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Penalties affect Results
Putting the issue of time penalties to one
side this was a well organised trial, a fitting end to Tim's Whellock and
Keeling's spell as Exeter Trial organisers. The weather was quite nice and
the sections kind, apart from Simms that is, which restricted the number
of Premier Awards.
Dave Cook captures Ian Moss on Tillerton in
his wonderful Pre War Ford Model Y that has been in the family for many
years. Ian had a great trial only failing Simms for a Silver (Picture by Dave Cook)
As competitors converged on
Haynes Museum after the night run few knew of the incident on the A303
affecting John Wilton's Trojan. Sadly Johns passenger was very poorly
after the accident and at at the time of writing no more news is
There was plenty to see at
Haynes. The refurbishment is now complete and there was plenty of space to
relax in smart surroundings after signing on. Then outside there was the
TV filming as Tiff Needle was driving Dick Bolts familiar Escort for Fifth
The action started on the
Haynes complex with an observed test in the car park. There were only a
couple of failures which included Phil Tucker who lost his Gold in his
With the dry weather neither
Classic Canes or Underdown proved too problematical but still cost Nick
Gibbs a gold in his Marlin when he failed Classic Canes.
Neither Normans Hump or Clinton
took their usual toll but Dick Bolt was a notable failure when the 1300
Beetle he was driving jumped out of gear. Dick had planned to shadow Tiff
in his new Ford Pop but the car wasn't ready so Emma Robbiliard kindly
offered her Beetle complete with passenger Simon Groves.
Across the road the twists and
turns of Waterloo bought a lot of the Suzuki X90's to a halt and also
stopped James Shallcross in his Peugeot 205.
Marc Schafer came all the way from a small town in Germany to repair
his Toyota Celica.
(Picture by James Llewellyn)
Dave Wall was
anxious not to draw attention to the rear mudguards on his Class 8
(Picture by James Llewelly
Stretes and Bulverton Steep
were straightforward and it was soon time for breakfast at Crealey Park
with plenty of space to spread out for the all you can eat buffet.
Toughens at Tillerton
AH Trophy Winner
Nick Farmer had problems in the night when he lost his overnight bag
on the A303 (Picture by Dave Cook)
showing he has a substantial sump guard as he leaps his Suzuki X90
over the rocks (Picture by Dave Cook)
With its usual rocky restart
Tillerton came as shock to Class 7 and there were more fails than cleans
and a lot of punctures. Some notables lost Gold here, including the vastly
experienced Roger Bricknell in his Vincent and multiple PCT Champion
Barrie Parker with his new Toyota, running in Class 7 as it was fitted
with a LSD as standard.
Several of the Lieges failed
Tillerton, these didn't include Mark Endley but he then blotted his
copybook by stopping on Fingle!
providing the spectators with the excitement they want on Simms
(Picture by James Llewellyn)
Neal Vile getting
close and personal to the barrier on Simms. He was went clean but lost
his Gold on Slippery Sam (Picture by James Llewellyn)
The famous old hill was to be
the big one on this years Exeter. OK lets get this one in first, our hero
Tiff went clean and on to gold.
Ian Cundy in his Golf was the
only FWD to clean Simms, benefiting from the finish time penalty's being
scrubbed to go gold. Class 5 was interesting as a whole host of Suzuki's
reached the top. Some of these have now been had extensive development,
being fitted with a lot of ballast and a variety of Vitara transmission
components to increase their competitiveness.
The hill took its toll of the
RWD brigade, especially in Class six, but Dick Bolt had learned how to
carry the momentum of a low power to weight car in Class Four and followed
his Escort to a clear.
Hendra about to leave the line on Slippery Sam, the last hill of the
day (Picture by Dave Cook)
Oakley only failed Simms in his Saab 96 (Picture by Dave Cook)
Joseph Wills had to
settle for a bronze after failing Slippery Sam (Picture by Dean Vowden)
recovered from his brush with the bank to clean the hill (Picture by
There was only Tipley and
Slippery Sam left now but neither had much
effect on the big picture. Everyone was looking forward to hear what Tiff
had to say at the evening meal and he didn't disappoint.
Tim Whellock's made a nice
farewell speech. When the next chapter of the MCC history is written it
will say the Exeter Trial was in safe hands during his custody.
When the final results were
published the time penalties applied at the finish were dropped but
retained for lateness at the Crealey Park, affecting a handful of people.