Friday October 12th 2018

Tomorrow is the Famous “Scott” Trial - held over the Yorkshire moors for the past 100 years. It’s rated as the toughest one day Trial in the World, and is a combination of Time and Observation.

So who will win this year? - Will it be Dougie Lampkin again?  - maybe, but my money is on James Dabill - the Beta is the choice of many for this event, as they are strong and reliable.  -

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So anybody that has seen the post about me on FB regarding the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame - will now know that I was the first guy to flip a TY250 over backwards ( It was supposed to be a secret) - This happened in the Fall of 1973, when I was at the Richmond branch of Yamaha Motor Canada.  - I was chatting to the lads in the service shop, and they showed me the first pre-production TY that they had for testing, and knowing my background, suggested I try it out in the parking lot.

As it happened often in Vancouver, it was raining, but being pretty excited about giving the new Japanese bike a go. - I was given a set of coveralls to cover my dress pants and off I went - everybody was glued to the window as I putt-putted   around the yard and grassy area, before heading around the back of the building - lots of space here, so I gave it a big handful of throttle, just as I was used to doing on my Bultaco Sherpa T 325,- and it spat me off the back like right now,- leaving me on my backside, while the bike skidded across the paved lot. - jumping up quickly, I immediately looked at the rear of the building, but to my relief, there were no windows. !!  - Also luckily - this bike had already got some scratches on it put on by the service guys.
A minute later I was back  around to the service department, telling the guys how great it was, before visiting the washroom to take off the wet coveralls, and put a band aid on my right elbow >>

Fortunately, I was able to redeem myself when I got my production bike, by winning the first Trial in Alberta and a few more after that - but I did almost total that Yamaha in a Cross Country race at Elkford. - However, that’s another story.

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Yesterday I mailed off all the WTC #1 plates to the various winners - except on going over the results - I realized that we missed the fact that we did have a winner in the Ladies Class - Brittany Fournier took 2nd place in the Junior at that very wet Round #1 at Revy - so she rightfully deserves to receive the #1 Plate

I have notified Britta, and she will pick this up next time she is in Town.

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As I’ve mentioned before, some of the Classic bikes being built for Trials in Europe, are “State of the Art” take a look at this TY prepared for Mick to ride. - I would love to own something like that.

Anybody got an old TY for sale?

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