Derek J. Edgar Trophy

Each year since his death in March 2017, the Highland Classic Two-Day Trial has awarded the ‘Derek J. Edgar Trophy’ for the oldest finisher in the event.

Derek Edgar on his Honda TL250 in the 1977 SSDT on Kilmonivaig.

The trophy was gifted to the Inverness & District MCC by Mrs. Theresa Edgar, Derek’s widow – but who was Derek J. Edgar?

Derek was the younger son of Norman Edgar who was joint proprietor of Edinburgh motorcycle dealers, Edgar Brothers. His older brother is Norman F.W. Edgar, former Scottish Six Days Trial Clerk of Course and himself a three times Scottish Trials Champion, who has observed at the Highland Classic since 2015. His Sons, Stuart and Ross and Grandson, Callum compete in the Highland Classic.

Derek Edgar in the 1969 Scottish Six DAYS Trial on his AJS 250 37A-T which was a works entry, although the machine was built in Edgar Bros workshop in Edinburgh. (Photo: Bob May)

Derek left school and became an apprentice motorcycle mechanic under his Uncle, Frank Edgar in the family run business. He took up trials riding at 16 years of age and rode in several Scottish Six Days Trials, riding DMW, Bultaco, Puch, AJS (which he helped develop) and Honda machinery. He went on to work for Steyr-Daimler Puch at their Graz factory in Austria and then Montesa in the USA.

Derek became an accomplished medal winner at the International Six Days Trial riding Puch, AJS and Ossa machines.

Previous winners of the Derek J. Edgar Trophy:

2018: Neil Walker

2019: Neil Walker

2021: Neil Walker

2022: Keith Gardner

2023: Alexander Carmichael

Promoted by: Inverness & District Motor Cycle Club Ltd