A TRIALS VIAGRA

 

A TRIALS VIAGRA

A TRIALS VIAGRA

 No this isn’t about any little “blue” pills but boy, am I excited or what? I’m just bursting with
enthusiasm for what may, if we get it right, come to fruition next May!

One of Javier’s two James

Yes, it’s the Scottish, or to be more precise the Pre 65 Scottish and already I have been
offered a fantastic machine for the event. None other than a Alan Whitton and Mick Andrews
250 James!!!! …….. all I have to do is get an entry which is where all the finger crossing will be.
Hoping for a bit of luck here, and I’m about due for some, then if I do get in Brenda and I will
turn this into a National Lampoon’s European Vacation.

The pre 65 fun Stop….. Kinlochleven

The big plan will be fly to the UK at the end of April and drive up to Kinlochleven and then do
the Pre 65, then wend our way through England’s fair and pleasant land. Pass through my
childhood stomping ground at Canterbury crossing over to Paris, maybe by train and the
Chunnel that I never saw completed . Do the tourist bit in “Pari” (without the gay!) and then
move south picking up a houseboat/barge and more casual wending down the river stopping
at Chateaus and selected Auberges for muchoo vino collapso! ….. plenty of bread and frommage
aussi.

London to Paris on the Eurostar

?

What did they ever win?

Frommage

Maybe this River?

More cheeses

No doubt a fair bit of this

Post wine tasting……how many chateaus????

Something like this would be nice

About 10 days on the houseboat then dump that and maybe detour into Switzerland before
driving over the Pyrenees to the outskirts of Madrid for the fantastic Robregordo 2 day where
once again the same man will lend me the same James! Having completed that then jump on a
flight from Madrid and back to the USA.

Javier’s other Gorgeous James….. also available for both… I’m spoilt for choice!

So with only 14 months to go things are already at fever pitch as the mind races ahead trying
to plan all the bits and bobs associated with a trip of this magnitude. Better start brushing up
on my French and get some serious practice in on McEwan’s Heavy/Export/Special. It will also
be the first time playing with Euros which may be easier than all the other currencies….. better
check the Passports as well……. and what to do with all these dogs?

My Spanish benefactor, Javier Cruz, known on Trials Central as “Snr Greeves” may well be
competing in the 5 AHRMA Nationals in late August and September and riding my “Glitzmobile”
which I consider a very fair exchange considering what he is offering me!

WHOOOPEEEE!!!

Spoken to Edward and he will get me a Hoseasons brochure this weekend and we can then
look at the routing through France. Got to speak to my cousin Tom at Arter Bros and reinstate
my membership of the Barham & District MC & LCC which was my first club way back in 1963.

BARHAM & DISTRICT on the right, R.A.F.M.S.A. on the left

Showing her age! been on all my cars since 1963

I still have the badge on my car right now! After that it then all becomes hoping and more
hoping that my entry will be accepted. Better not speak to me if I don’t get in!……. and of
course if that happens and the trip gets the “CNX” I would advise staying well clear of Brenda
aussi!

Not forgetting all the foods that I shall be gorging on that you never see in the USA. Oh! for
those “ploughman’s lunches” with pickled onions….yum, yum! Standard pub fare of “Scampi
and chips”….. “fish n’ chips” in newspaper….. “pickled eggs”………. “Walls Pork Pies”…..
“British Bangers”…… and hopefully some of those fantastic “Mallaig Kippers”….. and just
to round off a “Cornish Pastie”…… funny what you miss.

I’m more excited than a 4 year old on Christmas Eve if that’s possible.

 So here is the Route

Since I started writing there seem to have been some additions to my simple straightforward
“Double Trial in Europe” and I’m told to drive into Switzerland, and Tuscany is a MUST! before
moving down to Spain……. anything for peace. As was once said “In an Operation this size
you must accept a few losses”

WHOOOPPEEEE!

Tony Down

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  • 4/7/2008 7:41 AM Outlaw Dave wrote:
    Hey Tony – That will be a fantastic trip for you ( when I first started reading I thought it was for this year & was thinking – thats coming up quick!!) Best of luck and hope things go according to plan.
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  • 4/11/2008 10:18 AM Javier Cruz wrote:
    Also for me thinking in racing 5 trials in the US makes the same effect that viagra……
    Tony; this is all for fun, and as long as I have enough resonable good bikes to let to a classic trials enthusiast as you, be shure there will ready to make their dreams come true.
    I wish all the dreams where so easy to make them come true. Enjoy.
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  • 4/18/2008 9:00 PM Steveo wrote:
    Sounds like the trip of a lifetime,on a James no less!My first bike was a James,so I’ve a very special soft spot for them,and their bullet-proof Villiers.The very best of British luck on the draw Tony,dreams do come true! Steveo
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