Paul Merson takes narrow Hardy win

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

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Barry Redmayne had the misfortune to have a ball joint snap on Green Lane

InCar with Ray and Hannah Ferguson in their Liege

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!

The results were dominated by Class 7 and 8 cars, only Matt Facey (BMW) and Keith Sanders (Reliant Scimitar) getting close to their scores. Keith was running in the Clubmans category winning that overall. With the impending change in licence requirements that arbitrary split shouldn’t be necessary in 2020 although it could still be used to create a less demanding sub-event for this who prefer it.

In the National B category, qualifying for ACTC points, there was a day long battle between Paul Merson and Ray Ferguson in their respective Shopland Mk11 Special and Liege. They swapped two’s on Knowle Lane and Meerhay and were level on marks lost when they came to the grassy bank of Tim’s 1, the penultimate section. They both spun to a stop just before section ends but Ray didn’t quite pass the two marker so Paul took the overall win by one mark.

InCar with Roger Ashby and Gavin Lane

There were a few notable breakages. Barry Redmayne snapped a ball joint early on. Roger Ashby put the fan through the radiator of his glorious special after hitting a rock on Meerhay and Stuart Highwood had a half shaft fail on Knowle Lane in his Scimitar.

Jon Rutherford was best Solo and Martin Keswick best Outfit


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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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