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The Ilkley Club were lucky
with the weather again. It was a nice early summer day for the event, but
wet weather during the week spiced the sections up a bit. Local man Boyd
Webster was the winner in his Ford Special with a clean sheet, taking his
victory over Jon Robilliard in his 1300 Beetle on the basis of special
club were rewarded with an excellent entry for their first ACTC
Championship Event, attracting a sizeable camel vale contingent who came
all the way from Cornwall.
The Start and Finish were at
Otley Rugby Club
Somewhere under that supercharger there's a diminutive 750c Austin
Seven engine. Barry Clarkes "Grotty Chummy" was driven on this
occasion by Dudley Sterry (Picture by Dave Cooke).
Stringer and Stella Pearce crossing the River Wharfe on the way to the
first section in this picture by Dave Cooke. Quite a few competitors
took a while to get to grip with the tulip routecard and the field got
a bit mixed up!
Short Classic Track with a restart on a sharp LH
This super little section had a restart on a sharp left hand corner. You
had to get going of the start line first though and eventual winner
Boyd Webster must have been wary of this as he didn't last year! The
restart itself was on a tight corner and Greg Thomas couldn't coax his
rather long Capri away. neither could the Northumbian Marlins of Fred
Mills and Hal Branson.
Sword Point 1, 2 and 3
These first of these three
adjacent sections was a weave though the trees, the second a grassy PCT type affair. The third was another weave through a wood with a fearsome bump near the summit.
winner Tris White striding his way past the long queue to take a look
at Sword Point 1
Hoskin gets a helping hand for his delightful Morgan F4. All is not
what it seems though as an A Series power
unit nestles under the bonnet.
section was a bit tight which was a problem for some of the bigger cars
and Nigel Jones came to grief at the four marker in his Skoda.
was pure PCT on grass with a tougher start for the yellows and reds. There
were very few clears but Jon Robilliard was on, establishing a firm grip
on class four. Most of the failures were between the eleven and nine,
including class eight exponents Simon Woodall and Stuart Harold. Harvey
Waters was amongst the unfortunate group who couldn't pass the twelve.
Richard Hoskin retired here, knocking the steering of his Morgan F4 out of
shape on the entrance to the venue.
Sword Point section was a rather rough weave through the trees, needing a
lot of attention from those going clear to avoid clouting the wall at the
summit. Its not clear if Dean Partington did this but he retired soon
afterwards. We had already lost Duncan Walsh with a broken rear suspension
A gentle, grassy track, following a wall. Restart
for the higher classes
but not difficult section, although a handful of cars in the higher
classes were caught out by their restart.
Grassy farm track with a difficult and rather hairy
deviation for the higher classes. The lower classes had to contend
with a tricky restart on the part of the section the higher classes
The flag drops, the wheels spin, but
Simon Groves couldn't coax his Escort away from the restart. The
higher classes deviation bypassed this but had its own challenge!
In class seven Tris White was the only competitor to succeed, putting him
in front of Brian Colman who failed at the seven. The lower classes
bypassed the 6, 7 & 8 deviation but had a tricky restart on a camber
instead. This caught out quite a few experienced drivers, including last
years winner Bill Bennett, Dick Bolt and Simon Groves in Class Three and
Nicola Wainwright in Class Four. Getting of the restart wasn't the only
problem as the turn off the track up the bank at the end awaited and
trapped the unwary.
PCT style section on Moorland
adjacent to the rest halt. Yellows and Reds had a rather rough
Kenny bouncing over the hillocks as he clears the section.
ACTC Chairman Simon
Woodall lifting a wheel. (Picture by Dave Cook).
Up on top of
the moor this short little section didn't prove too much of a problem,
although Brian Colman dropped an un-expected six, destroying his chances
to challenge Tris White for the Class Seven win.
Clean Grassy Track. Restart on a
followed by a straight climb with a hard to spot deviation.
With the deviation for the higher classes scrapped as
there wasn't sufficient recovery this gentle slope shouldn't have
presented to many problems. However, local knowledge counted here as the
PCT markers took the section off the track at the two marker. About a
third of the entry didn't spot this and went straight on dropping two.
They should have read last years Classical Gas
The section was a grassy track,
starting with a gentle gradient but getting steeper after a 90 left
with a really steep bit at the top.
Nigel Jones, finding plenty of grip
on the grass, building his speed to storm the bank at the top.
for the main trial here, although quite a few in Class 0 struggled to find
grip on the first bank.
Incline 1 and 2
Incline 1 was a grassy track
between stone walls. Incline 2 was only attempted by the Higher
After years PR problems with the neighbours the
section was approached across a kindly farmers field. Inline 1 started
with a 90 left through a delightful dry stone wall to get onto the grassy
track with its Crackington style muddy patch around 100 yards ahead. This
was another section requiring a steady trickling nerve to build speed on
the grass before blasting through the mud. This caught out quite a few
experienced drivers, including Harvey Waters, Nicola Wainwright, Martin
Willis, Myke Pocock and Keith Oakes. This was a particular problem for
Keith Oakes as he couldn't get to Incline Two as there was no recovery
vehicle to give him a tow.
Incline 2 came shortly after and was attempted only
by the higher classes with quite a few making clean climbs this year.
These didn't include Tris White in his Imp, the class seven winner
dropping his only mark of the day.
A real Classic Section, the best one on the event.
Starting with a ford it climbed a twisty, rocky track with a restart
for the higher classes.
conquered the rocky part of the section
Geoff Stone eases his Suzuki X90 round a grassy corner as he heads for
Michael Leete gives his Beetle some
welly over the rocks on the lower reaches. (picture by Dave Cook).
Watergate was the best hill of the event, a real classic section. There
was a ford at the start and it needed plenty of welly to climb the stony
bank the other side. After this the track got a bit rocky and ground
clearance became an issue, defeating Graham Whitings Skoda.
Strid Wood 1 & 2
Two sections laid out in a field with a peaty
surface. Strid 1 was the familiar blast up the gully while Strid 2 was
a straight grassy climb.
Nigel Jones powering his way though
the peat on the Strid 1 gully.
Looking at the flag it appears a
Japanese lady is flagging Julian Lacks Liege away from the Strid 2
Strid Wood 1 was a nice friendly
little affair through a peaty gully, but you did have to keep the power on
as it was quite slippery. This caught out quite a few of the Ilkley first
timers and in Class Three both Kelly Thomas and Sticker Martin dropped
their only marks of the event.
Rob Wells retired after Strid Wood
2 in his unusual RWD Fiat Panda.
Hawpike 1 & 2
The first section was pure PCT in a grass field,
the second a grassy route through the trees following natural
Julian Lack adjusting the
self-adjusting front brakes on his Liege after Hawpike 1
Dick Bolt making his way though the
trees on the picturesque Hawpike 2.
Hawpike 1 was a pure grassy PCT
section. There was plenty of grip but about half of class seven were
penalised, presumably for clipping markers. After the picturesque Hawpike
2 there were some wonderful views from the green lanes that led to the
special test at Highfield Farm.
Straightforward Special Test, through a gate and up
a grassy bank
Competitors gather to pump their tyres after the special test.
(Picture by Chris Bird)
Their was only one special test and commendably it was a nice
straightforward affair. Boyd Webster won the trial here, clocking a time
1.2 seconds quicker than Jon Robilliard, both of whom had clean sheets at
the end of the trial.
Langbar 1 & 2
Straightforward Special Test, through a gate and up
a grassy bank
more than 200 years of experience in this picture. Barry Clarke
relaxes as Dudley Sterry pilots his "Grotty Chummy" (Picture by Dave
Biles and Dick Munns cleaning the langbar sections on their way to a
win in Class Five (Picture by Dave Cook)
Their was a long descent through a farmyard and down a
newly surfaced track to the two Langbar sections. They were both bumpy
grass affairs that would have been totally impossible in anything other
than bone dry conditions. outside of class two neither presented many
Otley Rugby Club
Ilkley Class Winners - Jon
Robillirad and Kelly Thomas are presented with their awards by IDMC
President Henry Kitching (Pictures by Dave Cook)
Back at the finish their was an excellent pie and
peas supper to entertain competitors while they waited for the results
which showed Boyd Webster as the overall winner on special test times over
Jon Robilliard, the other driver with a clean sheet. Everyone seemed to enjoy
their Ilkley Trial. Its different to its southern counterparts but accept
it for what it is and its a super day out, not just for the sections but
the route through the Yorkshire countryside as well. It's a nice time of
year to hold the event as well as the club would have had problems with
all the grassy sections in the winter.