SUCCESSFUL 2022 RETURN OF THE PRE’65 SCOTTISH TRIAL
The long-anticipated return of the Pre’65 Scottish Trial was a resounding success following a two-year gap and quite a few changes to the way the event is normally run which made the organisation of it very challenging.
Many riders were sceptical about queues when it was announced that the route for 2022 would be run in a more traditional way with all riders going the same way. Their fears were proved to be unfounded as Clerk of the Course, Scott Gordon and his team set out a course that ran like clockwork with not a queue in sight. There was nothing but praise for their efforts by everyone and the trial was about as perfect as humanly possible.
Following a fraught time in the lead up to the event with all the changes and quite a lot of last minute withdrawals, the committee were dealt another blow when we were contacted to say that a very disappointed Sammy Miller would be unable to attend as our Guest of Honour due to illness and we hope he has now fully recovered. Thankfully for us, Alex Fender was on hand and very willingly took on the role of Guest of Honour at very short notice and we are very grateful to him for doing so. Alex was our Guest a few years ago and he fulfilled his duty admirably so many thanks to him for stepping in.
After checking out some results queries, we have found that it should have been Dan Clark, number 133, that won the Bob Adamson Trophy for the Best Performance on the 1st Day rather than Gary MacDonald. We would like to extend our apologies to Dan for this oversight. You can view the Final results on our website, www.pre65scottish.com
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who volunteered to help, in whatever capacity, to stage this excellent event, without your help we could not run it. A big thank you must go to all our Committee members who, voluntarily, give up a lot of their spare time and put such an effort into the organisation for the pleasure of all who attend and take part in it.
Entries for 2023 will open at the start of October 2022 so keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for details when they are available.
Pre’65 Scottish Trial Committee
SAMMY MILLER, MBE – GUEST OF HONOUR FOR 2022 TRIAL
The Pre’65 Scottish Trial is very honoured and privileged to welcome Sammy Miller MBE as our Guest of Honour for the event this year. We are sure that it will be third time lucky as Sammy was set to have been our Guest at the 2020 and 2021 trials which had to be cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions. He is a true ambassador for motorcycle sport and his enthusiasm and dedication to it is remarkable, he really is one of a kind!!!
Graham Archer will introduce Sammy Miller MBE on the start ramp around 8.45am on Friday 29 April and we are sure to be entertained with a story or two before he flags off number 1, Gordon Halley at 9am. He will also be carrying out the Guest of Honour duties as he presents the trophies at the Presentation of Awards at 9.30pm in the Leven Centre on Saturday 30 April, doors open at 8.30pm for slideshow/video and chat.
ALL RIDERS are reminded that they MUST bring and show their trials licences at sign-on. Anyone who does not, will be required to purchase a one-event licence.
We wish all the riders the best of luck and hope they have an enjoyable and trouble-free two days of competition as we get back to the sport, we all love!!
See you all in Kinlochleven.
With only just under 3 weeks to go until the 2022 Pre’65 Scottish Trial kicks off there are a number of changes that you need to be made aware of. They are: –
- The start time is 9am on both days, as announced in January, as the route will be a single lap rather than figure of eight.
- The start area for both days will be in the small KCT car park behind the post office.
- There is NO Parade of Bikes this year due to the earlier start time clashing with the school starting time and the fact that there is too big a span of start times to expect later riders to be in Kinlochleven for an 8.30am parade.
- There will NOT be a school canteen on Saturday this year as the PTA are experiencing difficulties. There are still plenty of other local businesses and organisations who offer refreshments, home baking and other food options in the village (see programme for other eating options) which will welcome your support.
- Presentation of Awards will be at the slightly later time of 9.30pm to allow a little extra time for results to be processed due to later finish time of the later riders. There will NOT be a bar available at the presentation this year due to circumstances beyond our control therefore the hall will not open up until 8.30pm for video/chat before the presentation itself.
The other big change is that the Parc Ferme parking area will no longer be free of charge. Initially we were told that there would be no overnight stays permitted and that a daily parking charge of £3 per vehicle was being introduced but following negotiation, we have managed to get permission to allow overnight stays for the 2022 event and at the time of the programme going to print we thought the overnight charge was £5 per night but the landowner has since requested that overnight vehicles will be required to pay £10 per night per vehicle. All riders have been sent an email with a booking form and accompanying notes to book and pay for their overnight stay in advance if possible and many thanks to those who have already done this. The booking form and notes will be available shortly on the website for everyone else to be able to pay for their space and, honesty is very much the key to us being able to be in a strong position to negotiate retention of this facility for the future.
Advance payment is preferred but you can come along to the Trial Office in the Leven Centre to pay for your parking on the day you arrive. Everyone will be issued with a ticket to display on their dashboard to show their registration number and number of nights they are staying and they can be bought and collected from the Trial Secretary. As we have not had a lot of notice for this, we are relying on your honesty to pay what you are due otherwise the future of the event hangs in the balance.
The landowner still wishes to charge £3 per day for daytime parking in this area and again, we would appreciate your honesty by putting a donation into the Parking Collection box which will be situated on the Merchandise Stand in the Start Area on both days.
The Official Programme will be available to purchase on the Merchandise stand and in various other locations within Kinlochleven. It is excellent value at £4.00 a copy and is packed with all the information you need to enjoy the event and great reading material as well. Please support the trial by buying a copy or two. Whilst you are at the Merchandise stand, why not treat yourself to some good quality and reasonably priced Pre’65 Scottish merchandise to refresh your wardrobe after our two-year enforced break.
The Clerk of the Course and his team have another cracking event planned and it will be good to be back enjoying the sport we all love and meeting up in person with the many friends that we haven’t seen for a few years and to making new ones.
We have had a lot of withdrawals and have used up all those reserves who were carried forward from 2020. As we did not open entries up for 2022, we are now going through entries from the unsuccessful entrants from the 2020 trial and quite a few have already been successful in gaining a place. If you entered in 2020 and are interested in being on a last minute reserve list, can you please email email@example.com as soon as possible. Unfortunately, at this point in time, we can only consider those who entered in 2020.
We are very grateful to those who have volunteered to observe and officiate in whatever capacity and we thank you very much for giving your time to help us out as without you all it would not be possible to stage this event.
We hope everyone will bear with us as we deal with all the changes that have been thrown in our path during the organisation of the trial this year, as most have been out with our control and thank you for your patience if things don’t go quite to plan.
Fingers crossed for some sunny, warm weather but if that is not possible, can we at least have dry please!!!