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