Almost 120 former mudpluggers gathered at the Ibsley village hall for the annual Perce Simon trial reunion on September 4.
Gleaming in the sunshine was a superb collection of off road bikes from the 1960s, while inside enjoying tea and cake was a ‘who’s who’ of feet-up stars from the golden era. Don and Derek Rickman, Jeff Smith – who won the trial five times out of six rides – George Greenland, Triss Sharp, Bill Faulkner and Greeves stalwart Mike Jackson, along with five top lady riders, all exchanged memories from what is regarded as one of the UK’s best national trials.
Initiated by the late John Jackson and Gwen White in 1994, the reunion attracts former stars from far and wide. In addition to Jeff Smith, who had jetted in from his home in the US, Brian Bulloch won the award for ‘furthest travelled’ as he had come from his home in New Zealand. Master of ceremonies Mike Jackson enjoyed some light heated banter with his old rival ‘Smithy.’