Lanark Show awards

By Web editor, 15 May 2012.
Trophy ceremony is scheduled for 3.30pm
Trophy ceremony is scheduled for 3.30pm

Our independent judging panel at the Lanark Show has inspected all of the exhibits and nominated the Show winners. All are special but the Best In Show winner is very special indeed - Derek Palmer's 'Flower of Scotland' land speed machine! He will be attempting to smash the world land speed record in August of this year...

The Flower of Scotland is a 22ft long streamliner, built specifically for racing on Salt with aluminium disk wheels and a 1-litre turbocharged and supercharged Kawasaki motor generating in the region of 700bhp. The cockpit boasts two parachute levers, three fire extinguisher levers, an infra-red television screen in case of methanol fire in the engine bay, steering wheel and a one-way gearchange air-shift button.

The car was based on an American prototype and rebuilt over a five year period by Derek Palmer's team in Scotland.

Flower of ScotlandSpeed Scotland will be the first Scottish team to attempt to break the World Land Speed Record in the one litre Supercharged Class at the Bonneville Speed Week In August this year. Hopefully it will be third time lucky for the Scottish team, where they hope to crack 312mph and walk off with the land speed record. Attempt number one two years ago achieved 250mph, before the gears gave out and attempt number two last year was good for 280mph, but the gearbox casing started breaking up under the tremendous horsepower the engine was delivering.

Speed Scotland is headed by Derek Palmer, legendary team boss of Promotorsport, the 2001 European Touring Car privateer Champions. Consisting of a band of volunteers they have prepared the 'Flower' for this year’s attempt in their spare time, seeing her safely in her crate for the voyage to Bonneville at the end of July.

Rick Pearson is the 'Flower's' first driver and is an ex-professional race driver, Robert Gilmour, former British Karting champion, is the team's second driver.

Rick races on the salt in a seven-layer fireproof NOMEX race suit which is designed to look like a Tuxedo/Dinner suit including FIA approved bow-tie!

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You can follow the team's exploits on its Facebook homepage or Speed Scotland website, or right here on Classic Bikers Club and the team is welcoming sponsors for this and other events.


See presentations and interview with Derek Palmer

Best in Show
Bike number 9, Flower of Scotland Land speed machine entered by Derek Palmer

New Hudson 1923 motorcycleBest Private Entry
Bike number 10, 1923 211cc New Hudson Popular entered by D. Stewart

Best Veteran (manufactured before 31 December 1919)
Bike number 11, 1914 269cc Victoria entered by D. Stewart

Best Vintage (manufactured 1 Jan 1920 – 31 Dec 1930)
Bike number 10, 1923 211cc New Hudson Popular entered by D. Stewart

Best Post Vintage (1 Jan 1931 – 31 Dec 1939)
Bike number 13, 1936 350cc Norton 50 entered by D. Drummond

Best Classic (1 Jan 1940 – 31 Dec 1959)
Bike number 14, 1953 350cc BSA Gold Star entered by W. Muir

Best Classic (1 Jan 1960 -31 Dec 1972)
Bike number 18, 1972 450cc Honda CB450cc entered by D. Oliver

Best Post Classic (Jan 1 1973 – 31 Dec 1987)
Bike number 38, 1976 400 Honda 400/Four entered by J. Welsh

Best Modern ( 1 Jan – 1988 onwards)
Bike number 15, 1984 950 BMW GS entered by B. Irving

Best Competition Machine – Road Racing
Bike number 720, (Jones) entered by Paul Ingham

Best Competition Machine – Off Road
Bike number 33, 1978 250 Bultaco Sherpa entered by I. Marr

Public Choice Award
Bike number 15, 1984 950 BMW GS entered by B. Irving

Best Grand Prix Paddock Display (£100)
Standing (Bikes 702/703/704) entered by Joe Johnson

Best Trade Entry
Ducati Glasgow

Club Stand Winners
1st Scottish Ducati Club
2nd Goldwing Misfits
3rd Trident and Rocket 3 Owners Club

Ten highly commendeds were:
M. Bracken’s Ducati Super Sport
C. White’s Norton Dominator
M. Cochrane’s Triumph Bonneville
S. Gray’s 1974 Triumph Trident
G. Strong’s Kawasaki 900
I. Brodie’s 1979 Kawasaki Z750
G. Buchan’s Manx Norton
G.P. Paddock’s Rob North Triple
J. Shaw’s 1955 MV
R. Thomson’s 2004 Ducati 749.

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