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by Michael unless attributed otherwise. Michael is a proud member of the MCC,
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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 machine.
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
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
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.
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 event.
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 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
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
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or Judy
email@example.com 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
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 September.
Brian Osborn & Tony Lake
25 Mar 10
Dudley Sterry, 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 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 ondown to Devon on Sunday March 21st
and have some fun. Start venue very easy to get to right
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
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'
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
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.