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December 2003 - Part 1

Guy Fawkes Trial

It was business as usual for Barrie Parker at Kensworth when he won Falcon's Guy Fawkes Trial on 2nd November.

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The Rain God was kind to organisers Arnold Lane and Mike Hayward with enough precipitation to liven up the surface but not enough to dampen down the enthusiasm of the participants and officials. Arnold Lane had laid out eight long sections, using all the best bits of the big grassy slope with some of the ones in the far field finishing with an assault up the steep chalk slope.

There was a good entry of 36 cars with only two non-starters. Ed Nikel came along to marshal instead and Jack Williams was not feeling well enough to make the journey. We all missed you Jack and hope to see you again soon. It was good to see that both the Weeks and Sheffield Midgets had got their broken diffs replaced since the Gill Morrell.

Barrie Parker was entered in his Citroen AX but was driving Gary Preston’s little Peugeot on the day. I think in fact this is Barrie’s old car. Barrie had the decency to let somebody else have the lead on the first section where he dropped a two along with Gary Preston, Ian Lawson in his Tempest and the Midgets of Colin & Weeks, David Sheffield and John (no it’s a different one) Parsons. However, it was situation normal on hill two when Barrie was the only driver to claw his way to the thee and then put in a string of zero’s to end the first round with only ten lost, eight marks better than his nearest rival Gary Preston.

Needless to say Barrie held on to his lead all day to win BPI in the championship event. There was a good entry in the open championship class that saw Robin Howard back in his Marlin with a narrow victory over Dave Smith in his Tempest. John Ludford followed just behind in his versitile Marlin that must be used in competition pretty much every weekend.

Ross Nuten had a clear victory in clubsport with his Dellow over the other John Parsons in his Buggy. As the day went on the hardest “section” wasn’t a trials hill but getting through the gate from one field to the other. Fortunately Arnold Lane was able to open up an alternative gap in the fence a bit higher up the hill to keep the trial flowing and as the day went on the rain stopped and the sun came out.

A good days trialling ending with the question “will anyone ever beat Barrie Parker?”


Neil MacKay (Panda) 55 2nd class NA
Gary Preston (Peugeot) 38 1st  class NA
Barrie Parker (Peugeot) 26 BPI
Graham Skeggs (Mini) 32 only entry
Dave Oliver (Imp) 200 1st class NC
Robin Howard (Marlin) 118 1st class ND
Dave Smith (Tempest) 125 2nd class ND
Simon Benoy (Imp) 154 1st class CC
Roger Dudley (Dutton Melos) 104 1st class CD
Ross Nuten (Dellow) 83 BPI Clubsport
John Parsons (VW Buggy) 105 2nd class CD

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