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Michael's (December 2003) Musings
Mike Hayward putting air in the Beetles tyres at the top of Wood Lane on The Mechanic's Trial
I enjoyed my Mechanicís Trial, the first time I had done a trial with all the sections completely new to me for a long time. The event had a different feel to Stroudís Cotswold Clouds which is a very ďcompetitiveĒ trial achieved with some one or two rather artificial sections.
None of this on the Mechanicís though. All the sections were very, long and all on real tracks. It was bit dry of course which meant quite few clean sheets but what a good day. OK, Noverton Lane was a bit on the rough side but a good day none the less. Definitely recommended for more Falconís next year.
Both our PCTís were well supported and we were lucky enough to be saved by the weather at Kensworth with a bit of rain to spice things up.
On the news front I hear that Arnold Lane has acquired a kit of bits that will soon become a Marlin and take to the Classic Hills. Yours truly was involved in this spotting that it was for sale on the Internet.
Michael's (November 2003) Musings
Michael on Great Hucklow during The Edinburgh.
Michael's (October 2003) Musings
Michael's (September 2003) Musings
Michael's (August 2003) Musings
Classicís on the Common was a really nice event but may well suffer from itís own popularity as there were far too many vehicles to fit on the common itself and the roads were well and truly clogged up. The informality is one of the attractions of the event but some more formal organisation will surely be necessary if the event is to continue.
The July Joust Autotest was really interesting. Keith Pettit was a really deserving winner but like everyone else he will have to watch out for the younger ones. David Manning was really fast and it wonít be long before he wins an event outright.
Two Wheels and No Engine! - Now the summer has come I have ventured out on my Mountain Bike again to do a few events in the local Friday night championship. I canít say I have been successful but itís a challenge!
I am enjoying my Mountain Biking and it is interesting to compare the organisation. The two wheel brigade has a lot to learn from the motoring fraternity. Sometimes itís hard to find out where the events are and what time they start. You just turn up, pay a few ponds and race!
Michael's (July 2003) Musings
First to welcome David Alderson as Falconís new Magazine Editor. A clubs magazine is such an important part of a club. I know the Falcon committee were a bit worried when Andrea decided to step down but I know David will do a great job.
Itís a good job he was snapped up because I see that the MCC are looking for a
new editor for ďTripleĒ. Thatís not the only vacancy as Mike Furse is stepping
down from his positions as General secretary and Membership Secretary, both
pretty demanding jobs.
Finally to say that ďClassics on the CommonĒ is on Harpenden Common on the evening of Wednesday 9th July. Itís a sort of informal get together of interesting cars. In order to arrive together and secure common parking the idea is that Falcon participants cruise in convoy from the Truckstop just off Junction 9 of the M1 departing at 6pm. See you there.
Michael's (June 2003) Musings
Once again its been a busy time for me. I was looking forward to the first Autotest of the season but decided to support Neil down at Brands instead. I had expected a handful of spectators at a club meeting but there were tens of thousands of people as it was the CSMA weekend!
Neil and Chris both did really well and are causing a bit of a stir with accusations of ďbent motorsĒ by the establishment. They had the poor little Escort up on the ramps, weighed it numerous times and couldnít believe it was legal. As the season goes on perhaps they might consider good driving and car preparation!
Lots of computer activity at home. We finally signed up for a broadband connection and its really good. At the same time I got a full 250Meg of Web Space on FreeóOnline so I have moved my web site there and splashed out on a domain name www.classictrials.co.uk
Michael's (May 2003) Musings
As you can see I have moved Classical Gas to a new home. Well, perhaps not moved as the old site is till in its original home at http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/MLeete it's just it won't be updated any more. Things are a bit of a mess here as I haven't moved everything and I have to re-establish the links.
The reason is simple, broadband and web space. We have gone broadband here at home and 250 meg of Web Space goes with the account. I have been struggling with the size of the site over at Compuserve for a long time and had to split the site (hence the Archive Site). Now the two sites are combined in one place. At the same time I have registered two new domains www.classictrials.co.uk and www.leete.uk.com and either will find this site, as will www.leete.free-online.co.uk The host is Free On-Line who I have used for a long time on a dial-up account and been very happy so I went broadband with them. You can check them out at www.free-online.net
Now for some other stuff:-
Mike Hayward and I were very disappointed not to finish the Lands End as we were one of many Falconís on the retirement list. The dry, rough conditions certainly put a strain on the drive train and I suppose a lot of retirements were inevitable.
In a way we were lucky as Newquay isnít the nicest place to stay after a trial, at least if you are over nineteen! Personally I think itís a shame that the trial doesnít finish at Lands End. Yes I know itís a lot more road miles but to me thatís in the sprit of The Lands End.
Events change over the years and it seemed that the MCC were really pushing Class 0 this year. Could it be that we will see the trial going in that direction? If so why not call it the North Petherton to Newquay Trial which would leave space in the calendar for a Lands End for the rest of us!
Having made those sarcastic remarks I should say that the trial was very professionally organised this year. Congratulations to all concerned.
Michael's (April 2003) Musings
I absolutely loved the March Hare. What a super event. Itís very special to take part in a Classic Trial in your own back yard and I loved every minute of it from the breakfast at the start to some great sections.
There were a few delays, but thatís all apart of Classic Trialling and it gives the chance to chat to other competitors. Iíve met some really interesting people stuck in a queue on a muddy lane!
Iím sure it took a mammoth amount of work to organise the event and I would like to thank everyone involved for a wonderful day.
With Mike being part of the organising team Lesley was in the passengers seat and she isnít so hot with a foot pump. This was an incentive to get the long awaited built-in 12 volt compressor system working. More about this on another occasion.
Michael's (March 2003) Musings
Michael's (February 2003) Musings
Michael's (January2003) Musings