LNCMC December 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the December edition of your newsletter which seems to be going from strength to strength. I have recently been musing about when I used to produce the newsletter for the club some 20 to 30 years ago, this was a particularly laborious affair. Once all the copy had been collected, then typed up (on a typewriter, thank you Viv) and put into a form where it made an even number of pages it was then photocopied, then collated into an actual newsletter, then Vivien and I would do all the stuffing of envelopes , then put all the stamps on ( that would be expensive now) and finally post. This is where I actually like modern technology, I can (and do as you are already aware of) type whatever, send it to Jonathan Kelly, he puts it into the electronic mailing system and it’s gone, bliss.

With the Tamar Trial all done and dusted apart from Brian Alexander’s excellent report it’s looking forward to the Ron Beer Sporting trial on the 27th of this month at Harrowbarrow near Callington, yes once again we need marshals so do phone Mike Wevill 01566 784451 and ease his load, and it will also help to clear the head after all those Christmas festivities.

Straight into the New year there is the MCC Exeter Trial. I have entered the Dellow and assuming it doesn’t throw another tantrum I hope to be competing , let’s face it two abandoned events in succession would be very embarrassing especially as passenger Phil journeys all the way from the Midlands down to Cornwall just to spend a soggy wet night in the car with me in the name of “motorsport”. Don’t feel too sorry for him , he’s a biker and the Dellow is as close to luxury as it gets.

Following on from our Chairman Warin Kelly’s article in the last newsletter there has been a positive move towards a number of people wanting to attend the special meeting to discuss the future of our club and motorsport in general, this obviously not only affects our club but all motor clubs. The date is set for February 28th , the venue will shortly be announced.

Don’t forget I need your contributions for this newsletter no matter how big or small, once I run out of things to say about the Dellow I shall start to talk about my other motoring passion, Scooters, Lammies RuleJ billjan299@gmail.com

Diary dates

December 27th Ron Beer Sporting Trial

January (2019) 17th Committee Meeting

January 27th Spry Sporting Trial

February 10th Launceston Classic Trial

February 28th Special Meeting

March 29th Presentation of Awards evening.

January 4th/5th M.C.C. Exeter Trial.

Before I hand you over to Brian and his excellent Tamar report I would like on behalf of the committee to wish you all a Merry Christmas and happy , healthy New Year, hopefully sparing more than a thought for those who may not be enjoying the festive season as much as we hope to.
J.T.

Launceston & North Cornwall Motor Club Tamar Trial

The increasing popularity of class 5 was again demonstrated in Launceston’s splendid Tamar Trial. 4 Suzuki X 90s were supplemented by 3 Reliant Scimitars, two Mazda MX5s and one each of MG, BMW, SAAB and Porsche (although John Cox’s 924 actually failed to make the start) With 12 of the 34 car entry in class 5 it also provided the top 3 overall positions, with remarkable performances by Dave & Aaron Haizelden and Steve Kingstone. Dave’s overall winning 2.5 litre Ford-powered white Scimitar SS dropping only 3 points all day, 6 less than Aarons 2 litre green example, with Steven’s beautifully prepared Blue MG Midget only a further 5 points behind.

Best of the Suzuki’s by a country mile, and surprisingly ahead of Ian Facey’s supercharged BMW (on 26), was Nick Deacon on 21 points which deservedly earned him the best Japanese car award, well ahead of the Mazda challengers.

The new Tresmeer start venue on the edge of Bodmin Moor proved an excellent choice, conveniently close to the finish venue at Wilsey down for trailers. The delicious all you can eat breakfast was a great improvement on bacon baps, and was superbly organised and cooked by the local villagers . Dawn saw a beautiful sunrise and the promise of a glorious day in lesser known parts of the Cornish countryside. Early morning mists soon developed in the valleys however and persisted well into the morning. Those like myself anticipating an easy trial due to the recent dry conditions were soon disillusioned, few sections were exactly a walk in the park, and the numerous restarts soon began to take their toll.

A new section, Tanks Terror certainly lived up to its name. This fiercely steep climb out of a river bank defeated all but Dan Keat’s Fugitive and Dave Haizelden’s Reliant. Here we encountered the only significant hold up in the trial but this was due to competitors being allowed to reccy the section, greatly appreciated as the sinuous route along the river bed would have otherwise confused most.

The notorious Angel Steps were as formidable as ever, stopping most of the entry. The exceptions were Dan Keat and Paul Merson in class 8, Peter Hart in class 7 and the Class 5 cars of Dave and Aaron Haizelden and the redoubtable Steve Kingston , the class not actually benefitting that much from not having to restart. The amazingly competitive X90 of Nick Deacon also looked as if it was going to make it but suddenly came to a halt after bouncing into the air on the vicious step after the restart. Apparently this was caused by the air cleaner falling off. This upset the management system which shut the engine down! Sometimes modern technology can be a minus. (maybe often in fact.)

Having lost the ability to change gear after attempting Lew Wood 1 due to a clutch which now refused to disengage, my navigator Tim Edwards wisely persuaded me to retire the X90 and proceed to the lunch stop, having found that progress was still feasible providing one stopped the engine to engage a gear! On our way we encountered the irrepressible and ever cheerful Simon Oates by the roadside with a broken diff. in his much campaigned Triumph based Torum. Thus we didn’t witness the conditions on most of the later sections but Trehole apparently stopped everybody and the restarts on Park Impossible , New Langleys and the last section Trevilla all defeated the whole of class 8. The all classes restart on the favourite Lands End section at Crackington, was responsible for destroying my diff on last years Tamar (and I suspect may have been the reason for the 3rd and last retirement of the day, that of Nick Symons in the green MX5) and was cleared by only 14 cars.

Class 7 and 8 were set some very difficult restarts, successfully intended to offset the expected dry conditions. Top of class 8, and 4th overall, was the UVA Fugitive of Dan Keat on 19, 5 points ahead of Paul Merson in the ex Charlie Shropland Special with Simon Woodall’s VW buggy in 3rd place.
Peter Hart put up an impressive performance in the Marlin to head class 7 on 22 points ahead of a very close battle between the revived ex Simon Riddle Arkley now campaigned by the promoting club’s Adrian Booth (32) and the very well sorted Liege of Ray and Hannah Ferguson (33) from Wantage.

Class 3 saw a very closely fought battle between Matt Facey’s BMW 318 and Phil Parkers Mk 1 Escort with Matt on 43 points eventually edging it by 1 point, mainly by virtue of his excellent climb on Angel steps. 3rd in class was the valiant Anglia estate driven by Paul Gillo.

The era of the all conquering VW Beetles seems to be on the decline these days, class 4 fielded just two 1300 examples although Craig Allen’s winning score of 34 was good enough for 13th position overall, while the only big-engined example was the sole class 6 entry, that of Mike Smith who had travelled down from Birmingham. 22nd overall on 53 points.

In class 1 James Shallcross, dominant in the awesome Peugeot 205 ever since Dave Haizelden moved to class 5, was 15th overall on 36 his only opposition coming from the venerable SAAB 96 of Nigel Martin Oakley adding historic interest to the entry.

Even more venerable was the single class 2 entry, the ever competitive green MG J2 of Bill & Liz Bennett (to say nothing of the crew) who, on 28 points, finished a meritorious 9th overall, earning them the Club Cup.

Our journey home was successfully accomplished sans clutch, the Suzuki quite happy in 3rd gear all the way. All in all a highly enjoyable day in the Cornish countryside at its best. Full marks and many thanks to the organising team and all the marshals for another challenging and splendidly organised trial which certainly sorted the men from the boys.

(Since writing this I have discovered that our problem was that the clutch pressure plate had actually snapped in half, so not surprising that it would not free, not an original Suzuki part I should add)

Brian Alexander

Spry Trophy Trial 2019 Regs & Entry Form

The regulations and entry form for The Spry Trophy Trial 2019 are now available to download below.

Spry Trial 2019 Car Regs (23 downloads) Spry Trial 2019 Motorcycle Regs (17 downloads)
Spry Trial 2019 Car Entry Form (9 downloads) Spry Trial 2019 Motorcycle Entry Form (14 downloads)

Unfortunately, we won’t be making use of the online entry system for this event as it normally has low entry numbers.

The trial will take place on Sunday 27th January 2018 at Trevilla Farm, Marshgate, Camelford, PL32 9YN (Map. Ref. 190/145911) by kind permission of David Langley.

Motorcycle and Car Entries Close on the 24th of JANUARY 2019

Ron Beer Trial 2018 Regs & Entry Form

The regulations and entry form for The Ron Beer Trial 2018 are now available to download below.

Ron Beer Trial 2018 Motorcycle Regs (56 downloads) Ron Beer Trial 2018 Car Regs (76 downloads)

Ron Beer Trial 2018 Motorcycle Entry Form (48 downloads) Ron Beer Trial 2018 Car Entry Form (51 downloads)

The trial will take place on Thursday the 27th of December 2018 at Tree Farm, Metherell, Callington, PL17 8DB – Map Ref 201.407.697. By kind permission of James Tancock.

LNCMC October News

Welcome to the October news, all of a sudden the weather seems to have changed from a sunny September to blustery wet October, but many people will not be too unhappy with that with various trials looming upon us it will make the hills a little more interesting. We recently held the David Ayers sporting trial and thanks to Mike Wevill for the report below.
 
DAVID AYERS SPORTING CAR TRIAL at Marshgate, Camelford.
 
Launceston & North Cornwall Motor Club held a MSA and BTRDA National Championship Trial at Marshgate on 16 September as part of the Cornish Trials weekend.
 
Competitors came from as far afield as Yorkshire and Kent. Whilst the entry was relatively low it did include two former British champions.
There was a mixture of grass and woodland over 21 hills on steep but firm dryish ground.
 
Low scores were the order of the day on a closely contested event.
Eventual winner was John Fack who managed to beat his twin brother Jerome by just 1-point double driving the same car.
 
Local man Alan Murton was close behind to manage a superb joint third place. Alan’s performance was even more impressive given that he had to work on the car until midnight the night before having to rebuild the front end which had been wrecked in the previous day’s trial. M W
 
Our next event is the Tamar Classic Road Trial, entries are already coming in and with a re-vamped route and start venue it has all the promise of a very good event. Signing on will be at Tresmeer Village Hall where the hall volunteers will have arrived at 6.00 am to prepare breakfast for all the competitors, so eat well, but please make sure you thank them, or they will be blaming me for a loss of sleep and grumpy customers. The event requires a large amount of marshals and it would be really appreciated if any volunteers could phone Mike Wevill 01566 784451 It would help to make his life just a little easier.( I would have enclosed his e mail address but he can never remember it).
 
On the 27th of December we hold our Ron Beer Sporting Trial at Harrowbarrow near Callington, it will give you a chance to get out in the fresh air and blow away the Christmas cobwebs, again marshals needed please.
 
I recently passengered for the first time on a Sporting Trial, I was Mike Wevill’s passenger on the Robin Alexander Trial, a very enjoyable day although at my age I have to admit to not being quite as adept at rolling around the car in strange positions which included getting far too close to Mike, neither he or I have mentioned anything of it since.
 
To all intents and purposes I have the Dellow ready for the long haul to Derbyshire for the MCC Edinburgh Trial this weekend, I always look forward to this event with the beautiful Derbyshire countryside and to be able to spend some time with my granddaughter who is lucky enough to live in the heart of the Peak district.
 
This newsletter is for you people out there, so feel free to contribute even if it is just for a sale or want it helps to fill the page. Keep an eye out for a certain black Ford Pop, the ex Caudle / Turner machine is in new hands and they promise to get it out on the hills and not just polish it.
J.T.

David Ayers Results Plus Tamar Trial Regs and Entry Form

We are happy to announce that we now have the final results for the David Ayers Trial 2018 which can be downloaded below.

Thank you to all who competed and marshalled, we hope you enjoyed the event.

David Ayers 2018 Results (94 downloads)

We also have the Regs and Entry Form for this years Tamar Trial which takes place on Sunday the 21st of October. You can download the Regs and Entry Form below;

Tamar Trial 2018 Entry Form (98 downloads) Tamar Trial 2018 Car Regs (86 downloads)

Tamar Trial 2018 Motorcycle Regs (74 downloads)


The Tamar Trial can also be entered with the Online Entry system on this website. To use the entry system follow this link http://www.lncmc.co.uk/online-entry/ and then click on the register link to register your details. You can then login and make a trials entry. Please don’t be put off by the length of the registration form as you only need to fill out the sections that are relevant to you.

Payments are accepted through Paypal but you don’t require a Paypal account to pay your entry. You can enter your card details on Paypal’s website when submitting your entry to pay as a guest.

If you have any problems using the new system then please send us an email at info@lncmc.co.uk

Club Newsletter – September 2018

After a prolonged absence, our newsletters are making a return. This is thanks to John Turner who has taken the time to compile this months newsletter.

We aim to be putting out the newsletters on a monthly basis. If you would like to contribute anything to one of the newsletters then please feel free to email John at johnturner@lncmc.co.uk

This months newsletter can be downloaded at the link below;

Newsletter September 2018 (179 downloads)

Introducing Our New Online Trials Entry System

We have been working behind the scenes of an online entry system for the website as there has been some demand for it. We will be using it for our trials going forward. We are still going to be accepting paper entries as well.

The Testing Trial is the first event we have added to the entry system which takes place in a little under two weeks.

To use the entry system follow this link http://www.lncmc.co.uk/online-entry/ and then click on the register link to register your details. You can then login and make a trials entry. Please don’t be put off by the length of the registration form as you only need to fill out the sections that are relevant to you.

Payments are accepted through Paypal but you don’t require a Paypal account to pay your entry. You can enter your card details on Paypal’s website when submitting your entry to pay as a guest.

If you have any problems using the new system then please send us an email at info@lncmc.co.uk