Stuart Bartlett secures Crackington with Camel Win

Stuart was the only car with single figures on a tough trial

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Ben Tonkin and Xanthia Petherick pictured on Penkestle in this capture from Kofi Farleys video 

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Camel Vale Motor Club lived up to their reputation and put on a tough finale to this years ACTC Championship. Continue reading “Stuart Bartlett secures Crackington with Camel Win”

Matt Facey wins Allen to clinch Wheelspin

Matt and Hollie Wood were the fastest of the three clean sheets

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Matt Facey eases his BMW away from the Burledge restart on his way winning The Allen Trial and securing the ACTC Wheelspin Trophy with one round to go

Once again Bristol Motor Club were rewarded by a supurb entry for the popular Allen Trial. 74 cars were entered, dropping to just under 70 starters from The Bull at Hinton. It was cloudy but dry day after a lot of rain recently which was to make some of the sections very muddy. Continue reading “Matt Facey wins Allen to clinch Wheelspin”

Paul Merson takes narrow Hardy win

It was a close thing, with Ray Ferguson just one mark behind

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Roger Ashby and Gavin Lane in their steamer on Meerhay. Video Capture by Chris Briant Click Here for the Video

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Woolbridge had strong local support for their Classic Trial, including a Four Wheel Drive class running at the back of the field. The event was a mixture of traditional lanes supplemented by some grassy venues familiar to competitors who go to the clubs single venue events. These of course require a very different driving technique to the rocky lanes. Either trickle or blast, there is no in-between! Continue reading “Paul Merson takes narrow Hardy win”

David Haizelden Conquers Kyrle

With wet weather leading up to the Event making the Kyrles ultra steep hills even more slippery than usual this years event was a very tough proposition.

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Nick Farmer captures ACTC Chair Dave Haizelden battling with the mud and ruts on Badgers. As you can see in Nick’s video Dave oh so nearly came to a stop but kept the power on to clear the section and win the event.

Videos by Gemma Weeks, Mike Ellis, Sam Phillips and Nick Farmer Click Here for a full list of the Videos

Driving his familiar Reliant Scimitar in Class 5 Dave was headed by Gary Browning in his Class Eight Special until the penultimate section where Gary dropped 11 marks relegating him to second overall but hanging on to the class win. Continue reading “David Haizelden Conquers Kyrle”

Aaron Haizelden wins Tamar Trophy

Some Tough Restarts made it a Tough Trial for the Higher Classes

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Norton Selwood looks down and sees the offside rear wheel of the family Troll firmly jammed against a large rock on the Angel Steps Restart. Norton has taken on a number of roles with the ACTC including Championship Monitor and is the force behind the ACTC’s active Facebook Page. (Photo by Peter Browne)

Aaron was competing in a well supported Class 5 with his Reliant Scimitar, dropping 15 marks, one less than second placed Matt Facey in his Class 3 BMW. One point behind Matt came two more Scimitars in the experienced hands of Dave Haizelden and Keith Sanders. Continue reading “Aaron Haizelden wins Tamar Trophy”

Ray Ferguson Best Car on Yorkshire Dales

Sam Holmes and Ray were the only cars that had a clean sheet so the result came down to Test Times

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Stuart and Kieran Bartlett are a study in concentration as they take on the challenge of Bluebell Wood, a Class Eight only section this year. Stuart and Sam Phillips were the only cars to go clear but the two Stuart dropped on the previous section at Brimham Wood dropped them out of contention for the overall win. Photo by Dave Cook. You can purchase prints and Hi-Res downloads for this and many other trials on Dave’s Website.

The Yorkshire Dales was again held in glorious weather but this years dry route wasn’t considered as rough as last year.

Both Ray Ferguson (Class 7 Liege) and Sam Holmes (Class 4 Beetle) ended the day with clean sheets with Ray taking the Premier Award on test times.

Fellow Liege driver Barry Redmayne was third but driving his Suzuki X90 in Class Five this time.

Dean Partington was on a clean sheet until the penultimate section, the Class Eight only Bluebell Wood, when he dropped six marks.

Mike Hiley was best motorcycle.


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Another Tough Torbay

Wins for Simon Groves, Tristan Barnicoat and Alan Wear

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Clive Kalber came close but was pipped for the overall win by Simon Groves (VidCap at Little Silver by Duncan Stephens. Contact Duncan for Photos from this and other events)

Organisers David Haizelden and Keith Sanders believe in tough trials and maintained their reputation with another well supported event. Their handicapping worked out well with the top ten cars coming  from five different classes. Clive Kalber, out in his Dutton Melos, came close to challenging Simon Groves overall win. However, Clive dropped two extra marks on the muddy Upper Kingswell making a total of three for the event where Simon went clear.

With the first three cars in the Clubmans Category it was Aaron Haizelden who claimed maximum Wheelspin points in fourth place overall on 11 marks.

Tristan Barnicoat was the best Solo with a five point margin over John Luckett. The leading outfits were close all day with Alan Wear coming out on top by one mark.

Sam Holmes Reports

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The weeks before the Torbay trial were dry and sunny up in the Midlands and we were expecting a dry event. However, as we travelled down past Exeter there was standing water in the fields and the word around the start was that there had been a lot of rain in the preceding couple of days and some sections were very wet – 2 had even been abandoned. 

The first couple of sections had a long queue and proved greasy on the lower slopes and more cut up at the top.

The first hill in particular had a sting in the tail that caught out a couple of competitors quite dramatically! The Coombehead sections were drier than previous years and saw a lot of clears, although the restart for the higher classes on Coombehead Creek was cunningly positioned on a nasty root and caught out a number of drivers. 

The sections at the Gale Farm complex certainly had dried out from the rain, although the twists and turns of Gale Farm caused some to lose traction towards the top.

Gale Extra was a straight blast right up and over the fearsomely steep hillside, and was fine for most – even with a class 8 restart. In class 4 it was a balancing act between grip and having enough power and the beetles were working very hard to reach the summit – Ryan and Tony having to back down from the very top having scored a 1!

Penhale Climb, adjacent to Simms, was still damp and greasy under the trees.

The vicious tree root that has stood at the 11 marker for the past few years was gone and most competitors had a good run at the hill. It was still on good stopping form though; the side-slope towards the top causing many to run out of grip, especially the Class 8’s who had another restart.

Simms was rough and greasy with some large bumps in the middle and big holes at the top.

The class 8 restart caught out about half of the competitors but the non-stoppers faired a bit better, despite the challenges of the hill. Tipley was another matter! A restart for most classes and tyre pressure limits, together with rough and slippery conditions saw most car competitors fail the hill. A huge hole and steps in the cunningly positioned restart saw only 7 cars going clear.  

At Kingswell, the sections were a wet and muddy quagmire that demonstrated the recent rainfall.

There was quite a queue for Kingswell Lane, which was proving to be a real stopper. Just conquering the ruts to reach the start line was a challenge for some and the general consensus was that it only got worse higher up! In the line, talk turned to tactics about how to get the most ground clearance. In the end, the ruts defeated nearly all the car competitors with only a handful of clears – including Matt Facey who made the most of his ground clearance to be the only saloon up. Upper Kingswell was equally wet and muddy, but marginally less rutted and most cars found enough grip to clear. The steep grass of Palfreys stopped more of the field, especially the earlier runners who found it still damp, and the class 8’s who had to restart.  

This just left Little Silver where a greasy, grassy slope turned sharp left onto a steep but grippy incline.

This was followed by a special test which was notable for both having a flying finish – rather than the more usual stop astride –  and the option to have a second attempt. Many competitors did take the option for a second attempt and there were some very spirited drives which, together with a small hump on the finish line, led to some actual ‘flying’ finishes!

Torbay MC put on a great and well organised event….

….with a superb variety of hills; muddy, rocky, steep, traditional  – that required a mix of driving styles from blasting to more technical approaches. It was a long day coming down from the Midlands and back, but definitely worth it – a fantastic days sport. My thanks and congratulations to all the organisers, supporters, marshals and officials for putting on such an event. 


Torbay Snippets:-

  • Karl Oakley retired on the first section after doing an Eric Carlsson in his Saab
  • Dean Partington and Mike Chatwin retired at Penhales with Diff and Clutch problems
  • Torbay did a lot of repair work on Simms and Tipley prior to the event
  • Adrian Dommett was on for winning National B until failing the last section with a nine
  • John Cox hit and felled a tree on Coombehead