THE SCOTTISH SIX DAYS.
The Scottish Six Days’ Trial this year is the only event of this type run off in Great Britain. Severe gradients, water-plashes and boulder-strewn tracks were the order of the day, and in view of the riding conditions, the total distance, 1,006 miles, was more than sufficient for many competitors.
The most important of the Premier Awards were as follows : Best solo under 200 c.c., B. Kershaw (James-Villiers); best 250-350 c.c., F. E. Thacker (Arid); best solo over 350 c.c., J. H. Amott (RudgeWhitworth); best 350 c.c. sidecar, P. Cranmore (B.S.A.); best performance by a lady, Mrs. McLean (Douglas). The Club Team Prize was won by the British Two-Stroke Club’s team, composed of Kershaw (James), Moxon (Francis-Barnett), and Shepherd (Scott). The most meritorious performance below Gold Medal standard was made by T. G. Meeten (172 c.c. Francis-Barnett and sidecar).
Of the makes with three or more entries, Ariels and Scotts were the only ones to finish complete with gold medal or silver cup awards.
A special word must be said as to Meeten’s performance. In a trial such as the Scottish, it is creditable enough to get through on a 175 c.c. machine solo. Yet for over 1,000 miles Meten’s tiny Villiers engine dragged a sidecar and passenger, and never once failed on a hill due to lack of power. Moreover, his combination climbed the notorious Tornapress hill, six miles in length, at only a fraction under 20 m.p.h.—the speed required by the regulations for solo machines of 1,000 capacity.
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