Falcons Ed Nikel didn't make the Plusha start as the dynamo on his VW
Buggy failed on the way down. Ted Holloway wasn’t a great deal luckier.
Ted made it to the start OK but didn't get very far as he had a hub
collapse on his Mini Special only 50 yards up the road.
Felons Oak –
This short little “hill” is all about the
restart, which is reckoned to be getting trickier as it gets dug out.
Although it claimed quite a few casualties, all the Falcon’s got away
Stoney Street –
The section, which bypasses Porlock, was
reckoned to be very rough this year. Peter Mountain would certainly agree.
Peter retired when the rear axle-locating pivot broke on his Dellow Mk1.
This was not a Dellow friendly hill as Richard Shirley also retired here
with back axle problems.
Beggars Roost –
Strangely there was no restart for
Class 8. Simon Groves lost his triple here when he failed to get away.
Keith Oakes is down in the results as stopping but as you will see from
Claire’s report he didn’t. Tony Smith didn't get this far in his first
Land End in his Austin Big 7. The engine went bang crossing Exmoor and he
needed a tow from Roger Teagle in his Beetle to reach civilisation at The
Culbourne Inn. We also lost Mike Telford in the night when he had to
retire the "Tucker Nipper Special", built by former clerk-of-the-course H.
W. Tucker-Peake for his daughters who won a triple with this famous old
There were big problems for the bikes again
this year. A number of riders hit the deck and it took a lot of time for
them to remount and get going. Things didn't improve much when the cars
came along and some had to wait very nearly three hours in the queue,
which came close to blocking the road.
After the debacle with the bikes the
field became split when Tony Divey got stuck and there were big problems
in towing the Tiking three wheeler out of the section. The thinning Dellow
ranks were further depleted when Mark Worsfeld broke a half shaft on the
section. Then Neil Bray claimed a baulk when he was stuck behind a car
with a puncture. It had to be fixed on the hill because the recovery
vehicle was down stream of the incident. This took a lot of time as the
car kept rolling off the jack.
While all this was going on the lady of
the manor from nearby Riverton Mill decided to walk her dog up and down
the section, dishing out a verbal assault on passing competitors as she
did so, claiming they were hooligans damaging her back garden and that she
know nothing about the trial. The delay at Riverton was good for one
competitor. Ian Moss had been having problems with his Escort sliding all
over the road ever since Stoney Street. The delay gave him time to get
underneath, finding a broken U bolt, which he was able to replace with the
help of some of his fellow competitors.
Cutliffe Lane –
The hill was reasonably dry this year but
it is pretty steep and defeated.Simon Robson’s Liege. Likewise most of the
class one’s and five’s failed, including Peter Manning and Barrie Parker.
Sutcombe & Darracott
– Neither of these wonderful old hills were
to cause many problems this year.
Not to difficult this year. It was pretty
dry and there had been little or no doctoring. The field was really spread
out by now and after the bikes came there were only four cars in an hour,
presumably because of the Riverton problems. Dudley Sterry recorded a fail
when he over-ran the restart line. This was to cost him The Field Trophy
as he was faster than Paul Bartleman on the special tests.
Ross Nuten cleaned the restart here but
suffered from fuel feed problems thereafter and finished up failing four
hills. Earlier Ross was one of many to get fed up waiting in the queue for
Riverton and skipped the section. Andrew Brown had been suffering from
engine problems during the night and his Marlin stuttered to a brief halt
before Andrew gathered everything together and did a special class 7
restart to "clean" the hill.
Passed without incident.
This fearsome Camel Vale Hill was true to
form. The blues and whites had a clear run but only the best built up
sufficient momentum to carry themselves up the slippery higher reaches.
The problem is in the area of the class 8 re-start. The groove in the ruts
is extremely slippery and polished and a lot of momentum is required to
get through this area.
The poor old class 8's really struggled
and only the supermen succeeded. I witnessed both Paul Bartleman and
Dudley Sterry clean the hill. They stopped way over to the left, one wheel
between the ruts and the other up the bank. Some people tried the same
technique the other side but the camber drew them back into the ruts and
wheel spinning failure. Eric Wall got the technique right but even he
slipped back into the groove and spun to a halt. The results also show
that Robert Williams (Buggy) and Geoff May (Dellow) also succeeded.
Falcons Neil Bray incurred his only fail of the day here and the results
show Neil as winning class 8. However, this is a mistake as Dudley was
faster on the special tests.
The yellows had a restart lower down. It
was easier to get away, but even if you did get going it was necessary to
build a lot of speed to get through the difficult area higher up. Few
succeeded but some did and Roger Bricknell and Andrew Martin made it look
positively easy! Mark Tooth (Beetle) and Mal Allen (Marlin) both trickled
away beautifully from the yellow restart, building speed without any wheel
spin. Unfortunately, both of them decided to boot it just when they
reached the slippery bit, they didn't have enough momentum to get away
with it and spun to a halt.
The Front Wheel Drive Cars didn't have a
restart but this was nerveless a tough hill for them. The amazing David
Haizelden just flew up, no wheel spin and the car just floating over the
bumps. Paul Allaway made it as well, not so elegant and the poor little
Astra was on the rev limiter but still a clean. Mike Collins tried the
same but lost traction and failed just after the class 8 restart.
Unluckiest crew were Alan and Ian Cundy who got almost, but not quite to
the top in their Golf and failed just inches from the section ends board.
Again, this had the nasty restart where
the section crosses the track. Good positioning was required. Neil Bray
was delighted to get away in Primrose after his passenger, daughter Jade,
shouted to him to stop high in the box. Following instructions Neil got as
far forward as possible. His back wheels were almost on the line but most
importantly the front ones were on the flat bit and he pulled away without
any problems. Simon passenger son Matt shouted a similar instruction but
Dad knew best, Simon stopped low and failed.
Blue Hills 1
There was a restart on the cobbles for
all classes except 1, 2 and 5. This caused a lot of problems and even
those who succeeded had a struggle. Frankly, the results are a bit
doubtful here. Most people really struggled and there appears to be
different interpretations of who was clean and who wasn’t. Both Neil Bray
and Simon Groves were credited with success, even though its doubtful they
maintained forward motion as they climbed over a huge rock! While Simon
Robson had a fail when he appeared to be clean.
Blue Hills 2
The section is very short now and it’s
all about the artificial bit through the cutting. Unfortunately, the bank
on the outside proved to be a launching ramp and a couple of people turned
over. These included Anne Whellock (Austin 7), Mark Hayward (Dellow Mk2)
and a couple of chairs. Fortunately, there was no serious injury to the
crews concerned but the motorcars may take a bit longer to repair.
Although Anne's Austin 7 was quite badly knocked about, she set out to
drive it home on the Sunday but was defeated when it started to overheat
quite badly and had to summon the recovery truck. Sadly, the preliminary
results for the hill looked very strange and the MCC have gone back to the
drawing board to re-look at them, which will affect the awards.
On balance a good Lands End. Yes, there
were the problems at Riverton and criticisms of “Mickey Mouse” restarts at
Bishops Wood and Blue Hills 1. It was also a shame about the results.
However, the Lands End is not an event for pot hunters, its about the
experience, the emotional ups and downs as you ride or drive through the
night. The children waving as you go through the villages. The
satisfaction the next day when you realise what you accomplished. The
organisers did a good job and we should all be grateful for their work.I
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Report revised on 12 May and 16 May 2006
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