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STRATFORD Motorcycle Club is revving up to host its most famous trial this Sunday.

Stratford Motorcycle Club member and Meer Street jeweller Chris Poel won the Phil Hewitt trophy in the 2021 Sam Cooper Union Jack Trial.
Stratford Motorcycle Club member and Meer Street jeweller Chris Poel won the Phil Hewitt trophy in the 2021 Sam Cooper Union Jack Trial.

The prestigious Sam Cooper Union Jack Motorcycle Trial will start from the College Arms in Lower Quinton, with the first rider due off at 9.30am.

The trial is aimed at riders of classic British motorcycles and was first held 50 years ago.

It was founded by local rider and dealer Sam Cooper, who had a shop in Langley, and it’s hoped his widow Eileen will be able to come and start the event.

The trial follows a 25-mile route around country lanes towards Broadway and back, and includes many famous historic off-road sections including Mickleton Wood, Weston Wood and Meon Hill.

Representing Stratford Motorcycle Club in the event are trials captain George Marshall, chairman Mick Chapman and Meer Street jeweller Chris Poel.

Also competing is Rob Higgins, whose farm is adjacent to the start in Lower Quinton.

A club spokesman said: “The club has been very fortunate in being able to obtain permission to enter these off-road venues for over 70 years and gives thanks to the relevant landowners and their agents for their ongoing help and goodwill.”



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