Challenging Chairmans

Matt Facey overcame the difficult conditions for the win.

Videos by Norton Selwood, Patrick Warren, Matt Facey and Duncan Stephens

Starting from Holsworthy Cattle Market, Holsworthy’s Chairmans Trial had a compact 55 mile route, incoporating woodland and farm tracks in addition to the well known classic Cutliffe Lane and other sections.

The event was an ACTC qualifier for motorcycles as was the Northern Trial in the Lake District the day before but only Kathy Martin had the stamina to tackle both!

The wet weather prior to the event meant both Holsworthy Motor club officials and the competitors were faced challenging conditions with the farmland and wooded sections being especially tricky.

There was quite a high retirement rate amongst the cars with nine of the 31 starters failing to finish. They included Martin Kessell with a broken diff in his Marlin and Sticker Martin in his newly acquired Liege.

Matt Facey put in a dominating performance with his BMW, dropping only 7 marks on his way to being best car overall. His nearest challenger was Paul Merson in Class Eight with 17.

Geoff Walker was best solo motorcycle. In the sidecars Bekki Eddy celebrated her return passengering Dad Simon by guiding him to victory in the class.

On Bike with Martin Keswick and Josh Cook

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Chairmans Trophy Classic Trial

Matt Tiley was the only clean sheet in this ACTC Championship event for motorcycles on 19 February 2017. In the non championship cars Aaron Haizelden was on fire, dropping only 15 marks in his Reliant Scimitar SS, 12 less than Anthony Andrew in his Class eight car and Matt Facey in his BMW

Videos by Norton Selwood from Orchard Rise and Gullijohn, Duncan Stephens,  Matt Facey & Tim Nayler

The drizzly rain spiced up the sections on what proved to be a well received event by Holsworthy Motor Club.

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Kathy does the Northern -Chairmans Double

Aaron Haizelden and John Luckett won the big trophies but Kathy Martin will be remembered for riding two big trials, hundreds of miles apart, during the weekend.

Mark Milne pictures Kathy and Humphrey at Wigton Auction Mart in Cumbria on Saturday. After the Northern Trial she loaded him in the van and drove down to the West Country to ride the Chairmans on Sunday