Archive for September, 2019

Monday September 30th 2019

Monday, September 30th, 2019

This is a family photo taken by one of the guests last Saturday  - the Lakeside Winery made for a nice backdrop.
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And this is a “Selfie” taken by my Nephew Robbie who lives in New York, my son Steve, and the old guy.

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September weather in Alberta is unpredictable.
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Love this pic from the Vintage Trial in Scotland last weekend.
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Sunday was definitely “Kick back” day - after the turmoil of the wedding - but what a great day it was - the weather was cool, but it didn’t rain and everything went off “Perfect” - Now it’s full steam ahead for the Brown Memorial Trial next weekend.


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Sunday September 29th 2019

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

Yesterday was a very big day for our family, as our beautiful daughter got married - this time for
“Keeps” -  Babsy and myself, welcome Grant to our family.
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So today is likely going to be a pretty slow day -  we need to drive to Kelowna to drop our Emma off at the airport for her flight back to New Brunswick, where she goes to University - it’s been a very hectic weekend with the wedding, luckily the rain stayed away, and everything turned out perfect, it was a very special day, with a large gathering of family & friends .  I mentioned in my speech that Helen used to ride a TY 175 when she was a teenager, and she did very well.

Also in for the occasion was our nephew, who lives in New York so it was quite the celebration. -


Back in the Motorcycle World - the TDN in Ibiza looked to be a tad warmer, than it was in the OK Valley - We will post some info on this later.

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Now we will plan on getting things sorted for the Brown Memorial Trial next weekend.

More news as it happens.  >>>>

Saturday September 28th 2019

Saturday, September 28th, 2019

Big News from Beta Canada - Sammy King is back on board, this time sponsored by Beta Canada. Welcome back Sam.  To think that his journey in Canada, started with an email he sent to me 4 years ago. ( I see he’s still wearing the Airoh Helmet we gave him- nice) - And before anyone asks - no Sammy will not be riding a 4T - this was just a photo shoot.
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The TDN gets going today with qualifications - here is a pic of the British Team

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Big twin shock Trial in Scotland again this weekend - 219 riders entered !! including Bernie Schreiber on a Triumph twin that was previously taken to a Scottish Pre- 65 win, by Steve Saunders.

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And finally   Steve Holcombe has won the E3 World Enduro Championship again for Beta.

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Note !  We will be closed today -  My daughter is getting married - hope the rain stays away.. Open again Monday


Friday September 27th 2019

Friday, September 27th, 2019

The 2019 TDN ( Trial des Nations)  goes this weekend on the Island of Ibiza  -  No Canadian Teams entered.

Naturally everybody expects the Spanish to dominate as usual.


Another flash back to the 1979 FIM World Trial at Waiparous Creek near Calgary Alberta - Martin Lampkin grabbed 2nd on the day.

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We have just ordered some of the new Wulf Trials boots which should arrive before the Trial next week - They list a number of improvements, including thicker leather and a better design around the ankle area.  We expect our pricing to remain the same at $295.00
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A wet day today in the Valley - but at least no snow ( unlike Alberta)  - My missing Beta bikes showed up yesterday  - An Evo 300 SS and an Evo 300 4T - big price saving on both these and other Beta’s in Stock - call quick if you are in the market.


My nephew arrived last night from New York, to attend our daughter’s wedding tomorrow - it’s been many years since we have seen Rob, who has a Scooter business in the big apple. - Naturally the first stop was out back to check out the bikes.  Rob has a couple of old neat vintage street bikes, a Laverda - which ironically, he bought from a guy who lives in Kamloops and who met me years ago when we had a show going at the OKeefe ranch in Vernon. As they say, it’s a small World.


Big news plastered  on FB today- is the deal between KTM and Gas Gas - it will be interesting to see how that pans out. - ( Few people know that KTM were in receivership themselves many years ago and got bailed out by Dietcher Bank -  Later they also tried to buy Beta - but the Family owned Beta business turned them down)

Watch for some big news from Beta Canada today ( Something we have been keeping under our hat for a while)


Check out this great video clip of Gary MacDonald riding Trotters Burn on the Tiger Cub -Brilliant.



Thursday September 26th 2019

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Just one week away - The last but maybe the most important Trials event on our Calendar - when we remember our friends Peter Brown and Adrian Brown, both lost to cancer.  Ady came to Vernon, from London England, and rode his first event with us back in 1986 - the first ever Outlaw Trial.  - He soon graduated to the Expert Class, and was a regular rider at events in the Okanagan and the West Coast. - Sadly on a trip home to the UK, he discovered he had cancer, and elected to stay in England to get the operation, which at first seemed successful, but would later claim his life, at the young age of 51. - His ready wit, and sense of Humor added much to our local scene.

Peter Brown was also a Brit, and spent his early Trials years, competing on the West Coast, before moving to Summerland, where he hooked up with us, and became our “Right hand man” setting up the Outlaw Trials for many years. -

We spent a lot of time together, and it was a big shock, when he was diagnosed with Cancer, he was a short stocky chap, who seemed very fit.  -

Our memories of both these great friends will always linger in our mind.  We urge everyone to make the effort and attend the Trial in the Shuswap next weekend - a new location, with free camping and lots of great Natural sections - there will likely be a “Cook out” on the Saturday evening around the Camp fire - a time to reminisce about days gone by. -

As always, we will make a donation to the Cancer fund from the proceeds. - If you wish to know more about the Trial - you can get in touch with either Martin, Ross or myself  ( Yes we also have a kids class - so watch out for a couple of new wiz kids on little Beta Evos.)
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Here is a pic of one of the sections set up in the natural wooded area on the Lucas property.

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We now have the #1 plates for the WTC 2019 Championship (West) which was held at Scotch Creek on the May long weekend. - We will have these at the Brown Trial to give out to riders who are there. - The winners are

Expert - Sam King - Advanced - Brian McNeal - Senior Advanced - Ross Rathbone - Sportsman -Bob Clark - Intermediate - Lee Usher - Junior- Starla Smeeth.

These nice awards are provided each year, by the WEC Head Office, in Ontario.
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The Outlaw Shop will be closed this Saturday as my daughter is getting married.  Open as usual on Monday


Wednesday September 25th 2019

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

While I often get comments about the fact that I’m still riding  bikes at age 82 -  this is nothing compared to the great Sammy Miller, who was racing this Gilera 500cc 4 cylinder at a Hill climb last week at age 86 !!!!!  Sammy was a World Class road racer, before deciding to concentrate on Trials.  He won the British Championship a total of 11 times, and is credited for changing the sport for ever, back in 1965, when he went to work & ride for Bultaco.
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Here are the plaques for the winners of the 2019 Outlaw Series - We will have these at the Brown Memorial on October 5-6 - Once again the Series proved to be very successful, with good support for all 4  events. - A big thanks to the organizers.   Note:  There was a tie in the Expert Class, so as has been the Outlaw Tradition, we awarded both Steve and Pierce #1 plates.
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This is what Harry McKay is teaching his young lad, while Mum is on Holiday in France with the girls !!!  Look at that expression !!!  Priceless.
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Check out this video of Callum’s big Sister on a Beta Evo Junior

We still have the 2019 Beta Evo 125 demo for sale - this has less that two hours on it - may consider a small trade - call us for more info:  (250) 545-6139


Here is a J Greening pic of World MX Champion Jeff Smith on a Can Am at the 1975 ISDT ( Called Trial back  then)  They are going around Governers Bridge on the TT course during the Speed Trials which were held back then. -  Smith worked for Bombardier and  raced at Moose Mountain AB in 1976.  The Can Am’s were very fast, but a bit “Twitchy” and had crap Bosch ignitions.

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And another Blast from the Past - The FIM World Round in Alberta 1979 - Anybody recognize any of the spectators?  This was put on by Darryl Copithorne and Bruce Mitchel -of the Calgary MC -  Sponsored by Yamaha Motor Canada. - And yes I was there.

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Tuesday September 24th 2019

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

This is a pic of Wales, where Heath Brindley and his buddies like to practice. - Perhaps this is why I love the Okanagan Valley - it reminds me of my roots.
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Birthday Greetings to John (Boomer) Gronow of Victoria, who just turned 90 years old - Anybody that has ever met Boomer will know that he has a tremendous sense of humor .  He went from Australia  to England back in the day, to race Speedway - got married & then decided to emigrate to Canada. What a character.
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Saw this neat shot of an unknown rider on a beautiful  Manx Norton - had to share.
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This is a shot of Harry McKay coaching his young lad on some pretty big Scottish rocks !!
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This young English lady just won her first ever Trial 2 event in Spain - beating a lot of the more seasoned riders in this class.  So lets hear it for the Brits - Lady’s #1 Emma and Ladies #2 Alicia.

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We had a very busy day Monday - a quick trip to Kelowna to pick up a load of Opti - then back home to unload & sort, before dropping off a skid at Ace Courier to ship out to our dealer in Creston BC - Yes the Snowmobile season is just around the corner so time for the shops to stock up on our great Injection oil.

In between time - I picked up the medals for the upcoming Brown Memorial, plus shipped off some accessories !!!   It was quite the day.


The Victoria club had a Trial last Sunday - very wet, but 30 riders, so a good turn out - results will be up on Trials Canada later today.


Monday September 23rd 2019

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Congrats to Adam Raga and TRS for taking the runner up spot at the 2019 FIM World Trials Championship .

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So if anybody who saw the Beta Evo 80 we had at Silver Star on Saturday, would like to see how they go - check out this video of Harry McKay’s young daughter Chloe riding a rocky section in Scotland.


Here is another pic of the kids race at Silver Star - Young Jeremy Bonofoy had just zipped past the two riders in the foreground “Stylin”  -
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An oldie but a goodie !!

And below the multi time World Ladies Trials Champion, Emma Bristow - brilliant rider, who also won the Women’s Enduro the very first time she entered !!!!
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Sunday September 22nd 2019

Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

Saturday turned out to be a great day up at Silver Star - the weather was perfect, and the racing exciting to watch, but while the action on the Endurocross track was thrilling - for me, the best entertainment, was seeing the kids racing on what I would term, an old English style Scrambles track. - These little stars of tomorrow, were really flying, while being urged on by a crowd of family supporters. The Dunbar lads were the big winners, but we were impressed by many of the other youngsters , including Jeremy Bonofoy.

The Hare Scramble goes today up on the Mountain, which should be good, hopefully the  weather will hold. - We chatted to a lot of old friends, who stopped by our Beta Tent, with the Trials display.  Chris Hrabb from Revelstoke and Ted McDowell will line up today with a host of other riders from Alberta and BC.

Check out this pic I took of one of the Dunbar lads, (Far right) smoking past a couple of lapped riders - The way some of these kids cut through the traffic was very impressive. - Congrats to Andrew Christianson and his Team for doing a fantastic job on this annual event.

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An old pic from the 60’s - this track was not that far from where I lived in the UK and many of these riders would attend the Scrambles put on by our local Oswestry club.
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Why do manufactures of ATV’s and 4 Wheel drive cars, insist on showing their products going through creeks and mud holes? The Enviro crowd must lap this up for their propaganda machine.


The last round of the FIM World Trials Championship goes today in Spain - but Tony Bou has already clinched the men’s title and Emma Bristow the Ladies. - Therefore the real interest is in the runner up spots - Adam Raga and Jeroni Fajardo are neck & neck in points - but Fajardo didn’t have a bike for the last event? (GG) Update : Seems Fajardo has been suspended for a year by the FIM because of a failed drug test.

They call him “Birdman” and Sean Bird has now taken his Stunt riding to another level - He is part of the Sam King Shows being put on all over Canada.
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The first day of the Cord Enduro in Eastern Canada is in the books - and the Alberta ladies lead the way - Shelby Turner, Melissa Harten and Lexi Pechout.

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More news as it happens >>>>>


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Saturday September 21st 2019

Saturday, September 21st, 2019

This is a great shot of Adam Raga on the new TRS Xtrack  - Looks a bit like old style MX - I’m looking forward to getting one of these as a demo for next year (Psst - it will have Electric start)
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An old photo from the 60’s - Alan Clough on a Greeves with the newer type forks.  - I remember seeing him quite a lot at our local Scrambles,  Check out the size of the rear sprocket.
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So we will be heading up to Silver Star early today - We will be at the Enduro Cross Track with some Beta Trials bikes under our Tent. - Unfortunately the two 300’s that were supposed to arrive got shipped  to Quebec by mistake>>>  Stop by and chat about Trials. ( Please note we will not be there Sunday)

Blast from the past - Sammy Miller showing how to do a pivot turn on a Honda Trials bike he developed.

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