THE TALMAG TRIAL 2018
Fears that this longstanding event might be cancelled proved to be unfounded as Club Officials from the organising Club made successful representations to the MOD and permission was granted for the next five years. Having observed, with others, for several years I was looking forward to this year's event which didn't disappoint , the weather was fine, the entry large and varied and a nicer friendlier bunch of officials, riders and spectators you couldn't find. Just a few pictures to give you a flavour of the day.
THE TALMAG TRIAL 2017
For several years I have observed with others at the annual Talmag Trial and this year I was intending to go along but not to observe. That plan didn’t work out due to John suffering from the dreaded bug and Mike hurling himself out of a loft and breaking both his back and shoulder, a painful exercise. He is recovering well I hasten to say and so back to observing once again, although it is always a rewarding practice. It is quite pleasant walking around the paddock before the event gets underway to look at the range of immaculate machines that have clearly been prepared with time and effort, and will now be ‘thrown at the undergrowth’.
As you might expect the machines included in the 200 strong entry were many models of AJS, Triumph, Royal Enfield, BSA, Norton, Matchless, and Sammy Miller inspired Ariels but would you have expected to see, M.V.Augusta, Ducati, Douglas, Vincent, Velocette, Panther, Levis, Indian and a very tidy Terrot. Unfortunately this event too is under threat with land fees more than doubling and EU insurance legislation proposing third party risks cover for those competing. Oh dear! The price of progress?