Scottish Six Days Trials - Past Winners

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.

2019 | James Dabill | on a | 300 Beta |

2018 | Dougie Lampkin | on a | 300 Vertigo |

2017 | Dougie Lampkin | on a | 300 Vertigo |

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 |

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 |

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 |

The first question on everyone'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!