Newcomers of all ages are looking forward to making their debut in the Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) that will take place in and around Fort William from 7th to 12th May. Amongst them will be father and son, Patrick (46) and Gareth (18) Palmer from Aberfeldy (Perthshire in Scotland), which is a mere 90-minute drive away from the event’s base in the Scottish Highlands.
As well as sharing a passion for motorcycle trials, Gareth and Patrick work together in the family’s holiday lodge business, and with only a few short weeks to go have been spending most of their spare time training together for the 2012 SSDT.
For Gareth, taking part in this year’s SSDT is part of his coming of age celebrations. The teenager passed his bike test in January and his entry to ‘The Scottish’ was an 18th birthday present from his family.
“I first got into trials in five years ago when I was 13, but it wasn’t until two years after that I started to take it seriously and compete in local events. I watched the Scottish Six Days Trial for the first time back in 2008. From then I’ve been to watch every year and I’ve always fancied having a go at it myself,” says Gareth.
The SSDT is organised by the Edinburgh & District Motor Club. EventScotland is continuing to support the event this year as part of its National Funding Programme. The SSDT is free for spectators to watch on all days - for a full nine-day motorcycle entertainment and music schedule please visit www.ssdt.org.