Allen Trial

Mal Allen and Dean Partington take the Major Awards on well supported event

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Calvin Samuel captures Allen Trial winner Mal Allen in his Marlin as he tackles the mud of John Walker as the light starts to fade. More of Calvins work on his Website csphotos.biz where you can purchase hires downloads

Bristol Motor Club and its well established organising team were rewarded by 66 entries for their Allen Trial.

This years event followed the Allens well established format, utilising as many public tracks as possible. It wasn’t that long ago that The Allen was an all public track event. However, the inevitable loss of access has necessitated a couple of excursions onto private land these days.

The Allen has a reputation as neither being particularly rough or tough. This coupled with the dry conditions resulted in 14 clean sheets.

Mal Allen took home The Allen Trophy with his Marlin after putting in the fastest times on the Special Tests. Mal and Dean Partington put in an identical performance on the Ubley Wood test but Mal was nearly a second quicker at Frys Bottom. Dean was awarded the Redcliffe Trophy for best clubman and was best in Class Eight. Continue reading “Allen Trial”

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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Dean Partington won The Cotswold Clouds

The wet weather made this a tough trial

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Dave Cook pictures Dean Partington cleaning Crooked Mustard on his way to winning the Cotswold Clouds

Dean dropped his only five marks on Pheasants Run, one better than fellow DP Wasp driver Mike Chatwin. These weren’t the lowest scores on this section but they both cleaned all the others. Deans success came when, along with Mike, Aaron Haizelden (Reliant Scimitar) and Nick Cleal (Peugeot), he was in the elite group that came out the top of Merves Swerve.

It was a very tough trial with the rain making Axe a real mud bath and Cowcombe Wood becoming so slippery the sections were cancelled as the access tracks were becoming dangerous.