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Past Scottish Six Days Trial Winners

ssdt past winnersEvery one a winner - Past SSDT winners gathered at the centenary Scottish in 2011. Image: trialscentral.com

One of the most prestigious achievements a Trials rider can accomplish in their riding career is to lift the famous North British Rubber Company Trophy as winner of the Scottish Six Days Trial. Here we look back at those small band of brothers who have made this remarkable achievement.

2016 Dougie Lampkin on a 300 Vertigo

2015 Dougie Lampkin on a 300 Vertigo

2014 Dougie Lampkin on a 300 DL12 Special

2013 Dougie Lampkin on a 300 Gas Gas

2012 Dougie Lampkin on a 300 Gas Gas

2011 James Dabill on a 290 Beta

2010 Alexz Wigg on a 290 Beta

2009 Dougie Lampkin on a 290 Beta

2008 Dougie Lampkin on a 270 Beta

2007 James Dabill on a 300 Montesa

2006 Graham Jarvis on a 290 Sherco

2005 Sam Connor on a 290 Sherco

2004 Graham Jarvis on a 290 Sherco

2003 Joan Pons on a 290 Sherco

2002 Amos Bilbao on a 250 Montesa

2001 No trial (Foot & Mouth Disease Outbreak)

2000 Steve Colley on a 280 Gas Gas

1999 Graham Jarvis on a 290 Bultaco

1998 Graham Jarvis on a 250 Scorpa

1997 Steve Colley on a 270 Gas Gas

1996 Dougie Lampkin on a 250 Beta

1995 Dougie Lampkin on a 250 Beta

1994 Dougie Lampkin on a 250 Beta

1993 Steve Colley on a 260 Beta

1992 Steve Colley on a 260 Beta

1991 Steve Saunders on a 260 Beta

1990 Steve Saunders on a 260 Beta

1989 Steve Saunders on a 305 Fantic

1988 Steve Saunders on a 303 Fantic

1987 Jordi Tarres on a 260 Beta

1986 Thierry Michaud on a 301 Fantic

1985 Thierry Michaud on a 301 Fantic

1984 Thierry Michaud on a 300 Fantic

1983 Toni Gorgot on a 330 Montesa

1982 Bernie Schreiber on a 280 SWM

1981 Giles Burgat on a 280 SWM

1980 Yrjo Vesterinen on a 349 Montesa

1979 Malcolm Rathmell on a 310 Montesa

1978 Martin Lampkin on a 350 Bultaco

1977 Martin Lampkin on a 350 Bultaco

1976 Martin Lampkin on a 325 Bultaco

1975 Mick Andrews on a 250 Yamaha

1974 Mick Andrews on a 250 Yamaha

1973 Malcolm Rathmell on a 250 Bultaco

1972 Mick Andrews on a 250 Ossa

1971 Mick Andrews on a 250 Ossa

1970 Mick Andrews on a 250 Ossa

1969 Bill Wilkinson on a 250 Greeves

1968 Sammy Miller on a 252 Bultaco

1967 Sammy Miller on a 252 Bultaco

1966 Alan Lampkin on a 250 BSA

1965 Sammy Miller on a 250 Bultaco

1964 Sammy Miller on a 500 Ariel

1963 Arthur Lampkin on a 250 BSA

1962 Sammy Miller on a 500 Ariel

1961 Gordon Jackson on a 350 AJS

1960 Gordon Jackson on a 350 AJS

1959 Roy Peplow on a 199 Triumph

1958 Gordon Jackson on a 350 AJS

1957 Johnny Brittain on a 350 Royal Enfield

1956 Gordon Jackson on a 350 AJS

1955 Jeff Smith on a 500 BSA

1954 Artie Ratcliffe on a 350 Matchless

1953 Hugh Viney on a 350 AJS

1952 Johnny Brittain on a 350 Royal Enfield

1951 John Draper on a 350 BSA

1950 Artie Ratcliffe on a 350 Matchless

1949 Hugh Viney on a 347 AJS

1948 Hugh Viney on a 347 AJS

1947 Hugh Viney on a 347 AJS

1940-46 No trial (World War II)

1939 Allan Jeffries on a 349 Triumph

1938 Fred Povey on a 348 Ariel

1937 Jack Williams on a 348 Norton

1936 Billy Tiffen on a 343 Velocette

1935 Bob McGregor on a 499 Rudge

1934 Jack Williams on a 348 Norton

1933 Len Heath on a 497 Ariel

1932 Bob McGregor on a 499 Rudge

Why are there no winners before 1932?

The first question on everybody's lips when they look at the past winners of the Scottish Six Days Trial is "Why are there no winners prior to 1932?".  The automatic assumption is that records don't go back that far, but actually it's because there was no outright winner prior to 1932.

The way that we score trials today bears no resemblance to those early years.  When the SSDT began there were no sections at all.  The Scottish road surfaces and hills were considered to be enough of a trial, and the only way that you incurred penalties was by falling away from the time schedule.  The route was scheduled around an average speed of twenty miles per hour, and if you reached a time check more than ten minutes late or early, then you incurred penalties.  Those who finished the trial with no time penalties won a gold medal, with silver and bronze medals being awarded to all other finishers based on the number of penalties incurred.

In 1914, the rules were tightened up.  Every entrant was given a time card and the leeway given at a time check was reduced from ten minutes down to five....and to think people complain about time nowadays!  At the same time penalties were introduced for late starting and the route was built to include seven optional hills.  The awards system worked in much the same way as before, but if you didn't complete at least five of the seven optional hills you couldn't win a gold medal.

In 1926 four categories in which penalties could be incurred were established.  Those were reliability, hill-climbs, daily condition of machine and a brake test.  This was also the year that the awards changed.  You no longer got a gold medal for completing the trial with no penalties, instead you won a silver cup.  Gold medals were awarded to those with no more than three marks lost, silver medals to those with no more than fifteen marks lost and bronze medals to all other finishers, unless you were unfortunate enough to have list more than one hundred and fifty marks, in which case you were disqualified!

1931 saw big changes.  Observed hills were introduced with penalties incurred for putting your foot down, and awards were allocated on a percentage basis at the end of the trial, much as they are today.  However, there was still no individual winner—it was only the following year in 1932 that the Edinburgh & District Motor Club decided to introduce an award for the best individual performance.  The rest, as they say, is history!

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