Team ADA’s Lands End

By Adam Walter, Class B

Team ADA happy at the top of Blue Hills

Team ADA went partially back in time for the Lands End trial this year. I kept with my trusty, modern Yamaha XT 225 (Serow) but Dad opted for his 1959 Greeves 197 which he used a few times on the trial in the early to mid 80s. Adrian, meanwhile, chose to tackle the trial on a Honda SL175. I think the aim was to spice things up a little.

The second thing I noticed on the way to Bridgwater from Plusha, after the first which was plenty of blue smoke coming from Dad’s Greeves, was the slower pace we’d be travelling at this year. That being said, we managed to keep pretty well to time throughout the whole trial. The only holdup was at Hackmarsh, if my memory serves me correctly, which opened about an hour late for some reason. Still, it was a chance to have a bit of banter with the other riders.

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Dry Yorkshire Dales

Both Motorcycle and Car Categories had low scores as the sections were bone dry and there was a lot of grip everywhere. John Kenny was best Motorcycle, besting the versatile Steve Kingston on his Class A machine as opposed to the familiar MG Midget. Dean Partington was best car.

The dry sections put a strain on transmissions, Clive Kalber (Tucker Peake Pop), Lee Peck (Dutton Melos) and Dave Haizelden (Reliant Scimitar) all having their machinery wilt under the strain.

Sword Point 1 took away a few car clean sheets with a restart for 7 & 8 and a deviation from the main track for all proving problematical.

Both Dean Partington (DP Wasp) and David Golightly (Morton and Brett) only dropped two marks, Dean on Sword Point 2 and David on Watergate 2. The overall win going to Dean on test times.

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Paul Merson wins Bovey Down

Paul dropped 9 marks in his Shopland Mk 2, just one better than Stewart Green in his SG Gruffalow

Jim Mountain restarts his Class Eight Dellow Mk1 just in front of a very slippery tree root! (Photo by Debbie Leach

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Dry Lands End

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Dan Keat wins Presidents Trial

Dan won by one mark over Simon Groves who had Dick Bolt passengering in his rather smokey Troll in Camel Vales single venue event in Bonyala Woods

There were a couple of retirements. Dave Haizeldens run of bad luck continued when  an injector stuck open causing his Scimitar to loose power. Craig Allen had the misfortune to loose the exhaust on the Beetle he was sharing with Nigel.

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