1910 - The First Six Days Trial
Published as the Scottish Six Days Reliability Trial promoted by the Edinburgh Motorcycle Club, the 1910 event can be established as the first full SSDT (the 1909 event was only over five days, not six). The 1910 Trial attracted a grand total of nineteen entries (no need for ballots in those days!)
As with the five day forerunner in 1909, the start was once again at the Murrayfield car terminus in Edinburgh with the hardy nineteen taking on the following routes:
First Day - 173 miles
Edinburgh, Stirling, Drymen (on Loch Lomond), Arrochar (on Loch Long), lunch stop, Inveraray, hill climb at ‘Rest and Be Thankful’, Loch Fyne, Dalmally, Killin, Aberfeldy.
Second Day - 164 miles
Aberfeldy, Amulree (hillclimb on Sma’ Glen side then returning to Aberfeldy), Pitlochry, Kirkmichael then off-road to Persie Inn to join Perth to Braemar road, Devil’s Elbow hill climb, Braemar (lunch), Tomintoul, Grantown, Carrbridge, Inverness.
Third Day - 176 miles
Inverness, Beauly, Tain, John O’Groats, lunching at Golspie and finally Thurso for the overnight stop after the hill climb at Berriedale.
Fourth Day - 157 miles
Thurso, Melvich, Bettyhill, Strath Navar, Bonar Bridge, Ardgay (lunch), Alness, Beauly, Drumnadrochit and Fort Augustus.
Fifth Day - 122 miles
Fort Augustus, south shore of Loch Ness to Glendoe, Whitebridge, Craggie Inn, Kingussie, Dalnacardoch, Trinafour and Aberfeldy.
Sixth Day - 105 miles
Aberfeldy, Crieff, Lochearnhead, Callander (lunch), Doune, Stirling, Edinburgh.
The following awards were made.
GOLD MEDALS (Full Reliability marks)
W W Douglas (2.75 hp Douglas)
J S Holroyd (1.25 hp Motosacoche)
W Pratt (3.5 hp Phelon and Moore - later to be known as Panther)
Bert Yates (3.5 hp Humber)
G L Fletcher (2.25 hp Douglas)
P Phillips (2.25 hp Douglas)
P W Bischoff (1909 Triumph)
W Pattullo (1908 Triumph)
F Downie (3.5 hp Ariel)
J Slaughter (3.5 hp Ariel)
J T Woods (3.5 hp Zenith-Gradua)
J Donaldson (3.5 hp Bat)
G A Alexander (3.5 hp Excelsior)
S J K Thomson (7-8 hp Bat and sidecar)
V Downie (3.5 hp Ariel)
There were four retirements during the six days.
Information compiled and provided by Deryk Wylde.