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I've had a reminder that Leslie Newell's
Tarka winning Buggy has a long history. I am not sure who built it but
the first I know of it was when it was owned by Matt Wilmore. He sold it
to Mike Pearson who trialled it before
acquiring his Dellow Relica (from Reg Taylor) and selling the Buggy to
Ed Nikel. Ed had started trialling with Imp's and got the Buggy to
benefit from VW reliability.
After a while Ed to decided to get a
Dellow Replica (from Clive Booth) and the Buggy moved down to the West
Country in the hands of Les Newell. I haven't seen it in its latest
guise but I understand Les has done a lot of work to this much trialled
Although he has sold his Marlin
Deputy Editor, Jonathan Toulmin is still very active in Motorsport.
Jonathan was Second in Class and
Fifth Overall in the
2010 Sprint Championship,
driving his Force
PT012-Suzuki in the 1100 to 1600cc Racing Car Class. Jonathan is
pictured here at Castle Coombe by
16 Oct 10
Still trying to catch up with a
backlog of stuff on the site. Don't seem to have so much time now I've
retired! Meanwhile here
is a playlist of Edinburgh Video's, starting with an incar of Chris
Bonnett getting to the A Boards on a rough Dudwood 2 to claim a Class 0
Award in his Peugeot powered Salamander Sports.
Jade Bray bounces Tony Underhill's
Special off a restart on Strouds Ebworth Chase Trial on Saturday.
Nigel Moss was leading at the end of the first round but Duratec Escort
driver Dick Bolt pulled that back and went on to win by nine marks. This
was especially credible as Class Three had essentially the same trial as
Class Eight wiith most of their restarts and only 4psi less pressure.
Click Here for the full results on the Stroud Site
Regs are published for Strouds Ebworth
Chase Trial on Saturday 9 October. This is a single venue Classic Trial
and there will be a Class 0 for those who do not have a competition
licence. Unfortunately due to environmental issues it looks as if the
Ebworth will only be held every other year in the future.
Click Here for more information.
Lets hope that Stroud will be able to
continue Ebworth. Its been trialled for many years. I can remember going
there marshalling on my first Classic Trial in 1968, Falcons Guy Fawkes,
Woodmill in the night and one of the sections in Ebworth the
Will be blogging in
a new place
http://classictrials.blogspot.com/ from now. My old blogs, some five
years worth, can still be found at
http://classicalgas.spaces.live.com/ but I won't be updating here
any more. I found Microsofts spaces environment great but they don't put
much effort into developing it so I have changed to Blogger, which is
part of the Google empire.
Historic Specials Day - Cotswold Wildlife
Park, Burford Nr Oxford - Sunday 8 August 2010
The event attracts around sixty cars each
year mainly Ford Ten and Austin Seven based specials. Specials and
limited production sports cars of all makes are invited, although cars
built or designed after 1964 may be asked to park outside the display
area. Some of the marques that have been to previous shows include:
TWM, Turner, Fairthorpe, Elva, Lotus,
Ginetta, Lola, Martin, Siva, Dellow and many many more.
The event is held at The Cotswold
Wildlife Park, Burford, Oxon, England on the 12th August. Admission is
FREE for the driver of a special or the tow car of a special (we don't
mind if it is on a trailer, we want to see your car what ever its
condition) and the park opens at 10.30.
Its Classics On The Common this
Wednesday. We are allowed on the Common at 3pm this year. If you would
like to meet up and cruise to the common with other Gassers, Falcons,
Friends and Fans we will leave the A5 Truck Stop at Markyate at 2.45.
They should be open if you want to have a bite there before you leave.
Click Here for a map
24 Jul 10
Ilkley Trial on
Fifth Gear (thanks to James Shallcross and Stephen Page)
24 Jul 10
Fifth Gear Ilkley Trial - Bonus footage
(thanks to James Shallcross and Stephen Page)
John Salter was at the MCC Testing Trial
yesterday and took this photograph, capturing the atmosphere of the
Click Here for more of Johns Pictures. Check back often because more
will be appearing over the next few days.
Falcon Motor Club celebrated the 60th
anniversary of their Tewin Water Speed Trial on 20 June. Claire Oakes
"the Spodfother" captured the atmosphere of the event on video, as
Mike Haywards Photos
29 Jun 20
went well at Baking Hot Thruxton. David Howard was back on top in Group 1
but couldn't touch the flying Nigel Garrett in Post Historic.
Click Here for the report
Ron Warren, pictured with his Dellow
Mk2, at the end of a Lands End Trial. Also in this picture is Alan
Preston (his bouncer), John Tucker-Peake, Marilyn Tucker-Peake (now
Marilyn Knight) and Derek and Betty Fleming. (Picture from the Derek
Ron died suddenly on Friday 21 May, aged 86.
Ron was a
stalwart of Falcon Motor Club and the MCC, as a competitor, organiser and
steward. He served both clubs with distinction, holding, various
positions over the years and was a Vice President of both when he passed
away. Ron was also instrumental in establishing the London Counties
Association of Motor Clubs and was its first secretary. His contribution
to the sport was recognised by the MSA when they appointed him as an Officiel d'Honneur.
trialler in the 50's and 60's Ron purchased a Mk2 Dellow, moving to an
Anglia with a 1500 engine when he wanted more power. When Ron retired
from his job as a transport manager he moved from Stevenage to
Whittlebury to be near Silverstone. Until recently he went to LeMans
every year where he enjoyed speaking French.
A quiet, but direct, man Ron didn't suffer fools gladly but, teamed with the late Tucker, was a force behind both Falcon and the MCC for many years.
20 May 10
away last week after a long illness. A bastion of trialling in the
Chiltern area Laurie was a familiar sight in his big engined Escort
with its15 inch wheels. Laurie was a key member of the SODC team that
established the Conquest Trial in Derbyshire and in recent years was
Clerk of the Course for the MCC Edinburgh Trial.
11 May 10
to the ACTC Dinner & Awards Evening (on the 12 June) have recently been
sent out. If you have not received your invite and would like to come
please email either Tina Allaway at
Judy Phillips at
firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you or email you
another copy. Padbrook Park have only 7 rooms available so get your
overnight accommodation booked now and have a fabulous evening out with
your fellow triallers!!
June Blakeley is taking part in The Race
for Life again this year. She has a very special reason for this cause
being so close to her heart.
In case you need reminding the Blakeley
family - June , John and Alex, come to almost all of our trials. They
travel all over the country scruitineering and marshalling
for us, always with
a smile and a supportive word. They support us, this is our opportunity
to support them.
A reminder that if you are a tax paying
private individual you should "Gift Aid" your contribution. That way the
government contribute an extra 25% + another 3%. Also for those of you
lucky enough to be higher rate taxpayers you can offset your donation
against your higher rate tax.
13 Apr 10
A reminder that the 6th Bovey Downs Trial
is on the 25th April. Its a single venue event in the woods containing
Normans Hump and Clinton.
Click Here for more information.
13 Apr 10
Lands End Stuff (click
the arrow for the playlist)
The MG Car Club – Midland Centre held
their annual Spring Trial on 21st March at a sunny Lintridge Farm. The
entries this year were down a bit with 20 starters spread over a range
of classes, but with a good class of Lieges. Thanks guys, but where was
everyone else? The conditions were ideal – a nice sunny spring day after
rain on the previous afternoon when we were setting up, so there were no
clean scores, a few clear rounds and quite a few clear attempts on some
of the sections.
Lowest and hence best score of the day
was Phillip Hyde in a Liege with a score of 34, he was Best Overall and
Best Liege. The Premier Award – The Bryant Cup - was for the best MG and
this was won by Martin Curren in his MG TA. First class awards went to
Ray Jacobs (classes 1-4); Fred Bury (5); Greg Dixon-Smith (6); Kevin
Barnes was 2nd Liege and the best Novice was Matt Johnson in his A7.
Well done, thanks to you and the marshals for your company and we look
forward to seeing you at our Autumn Trial at Burton Dassett on the 26th
Brian Osborn & Tony Lake
25 Mar 10
pictured by John Salter on the Class 8 Simms deviation, won
Sundays Torbay Trial
Tina Allaway reminds
us the date for the ACTC Dinner and Awards Evening will be on 12
June at Padbrook Park, Cullompton. If anyone has a trophy to return
please could they give it to Giles Greenslade or Judy Phillips at the
1 Mar 10
Greg Warren reports with news of the
Torbay Trial on 21 March:-
Been to look at some of the sections
this afternoon. Unless we have a drought over the next 3 weeks it
going to be a heck of a lot more slippery than back in Sept. We have
some wicked deviations for class 8 and only one re-start line on
Tipley so if your in class 3 burn baby burn !!!!!
You all missed having a go at Simms
back in Jan,so come ondown to Devon on Sunday March 21st and have some fun.
Start venue very easy to get to right beside M5.
I never thought i say this but thank
goodness for the four wheel drive brigade! they really use Simms a
lot these days and a combination of four wheels digging and
continuous frosts this winter, some of the dreaded concrete is
beginning to lift........
Click Here for more info and regs
No championships, no competition licence,
this one is for fun. I had a look at the venue during the week and it
looks good. The issues getting in and out of the gate have beenresolved.
The ruts have been filled in with hardcore.
Brian Osborne reminds us
that he MGCC - Midland Centre’s “Spring Trial”
will be on Sunday 21st March 2010 at Lintridge Farm, near J2, M50. We
hope you will join us for a frolic on the farmland slopes, Reg’s and
Entry Forms are downloadable from our website
21 Feb 10
The Regs are now available for The Torbay
Trial on 21 March. The route will include 17 observed sections and at
least one special test, traversing some very spectacular scenery.
Falcon have published the regs for their
March Hare Trial on 7 March 2010.
Starting and finishing in the Luton area
near to Junction 9 on the M1 the March Hare uses a number of historic
Chilterns sections. There is a Class 0 / Clubsport category for those
who do not have a competition licence.
Much work has been applied by the
organising team to freshen up the well-proven format around the
Shropshire Hills, to keep the event stimulating and realistically
competitive, and addressing competitors' feedback.
of Easthope and Meadowley should mean that we don't have most of the
field grounding out in the same spot
Strefford's gunge pit has been drained
somewhat so more of you Class 7's should have a crack at this great
Strefford Woods have been opened up,
with Classes 1 - 6 also getting an opportunity up the same escarpment
Classes 1 - 6 also re-visit a historic
lane section (thanks Simon!)
The abrupt Slab section has been
dropped in favour of a dramatic climb right up the side of the scenic
Class 6 will run with 1 - 5.
So with a repeat of the previous-evening
scrutineering facility, electronic entry facility and a 'breather' of
two weeks after the Exeter, we look forward to your support for our