I’m sad to report that my long time best buddy and fellow trialsman John Boswell passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning.
‘Boz’ came to trialling when the late Robin Alexander enlisted him as passenger in the JABS sporting trials car, together they made a great team and took second overall in the BTRDA Gold Star championship on two occasions. They also competed together in Robin’s Austin 7 on MCC events, and on one memorable Lands End weekend they trialled the Austin 7, then co-drove Boz’s E Type in one of the Cornish speed hill climbs on the following day.
Boz took up trials driving himself using at first MG Midgets and eventually moving on to his Dutton Phaeton, and with Carol at his side they enjoyed success in both PCT’s and Classic trials.
Boz took the prestigious ACTC Crackington Cup championship in 1990 and famously the pair featured in the BBC Top Gear Lands End report when they determinedly threw the Dutton up Crackington with the camera mounted on the roll over bar.
After a heart problem suffered in the early nineties had stopped Boz from driving in trials, I invited him to join me in the Troll for my assault on the ACTC Wheelspin Trophy championship in 1996. I had struggled to come to terms with the Troll despite my earlier success with VWs, but the understanding of exactly where to put his weight, and even more importantly the ribald humour Boz brought to the Troll cockpit, made me relax at the wheel and enjoy a wonderful season culminating in our taking the Wheelspin Trophy honours.
Later Boz returned for a final fling in sporting trials on bouncing duties for Steve Courts in the Facksimile. In these later years the two of us have spent many happy days together blagging our way into the Silverstone paddock seeing old friends and soaking up the racing scene atmosphere, Boz’s first love.
Boz drove the Camera car in the Top Gear Lands End Program