Edinburgh & District Motor Club
Pre'65 Scottish Two-Day Trial
1st & 2nd May 2020
PRE’65 SCOTTISH TRIAL 2020 GUEST OF HONOUR ANNOUNCEMENT
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has been done into the four capacity classes and any withdrawals will be filled from the same capacity class of the withdrawn entry.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only have until Friday 7 February 2020 to get them to the Secretary as after this date, their offer of a place will be withdrawn and offered to the next person on the relevant reserve list.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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
PRE’65 SCOTTISH TRIAL 2020 FINAL ENTRY AND RESERVE LIST
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.
Pre’65 Scottish Trial
PRE’65 SCOTTISH TRIAL 2020 ENTRIES OPEN ON 1 OCTOBER 2019
The Entry form for the 2020 Pre’65 Scottish Trial will be available to download from www.pre65scottish.com from 1 October 2019. Please read the guidelines that accompany the entry form carefully. Email, incomplete or late entries will NOT be accepted. If you are unsure of any aspect, please make email contact with Secretary, Anne Gordon for clarification – email@example.com The closing date for entries is no later than 3pm on Friday 6 December 2019. If you are unable to download, please send a self-addressed A4 envelope (large letter stamp) to Mrs Anne Gordon, Secretary Pre’65 Scottish Trial, Fairshiels, Blackshiels, Pathhead, Midlothian, EH37 5SX to have an entry form sent out to you.
The big news this year is, that for the first time, entries will not be restricted to European residency but will be open to entrants worldwide.
Following the retirement of Doreen Stratford from the post of Observer Co-ordinator, we are delighted to announce that her successor will be Sally Burton. We would like to extend a very warm welcome and thank you to Sally and hope she enjoys being part of the team. We are sure our regular observers and new volunteers will give her support in her new role.
The Pre’65 Scottish website is also undergoing some upgrading so please keep logging in to see it’s progression and bear with us while we get more information on to it.
Planning for the 2020 Trial has started and we look forward to bringing you another spectacular event in May 2020.
Yours in Sport,
Secretary – Pre’65 Scottish Trial
A TRIBUTE TO ALEX SMITH
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.
THANK YOU TO ALL OBSERVERS AND OFFICIALS PRE’65 SCOTTISH TRIAL 2019
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
Secretary – Pre’65 Scottish Trial