The IoM scooter holiday week always took place two weeks after the TT races, I think it was to keep the mods and rockers apart, not that there were ever many mods about when I was there. The event started on the Sunday with the full day trial. This was a full days navigational trial around the roads and tracks of the Island, usually about 250 miles in total and there are a lot of non-metalled roads of the IoM.
The riders had to keep to an average of 20 mph and the route map used the Tulip system of ball & arrow directions, similar to that used at this year’s Modraphenics Rally. The mileage to the check points was given but you had to work out what time you were supposed to arrive at them. Having a navigator was a definite advantage especially one as light and nibble as Richard who could be out and pushing us in seconds! We did very well and were the first and only sidecar team to win the event.
After a day of rest and repairs the next event was the TT course regularity trial. This just involved five laps of the TT course with timed check points around the circuit and penalty points for being early or late. The average speed was low but the roads were open to traffic. The ride from Ramsey to the Mountain check point was always tight with the sidecar if you got stuck behind one of the Manx tourist buses. We managed to get through the day with no penalty points and like many other riders received a gold award.
The final event for us was the Druidale event which was a long twisting uphill climb followed by an equally twisty mountain road, which included the famous water splash. This was not a race but the average speed was impossible to maintain. We completed our allotted number of runs and were the fastest combo on the day. So at the prize giving party at Douglas Head Hotel we had quite a haul, full-day trial champions, gold in the TT event, class winner for the Druidale and 3rd overall for the week.
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