1913 Scottish Six Days Trial

OK, so the ACU Six Days Trial was tough on machine and rider alike. But a Motor Cycle staffer didn’t mince his words: “A gold medal won in the Scottish Trials is worth a great deal more than one gained in England.” Rocks, mud, precipices, breakdowns, crashes—and  women riders to show the chaps how to do it. It all awaits you in the 1913 Features section.

1913 SSDT CHARLIE
For the SSDT Charlie Collier rode a 1914 model Matchless-JAP complete with a three-speed countershaft gearbox and kickstart.

1913 ACU Six Days’ Trial

The 1913 Six Days’ Trial was actually a five days trial followed by a day’s post-mortem. The event was tough enough for competitors to stage a strike meeting and following the trial complaints flew thick and fast. But the presence of a French team (which only survived for two days) justifies calling this the first International Six Day Trial. Read all about it…

1913 6DT PENRITH U
“Waiting outside the Penrith control on the second day of the trials. Among the riders may be seen WH Eggleton (6hp Enfield sidecar), DM Brown (3½hp Rover), C Lester (3½hp P&M), FC North (3½hp Ariel) and one of The Motor Cycle representatives.”

Two new features from 1909

Three additions to the 1909 Features section today; the glorious Wilkinson TAC as tested by the Blue ‘Un and the Green ‘Un;  a very-far-from-serious peek into the futuristic motor cycling world of 1999; and a collection of TT yarns including an Ixion description of a lap that is truly wonderful. While you’re at it, take a gander at the England Invaded yarn—can motor cyclists defeat the dastardly invaders?

1909 MOTORWAY U
A British motorway, circa 1999—curse those pesky airships!

1908: London-Edinburgh MCC Trial

In those pre-Tarmac days a ride from London to Edinburgh was not to be taken lightly. But by 1908 some hardy souls were entering the MCC’s London-Edinburgh Trial for fun; a few even hardier souls were also completing the round trip against the clock. Read all about it!

1908 LON-ED CROLE
“An amateur rider, CH Crole-Rees, who successfully rode his 6hp Advance in the London to Coventry and Back Twelve Hours’ Run, and the London to Edinburgh and Back Run.”