Wednesday July 31st 2019

Last day of the month - and we are heading into the August long weekend - Lots to do before we leave for Rocky Mountain House on Friday to take in the ATRA Cow Patty Trial. Quite a few people have called to make sure I have parts & accessories for them on the van - deadline for orders is tonight !!!!!!

Here is a shot of some vintage class riders a couple of years ago.
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This photo just showed up on FB - It’s one I took of Steve Colley at ” Piper’s Burn”  in the 1992 Scottish Six Days, which he won - not many made it up this big step and difficult exit., -  taken with my Pentax 35mm.
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Looking at this post - I see something of a similarity in the World of Motorcycle Sport !!  FIM versus  the rest. - CMA versus WTC - Club versus club etc etc etc.  Too many politics. - Why don’t people just forget about the social media and get out and ride - but more than that -  put on an event - if they think they could do better - put their MONEY  and effort where their mouth is.
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Here is a pic by Ron Walsh of Dougie giving the lads instructions at Ioco. ( I wonder how many understood his Yorkshire accent)  Did you know that we supplied Dougie and his Dad with Outlaw Toolbelts, backpaks and gear bags, back in 1995?  -I first met Mart Lampkin in 1972 at the Scottish - then in Calgary at the FIM & later at the World round at Donner. USA. - Funny story from that event -

Barry & myself were camped out in my van in front of the Hotel, while Mart & Dougie were in a tent not far away. They had long time friend and former super MX rider and dealer  Ernie Page with them - I was sitting in a lawn chair chatting to Ernie, when Dougie came to collect his Beta to go for a practice - Ernie said ” I’ve turned that mixture screw a quarter turn - so don’t come back here and say there is no difference” - ( The Del-orto carb has a fuel screw)
The event was at 11,000 ft and was causing real issues for the bikes and we heard that Takumi Narita went into town and found a machine shop to take some off the head of his Beta, to raise the compression. - Jordi was having big issues with the Gasser and it really sounded like crap. ( The result would not reflect this)
It’s nice for me to look back at these memories, of great times with great people in the Motorcycle World - I count myself very fortunate.  - The last time I saw Martin, was at the World round in the UK in 1995 - he asked me if I wanted to borrow a bike to ride around & take photos. What a great guy he was.
It was also at this event, that I caught up with Yamaha UK rider Andy Huddleston - I had supplied him with a toolbelt for the Scottish. - Although not riding mainstream Trials anymore , Andy will be stopping by to see us at the end of the month on a visit to Canada ( I will try to  get some pics of him in the backyard)
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Just dropped off the van at the shop for an oil change and check over, before the long drive on Friday - I don’t go very far these days, unlike my 30 odd years on the road, when I covered all of Western Canada, first for Yamaha, then promoting Outlaw Accessories.

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