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Lee Peck won the March Hare Trail in his
Kraken with the only clean sheet.
year off the March Hare returned for 2015 in ideal trialling weather. It
had been wet in the week leading up to the event, but it was dry on the
day and the rain would hold off until the journey home!
There were three non-starters so 32
cars lined up for the start near Redbourne. There was a nice mix of cars
and crews with a fair sprinkling of comparative newcomers, with some about
to enjoy their first Classic Trial.
Hare winner Lee Peck looking at happy at Ivinghoe. At
this stage a number of competitors were on zero but Lee had the only clean
sheet, if not a clean car, at the Finish (Picture
by Dave Cook)
Cliff Morrell took a photo of some
very clean cars at the start. That would change at Section One Alans
After a year off the March Hare
returned for 2015 in ideal trialling weather. It had been wet in the week
leading up to the event, but it was dry on the day and the rain would hold
off until the journey home!
There were three non-starters
so 32 cars lined up for the start near Redbourne. There was a nice mix of
cars and crews with a fair sprinkling of comparative newcomers, with some
about to enjoy their first Classic Trial.
restarts his Liege on Water Tour. Richard finished 9th overall after
loosing eleven marks spread across three of the Ivinghoe sections
(picture by Dave Cook)
After a successful restart on
Water Tower John Cavendish passes photographer Don Stringer on Water
Tower although this photo was taken by Dave
The early sections were centred
about the BOAT's to the south east of Luton Airport. Some of these were
very wet, but pretty straightforward, although there were quite a few
penalties on Norton Street Lane after sliding into the restart boards.
Barry Redmayne became the first of three retirements in his Class Eight
Liege when the diff cried enough on the way to the first section.
After a special test came
section seven. This started downhill, so competitors could build speed to
traverse the mud at the bottom of the hill so they could reach the stony
but slippery track. The leading contenders didn't have any problems, but
around a third of the entry stopped, either on the turn onto the track or
higher up on the track itself.
Section eight took its toll of
all but seven of the clean sheets. There was a restart for 3 - 8 but many
never got that far, spinning to a halt on the long left hand bend leading
to the straight track. Those that stayed and watched the following
competitor could see the problem was cutting the corner too tightly, where
not only was the gradient at its steepest but there was a friendly tree
root waiting for the unwary.
Having got to the R boards
there was not only the challenge of restarting, but also to find grip on
the higher reaches, where Richard Houlgate, Richard Irvine and David
Jackson spun out. They were joined by John Plant and David Hunt in their
Suzuki X90's with impressive climbs. The only cleans were a handful of 7's
and 8's together with Emma Robilliard in her 1300 Beetle who made the
section look very easy!
David Hunt is usually seen alongside Nigel Jones
but drove his Suzuki X90 on The March Hare (Picture by Dave Cook)
Nigel Jones looking happy as he finished
above David in the results (Picture by Dave Cook)
Veteran Reg Taylor in his Ford Ka
at Ivinghoe (Picture by Julian Robinson)
Julian Robinson pictures Nicholas
Saddler just before his drive shaft let go.
There were four sections and a
special test at Ivinghoe, not the same place the March Hare has used the
last couple of years as there was a motorcycle event taking place there.
So this year the hills were across the road at Falcons PCT venue. The
leading contenders did well here but most had a problem on either hill 10
or hill 12, all except Lee Peck in his Kraken in Class Eight and Liege
Owners Club Chairman Mark Endley in his Class Seven Liege who were now the
only two remaining clean.
The two Rickman Rangers were
having a problem run. Lee Sample had his diff let go on the last Ivinghoe
Hill. Fortunately he had a spare and the crew set out to do the change
with the help of Matt and Simon Robson in the other Ranger. This was
Matt's first run in the ex-Verdun Webley car and they struggled to keep
the car running on four cylinders throughout the event.
The Rangers weren't the only
ones with mechanical problems at Ivinghoe, Nicholas Saddler had a Golf
driveshaft break on the first section. This is an ex - Kevin Lindsay car,
as was the Marlin driven by Nick Scott. Kevin was driving the Class Six
Beetle that he acquired from Nick Cross who originally acquired it from
Adrian Marfell. Nick himself was passengering for Reg Taylor!
The water has had its effect on
the councils resurfacing and the lane has deteriorated back to a nice
trials hill. Falcon didn't risk a restart here for fear recovery would
take too much time, so most of the entry went clean. It wasn't FWD or
Suzuki X90 friendly though and a few needed a tow, including veterans Reg
Taylor (Ford Ka) and Cliff Morrell (Peugeot 205).
Past winner Jim Mountain dropped just one mark to
finish second overall. If it wasn't for that one point he would have
won as he was faster than Lee on the Special Tests (Picture by
David Jackson had a good trial in his Fiat engined FPS, dropping three
marks to finish third overall. He is seen here
getting away from the restart watched by Chief Official Peter Mountain
(Picture by Dave Cook)
Emma Robilliard found the restart
on Hill Farm was harder than it looked and watched by Simon Groves and
her youngest couldn't get away (Picture by Mike Hayward)
Martin Redmond was another who
found the Hill Farm restart challenging in his rare NSU (Picture by
The final section was just
across the road. Another BOAT that water erosion makes more competitive
every year. Clerk of the Course Arnold Lane had drained some of the water
the week before but there was still a fair amount flooding the first 50
yards of the track. Further up the hill Peter Mountain had a restart
waiting. This was to decide the trial when Mark Endley failed to get away.
That would give Lee Peck an overall win if he could succeed, he did and
won the March Hare Trial in his self constructed Kraken.
Hill Farm certainly shattered a
few dreams as Emma Robilliard and Peter Hanman
were both on one but failed to get away from the restart. This gave Jim
Mountain (Dellow) second place on the one mark he lost at Ivingoe and
David Jackson third with the two marks lost at Kenilworth and one at
The trial wasn't over for Cliff
Morrell who had another puncture on Hill Farm. He tried to limp to the
finish but it wasn't possible and had to get a lift back to the Markyate
Truck Stop to get his trailer.
So it was a well earned victory
for Lee Peck who has developed his Kraken with its largely Mazda running
gear into an impressive trials car. If you like the look of the car Lee
will be happy to build you one! For the large number of inexperienced
crews in the field it proved a challenging but non-damaging event and
there were a lot of happy faces at the finish.