1924 Scottish Six Days Trial
- Tuesday, 24 February 2015
In the 1920’s the SSDT was subject to various changes as the event developed, and not only the event since there were significant changes to the viability of the machinery in use as well as changes in the level of tourism throughout the country, hotels became firmly established and competition to fill them made the SSDT a more attractive proposition!
In 1924 the greatest change was to put the event back into the summer season calendar in an attempt to avoid some of the extremes of weather that had affected the May date in 1923, so the trial was planned to commence on the 21st July. The event attracted 111 entries inckuding the light cars with 107 competitors facing the Start.
The routes for the 1924 SSDT were:
First Day - 220 miles
Edinburgh - Camelon - Braco - Pitlochry - Dalwhinnie - Carr Bridge - Farr House - Inverfarigaig - Inverness.
Test hills: Dennyloanhead, Sherrifmuir, Amulree, Inverfarigaig
Second Day - 159 miles
Inverness - Achilty Inn - Kinlochewe - Diabaig - Kinlochewe - Achilty Inn - Inverness.
Test hills: Torridon, Diabaig
Third Day - 192 miles
Inverness - Strathpeffer - Achnasheen - Jeantown - Applecross - Jeantown - Achnasheen - Strathpeffer - Inverness.
Test hills: Tornapress, Applecross
Fourth Day - 152 miles
Inverness - Cudrish - Fort Augustus - Fort William - Bridge of Coe - Dalmally - Oban.
Test hill: Blackfold
Fifth Day - 182 miles
Oban - Loch Losgoinn - Ford Hotel - Port Sonachan - Top of ‘Rest’ - Balloch - Camelon - Edinburgh.
Test hills: Loch Losgoinn Road, Ford Hotel, Glen Douglas
Sixth Day - 133 miles
Edinburgh - Garvaid - Gordon - Selkirk - Peebles - Blackford Hill - Finish.
Test hills: Gifford, Charlie’s Brae, Blackford.
Gold Medals Awarded
L Newey (Ariel sc)
E Eland (BSA)
J W Moxon (Francis-Barnett)
Miss L Ball (James)
A Petters (Indian Scout)
J T Campbell (Sparksbrook)
A Pattison (New Hudson)
J G Baker (Raleigh)
Information compiled and kindly provided by Deryk Wylde. For much more on the history of the sport of Trials including many images never seen before, please see Deryk's OFF ROAD REVUe digital magazines here