not done the Mechanics Trial before so we decided it was his turn for a
drive. A 5.30am start got us to the venue well in time to unload and
have an excellent breakfast roll from the mobile caterers. I noticed that
the Wall family had stirred up their normal line up as well with nobody in
their usual driving seats and Eric marshalling.
We had a fairly uneventful
trial, except that the engine cut out and then recovered in two critical
places, so I have to have a close look at the fuel system next weekend.
There were quite a few delays and we ended up running about 2 hours
late. However, it was a glorious sunny day and the delays gave us time
to get the refreshments eaten.
The restarts were real tests
and congratulation to Simon Woodall in getting off nearly all of them to
take the honours in class 8.
Falcon's Simon Groves
passengered Emma Robiliard in her excellent 1st in class 4 and 2nd
Stuart Roach had a grand
event to win overall in his HRG, which was the only class 5 car in the
The Stroud & DMC do a very
good job organizing two classic trials so close together and nearly all on
different hills. On the Mechanics you donít get the classics like
Nailsworth Ladder and Crooked Mustard but the club gave us a good variety
of decent hills with some stoppers to test the cars and drivers.
I hope that the crews of the
Jago Jeeps and Sierra enjoyed themselves; it is hard to think of any more
unsuitable vehicles to go classic trialling with. A couple of the old
lanes had us leaning at crazy angles, it must be far more difficult in a
wide softly suspended saloon car.
With only 1 class 5 car and
no class 6 cars entered I wonder where all the class 5 and 6 cars have
Classes 3, 7 & 8 are the
numerically dominant classes and most of the cars in these classes are
based on running gear that has been obsolete for a long time now.
Iím looking forward to the
Kyrle in 2 weeks; a trial that Iíve not done before.
Haizelden (VW Golf GTi)
Wall (Austin Seven)
Deacon (Ford Escort)
Robilliard (VW Beetle)
Woodall (VW Buggy)
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