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25 Sep 15

Andy Petherick (Class A) and Nick Farmer (Class 8) were the overall winners of a high scoring Taw and Torridge Trial on 20 September. Stuart Bartlett came close to an overall win, finishing only one point behind Nick.

- Full Results

- More on the ACTC Site

- Video Playlist

29 May 15

Northern Swing - Nick Farmer won the Yorkshire Dales and Dean Partington the Durham Dales

Yorkshire Dales Results

Yorkshire Dales Video

Dave Cooks Yorkshire Dales Photos

Durham Dales Results

27 May 15

Class 0 Lands End Report

12 May 15

Tough and Controversial Lands End

15 Apr 15

Adrian Dommett won a dry  Kyrle Trial in his Wolesley Hornet, dropping his four  marks on Waterworks. Mike Chatwin was second.

Click Here for Full Results

30 Mar 15

David Golightly was best car on The Torbay Trial on 22 March

Click here for Full Results

10 Mar 15

Lee Peck won The March Hare Trial in his Kraken. (Picture by Dave Cook)

18 Feb 15

Hans Viertel

Hans passed away earlier this week. A long time VW trialler Hans won his first triple in 1985, achieving this several times, the latest only last year. The driving force behind The Camel Classic for many years it hardly seems possible he is no longer with us.

18 Feb 15

Carl Talbot won The Northern trial on Saturday with a clean sheet. Charlie Knifton was back in his Scorpion and was second on 7. Bill Bennett challenged Carl almost to the finish until he dropped 4 on the penultimate section followed by another 4 on Sandale where he is pictured by Mark Milne being recovered from the clag.

- Video Playlist

- Full Results on the Fellside Site

18 Feb 15

Videos from the Launceston Trial on 8 February

5 Feb 15

Stephen Maddalena captures Kevin Sharp leaping for the sky on Nailsworth Ladder during Stroud & DMC's Cotswold Clouds on 1 February. Carl Talbot dropped 6 marks to win the trial followed by Andrew Rippon on 10

- Click Here for more of Stephen Maddalena's Photos

- Video Playlist

- Full Results

5 Feb 15

Steven Price captures some of the action on High Bray during North Devon MC's Exmoor Trial on 25 January. Carl Talbot won the trial with one of four clean sheets spread across three classes. Click here for Full Results

3 Feb 15

Exeter 2015 Main Trial Report

Exeter Class 0 Report

28 Dec 14

Ryan Tokin won The Camel Classic

- Full Results

- Video Playlist

27 Dec 14

Bill Bennett won The Allen Trial

19 Oct 14

Carl Talbot was overall winner of Woolbridge Motor Clubs Hardy Trial on Sunday despite fighting electrical gremlins all day. Ian Davis was second in his familar VW Buggy. The Hardy contained its usual mixture of tracks and sections on private land. There was a lot of mud about and Butts Lane had to be cancelled after several competitors sustained body damage.

- Full Results

- The Hardy on two wheels

7 Oct 14

Camel Vale MC - Bodmin Trial - 2 November 2014

Ryan Tonkin (1300 Beetle) was the overall winner of this single venue event held in Cardinham Woods near Bodmin

- Full Results

7 Oct 14

Launceston and North Cornwall MC - Tamar Trial - 26 October 2014

Colin Jeffery won the Tamar Trial

- Full Results

- Photos

30 Oct 14

MCC Edinburgh Trial
edinburgh trial 2014 équipes françaises... by felicien-guillaume

The Edinburgh Trial seen from the perspective of first timers Jacques Veyer and Felicien Guillaume who came from Blois in France to sample the delights of Derbyshire in the first week of October.

Click Here for the Edinburgh Report

27 Oct 14

Stroud & DMC Mechanics Trial 19 October 2014

Josh Moss (pictured by Calvin Talbot of Cstartworks) was overall winner in his Class 8 Gregory, dropping one mark on Sapseds Surprise in the Catswood Complex. Pete Hart was second dropping one on the same section. Dean Partington cleaned the hill but lost the win when he didn't get away from the Bulls Cross restart.

- Calvin Talbots Photos

- Dave Cooks Photos

- Videos on YouTube

- Full Results

11 Oct 14

MGCC Midland Centre Autumn Trial

Calvin Talbot pictures Chris Johns at the wheel of Mike Furse magnificent Mercury Special having what I believe is its first outing since Tring Park in 1976 when it looked very different. Click Here for more on this magnificent car.

The MGCC Midland Centre report on their Autumn Trial at Burton Dassett on 28 September - Well Sunday turned out be a cracking day in every respect, the weather, the support from all the marshals and officials and the largest entry of 39 for years and just like the Spring Trial no non-starters.

Brian Osborn laid on a sporting course in his inimitable style. Every section except one had at least one clean. The exception was 7, used after lunch where Matt Johnson’s PWA7 got closest with just one lost, a heroic effort. We turned the hilly swoops of section 3 into a special test after lunch, it seemed to bring out the hooligan in everybody and judging by the yelps from some of the passengers I think they would agree.

The results team of Jane Bury and Pam Zachrzewski turned out the scores in record time, many thanks to them. Steve Courts and Jim Knifton’s IMP tied on 34 marks lost with Carl Talbot and Stephan Duve in their Buckler, but Steve had a time of 36 seconds on the ST against Carl’s 38.6 seconds. So Steve took the Autumn Cup by 2.6secs, sounds like a Grand Prix finishing margin. Best MG from a good selection, including PA,TC, Midget and NG special, was Andrew Tucker-Peake in Dad Adrian’s MGF, he won the Allen Trophy.

- Full Results

- Dave Cooks Photos

- Calvin Talbots Photos

28 Sep 14

Ian Facey was best car on The Taw & Torridge Trial. Click here for Results

17 Sep 14

Tom Goggin

Sadly Tom Goggin passed away on 11 September, following complications after an operation on a broken leg. His funeral has been arranged for 30 September, 11.30 am, at All Saints Church, Borehamwood followed by an internment at Borehamwood cemetery.

Embodying the true spirit of the clubman in Motorsport, Tom drove many different cars in local trials and auto tests and competed in long distance trials. Over the years his stable included Mini's, his special Marigold and more recently Ford Escorts.

Tom was involved in organising many events and served as an official of the MCC, SODC and Falcon. He was particularly associated with Derbyshire. As one of the founders of the SODC Conquest Trial he helped create the deviation on Great Hucklow. More recently he was Assistant Clerk of the Course on the Edinburgh.

Perhaps above all Tom will be remembered as a man who thoroughly enjoyed his Motor Sport and always had a smile for everyone.

4 Jun 14

Dean Partington won the inaugural Durham Dales Trial Click Here for Results

15 May 14

Dave Cook captures Alistair McVittie sinking into the mud on Hey Slack during last weekends Ilkley Trial. Carl Talbot won the event, dropping 24 marks, half of them when he scored a maximum at Longside Wood. Julian Lack was second overall on 37

- Full Results

- Dave Cooks Photos

- Click here to buy prints of Dave Cooks Photos

21 Apr 14

Lands End Video Playlist. Will add more as they are published. The latest ones will appear first.

- Full Report & Results

- Lands End Trial on the FB Discussion Group

- Live Reports Tweeted by Muddy People

10 Apr 14

Tris White won the Kyrle Trial

- Full Results

- Photos by Calvin Talbot

- Dave Cooks Photos

29 Mar 14

In car on the Torbay Trial. Video is by Rory Pope who is in the passengers seat

29 Mar 14

Adrian Dommett won the Torbay Trial Click Here for Full Results Videos are by Matt Facey and Dave Smithson

18 Mar 14

Clive Kalber won Sundays Bovey Down Trial

12 Mar 14

Strouds Ebworth Trial was a family affair. Josh Moss (pictured here by Dave Cook) won overall in his Gregory Special beating Dad Ian in his Imp to second place. It was a slippery, high scoring event, with half the entry scoring over a century.

Buy prints of this and many other events from Dave Cooks Photobox site. Not only are these great photos but the price of the prints is extremely modest.

- Dave Cooks Ebworth Pictures

- Calvin Talbots Photos

- Video Playlist

- Full Results

23 Feb 14

Carl Talbot won The Northern Trial with a clean sheet, just pipping Stuart Bartlett, pictured here on Sandale by Mark Milne, to the win.

1 Feb 14

James Shallcross won The Clee Hills Trial on 18 January. Click here for the Full Results

26 Jan 14

Exeter Trial Video Playlist Click here for The Exeter Report

26 Jan 14

The spectators are wearing their wet weather gear as they watch the marshals direct Tim Dutton down Simms in this photo by Peter Mallon. Click here for The Exeter Report

2 Dec 13

Duncan Stephens won The Allen Trial on 24 November (Photo by Calvin Talbot of CST Artworks)

26 Nov 13

Keith Sanders won The Tamar Trial on 27 October in his Reliant Scimitar SS1 Full Results

After missing The Camel because of back problems Carl Talbot won The Hardy Classic Trial on 17 November in his Morris Trialsmaster Full Results

Hardy Trial Video Playlist

17 Oct 13

Exmoor Clouds Videos by Mike Maddocks. Nick Farmer was best car dropping 21 in his Fugitive, closely followed by Keith Sanders on 23 in his Scimitar. Paul Doughty was best motorcycle on his KTM. Click here for Full Results

17 Oct 13

Edinburgh Trial Report

Edinburgh Trial Video Playlist

Click Here for Dave Cooks Edinburgh Trial photos

Click Here to buy prints of Dave Cooks Edinburgh Trial photos

11 Oct 13

Neil Bray Clinches CTCRC Pre 93 Championship at Croft

2 Oct 13

Carl Talbot was best car on The taw & Torridge Trial on 22nd September with a clean sheet. Dean Partington would also had been clean if he hadn't dropped an uncharacteristic 12 on one section. The entry was notable for a large number of Motorcycle Combinations and the best part of a third of the cars in Class 5. Click here for the results.

9 Aug 13

Two Overall wins and a Second for Neil at a wet Mallory Park

12 July 13

If you haven't done so already check out John Aley - A Lifetime in Motorsport. Its a great read.

22 Jun 13

James Shallcross (seen here in the queue for the first section) was overall winner of The Ilkley Trial. Click here for the much delayed report.

27 Apr 13

June Blakley is fund raising in the Race for Life in Bath on 16 June. June lost her daughter to cancer six years ago so this is a cause close to her heart. June, John and Alex have supported our sport for many years. This is our opportunity to support them.

You can Click here to donate

19 Apr 13

Dean Partington had a resounding win on a tough Kyrle Trial on 14 April

- Full Results

- Video Playlist (by Martin Taylor & Nick Farmer)

- Dave Cooks Pictures

- Buy prints of Dave Cooks pictures from this and many other events

- Calvin Talbot's pictures

17 Apr 13

Neil Bray had a successful first outing with a new engine, returning to the 1600 Class at Oulton Park

2 Apr 13

Click here for The Lands End Report (added 29 April)

- Video Playlist

- Lands End Notes on Facebook

- Live reports on Twitter

- Graham Whitings photos from Bluehills

- Josef Nankivell's pictures from Bluehills

- Unknown set of pictures 1 from Bluehills

- Unknown set of pictures 2 from Bluehills

- Unknown set of pictures 3 from Bluehills

- Dave Cook's Crackington Pictures

- Dave Cook's Blue Hills 1 Pictures

- Purchase prints of Dave Cook's Pictures

- LE on the Piston Heads Forum

21 Mar 13

Dean Partington was best car on The Torbay Trial - Click Here for Full Results

15 Mar 13

Liam Rafferty won The March Hare Trial on 3 March

7 Jan 13

Exeter 2013 - keep checking back as more will be added when available - Click Here for individual Videos

Lots of Exeter stuff on the Classical Gas Discussion Group

4 Feb 13

John White was the overall winner of yesterdays Cotswold Clouds

Full Results

Calvin Talbot's Photos (Crooked Mustard & Merves Swerve)

Dave Cooks Photos (Ham Mill & Bulls Bank)

Harrison Vowdens Photos (Crooked Mustard)

JuStMadd Photos (Nailsworth Ladder)

Scott Bolultons Photos and on Flickr

Italian Auto Moto Blog

28 Jan 13

Mike Pearson fighting a loosing battle with the rocks of Tipley (picture Brian J Rees) Click here for The Exeter Report

24 Dec 12

Classical Gas Christmas Quiz - Q3

All but one of these pictures come from the private collection of a former trialler. We would like to know Who, What, When and Where for each. It will be nice as neither he nor I know all the answers!

Click Here for the original pictures

Click Here for Status. You can make your contribution there or email

24 Dec 12

Classical Gas Christmas Quiz - Q2

Click Here to enlarge the picture

Click Here for Status. You can make your contribution there or email

23 Dec 12

Classical Gas Christmas Quiz - Q1

What connects :-

1) A man behind the lens

2) A Suzuki X90 driver

3) A Wolf Man

4) A Mercedes Model, perhaps?

Click Here for Status. You can make your contribution there or email

Please Read Me

21 Dec 12

Calvin Talbot pictures Mick Workman and Tony Underhill as they concentrate on their ascent of John Walker on The Allen Trial

Dean Partington had the only clean sheet, winning The Allen Trial and The Wheelspin Trophy

30 Nov 12

Multiply will cease to host the Classical Gas and Dellow Message Boards from the end of November 2012. It may very well be that they remain accessible for a while but that's their official position.

The Classical Gas Board dates to 1999 and had a ten year life on MSN before that closed and I migrated it to Multiply. After a lot of consideration I decided that Facebook was the future for both but migration of the old stuff to FB wasn't possible.

With so much good stuff I needed to find a home for it so its now available as both PDF's on a SkyDrive and also on Blogger. Neither would preserve the images properly so these are available on SmugMug and Google+ with the proviso the right image may take a bit of finding. I have not transferred the Video but most of it should be available on YouTube.

- Where to find the Archived material

- The Classic Trials facebook Group

- The Dellow facebook Group

- Why you shouldn't be afraid of facebook by Andrew Brown

19 Nov 12

Dave Cook pictures John White negotiating the fierce rocks of Putwell on his way to the sole 2012 Triple on this years Edinburgh Trial

24 Oct 12

Jon Robilliard

Sadly Jon lost his long battle with Cancer and passed away earlier this week. From Cornwall Jon was well known as a successful driver and builder of VW Beetles. At this time our thoughts are with his wife Sharon and his daughters Emma and Becky.

Jon's funeral is at 2.30 Tuesday 30 October at Egoshayle Church near Wadebridge where all are welcome. This will be followed by a private burial.

Afterwards there will be a celebration of Jon's life at The Borough Arms, where again all are welcome.

You can post a tribute to Jon here

3 Oct 12

Dean Partington was the best car on The Taw and Torridge Trial. Click Here for Full Results

2 Oct 12 The Classical Gas Message Board becomes The Classical Gas Discussion Group and moves to Facebook.

Unfortunately Multiply are to stop hosting Message Boards from the end of November. After some research and taking some advise I decided that the Facebook environment is the way to go. You have to be signed up to Facebook to access the group.

I will be archiving all the old content which goes back to the late 90's and contains some good stuff. That will be available via a link from this site.

Click here for the new Classical Gas Discussion Group

6 Jun 12

Ilkley Trial - Dean Partington and Duncan Stephens both drop 12 marks, but Best Overall awarded to a competitor in Class 0

27 Apr 12

Lands End Report

2 Apr 12

June Blakeley will be taking place in The Cancer Research UK Race for Life at Bath on 17 June. June has very special reasons for supporting this cause. June, John and Alex give generously of their time to scruitineer and marshal for us all over the country. This is our opportunity to support them.

Click Here to goto Junes Just Giving Page

30 Mar 12

Mike Chatwin won the Torbay Trial on 25 March. Click here for the Provisional Results

btw the video feed is a playlist. Click the box with an arrow in it just to the right of centre for the other videos.

22 Mar 12

Falcon's Southern Auto's Car Trial is at Brickhill on 29 April this year. Click here for Regs

22 Mar 12

Trialling in East Anglia with The West Suffolk Motor Club
Results (NB - Over 3 sheets)

16 Mar 12

Dave Wall cleaning the restart on Mini Hoskin in his Dellow on his way to winning The Mechanics Trial (Picture by Calvin Talbot)

10 Mar 12

Dean Partington & Mike Pearson battled against themselves and the snow on The March Hare Trial. Both lost 8 marks on the hills. Victory going to Dean by a fraction of a second on the Special tests.

27 Feb 12

Dean Partington won The Northern Trial

Charlie Knifton lifts a wheel as he restarts on Lothwaite Side with Bassentwaite Lake as the backdrop in this picture by Dave Cook

9 Feb 12


The Trial will start and finish at the popular Exeter Court Hotel, Kennford, Exeter, immediately off the A38, approximately 1 mile from the end of the M5, with easy and direct access to all the main roads. The plan is to include 16 observed sections and 2 observed tests. We are always looking for ways to improve the event and have carefully taken on-board the much valued feedback forms kindly completed by nearly all of last years competitors.

This year we have reduced the overall mileage by 12 miles, reduced most of the dual carriageway mileage for motorcycle classes, introduced a lunch halt to prevent early runners arriving too much before Sections open, and we’re looking at some deviation options for solo bikes to avoid the mud bath and long slippy lane at Upper Kingswell.We will of course be retaining the much loved Classic hills such as Simms and Tipley, and the popular Sections of Cod Wood and Wooston, and plan to have at least two new Sections not used before.

Remember – Last years event was over-subscribed so please send your entries in early to avoid disappointment! Entries close on Monday 5th March or sooner if fully subscribed. As of 9th February there are 58 confirmed entries so if you plan on entering please don’t delay otherwise you may risk disappointment.

Regs and Entry Form can be downloaded from or requested from Dawn Sanders (entry taker) via or 07766 558700

30 Jan 12

Dean Partington Cleans Clee Hills Trial

21 Jan 12

Text added to Exeter Report

20 Jan 12

Part done Exeter Report published

12 Jan 12

Exeter Videos

12 Jan 12

Exeter In Car Videos

11 Jan 12

Regs for The March Hare Trial on 4 March are now available Click Here.

The March Hare takes place in Beds, Herts  & Bucks and starts a few miles from J9 on the M1

March Hare Website

Last Years Event


21 Dec 11

Classical Gas Christmas Quiz 2011 Question 1

What is the automotive connection between – An old hat factory; Tar Barrels and the man on an Omnibus.

This is a Round Britain Quiz type question. You may have to probe a bit to solve the riddle before you can move on to get the answer to the main question. Have a go, even if you aren't on track my responses may guide you to the final solution.

By all means use Google & Wikipedia.

You can answer on the message board, facebook page or email

There will be prizes for this question and more to follow for fun.

13 Dec 11

Robin Howard won Sundays Wattisfield Trial

- Full Results

- Pictures by Mike Hayward

- Pictures by Querth

- Video Playlist

12 Dec 11

Coming soon in a Cinema near You(Tube)

Click Here for Full Video

1 Dec 11

Dean Partington won The Allen Trial. Click Here for the Report

29 Nov 11

Allen Trial Video Playlist


8 Nov 11

Tarqa Trial Video's on High Bray by Matt. Results Here & Notes from the organisers

20 Oct 11

Mike Chatwin won Sundays Exmoor Clouds, beating fellow DP Wasp driver Dean Partington by a slender one mark. Click here for provisional results

Mike Chatwin is pictured restarting on Vinegar Hill, followed by other videos by Jon Way

18 Oct 11

Congratulations to Duncan Stephens

2009 - MSA Sporting Trials Champion

2010 - MSA PCT Champion

2011 - MCC Triple Winner

2012 - ?????

11 Oct 11

Tim Smith urges his sidevalve Cannon to climb one of the steep slopes during Stroud's "Not" The Ebworth Trial last Saturday. Dave Cook was there to record the action and comments - "It was a good days trial, with four rounds of I think 11 or 12 sections.  In the morning there was not much grip on the wet grass, but as the day progressed the grass dried out and was soon ripped of to leave dry stony soil, with lots of grip.  Quite a number of competitors retired with mechanical problems." Click here for more pictures.

Dave has a considerable library of trials pictures over the last few years. You can order prints from as little as £1 each plus a modest p&p charge by following this link.

3 Oct 11

Click Here for more on the dry, hot and dusty Edinburgh Trial

24 Aug 11

Just for fun :-))

1 Jun 11

Only a short time left to support June Blakley's Run for Life on 12 June

31 May 11

Finally pulled more of the Lands End stuff together and added a comment facility

22 May 11

Gassers - If you are on Facebook could I ask you a favour and click on the like button above. I am trying to get Classical Gas as a named Facebook Page and I need 25 "likes" - Michael

21 May 11

Fortunately Nick Farmer found his way through the undergrowth and went on to win The Ilkley Trial. Click Here for the Report where Facebook users can comment.

Picture by Dave Cook. Click here to buy prints of Dave Cooks pictures

20 May 11

Link to Michael's Old Blog in LH menu bar now points to the Wordpress Archive where I moved the old stuff after Microsoft closed their Blogging facility

17 May 11

If you aren't at the MCC Testing Trial on 10 July and fancy a sedate run round the Ouse Vally in North Bedfordshire  you may want to go on the Bromham Show Classic & Sports Car Run

17 May 11

Nick Farmer won The Ilkley Trial. Click here for Full Results

4 May 11

Lands End

John Salters Blue Hills Pictures

Dave Cooks Pictures - Plusha, Beggars Roost & Bishops Wood

Buy prints of Dave Cooks Lands End Pictures

Bikes on Blue Hills *

More Blue Hills Pictures*

Popham Start*

* Thanks to Colin Weeks

18 Apr 11

Its the Lands End Trial Good Friday & Easter Saturday. Entry List, Spectator Guide  and Timing on the MCC Site.

If you are on Twitter you can post your reports, comments and questions here on Classical Gas. Just put #LETrial in your tweet (it isn't case sensitive). You don't have to be a member or follower.

15 Apr 11

Nick Farmer won The Kyrle Trial on 10 April. Click Here for Full results on the ACTC Site

15 Apr 11 As the site is getting full I have moved some more of the Classical Gas on PDF files to the archive

Moved the embeded Mobil 1 The Grid Video to The March Hare page as its Flash & I couldn't stop it from playing automatically

5 Apr 11

This coming Saturday mornings Mobil 1 The Grid TV show should have a small feature on this years March Hare Trial. The show is at 7.25 am on Channel 4. Its repeated one night in the week and will also be on Motors TV sometime Sunday.

4 Apr 11

Nick Farmer won the Torbay Trial on 27 March

- Full (final) Results some differences from prov, on the ACTC Site

- Pictures by John Salter

3 Apr 11

Mechanical Issues Slow Neil Down at Oulton Park Season Opener on 26 March

31 Mar 11

Mike Pearson won Falcon's Mile Tree Farm Trial on 27 March. Click Here for Report and links to Pictures & Results

24 Mar 11

Click Here for a Photo Gallery of Don Stringers March Hare Pictures

22 Mar 11 Dave Keat’s funeral is at Nanstallon Church on Wednesday 23rd. March at 1.30 p.m. Apparently the church only holds around 80 and it is thought that family will take all of the seats. A large field has been arranged for parking. Please come early to ensure you get parked in time. Following burial at Nanstallon Church there will be a celebration of Dave’s life at The Borough Arms which will be closed to the public as a mark of respect.
20 Mar 11 Joshua Moss has started a site for Cotton and Cannon Trials Cars
19 Mar 11

Mechanics Trial Report

16 Mar 11

Dave Haizelden won Sundays Mechanics Trial

- Full Results

- Dave Cooks Pictures

- Buy Prints of Dave Cooks Pictures

- Videos

15 Mar 11

Ilkley & DMC have published regs for The Ilkley Trial on 15 May

15 Mar 11

Hope you enjoyed following Tweets (Twitter Reports) from Michael & Josh on The Mechanics Trial. Most of them are still available by Clicking Here. On the day the #mechtrial search didn't pick up all the tweets which was a known Twitter issue as they were experiencing a search overload as a result of the disaster in Japan.

I plan to set up a similar facility for the Lands End and will use #LETrial as the search string. All Twitter users have to do is put #LETrial in any tweet, its that simple. Competitors, Marshals, Spectators, Followers, all are welcome.

I'm very happy to set something up for other events. Just let me know.

11 Mar 11

Hopefully Mechanics Trial reports from Josh Moss, Michael Leete and perhaps others will appear above. Its also worth Clicking Here in case the search doesn't pick them all up. Anyone can participate by including #mechtrial in their tweet

10 Mar 11 March Hare report published

8 Mar 11

Just over two weeks to Falcon's Mile Tree Farm Trial on 27 March. There's the best part of 90 years experience in the organising team of Michael Leete (Clerk of the Course) and David Maitland (Secretary of the Meeting) who hope you will come and enjoy a day with them as a competitor or a marshal. Its a clubsport event so no competition licence is required.

- Regs and Entry Form

- Pictures of last years event

- Email Michael at if you need information or can marshal

8 Mar 11

March Hare Stuff:-

Dave Cooks Photo Gallery

Order Prints of Dave Cook's Pictures

Julian Robinsons Pictures

Mike Haywards Pictures

In Car Video with Stephen Page

Draft Report

Official Results

6 Mar 11

Dean Partington in typical relaxed mode as he successfully restarts on the last section to gain a clean sheet and win todays March Hare Trial.

Without any rain during the previous weeks the sections were dry and Dean was one of six clean sheets from a full entry of 50, winning the premier award by setting the fastest times on the special tests.

Click Here for Provisional Results which may take some time to load

24 Feb 11

James Shallcross wins The Northern Trial

24 Feb 11

News of the Torbay Trial on 27 March. The organisers say - We’ve got something of a treat this year, as well as the popular Simms, Tipley, Baddaford Lane, Cod Woods we’ve got Wooston Steep,  John Grant’s Lane (taken us 3 years to talk the farmer into letting us across his land to get to it!) plus a couple of new hills never used before.

16 Feb 11

Regs are available for:-

Stroud & DMC Mechanics Trial on 13 March

Eastern Counties MC Broads Explorer Scatter on 17 April

South Suffolk Classic Run on 8 May

16 Feb 11

Nigel Moss won Stroud & DMC's Cotswold Clouds Trial on 6 February.

Click Here for the full results

Photo's by Dave Cook

Click Here to buy Dave Cook's Photo's

Andrew Browns Photos

15 Feb 11

Exeter Report finalised

9 Feb 11

Nick Farmer won the Exmoor Trial on 30 January. Click Here for the full results on the ACTC site

9 Feb 11

Pictures of West Suffolk MC Wattisfield and Holbecks trials in Jan and Feb

31 Jan 11

Windwhistle MC have sadly had to cancel the Bovey Down Trial this year

30 Jan 11 Errors in Clee Report corrected

29 Jan 11

Adrian Marfell wins Clee Hills - Click Here for the Report

27 Jan 11

Regs are published for:-

Launceston Trial on 13 Febuary

The Torbay Trial on 27 March

MGCC Spring Trial on 27 March

22 Jan 11

Keith and Claire Oakes gained an Exeter Class 0 Award in their Eagle RV. Click Here for Claire's Report

22 Jan 11

Regs are now available for Falcon MC's Mile Tree Farm Trial on 27 March.

Michael Leete is Clerk of the Course so it must be good!

- Clubsport event so no competition licence is necessary

- Click Here to Download Regs and Entry Form

(You will be redirected to Google Sites and may be asked to "Click Here to download the attachment")

Exeter Trial Video Playlist. Acknowledgements and lots more videos to come

10 Jan 11

Exeter Trial on the Web:-

- Classical Gas Message Board

- John Salters Pictures from Fingle

- Dave Cooks pictures from Sandy Lane (Class 0), Wooston Steep and Slippery Sam

- Dave Cooks PhotoBox Site where you can buy Prints and Posters

- Trollpowersaab's pictures from Haynes

- Mike Archers pictures from Simms

- John Bakers pictures

7 Jan 11

Falcon's March Hare Trial is on 6th March and the regs are now available. This year the  March Hare will start and finish from The Chequers at Redbourn (near J9 on the M1) with Breakfast, Evening Meal and Trailer parking available on site. The sections aren't rough and there will be a new lane and new sections on private land to enjoy.

Click Here to Download Regs

Click Here to goto The March Hare Website

5 Jan 11

Regs available for Stroud & DMC's Cotswold Clouds Trial on 6 February and can be downloaded from their web site

3 Jan 11 North Devon MC have published the regs for The Exmoor Trial on 30 January. They can be downloaded from the front page of their website

27 Dec 10

Well done Nick Farmer for getting the getting the answer right. Its Sugg Lane.

26 Dec 10

Question 3 (the last one this year) is to identify the section and to know a little of its history. Click here to post see or post the answers or email

26 Dec 10

Josh Moss wins again! its John Aley in his Ford V8 Special at a Hillclimb near Royston in 1952. Click Here for more info

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Here is our second question. No clues at the moment! We would like to know

- The Driver

- The Car

- The Event

- The Location

You can post your contributions here or email

24 Dec 10

To summarise the answer. The car is a Lotus VI. It was the very first of the type made and unlike the "racers" that were to follow it had a solid beam front axle and a lofty ground clearance. It was built for Sinclair Sweeny although its only when Arthur Hay bought it is much information available. Big thanks to present owner Martyn Halliday for the pictures and information about the car.

Going to award three prizes. Tim Smith - For spotting it was a Lotus, Josh Moss for knowing it was a MkVI and to Andrew Green for knowing the car was built for Sinclair Sweeny.

22 Dec 10

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Classical Gas Christmas Quiz - Here's the first question. There is a prize of a bottle of wine for the right answer, provided I can deliver it while I am trialling!

This famous car was last trialled in 1964 and hopefully will appear on the hills again after some TLC.

Can you identify the car and say who built it and for who?

We would also like to know about the cars competition history.

Classical Gas Members can post their answers here or you can email

14 Dec 10

ACTC 2011 - As the year draws to a close its time to sign up for the ACTC Championship next year. Its well worthwhile just to get the excellent quarterly magazine. Well written reports and excellent insights into the sport from the top ACTC officials, all of whom are active competitors or organisers. Members get all the event regs and results emailed and are actively consulted about their ideas to improve the sport. At £17 for membership including the magazine or £11 just for the magazine its a bargin.

Click Here to Download ACTC Entry Form

14 Dec 10

Paul Bartleman won The Camel Classic, the final trial in the ACTC Championship this year. The premier championship awards were both won my MG J2's in the hands of Dudley Sterry (Wheelspin) and Bill Bennett (Crackington). Click Here for the full Camel Classic Results on the ACTC Site

Click Here for In Car Video by James Shallcross

14 Dec 10

Carl Talbot is cataloguing the breakages in Ford Pop type axles to ascertain the weakest specific parts in their order of vulnerability, ie not just 'the diff. broke' but more specific , as in: 'the planet gears broke'  or  'seized on pin' or 'pinion teeth broke' or 'half shaft broke'

Carl is looking at improving the standard "Pop" axle for trialling, having done a lot of work on the "English" axle, coming up with a solution using a transit diff that is used successfully by a lot of triallers.

At the moment Carl is trialling a Buckler Mk5. I am sure we will benefit from his work on the standard Pop axle if we can help him with this information. If you can help please email and I will forward. - Michael

5 Dec 10

Nick Cleal wins snowy Allen Trial in his Peugeot - Click Here for the Report

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