It was a Class 1 victory on The
Mechanics Trial. Dave Haizelden was the overall winner, dropping 11 marks,
compared to Mike Workman on 14, although in fairness
Mike had a lot more restarts in Class Eight.
quite dry in the Cotswolds so the results were determined by some fearsome
restarts, especially for the higher classes, and the tricky Catswood
sections with deviations off the tracks into the trees. All but 1 & 2 also
had to run with very high tyre pressures, which must have contributed to
the result. Stroud & DMC also ran a Clubmans event, mostly using the same
sections but without the restarts. This was won by Ian Moss in his 1937
Ford Model Y who only dropped six marks, all on the impossible Don't Blink
section in Catswood.
Paul Allaway holds on tight as Dave Haizelden blasts
his familiar Golf up Viaduct to clinch overall victory on The Mechanics
Picture by Dave Cook.
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Stroud had just over 40
starters for their non-championship trial, run in the same area as their
Cotswold Clouds but with different sections. The second section "Alf's
Delight" was not so delightful, with many of the fancied runners failing
its fearsome restart. In Class eight Mike Workman was the only one to get
away in his Golden Valley Special. This was bettered by Class Seven where
both Mal Allen and Julian Archbold were successful, delighting Julian in
his newly acquired Marlin.
Catswood Sections were Difficult
After some sections on
delightful old roads came three sections in Catswood. OS 7, called Sapseds
Big Surprise, saw Dave Haizelden loose his first marks of the day,
dropping five after the section deviated off into the trees. Without
having to restart Dave also cleaned the next section, Mini Hoskin, the
only competitor in the main trail to do so. This showed just how good this
driver/car combination is as none of the other non-restarters in 1-6 got
less than a six.
Dave dropped six marks on Don't
Blink, the final Catswood section, the last he was to loose for the rest
of the day. Tony Underhill retired here, his Triumph Special making
horrible noises, later diagnosed as a loose flywheel on his newly rebuilt
Cross Claimed Some Experienced Scalps
Coming out of the woods came a
a section at King Charles Lane before a restart at Bulls Cross, situated
right on a nasty rock step. This claimed a few victims, including the
experienced Pete Hart (Marlin) and Eric Wall (Dellow mk1). Eric was having
a bad day on the restarts having failed the Grassy Wood Lane earlier in
Cars on the Greenway Sections
This year there wasn't a
section on Greenway Lane itself, as the track was approached from the top.
Anyone wondering why soon found out as it was very, very rough after
considerable water erosion and it must have been very difficult for the
lower slung cars to get to the sections. They were both grassy and didn't
impact on the results although Stuart Deacon broke the diff on his Escort,
changing it to finish the trial. Luke Baber wasn't so lucky with his
Peugeot, coming down Greenway Lane on a rope behind mark Hobbs Land Rover,
although shown as a finisher.
was Dry this Year
The trial finished on Viaduct
as usual, the ruts not proving a challenge in the dry conditions. The
event seemed to go down well with competitors. The clubmans section was
well received and it was nice to see Ian and Josh Moss take that category
in their Model Y.