Dave Haizelden Best Car on Tamar

Dave became one of only a handful of people that have won a Classic Trial in both a Front Wheel Drive and Rear Wheel Drive Car having won the Tamar in 2003 in his Golf. Andrew Kearns was best Solo and Alan Wear best Outfit.

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Peter Browne captures Dave Haizelden storming Angel Steps on his way to a resounding Overall Car Win on the Tamar Trial Click Here for more of Peter’s Photos


Videos by Kofi Farley, Duncan Stephens and James Smith

This years Tamar went down well with competitors with the hills having just the right amount of bite. Most of the sections were pretty dry but Angel Steps greasy.

After a poorly supported Exmoor Clouds entries were better for the Tamar with 24 Motorcycles and 35 Cars, a third in Class Five.

Class Eight had some difficult restarts. Dan Keat was the only class 8 to climb Tanks Terror where Dave Haizelden was the only other car to clean the section. Aaron Haizelden dropped six here. If he hadn’t he would have finished on three, same as Dave but had a faster special test time!

Dave Haizelden dropped the only marks on his Tamar when he stopped at the three on Trehole but even here nobody on four wheels climbed higher.

There were two clean sheets amongst the Solos, the win going to Andrew Kearns on Special Test times.


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Season Resumes with Taw and Torridge

There was plenty of grip after the dry summer even though there was some drizzle on the day.

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Richard Maddern and Chris Barnicoat gun their outfit in the dry conditions (Photo by Adam Walter)

Videos by Duncan Stephens and Josh Cook

Competitors appreciated Holsworthy Motor Clubs revised route which still included the classic Cutliffe Lane

Paul Merson was best car, dropping nine marks, the only four wheel competitor in single figures. Aaron Haizelden was second on 14 in his Reliant Scimitar.

Tony Hocking was best motorcycle, followed by Kathy Martin who was also best in Class B1. Steve Urell was best outfit.


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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! Continue reading “The Classical Gas Classic Trials Survey”

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

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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”

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”