Classical Gas is an independent web site and is not affiliated
to any of the clubs or organisers of the events featured. Words and Pictures
by Michael unless attributed otherwise. Michael is a proud member of the MCC,
ACTC, Dellow Register and Falcon amongst others, but does not represent their
views nor the views of any other organisers or clubs.
31 Dec 2007
The regs for the Exmoor Trial on 27
January are published. If you haven't received them by email from the
Christmas Quiz Q3 - A bit more up-to-date
this time. This picture was taken on my first MCC trial (I was a
passenger). The main question is what is the section?
Click Here to Post your answer
24 Dec 2007
Christmas Quiz Q2 - No prizes this time.
The question is who is the person nearest the
camera. It would be fun if you can identify the car, driver and event!
Click Here to Post your answers
24 Dec 2007
Christmas Quiz Q1
- The answer is that the Allard Driver on Swansong Hill on the
1946 Liverpool MC Jeans Cup Trial was
The Lady Mary Grosvenor. Winners
are Nigel Brown and David Alderson.
Click Here for more information
The Classical Gas recommendation is
to go to Wooston Steep, especially if you want
to take pictures. It's competitive for the higher classes and there
won't be so many people as at Simms. Fingle is
a wonderful setting but isn't so much of a challenge.
18 Dec 2007
Emma Robilliard won a very wet Camel
Classic Trial in her Class 4 Beetle on the 9th December. It poured with
rain all day and one of the three new sections in the woods had to be
cancelled. It seemed the conditions may have made the feared Clinnick
easier though. Perhaps the rain washed some of
the mud down the hill as seven Escorts cleaned the section and some even
came out of the top, something that has never been achieved before. The
Camel continued with its index system to decide the awards for the event,
with ACTC awards being decided without this applied. A new
innovation was applied this year. Some of the markers
were moved down some of the Camels very steep hills after classes
6,7 and 8 had passed to give the lower classes a chance.
Click Here for the full results on the ACTC site.
The Camel was the last ACTC round of the
year. Well done to
Wheelspin champion Adrian Dommett and Bill Bennett who won the
Crackington. A clean sweep for Class Two!
Preparations are underway for Falcon's
March Hare Classic Trial on 9th March. Here Mike Pearson and John
Parsons are at work clearing a very large fallen tree
from one of the sections.More Pictures and a
The first one day
Classic of the new year is the Clee
Hills on Sunday 20 January in wonderful
Shropshire. The Classical Gas Editorial team have not missed this one
since it restarted some twelve or more years ago. For the last three
years we have really enjoyed ourselves marshalling but will be back to
driving this time. However, its a great event
to marshal on and Adrian Tucker-Peake would love to have you help out.
If you can help drop Adrian an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
8 Dec 2007
There is now a small prize at stake for
our Christmas Quiz for anyone who can name the driver and post it on the
Classical Gas Message Board. Here is another picture that may help. Same
place, same time, you can see the photographer in the other picture.
Click Here for more information and to post your answers.
28 November 2007 - Adrian Dommett
(pictured on the left by Dave Cook) won The
Allen Trial on Sunday, with one of several clean sheets, victory being
awarded on special test times.
Full Results are available at the
sites. While you are on the ACTC
site download your 2008 membership form. The modest sub is worth the
money just for the excellent club magazine that pops through your
On Sunday Mike Pearson was overall winner
of Falcon's Brickhill Trial. No report or pictures from me as I was
rather engaged as Clerk of the Course
for the day.
Will make some notes over
on the blog and a link to the results and Mike
Hayward's pictures here later.
Cliff Morrell has 34 entries so far for
Brickhill Trial. Although there is still time to enter Cliff asks
you don't put your entry in the post. Please
email Cliff with your
intention to compete and bring the paperwork on Sunday.
Also on the message board Nick Farmer
tells us that Mineheads Exmoor Clouds will run on 21 October.
The regs should be available here, but I can't see them at the
5 Oct 2007
The Stroud clubs organising team for this
years Mechanics Trial have decided that with the uncertainty over the
foot and mouth the Mechanics Trial will not be
run this November, but will be moved to a spring date (possibly the
weekend after the Lands End, though date is very provisional).
3 October 2007 -
Oulton Park Race Report - Neil was fourth overall again in Post
Historic, giving No1 Capri its first outing since Brands Hatch and
establishing a new class lap record. Roger Stanford won, making three
podium visits during the day. Group 1 saw a hard race for the Class B
championship between David Thomas and Jim McLoughlin. David coming out
on top after both spun and re-jointed in separate incidents.
Dudley Sterry had the lowest score and
was best MG at the MGCC's Autumn Trial at Burton Dassett on 23rd
September. Mike Hobbs was best non-MG in his Beetle.
Click here for Brian Osborne's report.
20 September 2007 -
Thruxton Report - Neil had another good
Post Historic race, finishing fourth overall in his
no2 Capri. The race was won by Steve Primett who had a
super race, passing and keeping Dave Thomas at bay. Group 1 saw an epic
battle between Jim McLoughlin, David Hickton and Steve Cripps but this
was overshadowed by Mark Fowlers superb drive after starting from the
20 Sep 2007
The MCC have cancelled The Edinburgh
Trial because of the uncertain situation concerning the Foot and Mouth
outbreak. With such a big event the committee couldn't leave the
decision until the last moment so while we will all
be disappointed I am sure they have made the right decision.
Richard Tompkins in his Hillman Husky
(one of his 38 Imps!) at Falcons Autumn Antics Autotest on 9 September.
Click on the arrow to watch the Video. More Autumn Antics Videos on
The Classical Gas Video Channel soon.
10 September 2007 - Keith Pettit set FTD
in his Mini at Falcon's Autumn Antics Autotest yesterday. There were
some very interesting cars taking part, including Dick Nikel's Clan
Crusader (pictured left).
4 September 2007 -
Donnington Report - Neil had an excellent Post Historic race,
keeping on the island in the very slippery conditions at the end of the
day. Roger Stanford won, passing Steve Primett on the very last corner.
The boss was back in Group 1, Pete Halford winning in fine style.
18 August 2007 - Added a few bits and
pieces to my Snetterton report, including some
links so you can read Stacy's critical views on my reporting and to his
site so you can read his take on things generally.
The nature of Classical Gas is that everyone doesn't like what's written
here. This latest thing isn't the first and it won't be the last, so I
thought it was time to add a general disclaimer which is on the sidebar
to the left so it should appear on every page.
John Arrowsmith - A stalwart of the MGCC Midland
Centre, John died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday 12 th August
after a heart attack and complications. His funeral will be on Wednesday 22nd at 12.30
hrs. at Redditch Crematorium located off the traffic island at map ref.
(139) SP043686. Postcode is B97 6RR. This is on the A441 B'ham Road/Alvechurch
Hwy at the junction with the B4184, by the Needle Museum & Mill.All friends welcome, family flowers only, donations welcome to
British Heart Foundation
15 August 2007 -
Snetterton Report. Neil was away in Spain but the Classical Gas team
were still at Snetterton to watch Roger Stanford have a storming drive
to win an exciting race Post Historic race. David Thomas had a race long
battle to stay ahead of Steve Primett and Mark Lucock's Escorts. He
succeeded and also won his class to maintain his perfect record and lead
the championship. Earlier in the day Roger was the star of Group 1.
Starting from the pit lane and carving his way up to seventh place in
his sick BMW.
10 August 2007 - Some updates to The
Rough Guide. However, please note I am no longer updating this page. The
Rough Guide information is on The Google Calendar further down here on
the Homepage. I will maintain the Micro Sites for
some Trials events. Regs are published for the
Exe Valley Trial for The Angus Stewart Trophy on 16th September
31 July 2007 -
Pembrey Report - Neil didn't have such a good meeting as Croft,
spinning after some contact in Post Historic and off the pace in Group
1. The highlight of the meeting was Don Hughes win in his Golf. There
was an excellent Post Historic race, despite limited numbers with Roger
Stanford's presence in the class adding to the entertainment.
17 July 2007 - Croft Report - Neil won the Group 1 race in convincing style, starting towards the back
of the grid but making up places on the grid and gaining the lead on a
dampish track on the second lap. Pete Halford won both of the Double
Header Post Historic races, winning from Stephen Primett and David Thomas
in the dry first race and David Thomas and Roger Stanford in the damp
12 July 2007 - From John Aley's NOTW we
learn that Sundays Testing Trial has had to be cancelled because the
ground is waterlogged.
7 July 2007 - Falcons explore
Bedfordshire on their annual Fish and Chip Run.
Click here to read the report and see what else the county has to
offer other than Luton Airport and Brussel Sprouts.
6 July 2007 - Its a bit late but I have
added Michael's June Musings where I explain
why there will be no more new editions of Classical Gas on PDF. I have a
lot of old ones that I have never published and I plan to do this when
there isn't much news!
Added a link to
(thanks Nashy). A good source for keeping in touch with the men
in MotoGP or the puffs in F1.
Also done a bit more tidying of the
terribly messy Links page and consolidated and
updated the Computer Links, adding quite
a few links to Open Source software.
3 July 2007 - Nicola and Pamela won the
Ladies Prize on the Peking to Paris. They got a Silver Medal which I
think means they missed getting into one major control on time. Will
post more news and links
when I get more information.
27 June 2007
- Nicola hard at work in
some un-civilized country or another! Not much news recently from
her blog but you can
for some pictures to show she is alive and well.
Love that aluminium trolley jack!
29 May 2007 -
Castle Combe Report - It was a very cold and miserable day
weather-wise, with all Neil’s track time either in the rain or on a wet
track. The Fiesta went really well in a race won by Peter Halford in his
orange Camero. Neil made a fantastic start finishing sixth overall and
winning his class. Things weren’t so hot with the Capri which wasn’t
able to take the grid after technical problems.
14 May 2007 -
Mallory Report - The weather forecast was
accurate. It would start raining at around ten, during Group1 qualifying
and stop around five in the afternoon when it was time to go home! The
conditions were tailor-made for the Fiesta and Neil easily won his class
and finished fourth overall, despite a spin. The Capri was a bit more of
a handful but Neil bought it home safe and sound for a second in class
behind David Thomas.
You may have seen that I have stopped
putting the little counter at the foot of new pages. This is because
Microsoft are discontinuing the service from 15th February. "Starting
February 15th, 2007 the counter on your Web site will stop counting new
visits and you will no longer be able to sign-in and view reporting
through your control center. In May, 2007 we will stop serving
FastCounter by bCentral Web images. In place of the counter, a broken
image will appear on your Web site unless you take steps to remove the
underlying HTML code."
2 February 2007 - Ed Nikel came second in
class eight on The Exmoor Trial, in only his
second trial in the ex-Clive Booth Dellow Rep.
Click here for Ed's report.
31 January 2007 - Adrian Dommett (WolseleyHornet) was overall winner of North Devons Exmoor Trial on
22 January 2007 - I am having problems
posting to the Message Board, so if you are to you are not the only one.
Hopefully Bill Gates will give this his personal attention but I have a
Master Plan coming into operation soon!
20 January 2007 - Its the Clee Hills
tomorrow. I will be doing a live blogs as reception and marshalling
here for Clee Hills reports. Regular contributors can submit their
reports on the usual number or
email Michael with
your mobile number if you would like to contribute.
18 January 2007 - Added
Classical Gas on PDF for January. You will see I have put this on
another site which I am dedicating to putting files and archives to
minimise use of web space and bandwidth here on the main site. All the
old issues can be found in the old place accessed from the left hand
These Video's are the later cars when the
hill had become much easier. I shot around 75% of the cars (including
Class 0) and will add material through the week.
Drop me a comment where I haven't got a
name or have got it wrong.
1 January 2007 - The internets
first and most popular trials site embarks on
its tenth year of publication with the story of a fascinating addition
to the contemporary Classic Trials scene.
Wall's "new" Dellow Mk1.