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Ron Faulkner

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BTRDA 75th

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Gordon Jackson

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Shelsley Walsh

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Plashes Farm

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Ron Faulkner Trial

The first historic sporting trial of 2013 took place on Saturday 23rd March at Langrish near Petersfield in Hampshire. Organised by the Southsea Motor Club for the Ron Faulkner Trophy the drivers had to battle through snow to reach the venue, although after light rain at the start the weather was overcast, cold but at least it stayed dry.

6 hills had been laid out for the field of 16 competitors to tackle three times. Most of the hills twisted among the trees in a deep valley within the South Downs National Park. The chalky ground was very muddy and initially provided very little grip for the older cars on cross-ply tyres. In view of the conditions the organisers wisely reduced the minimum tyre pressure from 10psi to 5psi.

Grahame White took time out from running the Historic Sports Car Club to have his first outing for 39 years in his Cannon that he has owned from new. He shared the car with Tim Barrington, current European Historic F2 Champion, who had rebuilt the car for him. Unfortunately a problem with the fan led to the car being retired at lunch time.

Andrew Blenkinsop came out in the ex-Stirling Moss Cannon and finished fifth overall. Paul Falkner had his first drive in his newly restored 1172 Paul Special V, a car his father built back in the 1960´s. A gearbox problem stopped him after the first lap; hardly surprising as the car has not been used for 35+ years. For Tony and Natascha Hall it was their first trial ever! They did well in the conditions to finish the event in their newly acquired Ian Wright Cannon.

At the end of the first lap Ian Veale in his Class A 1172cc IRH2 had lost 17 marks, the same as Ian Wright and Ian Moss in their Class B cars. The hills then started to dry out and the power of the Class B cars gave the drivers the advantage. This was made clear on Hill 6, a long very steep track where the best performance by Class A 1172 engined car was 6 but two Class B drivers scored 0. The drive of the day was by Lara Geall who cleared Hill 6 in a late model Cannon.

Following on from his win in the 2012 Cotswold Historic Trial Ian Veale topped the leader board with a loss of 49 marks in his Class A, IRH2, a car in which his father passengered in the 1960´s

Ian Wright won Class B (for cars built before 1974 running on radial tyres) in a Cannon with a score of 33.

A very enjoyable well organised trial which we hope will become an annual event.

Grahame and Breda White

The ex-Stirling Moss Cannon owned by Andrew Blenkinsop

BTRDA 75th Anniversary Trial

The modern sporting trials cars in the picture, took part in a separate BTRDA Challenge between ex-World rally co-driving champion Robert Reid and Pro-drive boss David Lapworth seen here shaking hands at the start!

On Saturday 27th April we held an historic sporting trial to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the formation of the British Trials and Rally Drivers Association (BTRDA) at Catton Hall, near Walton on Trent, South Derbyshire. The site is set in wonderful parkland that is also used for major horse trials.

All the observed hills were set out on steep grass banks that offered very little grip for our tyres that were set on a minimum pressure of 10psi. The weather was mainly dry but with a few very sharp showers that served to remove what little grip there was on the grass.

There were 21 starters which was excellent considering we lost at least 6 competitors to other motor sport events taking place on the same day. Of the 21 starters no less than 8 are current historic racing competitors and we had 6 lady drivers which is most encouraging.

Lots of car sharing added to the enjoyment. Michael Schryver´s Cannon was also driven by Simon Hadfield and both their wives. At the end of the event the car had done 72 hills! After clearing one of the difficult hills Simon declared himself hooked on historic sporting trials and will shortly collect his own Alexis trials car.

New HSTA competitors Frank Lyons and Simon Diffey shared Frank´s recently acquired Cannon for its first outing, and the two finished 3 marks apart at the end. There was a lot of good humoured banter as the racers were all having a struggle backing off the throttle to find grip on the slippery grass.

The Denis Flather Trophy went to long time trials competitor Monty Peters driving the ex Rex Chappell Cannon with a loss of 21 marks. It was a close run thing as a bolt in the Panhard rod broke after he finished the last section.

Best in Class B and lowest score of the day on 11 marks lost was Neville Collett. Neville has purchased a new chassis from Ian Wright and we look forward to seeing him out in a Class A car in the not too distant future.

Kathy Wright was top lady driver on a score of 40. The appearance of the ladies is most welcome and adds to the pleasant friendly atmosphere. Long may it continue.

Everyone enjoyed themselves and we are looking forward to the next event on the 29th June at Horsley in Gloucestershire. The is a late afternoon trial starting at 4.30pm and will form part of a large, long established two day pre 1965 motorcycle trial and scramble. More details will follow shortly but one not to be missed.

Gordon Jackson Trial

The newly formed Golden Valley Historic Light Car Club organised their first historic sporting trial for the Gordon Jackson Trophy. Gordon is the only man to win both the British motorcycle trials championship and the British sporting trials car championship and was present to watch the action.

The event took place on a fine Saturday afternoon in the Cotswolds near Horsley. The trial formed part of a 2 day pre-65 motorcycle trial and scramble known as the British Bike Bonanza, an event that has been run for the last 30 years by Adrian Moss. Adrian, who competed in his beautifully restored Cannon, was instrumental in organising the car trial as part of the entertainment for the bike competitors who were camping overnight.

A large crowd of spectators gathered by the two steepest hills and they gave resounding cheers to anyone who reached the top of the hills.

20 competitors started. New faces included the current MSA Trials Committee Chairman , Nick Pollitt, who was having his first outing in a historic sporting trial car loaned by Ian Wright. Roger Anderson, who is normally seen in modern sporting trials, was also having his first taste of historic trials by sharing the car with Nick. Andy Wilks, another modern sporting trials competitor arrived with a genuine old Cannon that had not been used for many years.

7 excellent hills had been set out on the side of the valley by Clerk of the Course Martin Grindrod. The ground was very hard but the sections varied between open grassy hills to twisty climbs through trees and over Cotswold stone. All were wide enough to be enjoyed by everyone

The overall winner was, yet again, Ian Veale in the Class A 1172cc IRH2 who drove superbly and finished the trial on 0. Not to lose a single mark in a trial is a rare achievement but to do that after having to undergo a heart operation within the last 6 weeks is all the more remarkable.

First in Class A (1172 engines, 18" rear wheels and cross ply tyres) was Monty Peters in a Cannon on 6 marks. Best in Class B (cars on 15" rear wheels and radial tyres) was Neville Collett on 12 marks while Class B1 (no fiddle brakes) was won by the current Stroud Motor Club Chairman Josh Moss who lost 8 marks all afternoon.

Interestingly in the dry conditions some of the early Class A cars with the 1172cc sidevalve Ford engines and running on 18" rear wheels with cross-ply tyres beat the later cars with bigger engines and running on radial tyres.

Next historic sporting trial will be part of the Shelsley Walsh Classic Nostalgia meeting on the 28th July. Hope as many people as possible can attend.

Tony and Tascha Hall

Peter Hore having a go in Martyn Halliday's car

Ian Veale on fine form

John Heppenstall with passenger Mark Richards, between them they travelled a round trip of 1400 miles to compete!

Mike Endean in the delightful Test1 with Julie Short

Shelsley Walsh Trial

In 2005 Shelsley Walsh not only celebrated 100 years of motor sport but a new 99 lease was signed by the Midland Automobile Club securing it´s future as a motor sport venue into the next century.

Just what form motor sport will take by then can only be imagined, BRM are to race an electric car soon but my money is on a rebirth of steam powered contraptions as trees will be the only fuel available. Health and Safety will dictate that they can only be driven by cyborgs as driving is far too dangerous for humans, I only hope they don´t put the cyborgs in charge of defence, I have seen the film Terminator made by that nice Mr. Schwarzenegger and it doesn´t end well!!!

Back to the present, and the Orchard at Shelsley more resembled a set from Jurassic Park, dinosaurs aplenty and some old cars as well!

Due to the same sort of timetabling that made British Rail such a huge success in the 1970´s the entry was missing the racing drivers, they had gone to Silverstone to put in some fast laps, although in my experience the fastest laps are always done later in the Clubhouse, they always end abruptly though when a lurid slide is followed by a fall from the barstool with the driver sprawled on the floor covered in 25 year old malt whisky and canapés. Racing is very upmarket these days, when I was racing on 2 wheels 30 years ago you would end up sprawled on the floor covered in rough cider and those cheese snacks that smelt of rotting socks!

Fortunately the depleted field was made up with a group of smartly turned out Dellows. Back in the 1950´s and 60´s the posh street in Cheltenham, called The Promenade, was used in the summer evenings by young gentlemen, dressed in their best clothes topped off with lashings of Brylcreem and whatever the 1950´s version of Brut 33 was, driving their beautifully turned out motor cars up and down in search of a companion for the evening. They were known as Promenade Percies.

Now, I think everyone would agree that the Dellow is not only the car that defined the 1953 National Trials Formula but is also a very handsome motor car, especially when turned out in original trim and I wonder if any of our present day Dellows ever made the trip up the Cheltenham Promenade?

The start was set for 10:30, there was just enough time to watch Sir Stirling Moss take delivery of the square yard of start line tarmac that he had purchased before hoofing it back to the Orchard to catch the drivers briefing.

Ian and Martyn, the HSTA´s very own Super-Heroes , had spent a very wet Saturday evening setting out 6 hills on the grassy bank above the orchard using a variety of innocuous looking turns to produce serpentine hills that were trickier than they looked.

The hills were wide with plenty of opportunity for drivers to choose lines, the few trees present were well away from the action, merely innocent bystanders rather than solid objects to avoid!

The hills were to be tackled 3 times without a break with the 18 drivers starting at different hills. Four of the hills were self marshalled, a scheme that worked very well indeed and it was interesting to note that the flow of traffic on these hills was no different to the 2 hills that were marshalled.

The grass on the bank was very long and the first lap was spent more on harvesting than anything else! Grass seed is an excellent indicator of how well a car is prepared as it sticks stubbornly to all the greasy bits, you could certainly tell who had been remiss in greasing kingpins!

The overnight rain did not seem to have affected the ground at all, it must have evaporated on contact, but the grass was certainly damp enough to catch out those with heavy right feet.

The sun kept shining and the temperature marched relentlessly upwards but , as far as I am aware, none of the cars overheated. Tony Hall´s Cannon decided that it was too much like hard work running on 2 carburettors so decided to stop using one of them, Mike Endean had the bonnet off Test1 and my own car decided to have a "failure to proceed" when the rear A frame ball joint parted company with it´s socket. I crawled underneath to reattach it and managed to lie down on the only thistle in the entire orchard! Thank goodness they hadn´t been keeping sheep or cows in there! Ten minutes of spannering and we were back in the game!

The 3 laps were soon completed and by about 1 o´clock everyone had finished and were tipping cold drinks into themselves, Ian and Martyn had laid out a superb trial, no one went clean and yet the hills were safe and suitable for all the cars. Rain had been forecast from midday but managed to stay away until everyone had loaded up.

Sir Stirling Moss reunited with his Cannon now owned by Andrew Blenkinsop

Plashes Farm Trial

The Historic Sports Car Club ventured into new territory when it organised its first historic sporting trial on the 350 acre Plashes Farm owned by historic Formula 5000 racer, Frank Lyons.

This wonderful site, which has far reaching views over the surrounding countryside, contains many copses and dells amongst arable fields

On the Friday before the event a working party consisting of members of the HSCC and the local pre-65 motorcycle trials fraternity descended on the farm to find and clear areas in which observed sections could be set out. The number of quad bikes, chain saws and other forestry equipment had to be seen to be believed. After a lot of hard work, banter and generally acting as hooligans on quad bikes by the team it was up to Ian Wright to devise 6 long sections that would challenge the competitors on the day.

Sunday dawned bright and clear but with the forecast of the odd heavy shower. We ended up with an excellent entry of 27 competitors which was all the more remarkable considering the number of apologies for absence the Secretary had received from some of the regular competitors. Generally the reason for non-attendance was holidays but some were trying to find Cannon parts at the Beaulieu Autojumble whilst others were preparing cars for Goodwood and Spa

Dick Dixon, resplendent in white overalls, acted as Scrutineer and soon declared the cars fit for action.

Roger Arnold arrived with daughter Rachel and John Roberts and immediately convinced fellow Historic Formula Ford racers John Slack and Andrew Mansell to enter in his car. Having 5 drivers sharing one car was always going to be a challenge not only for the poor car but in making progress around the hills. In the end one of the oil pipes gave up but after frantic work in the paddock the car was running in the afternoon.

David Brand left his race cars at home and borrowed one of Ian Wright´s numerous Cannons to have his first outing in a trial for many years. He has clearly not lost his touch as he won Class B.

Grahame White and Breda were out in their Cannon as was Frank Lyons who shared his car with film special effects man Trevor Wood.

Two laps of 6 hills were completed in the morning. The last part of Section 1 included a very slippery climbing left hand bend which was only cleaned once all day by Ian Wright, Clive Scott and Mark Milne. Section 4 had a very steep final bank which took marks from most of the competitors.

During the lunch break Charlie Wooding tried to take a group photograph. Unfortunately this coincided with a huge shower and high wind which left most people huddled together under the Easi-Up and hanging on to the structure for dear life.

Mark Milne (ex Rex Chappell Cannon borrowed from David Baldock) won the trial with 7 marks lost followed by Stephen Barnes, who was using Martyn Halliday´s Cannon for the day, on 9. It was even closer in the competition for the best HSCC member trophy with a delighted Grahame White beating Frank Lyons by one mark. Rachel Arnold was overjoyed with her trophy for Best Lady Driver. Ian Moss, as usual, took Class B1 (cars on 15" rear wheels and radial tyres but without fiddle brakes) losing 32 marks all day. Andrew Green received the trophy for best in Class A1 with a score of 39.

Thanks go to Frank for letting us use his land. Discussions are already under way for an event next year.

In all it was a good day out with more HSCC racing members showing interest in taking up historic sporting trials.

Photos courtesy of Chris McEvoy.


2nd Cotswold Historic Sporting Trial

The Stroud and District Motor Club held their 2nd Cotswold Historic Sporting Trial at Sallywood Farm, Horsley in Gloucestershire on Saturday 2nd November 2013.

The excellent entry of 23 drivers met to do battle on the windy Cotswold hillside and at start of the trial the weather was dry and the sun was trying to shine. 8 sections had been devised, most of which were set out on wet and exceedingly slippery steep grass banks, which meant that a very delicate throttle foot was required if any progress was to be made.

In the Historic class (A) Andrew W Green and his bother Andrew Green were out in their Cannon which had had the fiddle brakes restored, but their journey from Surrey was in vain as they broke the diff on the second section. Paul Falkner made a welcome appearance in his father´s 1172 Faulkner Special but his luck was not much better having to retire with fuel pump issues after making good climbs on the few sections his was able to attempt. Frank Lyons shared his Cannon with Trevor Wood and after 23 sections (should have been 24 but they somehow both missed one hill) they were only separated by 8 marks in favour of the owner of the car. Ian Wright was sharing his father´s Cannon with ex sporting trial driver David Brand who is hoping to find or build a car. Adrian Moss retired after his Cannon suffered a puncture on the second lap.

In the Post Historic class (B) Roger Arnold had come down from Glossop, bought a car from Martin Grindrod on the day before and proceeded to drive extremely well in only his third trial. The class was won by Tim Barrington in Grahame White´s Cannon on a score of 55.

Halfway through the morning the predicted heavy showers arrived but the ground was already so wet that it did not make that much difference the grip available. However, as the catering van had not yet arrived the organisers made the sensible decision to run all three laps consecutively in case the weather deteriorated further.

Ian Veale had another of his fine drives although at the end of the first and second laps Ian Wright was leading him by 8 marks. On the last tour Ian Veale lost 3 marks against Ian Wright´s 16 marks giving him the Overall victory on 24 marks lost.

In all it was a great day out, well organised by an experienced team from a club with a long trials history.


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