Phil wanted to share this write up with you from someone who came along to a trial earlier on in the year.

Chairman's Chat September 2017

The August Bank Holiday Trial was a last minute change of venue from Wimbleball to Othery. Some drivers having complained Wimbleball was too dangerous and would not support the event.​
Sarah took on the job of C of C assisted by Matt and “Dream Team” members Jason and Wayne. When you consider how compact and limited the site is they put on a really good test for man and machine. It must have been the hottest temperature trial day of the year with driver’s seeking out shade. We even had a guest driving appearance by Stuart Brown double driving with Ivor.
Usually at this site there is a lot of axle breakage due to the unforgiving ground conditions, but this time we came away without the need for too much spannering. 
Matt won the Class 1 shootout with Nigel and Pete. There was a long overdue and truly deserved Class 2 win in the Chevvypowered Fourtrak for Jon Inglis. Guy picked up another Class 3 win and Wayne won Class 4 and 1st overall and paid for the drinks on the way home. Nice man.
Thanks to Chirpy the Land Owner for allowing the Club in at short notice, the Marshalls and everyone who turned up to support the trial.

Our September Trial was a long overdue revisit to West Harptree high up on the Mendip Hills by kind permission of the Burge Family. Barney was the C of C assisted by “Dream Team” members Phil and Wayne. Setting up was done in three and a half hours largely due to the open nature of the site and being able to see all the humps and bumps. We were very fortunate that the setting up was finished before the heavens opened up and cut visibility to a few hundred metres. It was such a shame Barney got soaked putting out the fingerposts while Wayne and me sat in the dry comfort of his Ranger sniggering away to ourselves like a couple of girlies. The joy of being a C of C.
Trial day started dull, cold and damp with the forecast of rain from lunchtime, so it was up to the drivers to organize themselves and be ready to make the day run smoother. It was a day when the ground conditions got worse, the more vehicles that went through the section and being on last was a handicap. The rocks caught out a lot of drivers through inexperience and poor observation. This diversity of terrain is what makes this site so appealing. Some drivers complained about the rocks saying there was plenty else to use. That being the case we perhaps should have used a site nearer home in East Devon if its only dirt and banks you want.
The spills didn’t really start until section 9 on the 7 and 6 gates where several drivers lost the ability to stay upright having taken the wrong line.
The hotly contested Class 1 was won by Nigel this time with Pete 2nd and Matt 3rd. These three are certainty sharing the Class wins. Jon in Class 2 is really on a roll and his new shelve from B & Q is starting to fill up. Will he make a hat trick at the next trial? Class 3 was won by myself. Barney reckoned it was only because Guy was busy with his cider apples. Class 4 and 1ST overall was won by Jason who reckoned he was stitched up as overall winner buys the drinks at a pub on the way home.
Thanks to “Team Cutting/Brown” for their skills in signing people on and relieving the drivers of their hard earned cash.Thanks also to the Marshalls who stood at their posts in ever worsening conditions, to Jane for travelling so far and to every driver who made the effort to attend.

Our next trial is at Super Cat test site at Culmhead and Guy who found the site for the Club will be C of C. 



See you soon, Phil
 
 
 
 

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