Jan 29 2013 by Johnathon Menzies, Perthshire Advertiser
Gilmerton motorcyclist Bryan Allan’s successful season has been rewarded with a clutch of top accolades.
The 39-year-old joiner travelled to Belfast to attend the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland’s prize-giving for 2012, where he was presented with coveted gongs for coming second in both the classic 250cc road race and short circuit championships.
Bryan was also recognised for finishing runner-up in the Irish Racing Association equivalents of the same championships in November.
In addition, he was overjoyed to get his hands on the Philip Riddal Memorial Trophy – for the best Irish classic racer of the year – following a hugely successful campaign.
The rider, who is a member of the Dempster Racing Team based in Bangor, County Down, now has his 2013 sights set on replicating his recent success, and is looking forward to the next road racing campaign getting under way in April.
He told the PA: “This year I’ll be competing in all the Irish road racing championships, with just a select amount of short circuit meetings for practice and development.
“I’ll also be making my debut at the Isle of Man Pre-TT, and the first-ever Classic TT event in August, which is looking like the biggest event ever on the island – bringing out a lot of past great racers out of the woodwork.”
Experts at Team Dempster are in the process of custom-building a pre-1972 Honda Drixton 250cc, four-stroke, bike for Bryan.
He hopes he will also be competing at the Isle of Man Manx GP on the Cairngorm Hotel Kawasaki 650 Supertwin, sponsored by Sandy Bloy Motorcycles, Perth’s Instant Image and Chopperz Engineering of Balinluig.
Bryan, who is also a keen horse rider, said: “This is me into my tenth year racing now. Road racing doesn’t really phase me.
“There are plenty of hazards you have to consider that you wouldn’t necessarily have to if you were racing on a track with a gravel run-off area around the edges, but the drivers all respect each other and give each other plenty of room.”
Plans are in place to use Bryan’s August adventures on the Isle of Man to drum up sponsorship money for the Riding for the Disabled Association.
Details are expected to be announced shortly.