and took on the best rider’s in Britain and the world – only on Trials Guru.


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Gary Macdonald from Kinlochleven is without question, the most successful Scottish trials rider of all time, having won more Scottish trials championships than everyone else and a British title!

Guy Martin rides Pre’65 Scottish in 2016


Guy Martin, star of the film ‘TT3D – Closer To The Edge’ and various television series is to ride a 350cc Ariel in the 2016 Pre’65 Scottish Trial on Friday 29th and Saturday, 30th April, 2016. He will also undertake duties as the official guest of honour for the event which takes place around the village and hillsides of Kinlochleven, Argyll.

Trials Guru’s John Moffat (left) with Guy Martin (centre) and George McCann at the Bon Accord Grampian Motorcycle Convention at Alford in 2011 where he was guest of honour – Photo copyright: Jean Moffat/Moffat Racing

The Pre’65 trial secretary, Anne Gordon added: ‘We are delighted to announce that Guy Martin, Motorcycle Racer and TV star has agreed to be Guest of Honour for the 2016 event and has also entered the trial to try his hand at Pre’65 trials riding. It is a great honour for us to have him at the trial and we would like to thank Simon Sharp and Owen Hardisty at Hope Technology (our Saturday Day Sponsors) for helping us to get Guy to the event after we approached them at last year’s SSDT. We are really excited to have such a celebrity at our event and hope he enjoys taking part. I don’t think there will be many people who have not heard of Guy, as he is well-known through his very illustrious motorcycle racing career as well as his many film and television shows that have us all enthralled with his very hands on and down to earth approach’.

The Pre’65 Scottish is always massively oversubscribed with over 150 potential entrants disappointed at not getting through the inevitable ballot of competitors. However it should be clarified that Hope Technology are the event sponsors and as such, are entitled to what is effectively a ‘wild-card’ reserved entry as part of their sponsorship deal, which in this case has been granted to Guy Martin for 2016. The appearance of Guy Martin at this event, both as a rider and guest of honour can only be good for the sport of trials and the ever supportive inhabitants of the town of Kinlochleven.

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Guy Martin picks up his 350 Ariel that he will use in the 2016 Pre’65 Scottish Two-Day Trial on 29/30 April from Hope Technology’s designer Owen Hardisty – Photo courtesy of Hope Technology.

Who is Guy Martin?

Born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England in November 1981, Guy was the central racing character when supported by the Irish-based Wilson Craig Honda team in the docu-movie, ‘TT3D – Closer to the Edge’ which was filmed during the 2010 TT races and screened in 2011. This set Martin on the road to a lucrative television career having competed for many years at the Isle of Man TT with success, but so far no outright TT win to his credit. He has ridden for AIM Yamaha, Relentless/Tyco Suzuki and Hydrex Honda teams in the past.

Martin is interested in all things mechanical, his main occupation is an HGV mechanic with an independent truck company in Grimsby Lincolnshire, which specialises in the maintenance of Scania trucks. His father Ian who also ran a similar business is also a former motorcycle road racer who retired from racing in 1988 after an accident at Scarborough’s Oliver’s Mount.

Martin has been the central character in several television documentaries which has taken him half way around the globe to India and most recently to Latvia in a Chanel Four production in which he retraced the life of his late maternal grandfather, Zanus ‘Walter’ Kidals in the war-torn Baltic state of Latvia which saw occupation by both German and Russian troops in the second world conflict. His grandfather was a displaced person known as ‘DP’ arriving via Hull where he met an English girl, married, settled and worked in Britain.

By coincidence, the town of Kinlochleven saw many DPs, like Martin’s grandfather; arrive from war-torn Europe and the Balcan states of Poland, Latvia and Lithuania as there was work available at the North British Aluminium Company smelter in Kinlochleven. One such man was Lithuanian born Paul Kilbauskas, who arrived in 1947 and found employment at the aluminium works and with co-worker and friend Ian Pollock discovered the many paths and sections that are still used by both the Pre’65 and Scottish Six Days events that make use of the Leven Valley in early May. Kilbauskas later became a ‘Tunnel Tiger’ working on the large hydro-electric schemes in the Scottish Highlands.

Guy has harboured a desire to compete in Pre’65 trials since 2011, but television and racing commitments rendered it a ‘back-burner’ for a few years.

The Pre’65 committee having secured sponsorship with Hope Technology which has an association with Guy through his interest in mountain bikes and eventually Simon Sharp and Owen Hardisty made the approach to see if Martin would be Guest of Honour at the annual event, now in its thirty second year.

Guy Martin has turned his skilled hands to many things in front of camera, including a two-year restoration of a Supermarine Spitfire fighter aircraft which had been buried in a French beach since the second world war; a rebuild of a narrow-boat called ‘Reckless’ and much more; including riding a hydroplane motocross bike across a lake and setting a speed record for a pedal-cycle. He was even fortunate enough to be allowed to work on the last flying Vulcan bomber aircraft XH558 during preparations for its final flight in 2015.

Guy’s Ariel:

On loan specially for the Pre’65 Scottish Guy will be riding a 350cc Ariel HT3 which used to belong to Lancastrian ace, Chris Gascoigne who campaigned the machine for many years and has been a winner in Chris’s hands many times over.

Added attractions for the 2016 Pre’65 Scottish from 1966:

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The 1967 SSDT programme cover featured the 1966 winner, Alan Lampkin on his factory BSA 748MOE

There will also be an appearance of the 1966 Scottish Six Days winning BSA C15T of Alan ‘Sid’ Lampkin. Registered as 748MOE, it will be ridden in the Pre’65 by Alan’s son, James Lampkin to celebrate 50 years since Sid’s SSDT victory on the very last British four-stoke machine to win the Highland classic. This will be James Lampkin’s first pre’65 Scottish although he has competed in the SSDT for many years.

James Lampkin: “Dad realised that it would be 50 years since the BSA won the Scottish in 1966 after he bought the bike back again in October 2014. It is very original having passed through quite a few owners since it was sold off in 1967. Although he doesn’t ride trials himself anymore, he was very pleased when I agreed to enter on the BSA. I’m really looking forward to it”.

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1966 SSDT winner, A.R.C. ‘Sid’ Lampkin seen here with John Moffat (Trials Guru) in November 2014. James Lampkin is visible on the left of the photo – Photo courtesy: John Hulme/Trial Magazine.

Pre’65 Scottish 2016 – Entries Open!

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Famous Scottish Six and Pre’65 Scottish section, Pipeline – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

The entries are open for the 2016 Pre’65 Scottish Trial which takes place on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th April, 2016.

If you would prefer to a set of forms posted out to you, please send a large, stamped, self-addressed envelope to Mrs. Anne Gordon, Secretary Pre’65 Scottish Trial, Fairshiels, Blackshiels, Pathhead, Midlothian, EH37 5SX. Please note: that e-mail entries or late entries will NOT be accepted under any circumstances.

A new machine eligibility guidance booklet has been produced this year by Willie Stewart, the event’s machine examiner, which gives clearer guidelines on what is eligible for the annual highland classic. Anyone who is unsure of any component is welcome to contact him for clarification using the email address provided in the booklet. Please take the time to read these guidelines and the accompanying notes to ensure that you are aware of the regulations and remember to send two clear A4 (297mm x 210mm) colour pictures with your entry form. If your pictures are not clear then your entry will not make the ballot process so please be aware.

Click on this link to download the entry forms:

Pre’65 Scottish Trial Entry Form

Iain Lawrie’s 1977 SSDT cache

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Rob Edwards on Blackwater in 1977. One of a number of photographs from Iain Lawrie that have never before been seen. Exclusive to Trials Guru. Copyright: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven.

Trials Guru friendly photographer, Iain Lawrie from Kinlochleven has just unearthed a number of photographs taken at the 1977 Scottish Six Days Trial. Many thanks to Iain for allowing Trials Guru to publish these.

These images are now on Iain’s page:

Iain Lawrie Collection


© – All text copyright: Trials Guru / Moffat Racing, John Moffat – 2015

© – Images: World-wide Copyright Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven, Scotland, UK (All Rights Reserved) – 2015.

More photos now on Trials Guru

Trials Guru is always looking for something new or old, unseen or forgotten….

‘Kimages’ photographs are copyright: Kimages/Kim Ferguson, Fort William.

We have just added two new ‘selections’ on the front page which link into photo collections of ‘Kimages – Trials Photos‘ and ‘Heather Mead – SSDT Photos‘.

Both are female photographers who have built up a sizeable archive of trials photographs over the last couple of years, particularly at the Scottish Six Days as these are Scottish based photographers.

Kim has lived in the Fort William area most of her life and has a love for motorcycle sport and trials in particular having grown up with the SSDT passing her door-step. Her brother rode in trials too, so there are family connections.

Heather became involved taking photos at the Parc Ferme in Fort William, a place that is usually inaccessible to spectators, so we can see SSDT competitors preparing for their daily battle with the terrain and elements.

SSDT 2013 An official goes over the route card with rider 20, Ian Thompson – Photo Copyright: Heather Mead Photography, Dingwall.

Heather Mead and Kimages (Kim Ferguson) have recently given Trials Guru permission to display their handy-work. Please remember photographs are copywritten and are the property of the photographer, so please be respectful of that. There is no implied permission to post these images anywhere else unless by express permission of the copy-holder. This also applies to our other photographers, Jimmy Young, Armadale; Jeremy Whittet; Neil Sturgeon; John Hulme; Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven or any other images on this website.

Trials Guru have used some individual photos, which are the property of Mortons Media, Hornchurch this was done with their prior and express permission, for legal reasons, these are not for onward publication.

Links to Trials Guru Photographer Collections:

Jimmy Young Archive

Iain Lawrie Collection

Heather Mead SSDT Collection

Kimages Trials Photos

Justyn Norek

Jeremy Whittet