Gravesend Thameside Cup Trial

By Alan Turner, 14 February 2013
Bernard Rodemark got the ‘Sportsman Award’ on a 300cc single achieved by combining various BSA engine parts

The Gravesend Eagles MCC held its annual Thameside Cup Trial at Jacksons Wood, near Horsmonden in Kent last Sunday (Feb 10). Much rain before the event caused last-minute revisions of the sections, but the rain continued during the trial and turned it into a true mud-plug...

With various routes, the trial catered for a number of classes with the ‘over-50s’ (riders, rather than bikes) and Pre-67/twinshock both attracting good entries, although the trial was a relatively local event. The pre-67 bikes were an interesting mix of the Spanish two-strokes that revolutionised trials in the sixties and the once obsolete British lightweights. However, with the benefits of modern technology, the Tiger Cubs, Bantams and Villiers-engined bikes now have the means to be competitive again.

Each lap consisted of 13 sections and it was the twelfth that was a real mark-stealer. A loop around some trees was followed by a long climb that was deceptively slippery. Dave Plumb was an easy winner of the over-50s, losing 29 marks on his 250 Triumph. Chris Horn (SWM) was the best of the pre-67/twinshock class, again, a score of 19 was comfortably in front of the next man Paul Stephen (Fantic), with Cub-mounted Graham Bayliss third.

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