Elementor #109

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

1st & 2nd May 2020


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).

Anne Gordon
Secretary – Pre’65 Scottish Trial 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿