1913 Scottish Six Days Trial

1913 ssdt applecrossRex Mundy takes on the hairpin on the Pass of the Cattle (Bealach-na-Baa) road in the 1913 SSDTThere were significant changes to the format of the 1913 running of the Scottish Six Days Trial. The routes were revised with a loop to include the highest road in Great Britain over Bealach-na-Baa, between Tornapress and Applecross. Also, the start was moved from the previous area at Murrayfield car terminus in Edinburgh to Perth, some 70 miles away. The finish, however, remained in Edinburgh. The 1913 Trial attracted 106 entries, up from the 75 received in 1912 as the Trial continued to grow in popularity with the 1913 competitors facing 979 miles over the course of the six days.

The routes for the 1913 event were:

First Day - 173 miles

Perth - Amulree Hotel - Glenquaich - Kenmore - Aberfeldy - Ballinluig - Pitlochry - Kirkmichael - Spital of Glenshee - Braemar - Cockbridge - Tomintoul - Grantown - Carrbridge - Inverness.

Second Day - 140 miles

Inverness - Dingwall - Bonar Bridge - Lairg - Tongue - Bettyhill - Thurso.

Third Day - 146 miles

Thurso - John O’Groats - Wick - Berriedale - Helmsdale - Lairg - Bonar Bridge - Dingwall - Strathpeffer.

Fourth Day - 137 miles

Strathpeffer - Kinlochewe - Achnashellach - Lochcarron - Tornapress - Applecross - Tornapress - Lochcarron - Achnasheen - Garve - Strathpeffer.

Fifth Day - 199 miles

Strathpeffer - Beauly - Drumnadrochit - Invermoriston - Cluanie - Shiel Inn - Glenelg - Cluanie - Tomdoun - Fort Augustus - Craggie Inn - Carrbridge - Grantown.

Sixth Day - 184 miles

Grantown - Cockbridge - Braemar - Spital of Glenshee - Kirkmichael - Pitlochry - Ballinluig - Abereldy - Kenmore - Glenquaich - Crieff - Stirling - Falkirk - Edinburgh

The following awards were made for the 1913 event.

GOLD MEDALS - Solo Motorcycles

C W Meredith (Bradbury)
Hal Harrison (Swift)
J E Chisholm (Ariel)
R S Morrison (Bat)
G L Fletcher (Douglas)
S T Tessier (Bat)
D H Noble (Rover)
A U R Downie (AJS)
J F Morrison (Douglas)
G Featherstonehaugh (Rover)
J H Begg (Rudge)
E A Colliver (Indian)
C T Newsome (Rover)
W Pratt (P and M)
E F Baxter (Rex)
K A MacDonald (Singer)
G I Francis (Lea-Francis)
Rev R M Bankes-Jones (P and M)
E H Littledale (Ariel)
G Brough (Brough)
H Berwick (Humber)
F C North Ariel)
B A Hill (Indian)
A G Fenn (BSA)
G T Gray (Rudge)
J Oliphant (Premier)
C Q Roberts (Zenith)
J A Hoult (Matchless)
L Sealey (BSA)
R G Mundy (Williamson)
W G Brandauer (Indian)
L Newey (Ariel)
V Busby (Ariel)
Mrs Baxter (Rex)
T T Laker (Elswick)
J Steel (BSA)

GOLD MEDALS - Sidecars

S J K Thomson (Bat)
A F Downie (AJS)
Hugh Gibson (Bradbury)
R Pearson (Clyno)
C Freeman (Clybo)
G Wray (Clyno)
C R Collier (Matchless) - co-founder, with his brother, of Matchless motorcycles

GOLD MEDALS - Cyclecars

C M Keiller (GWK)
J T Wood (GWK)

Regrettably, we do not have records of the other finishers in the 1913 event.

Information compiled and provided by Deryk Wylde.

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