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In Car with Ray and Hannah Ferguson


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Tristan Barnicoat and Norman Tonkin Top Peninsula

Tristan missed his clean sheet by a mere one mark

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Tristan Barnicoat is a study in concentration as he picks his way up a section on his way to best Motorcycle. Photo by Ian Stenson. Click here for more of Ians work
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Ian Stenson captures Norman Tonkin in full flight. Norman pipped Derek Rogers for the car win by one mark. Click here for more of Ians work

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Ray Ferguson Best Car on Yorkshire Dales

Sam Holmes and Ray were the only cars that had a clean sheet so the result came down to Test Times

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Stuart and Kieran Bartlett are a study in concentration as they take on the challenge of Bluebell Wood, a Class Eight only section this year. Stuart and Sam Phillips were the only cars to go clear but the two Stuart dropped on the previous section at Brimham Wood dropped them out of contention for the overall win. Photo by Dave Cook. You can purchase prints and Hi-Res downloads for this and many other trials on Dave’s Website.

The Yorkshire Dales was again held in glorious weather but this years dry route wasn’t considered as rough as last year.

Both Ray Ferguson (Class 7 Liege) and Sam Holmes (Class 4 Beetle) ended the day with clean sheets with Ray taking the Premier Award on test times.

Fellow Liege driver Barry Redmayne was third but driving his Suzuki X90 in Class Five this time.

Dean Partington was on a clean sheet until the penultimate section, the Class Eight only Bluebell Wood, when he dropped six marks.

Mike Hiley was best motorcycle.


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John Parsons

Rally Driver, Trials Competitor and Organiser, John passed away on 20 May after a short illness. He was 79 years old.

A Motoring Tribute by Michael Leete.

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John at the start of the 2000 Allen Trial in his Westfield

I first met JP around 1970 at a Sporting Owner Drivers Club Trial at Brickhill, although I only really got to know him in the mid 80’s when I returned from my time living in the North East.  He was a keen member of the Dunstable based Sporting Owner Drivers Club, joining neighbouring Falcon when the SOD’s disbanded and I spent many happy hours listening to tales of his motoring exploits at club nights. My favourite was when he visited the TT and Florian Camathias needed a passenger for a couple of laps in practice. Ever the adventurer it was JP that stepped forward.

John started his working life working in various factories in the Luton and Dunstable area, including a long spell at the Commer Plant in Dunstable. He soon became interested in motorsport and started rallying a Mini, first in local events, working his way to the international ranks when he competed on the International Welsh Rally in 1972.

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JP in the SKF Avenger at Cheltenham Racecourse

By 1976 JP had become associated with Chrysler, driving a SKF sponsored, semi-works Avenger in which he competed in most of the home internationals and the Tour of Britain. The SKF sponsorship stopped after 1981 and John transferred his attention to servicing with Andy Dawsons Datsun team. When this closed JP managed to acquire a vast quantity of special wheels which subsequently graced many of his trials cars.

By now John had started a garage and stepped up his involvement with trials, both local SODC events and MCC trials. He was very proud of introducing the first UVA Fugitive to the sport, selling it to Dave Parry when he was stopped from wearing the crash helmet that he wore to stop hitting his head on the roll bar.

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John in his Buggy on the Great Hucklow Deviation on an Edinburgh Trial. JP was one of the team that created this route for the SODC Conquest Trial

After the Fugitive JP moved on to his V8 period, first with a Jago Samuri and then a Westfield. Next came a VW Buggy, the ex Graham Marshall car, bought from David Thompson when he acquired his Troll. John put a lot of work into this car, fitting a type 4 engine and his trademark Datsun wheels before changing its colour from tractor yellow to blue.

After campaigning this for many years John decided that wife Dot deserved a little more comfort on MCC events, selling the Buggy to Phil Potter and joining the ranks of X90 owners to compete in Class 0. He soon discovered the X90 didn’t have as much power as he wanted and fitted a Vitara engine, a massive job as the exhaust and all the ancillaries were reversed and he had to redesign the wiring loom.

John and Dot enjoyed the tranquility of the X90 but it wasn’t suitable for the local events so last year he re-acquired the buggy from Phil Potter. Never a lover of the Lands End, which he thought was too long JP’s last event was the 2019 Exeter.

The JP I will always remember, having fun with his Quad on a March Hare Working Party

John wasn’t just a competitor, he was also a hard working organiser. Locally he was the force behind SODC and Falcon Brickhill trials for many, many years. Along with the late Laurie Knight and Tom Goggin he ran the SODC Conquest Classic Trial in Derbyshire and together they opened up the notorious deviation left on Great Hucklow.

More recently he started Falcon’s March Hare Classic Trial with Mike Pearson. A Falcon Vice President he was also involved with the Milton Keynes and District Motor Club, marshalling on their 12 car rallies.

Outside of Motor Sport John liked travelling, especially to the USA where he loved Las Vegas and other exotic places taking in activities like diving when the opportunity occurred.

John died on 20 May after a short illness. He was 79 years old.

Rest in Peace JP, the sport and the world is a poorer place without you.

Keith Sanders Best Car on Flora Trial

It was a narrow victory for the Scimitar

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Keith and Dawn Sanders avoiding the Bluebells in Frasers Wood on their way to the best car award. Photo by Ian Butler. Click Here for more of Ian’s Flora Photos

Organised by the Pendennis Motorcycle Club The Flora Trial, starting in Redruth, must be the most westerly event on the calendar.

Keith Sanders was best car, dropping six marks, one better than Clive Kalber in his Dutton Melos. The result came down to the wire though. Clive was leading when he dropped two at the last section at Lanner Green which Keith cleaned.

A. Kearns was best Solo motorcycle.


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Simon Groves wins Camel Vales Presidents Trial

A Trial of Two Halves

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Simon Groves gets his Troll crossed up as he approaches one of the restarts in Bonyalva Woods. (Vidcap from Duncan Stephens Video) Click Here to see more of Duncans work on his Donutsphotography page

The single venue event in Bonyalva Woods was a trial of two halves, dry in the morning and wet in the afternoon. It soon turned into a Class Eight battle between Simon and Paul Merson who were level until midway through the morning when Paul dropped four on Bonyalva Rise where Simon went clear and slowly increased his lead as the day went on, finishing on 19 compared to Pauls 27.

Videos by Duncan Stephens and Norton Selwood. Click here for the Playlist


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