Aug 23 2012 by Clare Damodaran, Blairgowrie Adv
VINTAGE motor cycles converged on Blairgowrie for their annual rally recently.
Although the number of entries was down slightly on last year, the rally attracted many spectators.
Around 90 machines were parked at the J J Coupar Recreation Park at the end of their run as part of the 38th rally held by the Scottish National Assembly of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club Ltd.
The machines in the rally are aged 25 years and older and are judged for appearance and performance on a run of approximately 100 miles through Angus and Perthshire.
The Alan Wooler Trophy for the best overall performance in the regularity run and concours went to Bill Leach on a 1913 Triumph.
The club’s new chairman, David Moreton, Arbroath, said: “The rally has gone absolutely perfectly, the weather has been great, not too hot and no rain, and the people here have been brilliant.
“We’ve had around 90 entries and participants attended from all over Scotland and other parts of the UK - despite other events going on nationally such as the Olympics - and there were many favourable comments about the venue.
“We are grateful to Blairgowrie Rugby Club for their help, and all our sponsors, and we’ll be back again next year!”
Veteran, Pre-1915, concours (Veteran Concours Salver) - 1 Bill Leach (1913 Triumph); 2 Paul Morley (1914 James). Regularity (Murray Trophy) - 1 Bill Leach (1913 Triumph); 2 Paul Morley.
Early vintage, concours (Early Vintage Salver) - 1 Dr Iain Huddleston (1921 BSA). Regularity (Early Vintage Salver) - Did not finish.
Late vintage, concours - 1 Alex Cargill (1926 AJS); 2 Andrew Tosh (1927 Rudge). Regularity (Rosebowl) - 1 Hamish Buchanan (1930 Sunbeam); 2 Bob Swan (1928 Sunbeam).
Post vintage, 1931-45, concours (VMCC PV Salver) - 1 Terence Hopes (1931 Ariel); 2 John MacDonald (1936 Morgan). Regularity (Hume Trophy) - 1 Graham McCallum (1934 Norton); 2 Terence Hopes.
Early post-war, 1946-54, concours (Early PW Salver) - 1 Fiona Holmes (1949 Douglas); 2 Ken Coutts, Meigle (1953 Norton). Regularity (Early PW Salver) - 1 Harry Butterfield (1947 Matchless); 2 Willie Dalgleith (1949 BSA Bantam).
Late post-war, 1955-60, concours (Coupar Shield) - 1 Graham Gash (1957 Scott); 2 Bill Craig (1955 BMW outfit). Regularity (Gow Shield) - 1 Stan Harper (1957 Ariel); 2 Archie Goodall (1959 Matchless).
Post 1961-69, concours (Linford Shield) - 1 Nick Bryant (1963 Greeves); 2 Dougie Cowrie (1961 BSA). Regularity (Rosemount Shield) - 1 Nick Bryant (1963 Greeves); 2 Roy Dixon (1962 Triumph).
1970 to 1987, concours - 1 Robert Grant (1973 Honda); 2 Mark Churches (1982 Honda). Regularity - 1 Andrew Rae (1983 MZ); Mark Churches.
Motor cycle combination, three-wheel vehicles, concours (VMCC Shield) - 1 John MacDonald (1936 Morgan); 2 Alan Scott (1926 Royal Enfield and sidecar). Regularity (Duncan Cup) - 1 Bill Craig (1955 BMW outfit); 2 John MacDonald.
Belt drive motor cycle, regularity (Wilson Trophy) - 1 Bill Leach (1913 Triumph).
Best original condition completing run (Owen Tyler Cup) - Tom McLauchlan (980 MZ).
Original flat tank completing run (Petrie Shield) - Bob Swan (1928 Sunbeam).
Best performance by a two-stroke, regularity (Lee Collins Quaich) - Andrew Rae (1983 MZ).
Best performance by a host club member, regularity (Beattie Cup) - Archie Goodall (1959 Matchless).
Best performance on a nominated make, Pre-War Sunbeam (Alex Davidson Cup) - Bob Swan (1928 Sunbeam).
Best Scott, concours (Scott Shield) - Graham Gash (1957 Scott Flying Squirrel).
Best Norton, concours (Eck Phillips Trophy) - 1 Richard Cooper (1934 Norton Model 50)
Best foreign motor cycle, concours (Blairgowrie Motor Cycle Club Trophy) - Jim Leddy (1971 MZ).
Best performance by a lady, regularity (Ladies’ Cup) - Helen Boyes (1978 Honda).
Best V-Twin, concours (George Ellin Cup) - Alan Scott (1926 Royal Enfield and sidecar).
Machine with most technical interest (Blairgowrie TIC Cup) - Chris Jones (1930 Harley Davidson).
Best endeavour (Jimmy Cowe Shield) - Alan Scott (1926 Royal Enfield and sidecar), broke down but got going and got home.
Highest combined age of rider and machine (Keillor Salver) - Bill Leach (1913 Triumph).
Youngest rider (Jim Milne Trophy) - James Scott (1960 Royal Enfield).
Furthest travelled on machine to event (Black Swan Spoon Trophy) - Ed Sandvig (1972 Norton Commando).
Rally secretary’s choice (National Secretary’s Shield) - Willie Dalgleish (1949 BSA D1).
First past Dot’s Post - Keith Steyart (1978 Moto Morini).
Team award, regularity - Lynn’s Boys (Graham McCallum on a 1934 Norton International, Mick Elstone on a 1925 Royal Enfield 180, John Addison on a 1960 Norton).
Overall best performance (Alan Wooler Trophy) - Bill Leach (1913 Triumph).