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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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”

Exmoor Trial

Paul Merson overcame the slippery conditions for first overall in the cars. Guy Windsor was best motorcycle

Some Video by Martin Hitchcott, Chris Bonnett, James Smith and Norton Selwood

The organisers were challenged by the severe weather in the weeks preceding the event. They nearly lost the finish venue when it was threatened by floods and Hurscott had to be cancelled. Water had come cascading down the hill, eroding the lane so much it left a very deep ditch to one side of the track.

They had to make some other adjustments but come the day competitors were delighted with the trial. Paul Merson dominated class eight and was best car overall dropping ten marks. Keith Sanders was second in his Scimitar, dropping 15 marks, with Stuart Highwood third in his Marlin on 16, one better than David Haizelden with his Scimitar.

In the motorcycles Kathy Martin was best in Class B1 on Humphery the Honda.

In Car with Mark and James Smith


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Northern Trial

Charlie Knifton was best car and Tony Whitehead best motorcycle but both were decided on Special Test times

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The eyes have it! Kathy Martin is determined as Dave Cook  pictures her on Telfs Challenge on her way to second overall. After the event she loaded up and drove down to Devon to compete on the Chairmans Trial the next day.

Fellside AC under Clerk of the Course Myke Pocock were able to return to some of the events traditional sections after the forestry work of recent years. There was sufficient dampness to make the sections competitive and the results went down to the wire.

Kathy Martin was leading motorcycle at the foot of the last section, the infamous Sandale. Her nearest rival, Tony Whitehead cleaned it on his KTM but the six Kathy dropped left them both on eight and the trophy went to Tony as he was faster on the Special Tests.
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Exmoor Trial

Keith Sanders and Jon Hustwayte triumphed after overcoming the humps and bumps of High Bray

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Jon Hustwayte concentrates on High Bray on his way to a Motorcycle Overall Win (Photo by Duncan Stephens at http://www.donutphotography.com )

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Kathy does the Northern -Chairmans Double

Aaron Haizelden and John Luckett won the big trophies but Kathy Martin will be remembered for riding two big trials, hundreds of miles apart, during the weekend.

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Mark Milne pictures Kathy and Humphrey at Wigton Auction Mart in Cumbria on Saturday. After the Northern Trial she loaded him in the van and drove down to the West Country to ride the Chairmans on Sunday