hillary

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  1. Yes, more images to identify p[lease.
  2. This year is my 54th year of trialing and last year when I rode the Manx Two Day it was 50 years since I first rode it - 1966 to 2016 and I have entered it again this year. It was a 250 Royal Enfield Crusader that I rode in 1966 and a Beta in 2016. (I actually think I rode the Manx in 1965 but can't prove it from old programmes).
  3. We have put the twin-shocks and the pre 65s into the new Classic Series (formerly Sammy Miller) but I can tell you now, hour after hour has been spent in committee discussing twin-shocks, pre 65s and youths to a point where you have to make a decision accepting that for some it will be a good decision and for others it will not. But that's the point of an 8 person committee, you throw your own opinions in, discuss them and vote on what you think is best for the sport as a whole. Nobody is suggesting that we can get it right all of the time. The committee is a very good mix of organisers, riders and trials/enduro enthusiasts, mostly with a lifetime of experience in the sport. Those who consider the committee get it wrong are noticeable by their absence when it comes to putting their name forward to become part of the committee when posts come up for re-election every year. There was not one single applicant last November apart from those already on the committee. It takes up a vast amount of time, 10-11 meetings a year, plus stewarding at events, plus attending and holding seminars plus replying to anything up to a dozen e-mails a day plus letter writing - all voluntary. I'm not moaning, just pointing out that it isn't just a case of suggesting what you think in a quick phone call.
  4. I have just sent the finalised dates to the office at Rugby and they should be on the ACU site very soon. It has taken until now to get the last few dates sorted out due to clashes, land availability and requests to change. Whilst we do not anticipate any further changes, they certainly can't be ruled out. We like to get everything finalised before the dates are published but it has been very difficult this year due to late applications, late announcements of the FIM dates and staff changes at Rugby at a most crucial time for the Trials and Enduro committee. There is a committee meeting very soon and once the dates have been agreed by the committee I hope to put them on this website.
  5. The ACU committee does listen to comments made by riders with regard to all the championship events the ACU promotes and in the case of the Normandale series, quite a few riders over 50 found that the 50/50 mix for their class, where they had to ride some hard sections and some of the easier sections, proved to be too difficult for many of them. It needs to be borne in mind that there can be a big difference between the abilities of a rider aged just over 50 and one about to turn 60. As a member of the older category, believe me that whilst the mind may well consider that you still have the ability to tackle a particularly hard section, the body frequently finds things differently. Of course, there is no compulsion for a rider over 50 (or 60) to ride in that class. They can ride in the Over 40 class if they so wish, as can a rider over 60 take part in the over 50 category. But the main point is that the committee wanted to ensure that entries remained strong in all three classes and to make the series even more attractive, there is the new for 2017 Air cooled monoshock class, on the easier route, for riders of any age.
  6. The picture of Birkett on the Montesa is likely to be 1978,79 or 80 but can't be certain which year.
  7. Here we go. First pic I don't know but somebody says it's Nipper Pattinson. 55 Mike Skinner - trial unknown; 73 Rob Edwards trial unknown, Peter Cartwright trial unknown, 47 Nigel Birkett, World round at Bainbridge but probably 1982 ish Nigel Birkett in the Red Rose, probably Whitworth quarry or Back Cowm, next one is Scott Rowland on a Jack Mathews sponsored Ossa (i will see him tomorrow and check), as you say, Wilk could be anywhere, and then finally Rob Shepherd, again could be anywhere but almost certainly prior to June 1973.
  8. For those interested, a good friend from the club who investigated on my behalf a couple of days ago, found that the 12 pin connector under the tank, which, when assembled from new, one main pin had not successfully mated with the female pin and had pushed the feed wire back out of the plastic fitting a short way, and was showing signs of arcing. Once reassembled correctly all the power was back and the lights now work as intended. So many thanks to David.
  9. Yes, I will go along with Luis Gallach, but undecided on the Burgat suggestion.
  10. Can't help on those two!!
  11. Definitely Richie Sunter, but was Alec Wright involved with Kawasaki as early as this? In answer to my own question, he may have been. Alec Wright started up Competition Developments in around 1973 with John Gazeley (his sidecar passenger when Wrighty rode in sidecar trials), when they modified Kawasaki scramblers, laying down the shocks and from there he was always involved with Kawsaki. However, there's no date on the Sunter picture and being on the bike he is riding, it could be prior to 1973, so if prior to '73 then it's unlikely to be a Wright supplied machine, but if after '73 then it could be. On a separate note, I rode KDX Kawasakis in enduros from 1984 to 1991, all generously loaned to me by Alec with a good spares budget as well. Despite any reputation he may have generated, I can only say that he was a very generous man to me and offered the loan of a bike every year without me ever asking or suggesting he might continue the sponsorship. As an appreciation of his generosity, one year I sent him a glossy coffee table style book featuring pictures of Morecambe Bay (where TMX is based) and his reply to me suggested that few riders ever sent thanks, let alone a small gift and there's no doubt he was dead chuffed to receive the present. I last met him at a Victory Reunion dinner in around 2007 and he even remembered it then and remarked upon it when we had a brief chat. Sadly, Alec passed away in 2010.
  12. I have a 2014 Beta Alp 200 and for some reason the dipped headlamp beam does not illuminate nor does the main beam. The sidelight bulb illuminates and the main beam illuminates with the main beam flasher but I cannot understand why the dipped and main beam will not illuminate when the engine is running. It's a new problem that showed up for no apparent reason as it was fine before. I have tried new bulbs, I have dismantled the left side switchgear and re-assembled, but still no light. Is there a fuse that could have blown. Getting desperate now as the bike is due an MOT soon and no lights will fail it.
  13. It's definitely a Richardson, it's NOT Gerald and NOT Les, so that only leaves Allan or Steve. I think it's Allan but could do with somebody else confirming it.
  14. Yes no doubt Gerald Richardson
  15. Easy peasy - Rob Shepherd and much later than the early seventies, more likely 1980 or thereabouts. Next one please!!