Here Are The Rules For 1924 Six Days’ Trial

From the July 1924 issue of Motorcyclist magazine

New York City, June 28. –Entry blanks were issued this week for the second annual National Six Days’ Trial, August 25-30, under the auspices of the American Motorcycle Association, the newly-formed rider division of the Motorcycle and Allied Trades Association. In sending out the blanks, which are unusually complete and give all information required by an intending contestant, Chairman W.H. Parsons, of the National Six Days’ Trial Committee, said:

“The main object of the Trial is to demonstrate the efficiency, reliability and economy of the motorcycle and motorcycle sidecar as a means of transportation, in addition to offering a week of sport that should be replete with memorable experiences. Incidentally, the Trial should leave in the minds of the general public a lasting and favorable impression of the motorcyclist, which only can be created by gentlemanly demeanor and neat appearance.

Following are the official rules which will govern the Trial. Western riders desiring copies of the official entry blank may obtain same from J.J. O’Connor, 709 Union League Bldg., Los Angeles.

1. Every competitor must be a member in good standing of the A.M.A., otherwise he must register by payment of $1.00 (one year’s dues) at time of entry. Membership card must be shown to the Referee before the start.

2. Entries will be received by A.B. Coffman, Chairman A.M.A. Competition Committee, 326 West Madison St., Chicago, Ill., until 6 P.M., August 23, 1924. Entries must be accompanied by at least one half the driver’s entry fee. Passengers entering for medals must remit the full fee with entry.

3. The entry fee is $10.00 for each driver. Sidecar or tandem passengers may compete for medals upon payment of an entry fee of $5.00. The passenger fee is optional.

4. The Committee reserves the right to refuse any entry without assigning any reason.

5. The total number of motorcycles entered may be limited to one hundred (100), if, in the opinion of the Committee, such action appears advisable.

6. Under no circumstances is an accepted entry fee returnable.


7. Contestants are divided into two classes: Trade and Private Owner. In each class there are four divisions: Solo, Sidecar, Tandem and Lightweight. All motorcycles of 30:50 cu. in. (500 c.c.) piston displacement or less are considered as lightweights if entered as solo mounts. However, should a motor of 30:50 cu. in. displacement or less be entered with sidecar or tandem attachment it must compete in the sidecar or tandem class and will not be considered in the lightweight class. All others are classed as heavyweights.

8. For purpose of regulation, a “Trade Rider” is: Any person who has competed for or accepted money in any motorcycle competition; or, who is connected with a company manufacturing motorcycles or articles allied to the motorcycle industry; or, any agent, either an agent for himself or of a company or firm in the motorcycle or allied industries; or, an individual employed directly by an agent’s or manufacturer’s business. All other contestants are “Private Owners” and must sign the following declaration which appears on the entry form:

“I hereby declare that I have never competed for, nor accepted, any cash prize in any motorcycle event, and that I am not now, and shall not be at the date of the Trial, either (a) a manufacturer of, agent for, or dealer in motorcycles as defined in Regulation No.8,; or, (b) in the employ or pay of, or in receipt of any financial assistance from, any such person or company; and (c) that I shall my-self drive throughout the Trial the motorcycle hereby entered therefor.”


9. Motorcycle must be equipped with: Headlight; Tail light; Sidecar light when sidecar is used; Chain and Mudguards as furnished by the different factories as standard equipment and in good working order at the start of the Trial.

10. Teams. Two contestants constitute a team. Teams are divided into two classes: Trade and private Owner. There are four divisions in each class: Solo, Sidecar, Tandem and Lightweight. Teams may represent: Factory, Agent, Dealer, Club, City, Association, etc.

11. In case one member of a team drops out it will be considered no team and the surviving member will continue in one of the eight divisions as an individual only.

12. The Schedule for all classes is twenty (20) miles per hour throughout the entire course, except as may be noted on the route cards to comply with traffic conditions.

13. Mileage and Route. Route card mileage is official. Before the start of each day’s run a Route Card will be supplied each contestant giving the detailed mileage and will enable the driver to figure the time he is due at all known controls.

14. Time. Eastern Standard Time (Western Union) is official over the entire course. (Contestants should keep this well in mind when in territory where central time is standard.)

15. Markers. Each contestant will receive two (2) number plates, which must be fastened, one on each side of the motorcycle. They are to be plainly visible at all times during the contest.

16. Conduct. Contestants must comply with the rules of the road and accord due respect to the rights of others. Proceed carefully and in compliance with the law.

17. Sidecar or Tandem Entrants:

(a) Only one (1) passenger may be carried.

(b) The same passenger must be carried through the trial.

(c) Passenger must sign checking sheets at all controls.

(d) Passenger cannot relieve driver at any time under penalty of disqualification of both.

(e) Passenger may compete for medal by payment of entry fee of $5.00. This is optional.

18. Controls:

(a) All known controls will be designated by green and white flags. Route cards will give their exact location.

(b) All known controls will have a dead line established approximately twenty-five (25) feet from the checker. Contestants may approach the check to this point but are not to proceed beyond it under penalty of having to check in immediately. This dead line shall be indicated by a red flag.

(c) The Checker’s watch, Eastern Standard (Western Union) Time is official and the following is the procedure for checking in:

Thirty seconds before a contestant-is due the checker shall announce: “N o. X you are due at 9.45-it is now 9.44.30.” No. X prepares to enter the check at 9.45. He has until 9.45.59 to check perfect. At 9.46 and until 9.46.59 he is one minute late: at 9.47 and until 9.47.59, he is two minutes late, etc.

(d) In addition to the known controls there will be one or more secret checks established each day between the known controls. At these checks the rider’s time will be taken at the check and once in sight the rider must continue toward the checker at the schedule speed, or be checked in with the time when first sigh ted by checker. Secret check mileage will be figured from the last regular check prior to the secret check

(e) Secret checks will be used only to break up possible ties at the known controls as defined in Regulation 20.

(f) Observers. Each day several official observers who will check up on the contestants will be established, seeing that all rules are obeyed. They shall check up on contestants who are riding of schedule or off the course. Each contestant will be required to stop, give his number, and sign the checking sheet. Should observers catch a rider more than thirty (30) minutes ahead of his riding schedule he will be penalized 250 points.

(g) All Controls, Secret Checks, and Observing Checks shall be opened one (1) hour before the first rider is due and closed two (2) hours after the last rider should have passed.

(h) Contestants shall personally sign check sheets and have arrival time inserted by the checker on their Route cards. Drivers are responsible for the actions of their passengers.

19. Acceleration Tests. On the first and sixth day there will be established an acceleration test. The results will be used to break up possible ties in the final results. The contestant riding both tests with the least variation is considered to have the best score. The results of these tests will be used as defined in Regulation 20.

20. Method of Computing Scores. For determining scores, each contestant’s time at all known controls will be used. If two or more entrants acquire identical scores, after all known control scores have been figured, all the secret check scores shall be used to break the existing tie. Should the secret check variations fail to break such a tie, then, and only in the case of those who are tied, the acceleration test variations shall determine the better score.

21. After competitors shall have placed their motorcycles in the custody of control officials at the starting or night controls, these motorcycles shall remain in the custody of the said officials until one hour before competitors are scheduled to leave the controls. Under no circumstances will competitors have access to their machines for any purpose until properly released by the control officials.

22. The entire course shall be covered by the power of the motorcycle or the muscular energy of the competitor or his passenger. Towing is forbidden under penalty of disqualification.

23. Trade entrants will not be permitted to receive organized assistance during the Trials under penalty of disqualification.

24 (a) Organized assistance will be considered help from any manufacturer, agent or dealer or their employees, or any other non-contestants.

Example: A trade contestant breaks a front fork. He may receive, or purchase, a new fork, but he, his sidecar passenger, or some fellow competitor must do all the work of making the replacement.

(b) This section does not apply to Private Owners.

25. Penalties. Each contestant will start with a score of 1000 points, from which the following deductions will be made, in addition to A.M.A. penalties for infractions not covered by these rules:

(a) One point (1) for every minute late at any control.

(b) Two points (2) for every minute early at any control.

(c) Two hundred and fifty (250) points for failing to check at any known, secret or observer check.

(d) Two hundred and fifty (250) points for being more than 30 minutes ahead of schedule time at any point on the course.

(e) Five points for failure of driver or sidecar passenger to sign checking sheet at any known or secret check. Driver as well as passenger will be penalized for failure of passenger to sign.

26. A.M.A. Rules. In all cases not covered by these regulations, A.M.A. Rules will be considered official and authoritative. Should these rules conflict in any particular with the regular A.M.A. rules, these special rules shall prevail for this particular contest.

27. Contestant will be Disqualified for

(a) Arriving at any control or secret check more than two (2) hours after he is due to have arrived.

(b) Failure to check or be accounted for at two (2) or more controls, secret checks or observers’ checks.

(c) Using other than the motive power of his machine or his own and his passenger’s muscular energy.

(d) Riding over other than the official route.

(e) Receiving organized assistance if a trade rider.

(f) Working on motorcycle while in a control.

(g) Making false statement on entry blank.

(h) Changing passenger during the Trial.

(i) Passenger driving during the Trial.

Note. -Disqualification shall be made of any contestant who commits an act calling for such a penalty. A disqualified competitor must turn in his number plates to the official in charge at the point where the disqualifying act occurs, or later when a discovery of such previous occurrence is made. However, a rider may be permitted to continue to compete under protest until the completion of the Trial.

28. Awards:

High score men in each of the eight divisions will receive A.M.A. diamond medals.

Second high score men in each of the eight divisions will receive A.M.A. turquoise medals.

Third high score men in each of the eight divisions will receive A.M.A. garnet medals.

All other contestants with perfect regular scores will be awarded A.M.A . gold medals.

Passengers of the four highest score men in both Trade and Private Owner sidecar and tandem classes will be awarded A.M.A. gold medals. All other finishing passengers will receive the silver medals. However, no passenger shall be entitled to a medal award unless he has paid the passenger’s entry fee of $5.00.

All other contestants who cover the course and finish within the allotted time, regardless of what their score may be, will receive A.M.A. silver medals. All bona fide starters who fail to cover the course or to finish will be given A.M.A. bronze medals.

29. Team Awards: Silver loving cups or other suitable trophies will be awarded to the winning team in each of the eight divisions.

30. Special Awards: Other awards may be announced at a later date.

Walter Mattson, of Oakland, winner of the beach time trials at Pismo and two club races at San Luis during the California Gypsy Tour
Meet Tom Ryan, president of the California Ass’n of Highway Patrolman and chief of the Sacramento County Traffic Dept. He is all ready for business, in the natty new uniform just adopted for all state traffic officers