All posts by John Moffat

Death of Robert Kling

It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of club member Robert ‘Bob’ Kling, formerly of Highland Locksmiths, Inverness who passed away peacefully following an accident earlier this week on his Beta at Torvean Quarry during a private practicing session.

Bob was a likeable character and set up his locksmiths business with his wife in 1985, retiring and selling out to MacGregor Industrial Supplies in 2013.

The committee and directors of Inverness & District Motor Cycle Club Ltd send their sincere condolences to the Kling family at this difficult time.

Bob’s funeral arrangements are: 13.45 at Inverness Crematorium, Kilvean Road, Inverness, IV3 8JN on Wednesday 27th February.

John Moffat IDMCC Ltd Company Secretary.

Championship Round 1 – Alvie Estate

The 2019 Club Championship kicks off on Sunday, March 3rd at Alvie Estate.

Please note that if you want to score club championship points you must hold an SACU Trials Registration Card issued by virtue of your membership of IDMCC. This will be checked when you sign on. The club of issue is directly below your name on the front of the Trials Registration Card.

One Event licences are available at the cost of £6.00 but will not earn you championship points. It is better value if you get an SACU Trials Registration Card, lasts until 30th January 2020 at the cost of £12!

The trial is an Open To Scotland permitted event, so members of any SACU club are most welcome but they will not be credited with IDMCC championship points.

Please have the correct entry fee with you and arrive on time for the briefing and start.

Please note that Club Trials start at 10.30 sharp, with signing on from 9.00 am to 10.15 am. Latecomers may not be able to enter as entries will be closed at 10.15 am.

Highland Classic announce Trial Partners for 2019

The club have announced to the trials world, our Trial Partners for our prestigeous event, The Highland Classic Two Day Trial 2019.

Guest of Honour is 1979 World Trials Champion, Bernie Schreiber and he will now be joined by SWM team mate, 1981 World Trials Champion, Gilles Burgat, both previous winners of the Scottish Six Days Trial, Gilles in 1981 and Bernie in 1982.

They are also in company with previous guest of honour, three times World Trials Champion, Yrjo Vesterinen who also won the SSDT in 1980.

Three former World Trials Champions and SSDT winners at one event, hosted by the Inverness & District MCC Ltd.

Trial Partners and Guest Teams for 2019:

Apico Factory-Racing: Gary MacDonald; Tim Britton; Robin Luscombe.
Putoline Lubricants UK: Yrjo Vesterinen; Nick Jefferies; John Hayden.
Classic Trial Magazine: Nick Shield; Phil Disney; Ian Peberdy.
Rockshocks: Gary Fleckney; Ben Butterworth; Jack Butterworth.
Cromarty Brewing Co: Mark Whitham; James Reid; Roger Holden.
MotoSWM.com: Martin Matthews; Graham Wignall; Rob Poulton.

Highland Classic entries close after 24 hours

The Highland Classic 2 Day Trial 2019 entries were opened at midnight on Friday 1st February and closed almost 24 hours later!

A staggering 228 entry forms were received by our Entries Secretary by the Sunday, making the event oversubscribed by 85 entrants for the 160 available spaces.

Quite a few IDMCC members secured an entry, but this was only achievable by hand delivering the entry form to the Entries Secretary on the Friday or Saturday morning, such was the demand.

Hand deliveries were received from riders as far away as the Scottish Borders!

This now establishes the Highland Classic as the main trial that the IDMCC promote and produces the largest amount of income to the club, money that is available for other club promotions.

 

 

Do your bit for the club!

The following are a list of members who will be leading a group to set out each event.

If you want to pick what event you are assisting in setting out get in touch with a member of the committee soon, otherwise events will be picked on your behalf.

If leaders are to change you will be notified in advance.

Many thanks – Grant Coward, Club Chairman

Cannich: 10/2/19- Grant Coward

Ballindalloch: 3/3/19- David Holland/Colin Forbes

Foyers: 24/3/19 – John Garth

Cannich: 14/4/19 – Grant Coward

Tain/Golspie: 28/4/19 – Alick Murray/Tom McBride/Garry Coward

Alvie: 26/5/19 – Stewart Anderson/Grant Coward

Tomcrasky: 22>23/6/19 – Jimmy Jenkins/Nigel Robertson

Golspie/Tain: 14/7/19 – Alick Murray/Tom McBride/Garry Coward

Durness 17-18/8/19 – Garry/Grant Coward

Cannich: 1/9/19 – Gordon Murray

Ballindalloch: 6/10/19 – David Holland/Colin Forbes

Tomcrasky: 27/10/19 – Davy Maclean

Cannich: 24/11/19 – Leigh Bremner

Charity Donation hits the papers

The recent charitable donation by the club to the Highland Hospice, Inverness was reported in the local press this week. We donated £1.63 in total.

Junior members on hand for the presentation were Archie and Robbie Bremner, whose father Leigh started riding with the club after a number of years racing BMX. Their Grandfather is former IDMCC Chairman, Peter Bremner who is also now Chairman of the Edinburgh & District Motor Club, organisers of the SSDT which Peter has been associated with since 1972.

New look for Highland Classic

Our annual Highland Classic Two Day has had a refresh by trials rider Joe Baker of Joe Baker Design in Devon.

The club have commissioned a logo to be used in connection with our very popular trial which is known as “The Friendliest Classic Trial in Scotland”,

The new logo captures the spirit of the event being for Pre’65 and Twinshock machines and is the successor to the old Highland Two Day Trial which began in 1950 by the Highland Car & Motor Cycle Club which split into two and eventually the loss of the motor cycle element. In the 1970s the Inverness & District was formed and Malcolm Smith, a founder life member was keen to start a Pre’65 event which has grown in stature year on year since 2003.

The new logo will be used in all promotional material from now on.

Entry forms will be available from 00:00 on 1st February 2019 with entries limited to 160 plus guest riders. It will be on a first receipt basis with no ballot and a reserves list made up from those who are initially unsuccessful. Postal, courier or delivered entries only, there will be no online entries or entries by electronic means.

Highland Hospice benefit from IDMCC Trial

The Highland Hospice increased their funds by £1,063 recently, thanks to the IDMCC who decided to donate the proceeds of their Introduction To Trials practice at Tain on 30th December.

The club covered the cost of the event insurance and one event licences at the Tain event.

On hand to present the cheque to the Highland Hospice was the Bremner family, Peter who is a life member, Leigh who started riding trials in  the club and Archie & Robbie, who are current riders.

The Highland Hospice were delighted with our contribution and placed details in their monthly newsletter and website.

Schreiber Experience for IDMCC

On Monday 10th June, 2019 the Inverness & District MCC will host the launch of the ‘Schreiber Experience’ at Alvie Estate.

Organised by 1979 World Trials Champion, Bernie Schreiber who rode factory Bultaco; Italjet; SWM and Yamaha, this will be a day to remember for the lucky 25 participants. Places are limited.

Bernie Schreiber was 1979 World Trials Champion on Bultaco and won the 1982 SSDT on SWM machinery – Photo: Giulio Mauri / Fontsere images

It is a unique opportunity to be trained and coached by a former world champion. It is designed for adult riders who have an interest in classic trials, but many of the techniques can double for riding modern machines.

The experience will be run under an SACU training permit and will include a classroom session during the day with participants lunch, a specially designed event pit cap souvenir, finishing certificate and instruction booklet to remind you of this very special day at Alvie.

Alvie Estate is the perfect venue and the Schreiber Experience compliments the weekend sport following on from the Highland Classic 2 Day Trial – SWM Edition on the Saturday & Sunday. It is anticipated that many of the lucky 25 participants will stay over an extra day following the trial.

Promoted under his recently launched ‘ZER(O)BS’ brand, Bernie will be very much ‘hands on’ with the training and will be assisted by SACU coach, Allister Stewart and ACU trainer, Richard Allen.

This is a unique and exclusive opportunity to enhance fundamental trials skills and create a blueprint for your improvement as a competitor.

Make contact with the IDMCC secretary by e-mail to note your interest on: highlandclassic@outlook.com

IDMCC go digital banking

With immediate effect, the club’s bank account is now digital which means that we can pay our invoices electronically and without having to post cheques to suppliers when we buy items or supplies for the club or the events we promote.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean that we can take payments for club events or for national events as that would require credit facilities through a provider, but it does mean that we can pay for things faster than previously and reduce postage costs and admin time etc.

Club membership will continue to be collected by cheque/postal order or cash, unless by prior agreement in which case we can accept a bank transfer with a suitable reference followed up by a membership application form being sent to the club Secretary.

John Moffat – IDMCC Company Secretary