About The Scottish Six Days Trial
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The short answer is that the SSDT is managed by the Edinburgh & District Motor Club, a small group of enthusiasts who have run the trial since 1911.
However, there is some interesting history behind that statement, because there has always been some ambiguity around the origins of the Scottish Six Days Trial. Some say it began in 1909, some say 1910 and others say 1911 - and everyone would be right!
Back in the early 1900s there was a little Motorcycle Club in the Edinburgh area known as Dunedin MC. In 1908 the club renamed itself Edinburgh MC and began to lay plans for a massive five-day trial covering much of the Scottish Highlands.
In July 1909 those plans came to fruition and the club ran a trial that crossed the length and breadth of the country over a five-day period - that trial was referred to as the most severe motorcycle trial ever held, which is a phrase that is synonymous with our Scottish Six Days Trial even today. This five-day trial formed the beginnings of the SSDT as we know it, and that is why many feel that the first SSDT was in 1909.
In June 1910 the Edinburgh MC ran the trial again, but this time they extended it to six full days. As this was the first six-day trial, many believe that 1910 was the first SSDT.
However, whilst the 1910 trial was being run, plans were afoot in Edinburgh to amalgamate a range of local clubs into one large club. By 1911 the Edinburgh MC had merged with the Edinburgh Waverley MC and the Leith MC (along with others) to form the Edinburgh & District Motor Club. On 24th July 1911 the newly–formed Edinburgh & District Motor Club ran their first six-day trial around Scotland, and the Scottish Six Days Trial was born.