Since its origin in 1909, no other trial has captured the imagination of rider and spectator in the same way. Riders are lured to the SSDT from all over the world, and the event has the same status to trials riders as the Isle of Man TT has to road racers.
In a word, it's spectacular!
This year we have been very fortunate to gain some new terrain and sections to utilise in the event some of which has never been used before. Whilst there is not a great deal for the spectators to see I believe the competitors will enjoy the route and the sections we have introduced. There are a number of restrictions and constraints in place over the new areas (too many to list) and I must stress that where you come across restricted areas and signs please do not ignore them. These are in place to ensure we can continue to use the ground in years to come and more importantly not damage the surrounding countryside. So please do not be tempted you may jeopardise the future of the event. Thank you.
Full maps and spectator details are available in this years Scottish Six Days Programme which is available in and around the Fort William area before and during the Trial.
With just over a week to go before the 2014 Pre’65 Scottish Trial gets underway on Friday 2 May, the organising committee are working hard to make this the best one yet as we celebrate our 30th anniversary. The new committee have worked tirelessly to resolve many of the problems that beset the 2013 event and are looking forward to seeing all their hard work come to fruition. One major change is that the Machine examination will take place on Thursday between 2.30pm and 7.30pm and new Machine Examiner, Willie Stewart is looking forward to meeting all the competitors.
Vicki Anderson will once again be in attendance this year to provide therapeutic and sports massage throughout the week.
The treatments offered are aimed towards SSDT and Pre '65 competitors, but her services are also available to spectators and anybody else associated with the event.
2014 Scottish Six Days Trial entrants are listed in the PDF document below. Everyone on this list should by now, have recieved direct to thier registered email address, Info Pack 1. If you are on the list and have not recieved this email, please contact the event Secretary as soon as possible.
You might say that Sherco importer, Malcolm Rathmell, has the ‘magic’ touch when it comes to the Scottish Six Days Trial. Providing the support with his wife, Rhoda, they have continued to be involved in the winning ways from the start of his career right through to the modern era. ‘Rastus’ as he is known, first visited the event as a spectator in 1963 before he started his SSDT career in 1966 on a triumph Tiger Cub but retired with a broken rocker. 1967 would see him take a similar machine to a Special First Class award and he followed the trend over the next few years, though mounted on Greeves in 1968 and 1969 before joining the Spanish Armada in 1970 with Bultaco, taking his first top three finish on the prototype slim-line Kit Campeon model.
No 1 Iain Shankie will be leaving the Parc Ferme to start the Scottish Six Days Trial.
Since May 2013 we have been very active in negotiations with landowners, Forestry Commission and other influential bodies in order to secure the routes for this year’s event. As you are aware we were fortunate to introduce some new and some old routes to the event last year, and I am glad to inform you that we are again introducing new routes and sections this year.
While a lot of negotiation has resulted in conditions being agreed to secure these routes and sections, it has to be said the exemplary behaviour of you the riders during the last couple of years has been noted and endorsed by the various bodies involved. This in turn has had a major influence on securing new permissions this year. However I must stress that the ongoing success of the SSDT depends now on adhering to the conditions agreed.
Dateline March 2014…
The annual ‘Sporting Holiday in the Highlands’ better known as the Scottish Six Days Trial begins to take shape once again. The entry ballot has been run, as is customary for this event is over-subscribed and the payment date has now expired and the riding numbers will soon be issued to competitors. Hopefuls on the reserve list will await their news with baited breath!