The 2018 British National trials scene is about to explode into action with a plethora of series and cracking individual events vying for your support with at least one National each weekend.
And traditional Nationals don’t get more traditional than the Bemrose Trophy Trial with this year’s event, on Sunday March 25, the 89th to take place. The Bemrose was first staged back in 1921 and lays claim to be on of the longest running – maybe the longest – one-day National trial still in the calendar.
The list of previous winners is a Who’s Who of trials, with local Derbyshire Superstar Mick Andrews top of the form with a total of seven wins. The great Sammy Miller claimed five victories while Steve Saunders and Sam Haslam have four each in the bag. Trad Nat specialist Dan Thorpe has also clocked-up four Premiers and was the winner of last year’s Bemrose.
There are only two hat-trick winners though, Andrews in 1974-76 and Haslam 2010-12. The Bemrose 2018-style is run by the North Derbyshire Youth club (NDYCMCC) with welcome assistance by Manchester 17 and Macclefsield Trials Club.
It will start at High Edge, near Buxton, with first man away at 9am, and the single-lap course will cover around 40 miles of fields, open moor and roads, with multiple groups of sections taking in limestone, slippery streams, grassy bankings contrasted with super grippy millstone grit.
You will need a couple of cans for the fuel stops. There are both Experts and Clubman routes plus a 50/50 option so the trial covers a wide variety of skill levels. Regs and downloadable entry forms are available now on the ndyc website. Entries are restricted to 150 so get a shift on.
The organisers would also like to hear from any potential observers as a single lap event obviously needs plenty of volunteers. Again, check out the website for contact details or call Alan or Ruth Nixon on 01332-559813.