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Dave Top Mechanic
Dean wins Dry March Hare
Northern Win for James
Muddy Clee to Adrian Marfell
Exeter 2011
Exeter in Class 0

2011 Stuff
2010 Stuff
2009 Stuff
2008 Stuff
2007 Stuff
2006 Stuff
2005 Stuff
2004 Stuff
2003 Stuff
2002 Stuff
2001 Stuff
2000 Stuff

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2011 Stuff

24 Nov 10 The MAC have published the regs for The Clee Hills Trial on 23 January. Click here to goto The Clee Hills Website or The Rough Guide

23 Nov 10

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 machine.

20 Nov 10

Leslie Newell (VW Buggy) won North Devon Motor Clubs Tarka Trial on 31 October. James Shallcross shot this In Car Video on his way to winning Class 1. Click Here for Full Results in Excel Format

10 Nov 10 Camel Vale Motor Club have published the regs for their Camel Trial on 5 December. because of a tree virus in the West Country it has to be run as a single location event this year.
9 Nov 10 The MCC have published the Final Results for The Edinburgh Trial. There are now 3 cars clean, Michael Weeks was previously shown as failing Putwell B. Edinburgh Report amended.

4 Nov 10

Regs are available for the West Suffolk Motor Club Trial at Wattisfield on 5 December

1 Nov 10

Tidied up The Edinburgh Trial Report

28 Oct 10

Ed Nikel is selling his well known, Geoff Jackson/Reg Taylor constructed Dellow Mk2 Replica Click Here for more information

(Picture by Barry Walker)

17 Oct 10

Although he has sold his Marlin Restart 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 Derek Hibbert

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.

14 Oct 10

Launceston and North Cornwall Motor Club have a new web site which can be found here

12 Oct 10

The Hardy Classic Trial will take place in Dorset on 14 November. Click Here for regs

11 Oct 10

Videos by Julian Archbold

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

1 Oct 10

Click Here to follow Graham Whitings Tweets from Litton on Saturday

30 Sep 10

Charles Shopland won the Taw & Torridge Trial. Click Here for the full results on the ACTC Site.

Regs are published for:-

17 October - Minehead Motor Club - Exmoor Clouds Trial

24 October - Launceston and North Cornwall Motor Club - Tamar Trial Regs & Entry Form

31 October - North Devon Motor Club - Tarka Trial

29 Sep 10

Its the MCC Edinburgh Trial this Saturday. If you want to go along and spectate Click here for a Guide and Click Here for the Entry List If you go to Calton you will see everyone but Class 0 do not go to Bamford Clough.

All being well I will be posting live Tweets. If anyone else is doing the same on Twitter, or any other site, and would like me to put up a link drop me an email at

9 Sep 10

Regs available for Falcons Brickhill Trial on Sunday 10 October

9 Sep 10

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, observing on Woodmill in the night and one of the sections in Ebworth the following day.

Click Here for the Regs and Entry Form for this years Ebworth Chase.

5 Sep 10

Regs are published for the CSMA Trial at Kensworth on 26 September. Dave Smith is Clerk of the Course

31 Aug 10

Will be blogging in a new place from now. My old blogs, some five years worth, can still be found at 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.

26 Aug 10

Neil had four races at a busy Snetterton meeting, picking up a second place in Post Historic. Click here for the report

2 Aug 10

Regs for the Taw & Torridge on 12 September are published

Regs for the MGCC Midland Centre Trial on 26 September are available on their Website.

Have cleaned up some of the links on this page.

31 Jul 10

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.

Click Here for map.

If you want more information Email. Rob Daniels

24 Jul 10 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)

19 Jul 10

Neil Bray proving you can run five wide on the tight Lydden Circuit. Click Here for the report

12 Jul 10

John Salter was at the MCC Testing Trial yesterday and took this photograph, capturing the atmosphere of the event. Click Here for more of Johns Pictures. Check back often because more will be appearing over the next few days.

6 Jul 10 The regs are published for The Edinburgh Trial The Classical Gas favourite. If I could only do one trial a year this would be the one.
6 Jul 10

Falcon Motor Club celebrated the 60th anniversary of their Tewin Water Speed Trial on 20 June. Claire Oakes and "the Spodfother" captured the atmosphere of the event on video,  as do Mike Haywards Photos

29 Jun 20

Neil 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

10 Jun 10 Brands Hatch Report and Pictures. Neil finished 11th and 8th in the two Group 1 races on Sunday and fourth in Post Historic with the Capri on Saturday.

4 Jun 10

OK I know I am behind but I have collated about half of The Ilkley Report

31 May 10

Ron Warrens funeral is at 11.00 on Thursday 3 June at St Marys Church Whitlebury (near Towcester)

Click here for map

31 May 10

A good time appears to be had by all on The Exeter Centenary Trial held over the Bank Holiday weekend. John Salter and Graham Whiting were on hand with their cameras.

- Pictures by John Salter

- Pictures by Graham Whiting

- Pictures by Mike Archer

24 May 10

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 Fleming collection)

Ron Warren

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.

A keen 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

Laurie Knight

Laurie passed 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

Invites 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 or Judy Phillips at  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!!

10 May 10

Started Silverstone report from the weekend. Neil had good races in Grp 1 and the first Post Historic race where he was second overall.

1 May 10

Dudley Sterry, pictured by Don Stringer of Don's Sporting Pics, winning The Silverstone Trophy at the VSCC meeting on 24 April. Click Here for more of Don's Pictures at this event. What do other triallers do in the summer?

22 Apr 10

Corrected the bad link to Dave Cook's Kyrle pictures

- Kyrle Trial Pictures by Dave Cook

20 Apr 10

Adrian Dommett won Sundays Kyrle Trial with the only clean sheet

- Pictures by Dave Cook

- More Videos

13 Apr 10

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.

Click Here to sponsor Junes race for Life.

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)

- Dave Cooks Pictures from Plusha & Blue Hills 2

- John Salters Pictures from Beggars Roost and Blue Hills 2

- Video Playlist

30 Mar 10

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 September.

Brian Osborn & Tony Lake

25 Mar 10

Dudley Sterry, pictured by John Salter on the Class 8 Simms deviation, won Sundays Torbay Trial

- Click Here for the Results

- Pictures by John Salter

- Videos on You Tube coming

25 Mar 10

Falcon triallers who aren't doing the Lands End, or get back on Sunday, might like heading east for the Eastern Counties MC Trial on Easter Monday. Click here for more

24 Mar 10

The Edinburgh Trial Route Finding Team need your help. Click Here for details

23 Mar 10

Tim Hanman won Sundays West Suffolk MC 3 Way event on Sunday. Stephen Page was fourth overall and a Class Winner in his VW Buggy. Stephen took this in car video. Michaels Blog

20 Mar 10

Finished Mechanics Trial Report

18 Mar 10

Mechanics Trial Report so far

15 Mar 10

Regs are available for The Ilkley Classic Trial on 16 May




Entry Form

13 Mar 10

Ian and Josh Moss won todays Mechanics Trial in their Class 4 Imp. Click Here for the full results


11 Mar 10

March Hare Stuff so far


First draft of the report


Click here for the full results.


Pictures by Dave Cook


Pictures by Julian Robinson

10 Mar 10

Josh Moss reports on competing on The Cotswold Clouds in the family 1935 Ford Model Y

Picture by Dave Cook

9 Mar 10

Mike Pearson won Falcons March Hare Trial on Sunday. Click here for the full results.

9 Mar 10

Regs are published for:-


18 April - The Kyrle Classic Trial, Ross & DMC


25 April - Bovey Downs Classic Trial - Windwhistle MC

1 Mar 10

Dudley Sterry’s won the VSCC Pomeroy Trophy on Saturday in his 1937 HRG. Dudley dropped the fewest number of penalties to finish on a score of 433.1 points, 8.3 ahead of his nearest rival, Adrian Goding, in a 1963 Ford Cortina.

1 Mar 10

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 Kryle Trial.

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 on down 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

26 Feb 10

Falcons finest, the dynamic Duo of Michael Leete and Dave Maitland, are organising a Clubsport Trial. It's at Mile Tree Farm, near Leighton Buzzard, this year Click Here for a report and pictures of the last Mile Tree Farm Trial.

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.

Any info you require you can email Michael on

Click Here to Download the regs.

25 Feb 10

A reminder that Strouds Mechanics Trial is on Saturday 13 March. This is the clubs 60th Anniversary and there will be special 60th Anniversary finishers certificates.

One week left until entries closing date and a few places left

Click here for more information

25 Feb 10

Dave Haizelden won Holsworthy Motor Club's Chairmans Trophy Trial last weekend. Click here for the results

23 Feb 10

Northern Trial Report finished (sorry no pictures yet). You will see the results are a bit different to those first published, moving Dean Partington up to 2nd overall and class 8 winner

A couple of reminders:-


The 2010 ACTC Dinner and Awards Evening will be held on Saturday 24 April at Padbrook Park Cullompton.  Further information will be sent to ACTC members shortly. Could anyone holding an ACTC Trophy from last year please bring with them to the start of the Torbay Trial or arrange to pass to Giles Greenslade.

Oop's may have been a bit premature on this date. Back with more info soon



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.


Click Here to download the regs from The ACTC Site

18 Feb 10

Duncan Stephens reports on The Cotswold Clouds

17 Feb 10

Simon Woodall won The Northern Trial last Saturday.


Click here for the Results.


Click here for Michael's report as it develops

In Car Videos by James Shallcross and Nick Farmer

17 Feb 10

Mike Workman won The Cotswold Clouds Trial on 7 February. Click Here for the Results Check out all the super Videos


Click Here for Pictures by Dave Cook


Click here for Duncan Stephens Report

10 Feb 10

Finished the Clee Report

9 Feb 10

The Regs for Strouds Mechanics Trial on Saturday 13 March are available for Download from the Stroud Site.

9 Feb 10

Tris White won The Exmoor Trial in his Class 7 Imp. Click Here for the full Results on the ACTC Site

27 Jan 10

Simon Woodall wins Clee Hills Trial Click Here for full results

Clee Hills Video Playlist

3 Feb 10

Clee Hills winner Simon Woodall on Flounders Folly. Click here for the report

26 Jan 10

Congratulations to David and Emma Wall on the birth of their son Jack last Friday. As a third generation trialler on both sides of the family we look forward to seeing him on the hills very soon!

Regs are available for the popular MGCC Midland Centre Spring Trial on 21 March. It will be held at Lintridge Farm near Ledbury on the Worc’s/Glos/Here’s borders (M50,J2). Click Here to download Regs and Entry Form

20 Jan 10

The 25th Launceston Trial is on 14 February. Its a single venue Classic Trial for Bikes and Cars. Click Here to Download the Regs

18 Jan 10

Carl Talbot asks me to remind you that The S+DMC  Mechanics Trial will take place on Saturday 13th March this year, NOT on Sunday as we wish to avoid any conflicts with Mothers.

The Mechanics Trial:- " A pleasant early Springtime drive in the Cotswolds , interrupted by the odd trials section or two "

Regs. and entry forms will be mailed out  and available to download from the S+DMC website on  5th Feb Click here for Peter Mountains report of last years event

7 Jan 10

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.

Click Here to Download the Regs.

4 Jan 10

Clee Hills Update from the organisers:-

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.

For example...


Grading 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 long blast


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 Long Mynd


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 endeavours.

The Clee Hills Trial takes place on Sunday 24 January. Click Here to download the regs from the ACTC site


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