Simon Groves wins Camel Vales Presidents Trial

A Trial of Two Halves

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Simon Groves gets his Troll crossed up as he approaches one of the restarts in Bonyalva Woods. (Vidcap from Duncan Stephens Video) Click Here to see more of Duncans work on his Donutsphotography page

The single venue event in Bonyalva Woods was a trial of two halves, dry in the morning and wet in the afternoon. It soon turned into a Class Eight battle between Simon and Paul Merson who were level until midway through the morning when Paul dropped four on Bonyalva Rise where Simon went clear and slowly increased his lead as the day went on, finishing on 19 compared to Pauls 27.

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Tough Chairmans Trial

High Scoring Event for most of the Four Wheeled Brigade


Video by Duncan Stephens, Norton Selwood and Gavin “BigDave” Lane

Holsworthy Motor Clubs Chairmans Trophy Trial on 16 February 2019 was an ACTC round for Motorcycles. Guy Windsor was the best Solo with the only clean sheet of the event. Simon and Bekki Eddy were best motorcycle.

It was a tough trial for cars. Paul Merson and Dan Keat dominated in their Class Eight equipment with Paul coming out on top. There were some pretty high scores from the rest of the four wheel entry with only David Haizelden joining Paul and Dan under 20 marks.


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David Haizelden Clinches Wheelspin on Camel

Adrian Marfell was best car overall but all eyes were on the championship showdown after a season long battle between David Haizelden and Paul Merson


Videos by Duncan Stephens and Norton Selwood

Amongst the cars it was a closely fought battle with five Class Eights, two Class Fours and  and two Class Fives covered by a mere four marks. In the end the win went to Adrian Marfell in his rail on 25 points with Paul Merson, Dan Keat and Aaron Haizelden on 26. David Haizelden and Emma Groves finished with 27, Emma impressing everyone with her performance in the unfamiliar Troll. Continue reading “David Haizelden Clinches Wheelspin on Camel”

Paul Merson wins Bodmin

Camel Vale’s Single Venue Classic Trial in Cardinham Woods

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Jenny Martin captures John Cox attempting to restart in the leafy woodland of the Bodmin Trial. Click Here for more of Jennys work

Aided by pouring rain as the day went on Simon Groves and his team put on a tough trial on the steep slopes of Cardinham Woods. Paul Merson scored a resounding win amongst the cars. Outside of performance the results were split quite evenly amongst the classes, Ryan Tonkin coming second overall in his Class Four Beetle. Continue reading “Paul Merson wins Bodmin”

Tarqa had a Wet Start

Premier awards went to Steve Urell, Adrian Wade and Paul Merson.

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Richard Dunning pictured by Chris Barham

North Devon MC’s Tarqa Trial was an ACTC Championship qualifier for motorcycles only but attracted a disappointing entry of 34. This comprised four outfits, sixteen solos and thirteen cars.

The route was sensitive to the needs of the different categories. There was a total of 22 sections and included six solo only sections. There were also two unique to the three and four wheel brigade, including Riverton, well known to Lands End competitors.

Adrian Wade was best solo, dropping 12 marks, two better than John Lukett. David White also only dropped 12 but competing in Class X wasn’t eligible for best overall.

There were four outfits taking part. Steve Urell claimed premier outfit but both Geoff Westcott and Richard Maddern retired.

On four wheels Paul Merton was a familiar winner in his special followed by Ray Ferguson in Class Seven.

Chris Barham Reports:-

Over all a really good day. Wet start but sunny finish. Fantastic days sport with so many varied sections. From slippery field hill climbs, Classic sections and rocky lanes. Road miles minimal with plenty of green lanes mixed in.

From a bikers side the easiest section near the end caught so many points it was funny as. and that was the atmosphere through out the day, plenty of laughs and good will.

Many competitors will know the work that goes into a trial, weeks of route planning, official paper work with ACU, MSA, highways department ,private land owners and residents on route. Hedge cutting and section clearing. All of which is appreciated on the day but why are we not getting the numbers? The future of The Tarka is in jeopardy! Which is a real shame.

Ride with Martin Keswick and Josh Cook

Results and more stuff to come


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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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