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1931 Scottish Six Days Trial

1931 ssdt balbegCompetitors at Balbeg in the 1931 SSDTIn the 1931 Scottish Six Days Trial, the competitors gathered at Alexander’s Garage in Edinburgh on Sunday May 17th where they were examined to verify their state before the start and parts of the machines that it was forbidden to change during the event received a small blotch of yellow paint into which was scratched the riding number.

The event attracted 86 solo, 6 sidecar entries and one Morgan. It was the first year that marks were to be added to the score for ‘footing’ on nominated observed hills as an aid to separating the best performances since the reliability of motorcycles since the outset of the event had significantly improved. It should also be noted that ‘footing’ was not like the way trials are observed today, one mark was lost for prodding to maintain balance, or even running alongside the machine to maintain motion.

The awards comprised silver cups for the first 30% of finishers and the next 20% gold medals. As previously marks could also be lost on time. In 1931, the competitors faced a total of 906 miles over the course of the six days.

The routes for the 1931 Trial were:

First Day - 180 miles

Edinburgh - Camelon - Balloch - Arrochar (lunch) - Inveraray - Ford - Kimelfort - Oban.

Second Day - 147 miles

Oban - Taynuilt - Bridge of Orchy - Mamore - Fort William (lunch) - Fort Augustus - Inverness.

Third Day - 200 miles

Inverness - Dingwall - Hive Brae - Jeantown - Tornacress - Applecross (lunch) - Achnashellach - Garve - Drumnadrochit - Balnachree - Balbeg - Abriachan - Inverness.

Fourth Day - 152 miles

Inverness - Carrbridge - Dalwhinnie - Pitlochry (lunch) - Ballinluig - Hudson Hill - Weem - Kenmore - Amulree - Perth.

Fifth Day - 130 miles

Perth - Pitlochry - Kinloch Rannoch (lunch) - Bridge of Balgie - Killin - Lochearnhead - Crieff - Perth.

Sixth Day - 97 miles

Perth - Bridge of Earn - Glenfarg - Dunning - Auchterarder - Dollar - Menstrie - Stirling - Camelon - Falkirk - Linlithgow - Edinburgh.

The following awards were made for the 1931 Scottish Six Days Trial:

The Special Awards

George Albert Memorial Trophy (most meritorious performance in overcoming hardships and difficulties): E H Littledale (Ariel Four)
200cc: L H Vale-Onslow (172cc Francis-Barnett/Villiers)
250cc: J White (Ariel)
350cc: G B Goodman (348 Norton)
Over-350cc: J H Arnott (498 AJS)
Over-350cc sidecar: H S Perrey (499 Ariel sc)
Best Performance by a Lady: Mrs L MacLean (348 Douglas)
Best Performance by Edinburgh & Dist member: J C Edward (348 Douglas)

SILVER CUPS

H B Macmillan (496sv James)
E Williamson (348 Levis)
M Riley (348 Levis)
C B Freeman (348 Levis)
F W Clark (346 New Imperial)
T Robbins (496 New Hudson)
J Beck Jnr (348 Norton)
G R Goodman (348 Norton)
J C Spiers (346 Royal Enfield)
W F Bicknell (346 Royal Enfield)
J D Robertson (348 Raleigh)
J Williams (499 Rudge)
R MacGregor (499 Rudge)
A D Stewart (499 Rudge)
J G Frogley (596 Scott and sidecar)
N Sim (343 Triumph)
A Munro (348 Velocette)

GOLD MEDALS

E Garside (346 Levis)
L H Vale-Onslow (172 Francis-Barnett/Villiers)
A T Munro (346 Montgomery)
G C Harris (Morgan)
A S Campbell (346 New Imperial)
L A Welch (346 Royal Enfield)
J Leslie (499 Rudge)
Miss Lermitte (349 Rudge)
G A Hobbies (493 Sunbeam)
G A Zissler (346 Sunbeam)
J M Cowan (498 Triumph)
E N Stretton (343 Triumph)
K Fawcett 248 Triumph)
E J Clark (348 Triumph)
J Buchan (348 Velocette)

SILVER MEDALS

T G Meeten (172 Francis-Barnett)
H F Domleo (499 James)
A Tyler (496 James)
J S MacArthur (346 Levis)
A A Sanders (346 Montgomery)
Miss M Newton (346 Royal Enfield)
L G Otter (348 Raleigh)
W J O Scott (595 Scott)
T Gibson (493 Sunbeam)
W Dick (498 Triumph)
W T Tiffen (348 Velocette)

BRONZE MEDALS

W M Keall (348 Norton)
A Greig (348 Rudge)
D Lamb (493 Sunbeam)
H M Newberry (498 Triumph)
W H Markham (249 Velocette)
G Franklin (348 Vincent-HRD)

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

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