Hugh Viney – Scottish Six Days, International Six Days…
Since the beginning of motorcycle competitions, two six day events were held in Great Britain: the Six Days’ Trial – since 1903, which was to become the International Six Days’ Trial in 1913 - and the Scottish Six Days’ Trial as from 1909. They were two different competitions (which is not very clear when reading their names…), the Scottish remaining a Trial event while the Six Days were what would be later called Enduro). Anyway, they sometimes had the same riders taking part in both. For example the post-Second World War Scottish Six Days Trial was dominated for three successive years by a former Army sergeant, Hugh Viney, riding a 347cc AJS. Viney , a serious and very clever rider, won the event in 1947, 48 and 49, and again in 1953.
During the same period, Hugh Viney was also a member of the British World Trophy team taking part in the International Six Trial as from 1947. And the results were at the same level: the team clinched the World Trophy in 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951 and 1953. That 53 year saw the last win of the British team in the International Six Days’ history.
Text Marc Pétrier – Photo Don Morley