The Classical Gas Classic Trials Survey

Its summer so things slow up in the Classic Trials world. Time to reflect on the future of the sport. Time for a poll!

Here are the questions. If you are logged in to FB you can click on the links, see the results and comments. If you are a member of the Classic Trials Group you can also still add to them.

If you think Facebook is the work of the devil and haven’t signed up then you will be in the dark!

  1. Prompted by some of the thoughts expressed in NOTW and ReStart I thought I would do some research of my own on what trialers think should be the future of the sport. So I plan a series of polls starting with our affiliations. Lets start with the MCC
  2. Day 2 of my research into what trialers think should be the future of the sport. Still looking at who we are. Todays focus is our relationship with the ACTC. Remember you can’t join the ACTC as an individual but you can register for the championship, whether you actually compete in the events or not.
  3. Todays Question is about Competition Licences
  4. Day 4 into my research into what trialers think should be the future of the sport. Today its about communication. In addition to Facebook I keep up with my trials news on:-
    You can tick more than one box so please indicate all that you use. (there are a lot of options so please take a look at them all)
  5. Day 5 into our research into what you think is the future of Classic Trials.
    This question is how far are from home are you prepared to travel to attend a Classic Trial. Either as a Competitor, Marshal, Spectator etc.
  6. Well here we are on day 6 of our research and thoughts turn to the nature of sections on Classic Trials.
  7. Day 7 and the question is the road miles during a Classic Trial. This is about Road Miles, there will be more questions about the type of sections later.
  8. Day 8 of our just for fun polls. Its not the end but I can see it from here. Todays question is aimed at established triallers and if you could be tempted to do more events. And of course you can clarify your choice in the comments.
  9. Day 9 and we are back to the sections and how they affect the events you do. This is about ACTC events (MCC question will follow tomorrow). Doesn’t matter if you have registered for the championship or not or how many events you do.
  10. Day 10 and we look at the MCC’s sections and their impact of the trials you choose to do. This is about the Exeter, LE and Edinburgh. Not the Testing Trial or Scatter.
  11. Day 11 and this is the penultimate question. All about your Trials Pride and Joy and if you have one that you are not using.
  12. Here we are at Day 12 and the last question 😦
    What can be done to encourage newcomers into Classic Trialling? Please tick what you feel is the most important.
    You can only vote once but as ever we have the comments for you to expand your ideas.

Comments, Corrections, Criticism & Concerns welcome:-

Kieran Bartlett second to Paul Merson on tough Yorkshire Dales Trial

Kieran was driving Dean Partingtons DP Wasp in only his second event behind the wheel. His brother Stuart was third in his Cannon.

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In Car with Mark and James Smith

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Snow Hits the Torbay

Craig Allen narrowly pipped Ian Facey to the best car award

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”

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

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)
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”

Tough Cotswold Clouds

Ryan Eamer (Cannon) was the provisional winner of a closely fought battle with Tris White (Troll), Richard Hayward (Escort) and Dave Haizelden (Reliant Scimitar)

Simon Jones captures Ryan Eamer working hard to get away from the Bulls Bank restart

Videos from Crooked Mustard by Duncan Stephens, Mike Eliis’s Dad and Duncan Stephens

Stroud and DMC received their usual full entry for their well established trial. The first half of the route included many traditional hills, some dating back before WW2, even if some like Crooked Mustard have changed their name in the intervening period! Continue reading “Tough Cotswold Clouds”