1911 Scottish Six Days Trial

1911 ssdt glendoeRiders wait at the bottom of the timed hillclimb at Glendoe during the 1911 SSDTPublished as the Scottish Six Days Reliability Trial, promoted by the Edinburgh & District Motor Club, the 1911 event attracted thirty-seven entries. Of those, only one failed to make the start, although several had been working on their machines for most of the previous night. The start of the 1911 Trial was once again at the Murrayfield car terminus in Edinburgh. The competitors were allocated into two classes, namely Passenger and Lightweight Class and, secondly, Tourist Class.

The routes for the 1911 event were:

First Day - 173 miles

Edinburgh - Stirling - Arrochar - Rest and Be Thankful - Killin - Kelmore - Aberfeldy

Second Day - 106 miles

Aberfeldy - Dunkeld - Blairgowrie - Edzell - Cairn oʼMount - Banchory - Aberdeen

Third Day - 134 miles

Aberdeen - Old Meldrum - Banff - Cullen - Fochabers - Elgin - Forres - Inverness - Beauly - Dingwall

Fourth Day - 134 miles

Dingwall - Strathpeffer - Altguish Inn - Dundonnel - Gruinard - Gairloch - Kinlochewe - Achnasheen - Garve - Strathpeffer - Dingwall

Fifth Day - 165 miles

Dingwall - Beauly - Drumnadrochit - Fort Augustus - Glendoe - Spean Bridge - Loch Laggan - Newtonmore - Dalwhinnie - Pitlochry - Aberfeldy

Sixth Day - 115 miles

Aberfeldy - Amulree - Crieff - Comrie - Lochearnhead - Callander - Edinburgh

It would be very difficult to retrace the actual routes taken by the competitors in these early events, simply because many of the roads used have since been ʻstraightenedʼ during the construction over the years of more modern surfaces. In the first instance it would be necessary to obtain reliable maps of the areas for the period of the event, and then superimpose a current map and compare the two.

The following awards were made:


GOLD MEDALS (Full Reliability marks)

J F Morrison (2.75 ho Douglas) 2 speed
P Phillips (2.75 hp Douglas) 2 sp
W B Gibb (2.75 hp Douglas) 2 sp
J S Holroyd (2.75 hp Motosacoche) single gear
H V Colver (2.75 hp Enfield) 2 sp
F Smith (6 hp Clyno sidecar) 2 sp


E B Ware (8 hp Chater-Lea sidecar) 3 Speed (tyre troubles)


G L Fletcher (2.75 hp Douglas) 2 sp (stripped 1 timing gear)
John Gerard (2.25 Enfield) 2 sp (chain and magneto troubles)
A A Hay (2 hp Alcyon) single gear (general troubles)



S J K Thomson (8 hp Bat) single gear (Fastest hill climb prize)
R Morrison (5 hp Bat) single gear
B H Davies (3.5 hp Rudge) NSU 2-speed
G T Gray (3.5 hp Rudge) NSU 2-speed
B A Hill (3.5 hp Rudge) NSU 2-speed
C S Burney (3.5 hp Rudge) NSU 2-speed
W L Dibb (5 hp Rex) 2-speed
A F Downie (3.5 hp Ariel) single speed
M Westwood (3.5 hp Triumph) single gear (Formula hill climb prize)


M Pratt (3.5 hp Humber) 2-speed
T Silver (3.5 hp Quadrant) single gear
R H Mouat (3.5 hp Rudge) NSU 2-speed
L Pennington (3.5 hp Triumph) single gear (with borrowed 1908 engine)


W H Elce (3.5 hp Rudge) Rudge 6-speed (tyres and magneto trouble)
R S Smith (8 hp Bat) single gear
A U R Downie (3.5 hp Brown) single gear
C McCregor (5 hp Bat) single gear (jammed adjustable pulley)
George Bell (3.5 hp New-Hudson) Armstrong 3-speed (wrecked front wheel rebuilt)
S Fontaine (3.5 hp Quadrant) single gear (several falls)

There were six retirements during the six days.

Information compiled and provided by Deryk Wylde.

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