Saturday October 26th 2019

This is neat video that Sammy posted - it shows him out playing with Steve Day & Alex Walton at Ioco - Sam’s first real ride on the Beta Factory 300 4T. >
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This is a Norton v4 engine - built entirely in the UK. What a beauty.
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The answer to the quiz question from Friday is Mick Andrews - Mick got a Factory Works AJS ride at age 16 - maybe because his Dad   -( Tom Andrews ) - knew Hugh Viney the top guy at the factory - but no question he made a very good choice.  - Mick would go on to ride Bultaco and then sign for Ossa as an MX rider,- but soon made his name in the Trials World with first the “Plonker” then the MAR ( Mick Andrews Replica)  - After that he spent many years heading up the Yamaha Trials Team.  Mick is still very active in the Vintage Trials World and spends a lot of time in Spain, with his long time wife and companion Jill. ( Who he calls Liz)  We got  to know them quite well when working for Yamaha Canada.
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Just saw that Mark ONeil has had a nasty mishap - with a bad cut on his hand - reminded me of my serious accident in the 1979 Drayton Valley Cross Country - While chatting to Guy Laycraft last Sunday - he mentioned this - seems I was leading the race at that point, ( News to me)  and  he was behind me when the borrowed IT 175 with a blown rear shock, fired me over the bars - not realizing that I was hurt - both he and the other riders pressed on.

For those who have not heard the story -  The bike landed on me and my hand got caught in the rear sprocket - severing my thumb. -  With everybody lost -and nobody around -  I managed to get my hand out, but of course saw that I had a big problem ( I did not take my glove off)  - removing the belt from my jacket I tied this around my arm   ( thinking I might bleed to death ) -  out there in the woods - started walking along this trail - a couple of riders  stopped - I told them to send somebody out to get me - but after a long time I just carried on walking ( this ended up being 14 miles) - after eight hours  since the crash - I was in surgery at the Hospital in Edmonton, where it took the doctors 7 hours to stitch my thumb back on using micro surgery    ( This was all new back then)  Yes I was very lucky, and thanks to the Doctor and his Team ( seems I’m in the record books as  one of the first successful  micro surgery ops - one that I could certainly have done without.)
Best wishes to Mark hope his injury heals up fast.

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That was quite a wind storm we had yesterday - blew in from the North - shredded the sun blind on our deck, and knocked  the power out for about an hour. - Cleared later in the day and the sun came out.

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Trial at Ioco tomorrow  - not sure if anybody is going down  - weather looks good for driving.

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