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A Super Summer Weekend in
the West Country
Easter being so late, and all the dry weather, it was a very different
Lands End. Perhaps the hills lost their competitive edge but the nice
weather made it a super event. As it happened some of
the later hills took their toll on clean sheets and Bishops Wood and Blue
Hills 2 reduced the medal count. Although competitors on MCC events
compete against the club rather than each other winners are declared on
the basis of Special Test Times and the seemingly invincible Nick Farmer
won the Field Trophy.
negotiates the taped deviation on Beggars Roost. James retired later
with drive shaft problems. (Picture by Dave Cook)
Michael Leete ploughing through the Crackington clay. Just look at
it round the front suspension (Picture by Kevin Alexander)
Having queued for a long time Class 2 winner Nigel Hilling
successfully restarts Stan on the tricky Bishops Wood (Picture by Dave
Alistair Vile climbing Blue Hills 2 with a little help from his
friends. Was that machine responsible for the "improvements" (Picture
by John Salter)
With glorious weather and a short night because
Easter was so late it was a different sort of Lands End Trial this year.
Competitors enjoyed the nice weather and relaxed atmosphere which more
than made up for some of the hills not being competitive as they were so
There were some toughies though.
Crackington had been well and truly doctored, with at least three trailer
loads of very sticky clay. This took its toll and Tris White in his
Troll was one of many to miss a gold in the clag. Tris had also been shown
as failing Hoskin in the provisional results but this was amended in the
finals along with several others.
is normally an innocuous hill for the lower classes. However, this year
they had a fearsome restart on the bank up to the cross track. Even
classes 1 and 2 had to attempt this. Only one car in Class 1 was
successful and unsurprisingly this was David Haizelden in his familiar VW
Golf. The failures and the hill being shared with Class 0 caused
considerable delays here, especially as it proved far to challenging for
the majority of the motorcycles.
another section to have a restart for the lower classes this year.
Although it was on quite a slope there was grip and most succeeded. Not so
local man Hans Viertel who lost his gold here in front of his Camel Vale
There was a big crowd on Bluehills
for the finale. Many competitors feel Blue Hills 2 has been spoilt by the
maniac JCB driver as the turn into the deviation is ridiculously tight.
many got round although some needed to go up the bank to do it. Matt Denny
found it far to much for his Fugitive and lost his gold here.
All in all a very enjoyable trial though. Long may we
continue to have such a wonderful way to spend Easter.