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31 Dec 09
Falcons usual March Hare Working party
will take place on 16 January, the Saturday after the Exeter. The work
is mainly cutting back brush and clearing fallen trees. EMail Michael at
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24 Dec 09
The Answer to Question 1
Fredrick Smith, with cigarette, the
founder of Wicliffe Motor Co Ltd, with William Paddon on Nailsworth
The car is a 10 hp Hampton, made at the
Dudbridge works in Stroud from 1919 until 1931. The photo is actually
from 1914, when the cars were being made at Kings Norton, Birmingham.
The car was one of four to make a clean ascent that year, and appeared
regularly in the annual ascent of the Ladder in August. Probably a bit
easier than in February, but an impressive performance nonetheless.
The Hampton was known as ‘The Master of
the Hills’, and its history is comprehensively documented in Trevor
Picken’s book, ‘The Story of Hampton Cars’. See
http://www.hamptoncars.co.uk. William Paddon was a director of the
Many thanks to John Hammill for sending me this
question and perhaps more importantly the answer!
I'm awarding equal first prizes to Nick Farmer for
identifying Nailsworth Ladder and Mark Simpson for identifying the car
as a Hampton. An honourable mention to Dave Cook who sent in the answer
The Northern wasn't held this year as
organisers weren't available. However this year its back with Derek (DAF)
Reynolds, David (Escort) Miller, Fred (DAF) Mills and Tony (Marlin)
Branson joining the team.
Paul Bartleman won the final ACTC
Champioship round, The Camel, on 6 December.
As you can see from this picture of Dick Bolt there was some mud around.
There was a delay for some of the lower classes at the Bakewood sections
but afterwards things ran smoothly.
Regs are now available for The Clee Hills
Trial on 24 January. After many years of sharing Clerk of the Course
duties Jonathan Toulmin and Simon Woodall have handed the reigns to
Adrian Tucker-Peake and Graham Austin.
download the regs from The Midland Automobile Club Site. Regular
competitors will have received an email inviting fully electronic entry
and payment, another Clee first I think. As a Clee fan my entry was
entrusted to Postman Pat before being aware of this system. If you can't
compete marshal but don't miss this one.
3 Dec 2009
Colin Biles and Dick Munns fighting for
grip on one of the new Lakeside sections on Sundays
very wet Allen Trial. There were quite a few clean sheets and
Paul Bartleman won the event on Special Test Times.
Regs for the Allen on 29 November
and Camel on 6 December are available on the
ACTC Site, along with
recent trials results and the latest
championship positions. It looks like with three outright wins Paul
Bartleman has a lock on the Wheelspin. With the top 5 in the Wheelspin
dropping out of the Crackington that trophy is still very open. Although
he is in eighth place relative newcomer James Shallcross is in with a
shout. Go James go!
On the subject of the ACTC are you a
member? If you are into Classic Trials you should be. Doesn't matter if
you don't plan to compete for the championship or even if you don't
compete at all. You can get the excellent Re-Start magazine posted or
emailed to you four times a year for a mere £11 a year. Packed full of
reports, interesting articles and news, 95% of the material is unique to
Re-Start, you won't even be able to read it on Classical Gas!
Click Here to subscribe to Re-Start or even better join the ACTC.
The Torbay Trial organising team are
looking at including
bike classes for their trial on 7th
March. However, being car orientated, the team need someone
from the bike community to help them out if this is to happen so they
can do justice to two and three wheel competitors. Keith Sanders is the
man to contact. If you can help drop me an email at
email@example.com and I
will forward his contact details.
31 Oct 2009
Text in place for the
Edinburgh report. Pictures and
links to other stuff to follow
David Butler has revised the British
Motor Sports Association for the Disabled Web Site which can now be
found at http://www.bmsad.co.uk
As most of us are getting older its worth looking
at this site to see how are various conditions affect our competition
licence. Trialler Neil Bray, who only has one arm, found them very
helpful when he wanted to go racing and had to battle with the MSA.
20 Oct 2009
Dave Cook has published his photos of the
Ebworth Trials. Dave was a brave man to stand out
in that wind at the top of Calton!
Been doing some tidying on the site. Have
created the placeholder for the Edinburgh stuff which
will be here soon. Have deleted the Metcheck link. The site is no longer
the webmaster is detained elsewhere
died last week, finally loosing his long
battle with cancer.
his life long interest in motor sport with Motor Cycles. The first time
I met him was around 1970 when he was Autocrossing his daily driver, a
new Mk1 Escort. Later Alan had dedicated Anglia and Escort Autocross
machinery. He was very successful with these cars and dominated the
London Counties Championship for many years.
In the long
time he was a Falcon member Alan served the club in many of its offices,
including the formidable job of taking over the chair from H. W. Tucker-Peake.
In more recent years Alan steered the club through changing times when
many clubs folded, guiding Falcons amalgamation with the former SODC
A gentleman in
every sense of the word Alan was 83 when he died. He will be sorely
will take place Tuesday 29th September at 2.45pm at Harwood Park
Crematorium, Watton Road, Knebworth, Herts, SG2 8XT
24 Sep 2009
Paul Wheatley pictured in action by his
family on Sundays MGCC Midland Centre Trial at Burton Dassett on Sunday.
Nigel Weeks was the overall winner in his Imp.
Click Here for Brian Osbornes report
News of the
Torbay Trial from David Haizelden - "Entries
for the trial have been coming in at a great pace,40 in total. Keith,
Greg and myself have been spending the weekends uncovering the sections
and we are finding it difficult to drive down the hills let alone drive
up. With restarts for all classes on Tipley and Simms its going to be
Just to mention I am no longer updating
the old Rough Guide. Information is now on the New Rough Guide which can
be found further down this page.
30 Jul 09
The Regs are now published for The Torbay
Trial on Sunday 13 September.
The organisers say:-
Motor Club are running the Torbay
Trial as a championship round in place of the Exe Valley. The event will
be described as not for the faint hearted!
Organisers are Greg Warren, Keith Sanders
and Dave Haizelden
The trial is starting and finishing at
the usual place, The Exeter Court Hotel, 2 miles at the end of the M5
motorway. Simm,s and Tipley are being used along with some old Torbay
fav's not used in over 10 years, namely Baddaford Lane and the fearsome
Lower Dean. we have also found some new hills near Ashton never been
A good time was had by all at the MCC's
Testing Trial on Sunday with Bill Rosten achieving significant honours.
Some regard this as a useful opportunity for testing including Dave
Haizelden (pictured here by Dave Cook) who experimented with another ton
of lead in the front bumper.
Its interesting to follow triallers in the summer.
Jonathan Toulmin (pictured here by
Dick Gowen at Loton Park) is
leading the Toyo Tyres Midland Speed Championship
Here. Jonathan is driving Marengo 2, powered by a 1090cc Suzuki GSX-R engine.
9 Jul 09
Links to Pictures
galleries by Marc Lawrence and Mike Hayward added to the
7 Jul 09
Motor Club Marshals attending to their duties
at the weekends Goodwood Festival of Speed. They got
all the dirty jobs as usual but were commended for their hands on
attention to detail.
Simon Woodall and Barbera Selkirk won a
very wet Ilkley Trial on 17 May.
3 Jun 09
The 30th Anniversary of the ACTC and 25th
Anniversary of the ACTC Championships Dinner & Awards Ceremony is to be
held on Saturday 13 June at the Padbrook Park Hotel, Cullompton. If you
haven’t ordered your tickets by Saturday 6 June please contact Tina
Allaway or Giles Greenslade as soon as possible to ensure a place.
Click here for contact
The Site has been slow recently. Could be
the Twitter and race for Life Widgets so I have patched them out as a
trial. You can still access June's Race for Life Site from the link in
the right hand menu bar.
The weather was grey, the grids were
thin,but the racing was good. With the Capri still hors de combat after
Oulton Neil was only racing in Group 1, in the 1300 class. The car isn't
going very well in its new guise and Neil finished tail end Charlie,
albeit with a class win,as Brian Goodwin retired with cooling system problems.
Jim McLoughlin won Group 1 and David
Howard Post Historic
All being well I will be posting live reports on
Twitter which will appear on this home page.
8 Apr 09
Video by Duncan Stephens - Andrew Rippon
(VW Baja) and Harvey Waters (Ford Popular) on Jack and Jill
Gary Browning dropped only one mark in
his Class 6 Beetle, to win the Kyrle Trial on 29 March, beating Dave
Keat in a similar machine on special test times. Former ACTC champion
Terry Coventry took Class 8 in his nicely restored Marlin V8. It was a
dry trial, living up to its tough reputation, despite the low scores and
a couple of drivers will be paying a visit to the local panel beater
before their next event.
Ed Nikel followed up his win at the MGCC
Midland Centres Ledbury Trial with a win at Falcons Edlesborough Trial
on 29 March. This time Ed did drop marks, well one anyway. Ross Nuten
challenged Ed until his Dellow Mk2 retired with a misfire. In the front
wheel drive class David Holmes débuted a Honda CRX which impressed
everyone with its power, a bit different to David's usual Fiat Panda.
Ed Nikel (Dellow Mk2 Rep) won
The MGCC Spring Trial at Ledbury on 22 March with a
Click here for Brian Osborn's report. The next MGCC Trial is at
Burton Dassett on 20 September. Videos by Claire and Alan Oakes.
Have removed the Frappr Map active link
that appeared below the disclaimer in the left hand menu bar on each
page of the site. The Frappr map can still be accessed from the text
link in the left hand menu bar but it doesn't seem very popular!
12 Mar 09
Partington, pictured below re-starting on Hill Farm, won Sunday's March
Paul Bartleman won Strouds Cotswold
Clouds Trial in his Troll on 1 February, dropping only three marks, all
lost on Highwood 2.
Tristan White was 2nd, cleaning Highwood
2 but loosing Marks on Wicked Juniper and Merves Swerve. "Tubby" was
deriving his familiar modified Hillman Imp in class seven, but we look
forward to seeing him trialling his newly acquired ex Anne Templeton
Also a reminder that is Falcon's
Southern Autos Trial at Brickhill this Sunday 15 February.
Click Here for Regs
4 Feb 09
It is a
very sad day. Maureen died yesterday, finally loosing her long,
painful but incredibly brave fight against cancer. The disease would
have taken a lesser person sooner, but
Maureen did not give in easily, even going abroad for treatment that
allowed her to experience more of life.
drove on many MCC trials, driving her partner Ross Nuten's Dellow Mk2.
I am sure your thoughts will be with Ross and
Maureen's family at this very sad time.
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30 Jan 2009
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28 Jan 2009
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