Welcome to this site which will cover, in a light hearted manner, all aspects of vintage trials from my early days in and out of the saddle to todays current competitions in AHRMA and ITSA. There are stories of major events, both current and yesteryear, sagas of building vintage bikes, and technical articles for the shade tree mechanic.

A little history of the author; English by birth but now dual citizenship. Joined the Royal Air Force straight from school and flew predominately fighters for 30 years finishing up after  Gulf War 1 as a civilian flying instructor in Saudi Arabia teaching the Royal Saudi Air Force how to fly the Tornado. Now a resident in Arizona running a large Grading and Trash Removal company and, between phone calls and scheduling, building and selling Vintage Trials bikes.

Past experiences include; first competition in 1963, 8 rides and finishes in the Scottish Six Days, 2 Welsh 2 Day events and 2 ISDT events. More recently 7 years riding Trials in Arizona and 4 years on the AHRMA circuit and all the fun that that entails.

When not competing or building there is a chance that just maybe “We” (that’s the Royal we) will get the Harley or the Beemer out for a ride and failing that I might get to ride a Crotch Rocket to Team Arizona to teach road riding to beginers as a MSF instructor…….

I hope you like what you see so far and will actively join in the blogs with questions and comments.

So, step back in time and enjoy the first article  “Trials Back Then”

 Yours in the mud
 Tony Down

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