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  1. The Allan Jefferies Trophy Trial will take place on 30 July but it will be a totally changed Jefferies this year. Due to heavy tree planting betweenHalton Gill and Yockenthwaite the crossing from Littondale over into Wharfedale is no longer possible. The organising team have worked hard to retain the traditional national and it will run over a twenty four mile lap andfeature many well known sections. The plan is either forty sections or thirty six sections of which many will be dual routed. The Yorkshire DalesNational Park Authority have given their permissions to use a track from Diamond Pasture, at the head of Park Rash over to Starbotton, in the Wharfevalley. that will bring in the well-known sections at Raisgill, Hagg Gill, Yockenthwaite, Hubberholme, Redmire Farm, then back to Starbotton then return to different sections in Diamond Pasture. Gone this year will be the traditional Halton Gill Reading Room headquarters and the legendary Halton Gill Ladies catering service. The Listers ravine belowPark Rash will be the first section group. Robert Close has granted permission for the parc ferme to be in his pastures behind his steel fabricationworkshops at Kettlewell. That will be less than a hundred yards from the Kettewell garage so the fuel question is settled. A midway refuelling pointis also arranged. PHOTOS TO FOLLOW. Seen in last year's event, James Fry, Guy Kendrew and Richard Sadler photographed by Barry Robinson. Bradford and DMC - 2017 Allan Jefferies - Supplementary Regulations and Entry Form.pdf
  2. This wild man from Richmond was dodgy on a Colin Appleyard 350 Italjet trialsidecar outfit so what is he like on a one ton Massey Ferguson tractor?Barry Watson was doing his bit for the annual Richmond Tractor Run onFriday. It was the eleventh annual day out on the North Yorkshire Dales fortwenty five vintage tractors and their carers, many of whom are friendly local landowners. The drivers endured cold winds and rain which necessitated stops at hostelry to refuel. Theorganisers have donated thousands to various charities. The recipients this year will be the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. 'Watty' is also gathering upvolunteers (?) for observing work at the 2017 Allan Jefferies Trial.You have been Warned! Photo; Barry Robinson
  3. Richmond Motor Club hosted the unique Mintex Trophy Trial, a time and observation trial for youth entrants and very much a taster for the youngsters of the perils of riding in the Scott Trial. Based in the Hurst area, long time well known Scott venue, even crossing Hadrians Wall could not deter Lochaber youngster Duncan MacColl on Sunday! The teenager delivered a king sized double shock to his fifty two rivals in the annual national Mintex Trophy Trial by not only setting the fastest time in the trial but also carefully riding the sections to beat local ace Ryan Brown on observation. Many expected triple Class B national trial winner Daniel Slack to be the pre-event Bookie’s favourite riding his MRS Sherco but the Whitwick contender had to concede ten minutes on time to MacColl and no less than thirty two on observation. Considering that the trial exactly duplicates the Scott Trial formula, slightly adapted due to consideration of the competitors ages and the fastest rider calls the tune, so when Duncan posted seventeen marks on observation the show was over. Without doubt the ride was nothing short of sensational especially under blazing sun and high temperatures. This was half a Scott Trial in distance but two thirds of the October battle in terms of sections. The haul heading back home over the border was one Mintex Cup – for fastest time, one Mintex Trophy, for winning, one NLS Contracts Trophy for being best on observation plus two Michelin tyres, donated by Michelin in their long standing support of the trial. The awards function was late due to long time efforts. The time cut took out Tom Ridley who clocked 5:53:20. Will Handley persevered and was rewarded with his 5:32:30 ordeal with the Robinson Joinery Cup. Telford’s Alice Minta also created a piece of Mintex Trial history by being the first girl to complete the course to take seventeenth place out of the fifty-three. Her observation score was very creditable. The hard luck stories began with the exit of Zac Collinson, the Scarborough youth with just seven sections to ride, Luke Couglan, Richard Moorhouse, Martyn Pratt, Oliver Towns. Mitchell Brightmore also missed the cut. The Buxton lad totted up fifty on observation but posted a no-score at section twenty five at Slee Gill on lap one. The twenty two mile lap extended four miles out on the Hurst Moor to Moresdale Gill where two stream sections tested all classes, as they always do. A double loop down the moor and back up took in Whisky Gill and Dipper after the initial Braithwaites, Cold Bank and Dry Gill which was anything but dry. Despite a very large notice to close the track gate, to contain the horses, one two wheeled trail rider left the gate open on the access to Dry Gill which fortunately Honda mounted Barry Watson witnessed and closed the gate otherwise some expensed equestrian livestock would have escaped. It only takes one clown to risk losing access to yet another piece of valuable trials land........ PHOTOS TO FOLLOW: Fancied local - unlucky on the day! - Ryan Brown (51) in Mintex action. Photos; Barry Robinson Winner - Duncan McColl (53) Final-Results-Award-Sheet-2017.pdf Section-by-Section-Analysis-2017.pdf Mintex-Trophy-Trial-2017-Times.pdf
  4. God sat back in his golden throne, talking to Angel Gabriel in a reflective mood......... "I shall create a place on earth that will be known as Scotland," he announced, "It will be the home of stunning mountains, deep valleys with rivers and lochs filled with crystal clear water and abundant salmon rising from the water...the hills will be the home of abundant red deer and golden eagles will soar in the skies above. I shall people it with a thoughtful race who shall be hard-working, innovative, industrious, inventive...they will create a unique product from malted barley mixed with their wondrously clear local waters and ca ll it whisky........ The land will provide them with good supplies of coal and gas and the surrounding seas will be filled with all manner of edible fish..........." "Steady Lord," interjected Gabriel, "surely that wondrous dream is, perhaps, just a little O T T for one lucky race of people?" "True," replied God, "but then I haven't mentionned yet who I'm going to give them for neighbours - but, worse than that, the curse that will be a constant drain on all their opportunities called wee Sturgeon...........!"
  5. The Eboracum Motor Cycle Club will run an East Yorks Centre Championship Twin Shock Trial on Sunday-June 18 at Coates Hill, Rosedale, starting at 11.00am. The venue is legendary as it was the final section group of the late lamented Colonial Trial and the centre piece was a giant oak tree which was right alongside the final climb. Many great names have leant against the old oak while weighing up a section line. Rod Drake is the man in charge on the day.
  6. Please find attached the Final Instructions & Start Times - Rd2 ACU Acklams Beta BritishSolo Youth B C & D Trials Championship @ Skyrakes on 10th June 2017 Final Instructions & Start Times Rd2 Youth B C D Trials Championship.pdf
  7. Ilkley & District Motor Club Ltd.. Yorkshire Dales Motor Cycle Trial. A.C.U. Classic Championship 23-07-17. The Ilkley Motor Club will stage the third round of the A.C.U. Classic Championship series at Pateley Bridge on July 23. The trial headquarters will be the Pateley Bridge Auction Mart. The Teacups Café will serve meals from signing on time schedule. The start time is 10.00 am. There is a petrol station within short distance of the start area. The course will be 35 miles and there will be up to 35 sections on the route. a lunch halt and refuelling stop will be taken at Lofthouse. The observing rule will be SR 22b No Stop. The organisers have included three non-championship classes over and above he twelve A.C.U. Classic categories. The additional classes are trail machines, Clubman A modern machines, air cooled monoshock and British monoshock machines. Overnight camping will be permit in the Showground area for a fee of £10.00. The Show ground committee donate any charges to their chosen charities. Regulations for the event are now available via
  8. Sadly there are still instances of some parents not filling in entry forms correctly. Some don’t seem to appreciate that the entry form is a legal document and required to be correct in full for insurance purposes as well as getting their offspring in the right class. It is doubtful whether some parents ever read the small print. Karen Crabtree took sixty one entries for the Mansfield Maun B/C/D/ opening championship trial last Sunday. In that number twelve riders had no bike listed… The Bradford and Yeadon-Guiseley clubs are running youth trials on June 10 and 11 at Skyrakes and Brimham Rocks. Observers will be welcomed.
  9. Stuart Cameron who was Bradford & District MC Secretary in the early 2000s sadly passed away after a short illness. Funeral arrangements are 2/June/2017, at 11:00am, Scolemoor Cremarorium, Necropolis Rd, Bradford BD7 2PS
  10. At the Barbers. Barak Obama and Donald Trump somehow ended up at the same barber shop, can you just imagine… As they sat there, each being worked on by a different barber, not a word was spoken. The barbers were both afraid to start a conversation, for fear it would turn nasty. As the barbers finished their shaves, the one who had Trump in his chair reached for the aftershave. The Donald was quick to stop him, jokingly saying, "No thanks. My wife, Melania, will smell that and think I've been in a brothel.” The second barber turned to Barak and said, "How about you, Mr. Obama ?” Barak replied, "Go right ahead My wife, Michelle, doesn't know what the inside of a brothel smells like".
  11. Keiran Child's father, Andy, was held hostage at section 13 at the West LeedsClub's John Bolton Trial at Skyrakes on Sunday. The West Leeds gang ofHoward Gulley. Mark Chippendale, Mark Forster, Chris Manby and clothingmodel Nigella Crowther were nominally "discussing" section marking. Warning though to others - do not approach these dangerous ruffians unless bearing a gift, or a beefburger...........
  12. The trials world were stunned with the news that Otley motor engineer and trials rider Steve Bradley collapsed and died while spectating at the Pre-65 Two Day Trial at Kinlochleven. Steve was taken ill at the Cameron Hill group of sections after just after seven competitors had ridden through. Paramedics fought to save his life but to no avail. He was sixty two years of age. In respect the section was immediately closed. His son Joe was also spectating. Both competed on a regular basis in local Yorkshire trials. Steve had just taken delivery of a new Montesa machine which he rode for the first time at the Ripon trial at Hutton Conyers on April 22. He worked in an Otley garage as a motor engineer and had specialist knowledge of tyres and fitting them on wheels. The Bradley family is steeped in motorcycle sport. His father Harry compiled the book, with Deryk Wylde, on the Scott Trial. As a transport driver for William Wilson Prams he also transported Malcolm Rathmell's factory prepared Triumph Cub machine to Meriden for service work, in with the prams, and returned it to the family home at Timble. Melmerby garage director Stuart Blythe socialised with Steve in a Kinlochleven club the previous evening and said Steve was his usual cheerful self. Our deepest condolences to Steve's family - he was one of the characters our sport depends upon............... PHOTO: BARRY ROBINSON
  13. Stan Peel is the man who knows every farmer in Nidderdale and Wharfedale. The former rally driver and sporting car trials ace has been involved in the organisation of the trial when it was an Ilkley Motor Club event, before it was transferred to the Airedale & Pennine Motor Club. Barry Robinson was bike C of C when the late Peter Colman ran it for Ilkley Motor Club, and is now the Press Officer. Alan Forest is the owner of the motorcycle engined buggy in which Stan Peel opens the course, through every section enroute. Believe me it flew up Watergate at 08.00 on Sunday morning as if it were tarmac. Stan and John Bell are the driving forces. John is an absolute stickler for everything being totally right - which resulted in a virtually perfect enjoyable day for an ever increasing, year on year, classic motorcycle entry - forty-nine this year round the 80-mile course.......full photoreport in ORRe. PHOTO: BARRY ROBINSON