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