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Unfortunately a Memorable Event for
Rough Sections, PR Issues and Delays.
immediately before the event toughened up a route that had lost many of
its traditional sections. This caused delays and some later numbers
finished some four hours after scheduled time.
John White negotiating his way over the
Putwell Rocks on his way to winning the only MCC Triple of 2012 (Picture
by Dave Cook)
It is becoming more and more
problematical for the MCC to run a trial in Derbyshire. Haggside and
Hucklow have been lost in recent years. Litton Slack is no more and there
are doubts about other favourites. As a result the Edinburgh is a very
different trial these days, with an increasing number of sections on
Nick Farmer had Duncan Stephens in the passengers seat for his
first trial in his newly built Fugitive (Pictured at Rileys Rise by
Dick Bolt was one of
three car drivers eligible for a Triple but failed to get away from
the Calton Restart (Pictured on Rileys Rise by John Salter)
After a period of dry weather
there was rain during Friday night, making some of the sections quite
slippery. Car competitors faced immediate delays when an early number had
to be extricated from Haven Hill. This caused a delay which built up and
an hours worth of cars were soon backed up at Robin Barlows Carrsington
Water Holding Control.
Cliff Quarry was next, new to
the MCC but well known to VSCC aficionados. Everyone had to do a restart
here, including Class 0. The rain had made this much harder than the
organisers probably intended and with no recovery possible. The inevitable
failures had a long, difficult, reverse back to the road to the head of
the long queue that soon stretched back to the nearby village.
Although it wasn't shown
in the route card classes 7 & 8 had a tricky deviation, with a corner that
stopped almost everyone, including eventual best in Class 7 Roger
Bricknell, making a welcome return in his Vincent. It was possible though,
as Nick Farmer proved on his first outing in his Red Top powered Fugitive.
There was no deviation for Class 1 but Ian Cundy will remember this
section as he lost his Triple here when the engine on his Golf fluffed.
Rileys Rise was a nice section,
a bit rough, and maybe not the same track as has been used previously with
that name. It was unfortunate that a PR problem developed towards the end
when the local farmer arrived, objecting to the track being used as a
section. Things were smoothed over by the Bristol club marshalling the
hill and lets hope it doesn't prevent its use in the future.
Into the Quarry
It's still dark as Dave Cook captures Peter Mountains assault on
Putwell A in his recently acquired ex Philip Mitchell, Carl Talbot
Moving up to Putwell B Dave Cook pictures Steven Sims trying to
negotiate the very rough rocks with his Reliant
The Quarry complex was
uneventful, apart from those that got soaked in the water at the end of
the Special test!
Putwell was just down the road
and although not in the quarry it was certainly rough enough. After
another long wait car drivers found that Putwell A was full of loose rocks
and those with limited ground clearance really suffered This was merely
the appetiser for the unbelievably rough Putwell B. Always a rough one it
appears that water erosion has made the "valleys" deeper while 4WD drive
traffic hasn't reduced the height of the mountains. While there were some
that were OK with the section the majority of car drivers reckoned the
section was past its sell by date.
Stuart Harrold was observing
driving standards on the exit track and was delighted to report that
everyone was behaving.
With all the delays breakfast
at Bull I'th Thorn was most welcome, especially the generous portions and
Litton wasn't the
Unfortunately the traditional
Litton Slack isn't available as a section but one was run along the track
at the top. With it being so wet the restart was cancelled but it was
still necessary to use considerable throttle control in the mud.
Bamford on Form
The wet conditions made
Bamfords infamous steps very slippery this year and there were numerous
failures. It certainly wasn't very friendly to Class 5 where the Suzuki
X90's all struggled for grip. Paul Clay was on form in his Ford 10 powered
Austin Seven Special, clearing the section on his way to being best in
Class 5. The inevitable Bamford delays were exasperated by non-competing
traffic and Dudley Sterry received a baulk.
Tricky Restart at Calton
This is of those sections that
looks so innocuous from the start line. Twenty years ago it was deep ruts
that were the problem. Then they were filled in and it became an easy
section for a while. Now everyone except Class 0 has a restart on polished
stones and this year the damp made the limestone really slippery. Sadly
this cost Dick Bolt his triple when the Cornishman couldn't stop the back
wheels spinning. His only hope was for none of the class to go clean but
unfortunately for Dick both Lester Keat in his Avenger and Edward Broom in
his Escort got away. This left only John White on for a Triple this year.
Running late at
Adrian Tucker Peake struggling on the Excelsior restart in his MGF,
it was cancelled for later numbers (Picture by John Salter)
Martin Sansom in his Class 0 1600cc Dellow Mk1.
Passenger Keith Gypps has recently acquired a Dellow (Picture
by John Salter)
By now the delays had spread
the field out and cars were arriving in dribs and drabs. This had one
benefit as the parking field was out of use as it was too muddy and cars
had to park on the limited space on the road.
Rakes Head was a few yards up
the road. It isn't very long but this is a nice little section attempted
by everyone apart from Class 0 with a restart for everyone. This took its
toll of the lower classes but it also defeated Nick Farmer and Duncan
Stephens in Nicks new Fugitive.
Excelsior came next, with a
restart scheduled on the slippery cobbles. This proved very tricky and
after numerous failures it was cancelled.
Heading East towards Darley
Dale there were two sections on the Routecard. One on private Land at
Clough Mine and the traditional Clough Wood track.
The Clough Mine section was a
very muddy, rutted track, quite long and straight. Ground clearance was
the big problem. Classes 6, 7 and 8 had a restart as well. None of the 6's
and 7's got away, nullifying things for them. It was pretty difficult for
Class 8 as well, but it was possible. Local men Dean Partington and Liam
Rafferty got away in their Dean constructed cars, joined by veterans
Dudley Sterry and Eric Wall.
With a restart for all, delays
soon built up on the nearby Clough Wood and Chief Official decided he had
to cancel the section.
Quagmire at Dudwood.
The final action was scheduled
at Dudwood Farm, with different sections for Class 0 and the main trial.
Everything was very muddy and the special test had to be cancelled. The
main trial had to tackle the quagmire at Dudwood 2. It looked impossible
and it was, for all but one man, Dean Partington, who powered his way to
Fortunately for John White he
was joined by everyone else in class 4 in not getting up this last hill,
earning him the one and only Triple for 2012.