Storm and Tempest on the way to Lands End

Mainly a collection of embeds and links at this stage while I work on a proper report

In Car in Class 0

Blue Hills 1 by Tony Curtis

Blue Hills 2 Videos by Norton Selwood, Tony Curtis, Nigel Yed & Rich Estlick

Laneskin by Phil Parker

Blue Hills 2 by Nigel Yed

In Car with Mark and James Smith

Crackington by Libby Seldon and Tony Curtis

under_construction


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2 Rivers LDT

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Becey Macey captures Chris Barham on High Bray. If you study the picture you will see the solos didn’t get a straight run at the hill.

Introduced in 2016 the 2 Rivers LD Trial offered solo motorcycles sections over 95 road miles on OS Sheet 180 in North Devon.

Starting at the Cedars Lodge in Barnstable there were four classes who were allowed to view the sections before attempting them.

  • Trail
  • Enduro
  • Twinshock
  • Pre 65

On Board with Josh Cook

Chris Barham Reports:- Continue reading “2 Rivers LDT”

Snow Hits the Torbay

Craig Allen narrowly pipped Ian Facey to the best car award

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Dave Cook captured Jeremy Salter brushing the bank on Simms in his Suzuki X90. Considering the conditions there were a surprising number of cleans on the old hill. There are many more of Dave’s Torbay Photos on his website where you can purchase prints and hi res downloads

Videos by Norton Selwood, Keith Sanders and Phil Parker

Snow hit the country over the weekend and many competitors were unable to get to the start.

Those that made it successfully were greeted by deteriorating conditions as the snow settled and the organisers decided to cut the event short after Tipley. Continue reading “Snow Hits the Torbay”

Demanding Dunmere

Simon Groves was the best car in his Troll on a tough event

Videos by Duncan Stephens, Ross Cookman and Liam Hartley

Despite the snow blanketing much of the country the Western Peninsula was clear and Camel Vale were able to run their single venue Camel Heights event in Dunmere Woods between Bodmin and Wadebridge.

The conditions weren’t easy though and the mud made the tough sections very difficult. “Proper Hard Core Trialling” as it was described by one competitor.

Class Eight dominated the podium positions amongst the cars, Simon Groves emerging victorious in his Troll.

Keelan Hancock was best Solo and Alan Keat best Sidecar


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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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Northern Trial

Rare overall win for a Class 2 Car

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Nicola Butcher took Ben, Thomas & Barnaby on a weekend break to the Lake District, helping smooth out some of the tracks while she was there (Photo by Fred Mills)
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Nigel Jones is missing the view of Bassenthwaite Lake, the only body of water in the Lake District to use lake in its name, as he concentrates on cleaning the Where Eagles Dare section. Photo by Dave Cook. Click Here to view and purchase one of Dave’s economically priced prints or Hi-Res downloads

It looked like a Class 2 win more or less from the start of the event when Bill Bennett was the only car to clean the slippery Telfs Challenge. The overall win slipped away from him when he was penalised on one of the Special Tests and then dropped a nine on the appropriately named Big Cockup! This left the field clear for fellow Class 2 competitor David Read in his Austin Seven who finished his trial with a smooth climb of Sandale.

Nicola Butcher was second overall in her familiar Class 4 Beetle and Mark Smith third in his similar Class Six machine. There were only a couple of retirements. Kieran Bartlett whose clutch failed on his Cannon after only a couple of hills. Hal Branson got a bit further but was troubled by a grumble from his new prop shaft and a gremlin with the Marlins electronic wizardry that prevented the car from idling. Continue reading “Northern Trial”

Change to the Site

Just to let you know I have removed the “Triallers” Twitter feed from the right hand menu bar. The reason is that some of the tweets were either too “rich” or “political” for my vision of the Classical Gas Site. The Tweeters are of course totally entitled to make the Twitter posts its just that I don’t think they are appropriate to appear on my website. Hopefully I will spot their trials, car, motorcycle etc related tweets and retweet them so they appear on my timeline https://twitter.com/ClassicalGas

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