Edinburgh & District Motor Club
Pre'65 Scottish Two-Day Trial

30th April & 1st May 2021


As already announced, due to the current coronavirus restrictions still being in place, the Edinburgh & District Motor Club Board of Directors has taken the decision to cancel both the Pre’65 Scottish and the Scottish Six Days Trials for 2021.

This decision was not taken lightly with committee members from both events wanting them to take place but, the sensible and responsible thing to do was cancel. Not only did we need to consider all the riders, officials and followers that enjoy both these events and the amount of preparatory work that goes into making them possible but we also had to take into account the risk to the local community by bringing large numbers of people from all over the world into Lochaber. With the virus still very prevalent around the world, this was not a risk we were prepared to take, therefore the decision to cancel was the only way forward. We realise this is devastating for all those involved with these events but also to the local community and businesses that enjoy a considerable income from our presence in the area but we hope you understand that the health of the local community is of utmost importance and must come first.

The Pre’65 Scottish Trial Committee has now had a virtual video meeting to discuss how we deal with those entrants who had an entry for the 2020/2021 trial. Due to the uncertainty at present about how long we are likely to be under restrictive guidelines that prevent our sport taking place, the committee would like to delay making a decision until May/June 2021 when we see how the vaccine is rolling out and if restrictions are easing before we decide whether or not it is feasible to carry entries over for a second time or scrap the entry and refund all monies and then start afresh for 2022.

If you have an entry for the 2021 trial and do not wish to ride in 2022 or to wait for a few more months until the position regarding restrictions is clearer, you may email sec@pre65scottish.co.uk to withdraw your entry and a refund will be sent out to you now. Please clearly state your name and riding number in the email.

The Pre’65 Scottish Trial Committee are very disappointed that the 2021 Trial had to be cancelled and we are keeping our fingers crossed that the virus has gone and things return to as near normal as possible before it is time to start work on the 2022 Pre’65 Scottish Trial.

Please stay safe and well everyone.



Planning for the Pre’65 Scottish Trial, 30 April and 1 May 2021, has been going on in the background over the past few months in these very uncertain times. With no knowledge of what restrictions will be in place at the end of April and early May next year planning is continuing on the assumption that things will be as near normal as they can be under the circumstances. The committee will be constantly reviewing all information that comes from discussions with the sports governing body and other key groups.

Following the cancellation of the 2020 Trial, all the riders were given the choice to have their entry and fee retained by the club to secure their place into the 2021 event. In total 197 riders chose this option with only 3 riders choosing to withdraw their entry and receive a full refund. All riders are reminded that they need to keep the Secretary informed of any changes to their contact details, ie, address, email address and phone numbers. Current contact details are essential to ensure receipt of information and instruction for the 2021 Trial. This reminder also applies to those who chose to remain on the Reserve List.

The club is aware that many are already thinking about travel or accommodation, however, it is recommended that cancellation options are considered before finalising any bookings.

Updates will be published via our website and Facebook page as more information becomes available.

In the meantime, the Pre’65 Scottish Trial Committee hopes everyone is staying safe and well.

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As you will no doubt have already heard, unfortunately, following developments and directives from the Scottish Government, the Scottish Auto Cycle Union has cancelled all motorcycle events until at least 31 May 2020. This regrettably means that the decision to cancel the Pre’65 Scottish Trial has been taken out of our hands.

As a result of this, at a committee meeting which took place on 19 March 2020, the following was agreed and emails have been sent out to all riders, reserve riders, sponsors, programme advertisers and observers/officials to inform them of the cancellation and, where applicable, the choices they need to make.

Options for Riders

A) Entry and fee to be carried forward to the following trial provisionally scheduled for 30 April and 1 May 2021. This would be subject to the standard entry rules regarding machine eligibility changes, machine substitutions and entry withdrawals. If this option is chosen a full refund would be available up to 5 February 2021 should your circumstances change and withdrawal become necessary.


B) A full refund now and entry would NOT be carried over to 2021.

Options for Reserve Riders

A) I wish to remain on the reserve list for the 2021 event. I understand that I will be moved up that list to take account of those who had already been successful in gaining a place ahead of me in 2020 before the trial was cancelled.


B) I do not wish to remain on the reserve list.

Please note that the email addresses for several entrants have bounced back so if you have not been contacted, please get in touch with the Secretary as soon as possible for your options– secretary@pre65scottish.co.uk

The Pre’65 Scottish Trial Committee hopes everyone stays safe and well until this unwelcome virus is brought under control and we can resume our normal lives and our sport.

Yours in Sport

Anne Gordon
Secretary Pre’65 Scottish Trial

2020 Scottish Six Days Trial and Pre’65 Scottish Cancelled 

The Edinburgh and District MC confirm that the SSDT and the Pre’65 Scottish trials, due to be run in May, have been cancelled. 

Following advice from the Scottish Government, the Scottish Autocycle Union have cancelled all motorcycle sporting events up to 31 May.

Competitors who have entered the events will be contacted shortly to advise on refunded fees.

Pete Bremner 

Chairman E&DMC 


For ALL entrants who are NOT Trials Registration Card Holders of the SACU or ACU

We have now been notified of the relevant FIM Calendar inscription numbers. Please quote these numbers to your home federation in order to get the necessary start permission you require to ride in the Pre’65 Scottish Trial.

FIM, IMN number for entrants outwith the UK and Europe – 390/22

FIME, UEM number for entrants from Europe – 40/422

Reminder:- A copy of your start permission should be emailed to the Secretary – secretary@pre65scottish.co.uk no later than Friday 17 April 2020 in order to complete your entry paperwork.

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The Pre’65 Scottish Trial Committee are very excited to announce that Sammy Miller will be the Guest of Honour at the 2020 Trial. We are very privileged to have Sammy this year and look forward to him sending our competitors off with his wise words and best wishes.

The ballot took place on 8 December with 301 entrants included in it. A further 10 entries were received after the closing date and so were not included in the ballot. The Reserve List has been done into the four capacity classes and any withdrawals will be filled from the same capacity class of the withdrawn entry. This is to keep the capacity class balance of entries as close to the criteria of the ballot. There are 8 reserves in each capacity class – A – up to 200cc, B – up to 250cc, C- up to 350cc and D – over 351cc

Entry replies and payments are coming in steadily. A reminder for those successful entrants who have not secured their place or paid yet that they only have until Friday 7 February 2020 to get them to the Secretary as after this date, their offer of a place will be withdrawn and offered to the next person on the relevant reserve list.

Our new Observer Co-ordinator, Sally Burton, will be sending out invite letters to last years observers soon but if you have not observed before and would like to volunteer your services, please contact Sally by email: observers@pre65scottish.co.uk as soon as possible.

The Pre’65 Scottish Trial will again be attending the Telford Off-road Show on the weekend of 15 and 16 February 2020 and our stand will be in the usual place in Hall 1, just look for the blue Pre’65 Scottish gazebo. So, if you are attending, come along to see us, have a chat and ask any questions you have as well as enjoy our hospitality.

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The ballot for the 2020 edition of the Pre’65 Scottish Trial has been completed. 
The final lists of successful entrants and reserves are now available.

2020 Final Entry List: https://pre65scottish.com/downloads/Entry-List.pdf

2020 Reserve List: https://pre65scottish.com/downloads/Reserve-List.pdf

The Reserve List has been done by capacity class for 2020 to ensure a balance in each class is maintained as far as possible.
The capacity classes are A – Up to 200cc, B – 201-250cc, C – 251-350cc and D – Over 351cc.
Example: If a 250cc bike withdraws from the trial then the place will be filled from the Reserve List B and so on.

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It was with great sadness that we received the news that Alex Smith passed away on 16 July 2019 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Alex had a life long association with motorcycling and especially with trials. With the Edinburgh & District Motor Club, he was involved with the Scottish Six Days Trial for many years before becoming involved in the organisation of the Pre’65 Scottish Trial. He served on the Committee as Clerk of the Course between 1999 and 2008, then Chairman from 2009 until he retired after the 2013 Trial. In addition, Alex also took on the role of Observer Co-ordinator where he and his late wife Betty did a fantastic job over the years. Alex was one of many who have helped steer the Pre’65 Scottish Trial into the prestigious event that it is today and we thank him for his contribution.

Alex will be missed by a great many people and none more so than his good friend of 50+ years, Jock McComisky, who also served on both SSDT and Pre’65 Scottish Committees alongside him. Our thoughts and condolences are with Alex’s family at this difficult time. Rest in peace, Alex.

Funeral is on Thursday 25 July 2019 in Mortonhall Crematorium, Edinburgh at 2.30pm.


The Committee of the Pre’65 Scottish Trial would like to say a massive thank you to all the observers and officials who helped to make the 2019 event such an enjoyable and successful one.  The weather was great and the Clerk of the Course, Scott Gordon, and his team put together an excellent trial that gave us a clear winner and a year with lower scores and a very low retirement rate. Congratulations to Dan Thorpe on his very popular win and this makes him and father Dave, the first “Father and Son” to have their names on the premier trophy.

Doreen Stratford, Observer Co-ordinator has retired from the committee following the 2019 trial to spend some well-earned time with her family and to enjoy events as a spectator. We would like to wish Doreen all the best for the future although we are very sad to lose her. She has been a valuable asset to the trial and her experience and knowledge will be greatly missed although I am sure she will pass this on to whoever takes over this role. We are currently looking for a successor for Doreen so if you are interested or know of anybody who might be, please get in touch and we can have a chat about what the position entails – email Anne Gordon, Secretary Pre’65 Scottish Trial – sec@pre65scottish.co.uk

We are delighted to report that Neil Adams, one of our Start Team members, was one of a four-man team that has raised £2,065 for the charity “Children are Butterflies” by doing the Rust Bucket Challenge in early June. The challenge was to drive 2,500 miles through 9 European countries over 4 days in an old Mercedes purchased for £350. Neil’s team managed to complete this exhausting challenge with only one breakdown! Many thanks to everyone who donated at the trial or through Neil’s Just Giving page, your donation was very much appreciated.

Work commences for the 2020 event very shortly with the entry forms being available from 1 October 2019 on the Pre’65 web site (www.pre65scottish.com).

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