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
JUST OVER A WEEK TO GO BEFORE THE 2019 PRE’65 SCOTTISH TRIAL
The Trial is now just over one week away and the organisation is in it’s final stages. We have reached the end of the Reserve List and will now move onto the other unsuccessful entrants to fill any vacant spaces that may arise. If you will be in Kinlochleven with your bike, please come along to the Trial Office on Thursday between 3pm and 6pm to put your name on the “List of Hopeful’s” if you would like to be considered for any last minute spaces.
If you haven’t checked your green “Take to Machine Check Form” yet, please do not panic if it has the 2018 Trial dates on it. There was a secretarial error when these were sent out and since December only two riders have noticed it!!!! So long as the form has your 2019 riding number on it, you will not be turned away at Machine Check.
Due to parking problems last year, ALL TRIAL PARKING AND CAMPING will be in the Alcan Waste ground area so please follow the direction signs. This area is for everyone, not just competitors so please park sensibly and leave access roads to allow free movement.
The date for any machine change has now passed and none will now be accepted.
The official programme will be on sale in various outlets and the official merchandise stand will be at Sign-on on Thursday afternoon and the start areas on both days.
Secretary – Pre’65 Scottish Trial
NEW TROPHY FOR 2019
The Trial is now less than five weeks away and the organisation of it is in full swing. The Clerk of the Course and his team are working hard to bring riders and spectators alike another fantastic event with some new sections being introduced.
The Pre’65 Scottish Trial committee are very pleased to announce that there is a new trophy up for grabs at this year’s trial. This new award is the “Edgar Bros” Challenge Trophy and it will be awarded to the rider with the Best Performance by an “Original” machine shortlisted by the Eligibility Sub-Committee. All the shortlisted entrants have been informed that their machine is eligible for this award. The final list will be available once all the bikes have been scrutineered on Thursday 2 May 2019 to ensure no component changes have been made since entries were submitted.
We have now filled up to reserve number 17 so if your reserve number is after this, please ensure your bike is ready as you never know when you are going to get that vital phone call, particularly if you have stated that you are available up to the start of the trial.
PAYMENT DEADLINE OF 8 FEBRUARY 2019 TO SECURE YOUR PLACE IS NEAR SO ACT NOW
Reminder to all the riders who have not confirmed acceptance of their place in the 2019 Pre’65 Scottish Trial, you must return your entry reply form and make payment no later than Friday 8 February 2019 in order to secure your place in the trial. Anyone who does not do this will lose their place as after this date, it will be allocated to the next rider on the reserve list. If you want to ride get all your paperwork and payment done NOW.
For those riders who need to get a start permission the EMN number is 74/712 Open Vintage Trial Calendar.
Observer Co-ordinator, Doreen Stratford, is now contacting people about observing. If you would like to help or know someone who would, please contact Doreen to offer your services as soon as possible – email@example.com
We are pleased to announce that our sponsors for 2019 trial are Hope Technology, Leven Homes, Classiques Bergada, Kia Motors, Drayton/Villiers, REH Forks, Merlin Coachworks, Border Bikes, Motorex, Delay Trial and Fantic Motor. Many thanks to all for supporting us for another year.
Secretary Pre’65 Scottish Trial
PRE’65 SCOTTISH TRIAL – BALLOT COMPLETED
The ballot for the 2019 edition of the Pre’65 Scottish Trial was undertaken on Sunday 9 December 2018. There were 304 entries received at the closing date of 3pm on Friday 7 December with a further one entry which arrived a day too late and so was not included in the ballot.
The breakdown into the various capacity classes was as follows:
Entered on time
Up to 200cc
201cc to 250cc
251cc to 350cc
Late (not balloted)
As well as the 200 successful entrants a further 25 were balloted for the Reserve List out of the 105 unsuccessful entrants.
On the whole the standard of bikes continues to improve with fewer eligibility issues this year which in turn makes more bikes eligible for the ballot!!! The ballot is done class by class to get an even number of bikes in each capacity so the more bikes entered in a specific class leads to more disappointed riders in that class. Letters will be sent out soon to all entrants with the ballot outcome.
The list of successful and reserve list entrants will be available to see on www.pre65scottish.com or on the Pre’65 Scottish facebook page.
Secretary Pre’65 Scottish Trial
2019 Entry and Reserve List
PRE’65 SCOTTISH TRIAL – ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED
The entries for the 2019 Pre’65 Scottish Trial are now closed. The list of entrants at 3pm, 7th of December are attached to this post.
There was a total of 304 entries and 1 marked as late entry which will not be included in the ballot that takes place on the 9th of December.
Letters advising the outcome of the ballot will be sent out as soon as possible.