Top Scot Gary tops the Pre ’65 podium for third time

Gary MacDonald in action at Loch Eilde Burn on the Friday. Photograph: Ginger Snaps Photography.

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Gary attacks Lower Mamore on the Saturday. Photograph: Ginger Snaps Photography.

Five year’s after becoming the first Scotsman to win the Edinburgh and District Motot Club Pre ’65 title Kinlochleven joiner Gary MacDonald has done it again.

Having lifted the trophy in 2017 and 2018 this year’s triumph was even more special for the 38-year-old who only got back on a motorcycle a few weeks before this year’s event due to supporting his partner Jo Doeg-Smith through her battle with breast cancer since October 2021.

Speaking after his win Gary said: ‘The dust has settled and I still can’t quite believe it.

‘Winning the Pre ’65 for the third time is something I never thought I’d ever achieve especially this year. Sometimes things just workout.

‘I turned up very under prepared and the win really was a fantastic moment in our lives.’

‘Jo is an inspiration and just seeing her making it out to some sections over the weekend kept me smiling. Support from riders, friends, family and all the crowds was overwhelming and something I’ll remember for a long time.’

Gary also paid tribute to his back-up team including chief David Stewart owner of the winning Triumph Cub.

‘Between the pair of us we’ve made the Cub what it is today, a winning machine,’ said Gary.

‘What Davy doesn’t know about cubs is not worth knowing. I know it’s been a dream of his to have one of his bikes win the Pre ’65 Scottish one day and it’s a privilege to be the guy who ticked that box.’

Thanks were also made to Ian Ross – side kick mechanic that helps ‘keep the bike sweet’.

Taking place in Kinlochleven on the Friday and Saturday before Scottish Six Day Trial week the Pre ’65 is a two day trial for motorcycles manufactured before 1965.

Paying tribute to his fellow competitors Gary added: ‘Well done to Joel Gowanin who took second place on his first attempt – certainly a man to watch in future – and regular podium visitor Ben Butterworth, super riding.

‘Thanks also to everyone involved with organising and running the event, without them there is no trial or dreams to achieve.

Gary now hopes to enter next year’s SSDT but for the time being Jo remains his main focus.

‘She still has a long road a head of her,’ he told us. ‘She is absolutely amazing though and charges on forward everyday.’

Main photograph: Gary MacDonald in action at Loch Eilde Burn on the Friday. NO_F19_2022Pre65_GaryMacDonald 01

Photo 2: Gary attacks Lower Mamore on the Saturday. Photograph: Ginger Snaps Photography. NO_F19_2022Pre65_GaryMacDonald 02