Exmoor Trial

Paul Merson overcame the slippery conditions for first overall in the cars. Guy Windsor was best motorcycle

Some Video by Martin Hitchcott, Chris Bonnett, James Smith and Norton Selwood

The organisers were challenged by the severe weather in the weeks preceding the event. They nearly lost the finish venue when it was threatened by floods and Hurscott had to be cancelled. Water had come cascading down the hill, eroding the lane so much it left a very deep ditch to one side of the track.

They had to make some other adjustments but come the day competitors were delighted with the trial. Paul Merson dominated class eight and was best car overall dropping ten marks. Keith Sanders was second in his Scimitar, dropping 15 marks, with Stuart Highwood third in his Marlin on 16, one better than David Haizelden with his Scimitar.

In the motorcycles Kathy Martin was best in Class B1 on Humphery the Honda.

In Car with Mark and James Smith

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Cold Exeter This Year

Kevin Sharp receiving his Triple from MCC President Jonathan Laver at the evening presentations. Kevin was also awarded the Field Trophy for best car on the Lands End in his Class 5 Suzuki X90. Photo by Dave Cook who has an extensive library of photos on his website where you can order inexpensive prints and digital downloads

The header picture shows Stuart Roache’s HRG bathed in morning light as they stop behind David Ellisons Ford Model A. David had to retire the Model A while Stuart went on to clean all the sections and win Class Five.

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Camel Classic

Aaron Haizelden and Chris Dustow were best car and motorcycle respectively

Car Videos by Norton Selwood

This years Camel Classic was as tough as ever with lots of mud to spice things up. Aaron Haizelden came away with the premier Car Award, dropping 31 marks. It was a close thing though as Roger Hancock in Class Eight was only one mark behind.

Motorcycle Videos by Norton Selwood

Chris Dustow was best Solo with a clean sheet and Alan Keat best Combination.

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First ACTC win for a Liege on The Allen

Ray Ferguson won The Allen Trial with one of two clean sheets. His Liege was faster than Tim Naylers BMW Z3 on the Special Tests

Ray and Hannah Ferguson had no time to enjoy the view of the lake as they clean one of the sections at Ubley Woods on their way to a clean sheet and a win on the Allen Trial in their Liege. Photo by Calvin Samuel. Click here for more of Calvins work.

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Challenging Tarka

Stewart Green was best car in his Class 8 Gruffalo and Ben Dyer best Solo in this wet event with some tough restarts.

Mark and James Smith restart on Hurscott in this photo by Becey Macey. Click Here  for their InCar Video of the Trial. You can find more of Becey’s photos here.

This years Tarka was an ACTC Championship round for both Cars and Motorcycles after Woolbridges Hardy Trial didn’t take place. North Devon MC had the benefit of quite a bit of rain to toughen up their trial with only two cars in Class Eight finishing in single figures. Continue reading “Challenging Tarka”

Another Tough Kyrle

Ian Facey emerged victorious in his Class 5 BMW Z3 with a good mix of machinery from different classes in the top ten.

Kyrle Trial winner Ian Facey’s BMW Z3 goes light on the front end as he applies the power in his attempt to conquer Jack’s fearsome gradient. It was the first time daughter Emma had been the nominated passenger. Dave Cook’s photo shows the spectators were also trying to capture the moment. Prints and Digital Downloads of Dave’s work can be obtained at a nominal cost from his Smugmug site

Ian almost went clean but dropped 1 on Jack and 3 on Jill, two fearsome climbs in this trial so noted for its steep hills.

The organisers were successfull in their handicapping, by which I mean Restarts and Tyre pressures, with a varied mix of cars topping the result sheet(s). Ray Ferguson had a good drive in his Class 7 Liege and was the only car outside of Class Eight to see the summit of Jack. Ray finished dropping six marks, the three on Pill Box dropping him out of contention for the top spot.

Stuart Bartlett’s challenge ended with a broken half shaft and it was fellow midlander Dean Partington who was best in Class Eight on nine. Tamar winner Ryan Tonkin also dropped nine and headed the clubmans results which Ross published separately.

Richard Hayward showed that Escorts are still competitive with an excellent top ten and Class three win in his estate. Continue reading “Another Tough Kyrle”