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A nostalgic look back at inaugural Leven Valley Two Day Trial

A nostalgic look back at inaugural Leven Valley Two Day Trial

Craig Houston takes Martin Murphy's Honda TLR up Pipeline in the 2018 Leven Two Day

Recently we took a nostalgic look back at the 2019 Scott Trial – as we sadly missed out on the epic Richmond club event this year thanks to the pandemic.

As that proved popular, especially with people who weren’t at the event – those who had their own memories – we’ve dug into the piccy files for another featured event.

Guest of Honour at the inaugural Leven Valley Two Day was Sammy Miller who travelled the 600-odd miles from his south coast base. Sammy is presenting the Best Twinshock award to Phil Disney who dropped just one mark

The inaugural Leven Valley Two Day Trial, run on the last weekend of September, in 2018, is the subject for today and specifically a selection of Twinshocks on Pipeline images.

And the reason for this is that, while Pre-65s have been able to do this every year since 1984, thanks to the Pre-65 Scottish, Post-65 Twinshocks have been cruelly neglected in that time.

So what prompted this theme was remembering a chat with Nick Shield and Glen Scholey at the official presentation in the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven immediately after the event.

A splash of colour on a grey day thanks to the SWM Jumbo with Carl Winstanley on board

An enthused Nick, a regular Scottish Pre-65 entrant on either his BSA four-stroke single or Triumph twin, said: “I’ve always wanted a go at Pipeline on my Majesty – and now I’ve done it!”

It does seem strange that every year a plethora of new-build Britshocks, masquerading as Pre-65s, get the privilege while a whole generation of Twinshocks that competed in the Scottish Six Days have been ignored.

A camouflaged (for those sly dabs!) Phil Clarkson takes his Bultaco up
the famous hill

This was until the-awakened Kinlochleven MCC, with Martin Murphy as the driving force, stepped-up and ran their event which of course proved an instant hit.

It is a long way to Kinlochleven – from anywhere – but of course, enthusiasts raced to sign-up and made the trek into the Highlands from all over the UK and enjoyed a brilliant weekend.

Hopefully, this is another great event that will be back with us in 2021…

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