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Dean's Allen Trial
Edinburgh Trial 08
Ilkley Trial 08
Adrian Marfell wins Kyrle
Lands End Trial 2008
Jim's March Hare
Giles wins Northern
Dave Foreshew's Clee
Exeter Trial 2008

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2009 Stuff
2008 Stuff
2007 Stuff
2006 Stuff
2005 Stuff
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2003 Stuff
2002 Stuff
2001 Stuff
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2008 Stuff

31 Dec 2008

The Regs and Entry Form for Strouds Cotswold Clouds Trial on 1 February are published.

30 Dec 2008

Regs are now out for the following:-


Click Here and go to Events, for Cambridge Car Club Roger Holmes Memorial Trial on 18 January at Harlton near Cambridge.


Exmoor Trial on 25 January.


Click Here for The Lands End Trial regs

29 Dec 2008

A reminder to those of you that haven't ordered your ACTC calendar yet. It's £7.50 inc p&p and each class is represented.

Cheques to ACTC, orders to

28 Dec 2008

Answers to Quiz Question Two - This is the consensus. Apart from Geoff Jackson I didn't know them! Thanks to Ross for providing the photo.

  1. Geoff Jackson

  2. Gordon Huxtable

  3. Ford 1172 Special "Betsy" (Well done Simon)

  4. Andrew Kirby (well done Cliff)

  5. Ford V8 Special "The Beast" (Well done Simon)

  6. Dellow UEV3, owned at the time by Geoff Jackson, sold by him to Newcastle based driver Ian Reavley and is the car that was purchased new from the factory by Jim Templeton. (Thanks Simon)

26 Dec 2008

Rule - William Charles 'Bill' - Passed away peacefully at home on 17th December 2008, aged 78 years. A proud man and a man to be proud of. He has been my best friend for 58 years and was my passenger and bouncer for more than forty. Bill will will be greatly missed by all his family and friends. There will be a private cremation followed by a thanksgiving service at Ickleton Parish Church on Friday 2nd January at 12 noon. - Reg Taylor

Reg Taylor and Bill Rule at the end of the 2003 Edinburgh Trial

24 Dec 2008

A Video for Christmas


24 Dec 2008 Classical Gas Christmas Quiz Question 2

Only glory for this one! Q1 bought memories for Ross Nuten who saw his first trial at Tring Park around 1983 and took this picture. No prizes for spotting Mike and Sheila Furse in RDT1. However, we would like to know:-

  1. The name of this man

  2. The driver

  3. The car

  4. The driver

  5. The car

  6. Who was the owner of this Dellow and what has happened to the car since.

You can Click Here for a larger version of the picture.

Click here to post your answers or email

24 Dec 2008 Answers to Q1:-

1. Who is the driver? = Mike Furse

2. Where is the picture taken? = Tring Park

3. What is the car? = Mercury Special

4. Who originally built the car? = Ron Faulkner & Leslie Onslow-Bartlett

The winner is Simon Woodall who got everything but Ron Faulkner first go, and John Lees who added Ron Faulkner.

Click Here for the posts on the message board

Click here for the October 1996 snail mail edition of Classical Gas where you can find out more. (1089 KB PDF)

21 Dec 2008 Classical Gas Christmas Quiz Question1

1. Who is the driver?

2. Where is the picture taken?

3. What is the car?

4. Who originally built the car?

Click here to post your answers or email There is a bottle of wine to the first person who gets everything right!

9 Dec 2008

Dean Partington won The Allen Trial on 30 November. Click Here for the report

2 Dec 2008

Falcon page updated with news that Clubnights are moving to Thursdays from January. However the Film Show is on Wednesday 3rd December which is tomorrow!

Some cleaning up on the site by moving stuff from Older Stuff down to 2007 Stuff and 2008 Stuff

19 Nov 2008

Falcon Film Show - 8 pm Wednesday 3 December at Dunstable Rugby Club.

David Maitland will be showing movies from the 60's and 70's on a real film projector. None of this modern Video rubbish! Autocross, Sprints, Trials the full works.

Non-Members are welcome.

And don't forget its the Falcon Christmas Dinner in Milton Keynes on Saturday 6 December. Email Verdun Webley for your tickets

17 Nov 2008

Dudley Sterry won yesterdays Hardy Trial, dropping seven marks, the same as Duncan Welch, Dudley taking the win on Special Test Times. Falcons Peter Mountain took Class Eight and Nicola Wainwright Class Four. Click here for the full results. Thanks to Ben for the Video's of Nicks Pit 3 and Hogcliff.

15 Nov 2008

Triple Editor Celia Walton looks unconvinced about what Don Stringer is telling her on the MCC Stand at The Classic Motor Show yesterday. Click here for more pictures

13 Nov 2008

Geoff Hodge won Falcons Guy Fawkes Trial on 2nd November:-


Click Here for more


Click Here for pictures by Matthew Rowe

Playlist of Videos by Allan Oakes

12 Nov 2008

The weather forecast for The Allen Trial was inspired by a piece in Restart from Adrian Tucker-Peake

10 Nov 2008

The Regs are published for final ACTC round of the year, The Camel Classic on 7 December.

Now the year is nearly at end its time to goto the ACTC site and sign up for 2009. Even if you don't want to drive the modest sub is worth it for Restart magazine.

31 Oct 2008

Tony Young was best car on The Tamar Trial. Click here for the Full Results and Click Here for some Video

26 Oct 2008 Regs are published for the Hardy Classic Trial on 16 November and The Allen Trial on 30 November

Microsoft will no longer support MSN Groups from February 2009. My plan is to migrate all the data (all messages and pictures) from The Classical Gas Message Board into another system so you can continue to use the service as you have done for the last ten years and hopefully it will be better. Click here for the latest News

11 Oct 2008

Neil Bray was the third car to attempt Litton Slack

Edinburgh Crushes Triple Hopes

It was a cold and wet Edinburgh for the later numbers, causing problems at Litton Slack and especially the final section at Moneystones which finished off many triple hopes.

3 Oct 2008

David Dye won the MGCC Midland Centre's Autumn Trial at Burton Dassett in his Austin Seven

Video's by Alan Oakes

Report by Brian Osborn

Full Results

Pictures by Dave Cook

Pictures by David Bowlas

2 Oct 2008

Regs are published for Falcon's Guy Fawkes PCT at Kensworth on 2nd November.

Falcon page Updated

26 Sep 2008

Regs are published for:-
bullet Strouds single venue Classic Ebworth Trial on Saturday 11 October
bullet Minehead MC's Exmore Clouds Classic Trial on Sunday 19 October
bulletLaunceston MC's Tamar Classic Trial on Sunday 26 October - Regs & Entry Form
bulletCheck out the ACTC Site for more information

8 Sep 2008

Geoff Spencer won Falcons Autumn Antics Autotest at Kensworth yesterday. Click Here for more.

5 Sep 2008

The MCC have published the Regs for The Exeter Trial on 9 and 10 January 2009. Click here to go to The Exeter Trial page where you can find out more and download the regs.

31 Aug 2008

Tiscali users who are feeling deprived as they are not getting their News of the Week should Click here for an offer of short term help from John Aley and here for an explanation of what you should say to Tiscali from Simon W. Any trials orientated Classical Gas readers that don't know what News of the Week is should immediately join the MCC as having it appear in your In-Box each week is one of lifes remaining pleasures as you head towards your dotage.

30 Aug 2008

Falcons Brickhill Trial takes place on 12th October. Click here to Download Regs (206K PDF) & Entry Form (65K PDF)

29 Aug 2008

Click here for Brands Report

Red Flags, Safety Cars, problems with the Results. The Group 1 race had it all. Neil managed to stay clear of all the drama to pick up a well deserved class win after having to change the Fiesta' gearbox overnight. David Howard won overall with Jim McLoughlin coming second, doing his championship chances no harm at all.

7 Aug 2008

The autumn trials season is nearly upon us. Holsworthy have published the regs for their Taw and Torridge Trial on 21st September. Unfortunately the Exe Valley will not take place on 14 September.

Regs are also available for the MGCC Midland Centre Trial at Burton Dassett on 28 September. Click Here

Falcons Autumn Antics Autotest is at Kensworth on 7 September Click Here for Regs

5 Aug 2008

"My Mum told me never to give up"

Click Here for the Donington Report

It was an excellent Donington meeting, with exciting, good, clean, racing, despite small grids. Steve Primett had a straightforward win in Post Historic when Neil slipped down the field after his first lap lead and David Howard retired with gearbox problem. Jim McLoughlin won the Group 1 race after a race long door handle to door handle with Roger Stanford. This was a really exciting race with battles all the way through the field.

31 Jul 2008

Spectators line the road outside the local, as cars cruise by leaving Harpenden Common last night after another wonderful "Classics on the Common". The event was well supported by Falcons, who had a fair selection of trials cars and other treasures from their garages. Click here for more pictures.

29 Jul 2008

Check out a new search engine. It's pretty neat! You can read more about Cuil on the BBC web site.

25 Jul 2008

It's Classics on the Common Wednesday (30 July) next week.  The best free show on earth! As usual cars are not allowed on the common before 16.00. If you want to park together you have to arrive together. So Falcons, Gassers and Friends are invited to travel in convoy from Markyate Truck Stop, meeting up from 15.00 and leaving 15.45. Remember if you haven't got an advance ticket you will not be able to park on the common itself. If you are coming in your daily driver the Classical Gas recommends parking at Harpenden railway station.

Click Here for more information on Classics on the Common


Click Here for map of Markyate Truck Stop


Click Here for location of Harpenden Common

24 Jul 2008

Click Here for the Croft Report

When the rain came down just before the Group 1 race Neil and the team were hoping for a laurel wreath as an extra birthday present! It wasn't to be. Neil did hold the lead during the middle of the race but a mistake at the complex dropped him back to third behind Jim McLoughlin and Mark Fowler and thats how it finished. Both Jim and Post Historic winner Steve Primett drove inch perfect while most around them went spinning on the slippery surface.

17 Jul 2008

The Skoda Bugrat on Sundays MCC Testing Trial. Click Here for more Video from Rory Pope. Main award winners were Chris Poel (Honda XL), Arthur Walton (CCM 604) Bill Rosten (Hillman Imp) and Duncan Welch (Austin Healey SS) Click here for the full results on the MCC Site

5 Jul 2008

Mike Hayward, organiser of Falcons Diamond Celebration run, talking to Lotus Mk2 owner Nigel Halliday. The car was a genuine "barn find" and returned to Tewin Water for the first time since 1950 when it was driven at a Falcon Speed Trial by Colin Chapman. Click here for more pictures.

4 Jul 2008

The regs for the MCC Edinburgh Trial on 4th October are published. Not got yours? Probably like me you get the MCC stuff electronically so you won't get the regs through the post. Click here immediately, where you can download all the stuff to enter the Classical Gas Favourite Trial. It's worth it for Bamford Clogh alone!

26 Jun 2008

Click here for the Oulton Park Report.
Neil overcomes adversity and bad conditions to win Group 1 after starting from the back of the grid.

20 Jun 2008

It's Falcon's Diamond Celebration Tour coming up on Sunday 29 June. It starts from where Falcon gots its name. The Crown and Falcon Inn at Puckeridge, just off the A10 at Ware in Hertfordshire. The tour will pass many venues used by the club over the years, including Tewin Water, where Falcon ran its first Speed Trial in 1950 where there will be demonstration of a Lotus Mk II that ran in the event. Click here for more details and an entry form.

30 May 2008

Ilkley Trial Report finished.

28 May 2008

Boyd Webster pictured on his winning way on Hey Slack. Click here for the start of the 2008 Ilkley report. (some of its still the 2007 version which provided the template!)

21 May 2008

Neil pictured here by Marc Lawrence drifting wide at the hairpin.

Click here for the Mallory Report

Neil had an excellent Post Historic race, climbing from his eighth place on the grid to third overall and a class win. Steve Primett won with Tim Fish second in a Chevrolet Camaro. The challenge from the mighty Jaguar XJ12's faded after they came together again to the detriment of the bodywork of both cars. In Group 1 Neil had a steady race, maintaining his eighth place starting position to the flag.

7 May 2008

The ACTC Dinner Dance and Annual Awards will be held on Saturday 14 June at Padbrook Park Cullompton. Tickets are available, overnight accommodation (at the discounted price) is still available providing people book before the 14 May (after this date the standard room rate applies). For further details please contact either Tina Allaway or Giles Greenslade. Click here for contact information

6 May 2008

Michael Hopprich sent me this interesting link to The Internet Movie Cars Database. It's a searchable database of movies and TV shows that a particular make of car has appeared in, and its even got Dellows! Don't go there unless you have plenty of time as its pretty addictive! Have added to The Links page.

2 May 2008

Exeter Trial organiser Tim Whellock won the Windwhistle Motor Club Bovey Down Trial on 27 April. Click here for a short report and enjoy this Video Playlist

29 Apr 2008

Neil using his Autocross experience at Snetterton on Sunday.

Click Here for the the Snetterton Report

Pole sitter Brian Stevens had a narrow win in a  closely fought PHTC race, coming over the line just in front of Nigel Garrett. David Howard had dominated the early stages of the race, despite a poor start. However, Brian slowly closed the gap until they had a coming together at the chicane, resulting in David spinning off.  Neil finished seventh, dropping back a couple of places after he to spun at the chicane.

Brian Stevens won a rain influenced Group 1 race from Roger Stanfordís BMW after challengers Jim McLouglin, Mark Fowler and David Howard fell out or fell back. Neil was the only starter in his class, finishing seventh overall after overtaking faster cars when the rain came down.

25 Apr 2008

Adrian Marfell, pictured by Dave Cook, on his way to  winning the Kyrle Trial last Sunday. Click Here for the Report

22 Apr 2008

Falcon have published regs for the Spring fever Autotest at Kensworth on 18 May. More information, map and download links on The Falcon page.

21 Apr 2008

Adrian Marfell was overall winner of yesterdays muddy, tough, Kyrle Trial.
Click here for un-official results

18 Apr 2008

Only 8 entries left for the 4th Windwhistle Motor Club Bovey Down Trial on Sunday 27 April.  32 entries received and only 40 can be accepted due to the constraints of the venue.  Closing date is next Wednesday 23rd

13 Apr 2008

Lydden report started - An excellent meeting, organised  by Rod Birley (usually seen behind the wheel of a WRC Escort) under the auspices of BARC South East. The CTCRC had five of the seven races on this wonderful clubmans day. Neil did well, finishing 5th in Post Historic but an excursion onto the grass and a blown exhaust gasket took away his chances in Group 1.
10 Apr 2008

March Hare Report Finished

4 Apr 2008

Windwhistle Motor Club's working party in the woods last Saturday preparing the venue for the 4th single venue clubsport classic trial on Sunday 27th April

Anne Whellock tells me that "22 entries have already been received so as we can only accept 40 we are already over half full.  So if  any MCC, Holsworthy, Camel Vale, CBCCC, Minehead or Woolbridge members want to come along they had better get their skates on.  Alternatively we can offer membership of Windwhistle.  Catering van and mobile loo on site all day" Click Here for more information or email Secretary of the Meeting Anne Whellock

1 Apr 2008 Can competitors who received ACTC trophies last year return them to Tina Allaway at the Kyrle Trial?  If they are not competing on the Kyrle please could they arrange for someone to pick up/deliver their trophy to Tina. There are also 2 missing bike trophies, if anyone has them tucked away please can they be returned to Tina.

27 Mar 2008

Castle Combe report started over on The Neil Bray Racing pages

26 Mar 2008

Started the Lands End Report and collected YouTube Videos I could find on a Lands End Playlist

21 Mar 2008

March Hare Winner Jim Mountain restarting on Webleys Wobble. More progress on The March Hare Report but "it ain't finished yet!"

21 Mar 2008

Click Here for Live Reports from the Lands End and the Easter Monday Castle Coombe Race Meeting. Will do what I can. However, as I am driving on the Lands End I can only post when there's a rest halt or a delay.

17 Mar 2008

Mark Worsfold challenged for an overall win on The March Hare Trial. Click here to see the start of the report.

16 Mar 2008

West Suffolk MC are running their Wattisfield PCT on 6 April. More information in the Rough Guide below. Click here to download Regs & Entry Form

15 Mar 2008

Forthcoming Events, regs for all of them can be downloaded from the ACTC site:-

Strouds Mechanics Trial is on 30 March. Carl Talbot tells me that as its  the weekend after the Lands End the organisers have agreed that anyone who has entered but cannot compete due post Lands End malaise [vehicular or personal] will receive a full refund of their entry fee if the trial secretary is notified. Entries close Fri 21st March.

Ross & DMC Kyrle Trial is on 20 April. Stuart Harrold says the entry list is about 50% full already. There will be some new hills and there won't be as many ruts!

Anne Whellock reports entries are coming in nicely for Windwhistle's Bovey Downs Trial on 27 April. This is a single venue Classic Trial held within the woods containing Normans Hump and Clinton. have a go at them in the daylight!

4 Mar 2008

June Blakeley will be running the Cancer Research Race for Life on 1st June. As you will read on her page this is a very special mission for June.

John and June travel all over the country to support us in a most un-selfish fashion. Here is our chance to support them.

4 Mar 2008

Falcons Edlesborough Trial is on 30 March. Click Here to download Regs & Entry Form (96KB PDF)

Windwhistle's Bovey Downs Trial is on Sunday 27 April. Have another go at Normans Hump and Clinton! Download Regs (55KB PDF) and Entry Form (24KB PDF)

27 Feb 2008

Strouds Mechanics Trial is on 30 March. You can find Regs and Entry Form on the ACTC Site

Its the Falcon AGM on Wednesday 5 March at Dunstable Rugby Club

21 Feb 2008

John Blakeley scrutinises Robin Barlows Dellow at the start of the Northern trial. It was Robin's first trial since 1969 and it was shame it had to end with a broken back axle. Click Here for The Northern Trial Report

20 Feb 2008

Click on the arrow to see Simon Groves and Emma Robilliard storming Widow Hause on Saturdays Northern Trial. Come the results it was Beetles all the way. Giles Greenslade winning overall with Nicola Wainwright coming second.

20 Feb 2008

Peter Madden has published details of Classics on the Common which will be held on the evening of Wednesday 30 July this year. See the entry in The Rough Guide.
bullet Entry Form
bullet Report of last years event

9 Feb 2008

Murray Montgomery-Smith mounts the step on Nailsworth Ladder in his Marlin during last Sundays Cotswold Clouds (picture by John Salter). Adrian Dommett was best overall in his Wolseley Hornet.

bullet More pictures of Nailsworth Ladder by John Salter
bullet Pictures by Dave Cook
bullet Photo Report by Claire Oakes
bullet Report by Simon Groves
bullet Cotswold Clouds Videos on You Tube

1 Feb 2008

It was Class Seven all the way on Sunday's Exmoor Trial, overall victory going to Ray Goodright in his Arkley. Last years class 8 winner, Ed Nikel retired with a broken diff. Simon Groves was 3rd in class 3 which was won by Sticker Martin. Dave Haizelden, with Adrian Dommett in the hot seat, retired, leaving Mike Collins to win class 1. Nicola Wainwright won class 4. Click Here for Full Results
 Video by tinleggstommy

30 January 2008 - Finally published an Exeter Report

29 Jan 2008

Clee Hills report amended to show that Allez 'Oop was an observed section for all classes. Thanks to Brian Osborn for raising the query and to Pat Toulmin and Stuart Harrold for their help in resolving things.

Added details of the MGCC Midland Centre Spring Trial near Ledbury on 30 March to The Rough Guide

Check out which I have added to Links

27 Jan 2008 - Clee Hills Report finished.

26 Jan 2008

Added the report to the Clee page

25 Jan 2008

Gallery with lots of pictures taken by Duncan Stephens taken at Tillerton and Simms added to Exeter Report (yes I know its taking time to finish this page!)

24 Jan 2008

Added Michael's Clee Photo Album and Video by Claire Oakes to Clee Hills Report

23 Jan 2008

Dave Foreshew  won Sunday's Clee Hills Trial in his Dingo. Click here for the first draft of the report and links to other Clee stuff.

16 Jan 2008

Allan Oakes captures Paul Bartlemans determined, but eventually unsuccessful, attempt to climb Wooston Steep in his Troll on The Exeter Trial, loosing his Triple in the process. Click here for the first draft if the report which will be developed over the next few days.

9 Jan 2008

Regs are now available for:-


3 Feb - Cotswold Clouds Regs & Entry Form - Stroud & DMC


16 Feb - Northern Trial Regs & Entry Form - Fellside Auto Club


17 Feb - Southern Autos PCT Regs & Entry Form - Falcon


9 March - March Hare Classic Trial - Falcon




Entry Form

4 Jan 2008

Click Here for live Exeter Trial Reports.

Click here for the MCC spectator guide and section locations and here for the entry list.

2 Jan 2008

Christmas Quiz Q2 - The passenger in Hutchison's Allard is Bill Boddy. The question certainly caused considerable debate and provided some new knowledge for Allard specialist Nigel Brown who posed the question.

Christmas Quiz Q3 - The picture was published as part of Bill Boddy's write up on the 1981 Exeter. It was captioned as Bovey but I think we are all now certain that it was the hill now known as Normans Hump. Well done to Adrian Dommett for the first correct answer and especially to John Lees and John Salter for all their research and analysis.

Now, before we all embark on The Exeter how about another challenge. Dave Halley from The Dellow Register had a couple of pictures arrive over Christmas and would love to know who, where and when. There are no other clues so we may be defeated on this one! Click Here if you can help




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