Newmans Quarry CCVT - Dec 2012
Newmans Quarry near Moreton in Marsh was the last CCV for the MROC of 2012. Carl Glover and his dad Paul kindly accepted my invitation to lay this one out. So with that i met them both on site around 9.30 on Saturday morning armed with the cane and cane tops. This one was always going to be a challenge laying out as the RTV was on the same day and the site is probably the smallest we visit.
Straight away we started laying out a nice little section full of ups and downs, twists and turns which Carl tested in his coil sprung 80 to see if it would work. It was going to be tight but he got round the difficult sections without actually driving the section in one go. While this was happening i decided to head off on foot to the next rough bit of ground i could see and layed out a twisty, up and down and quite long section, once i had done this Carl and Paul headed over to test the section in the 80, Carl noticed the engine temp climbing and noticed the fan wasn't kicking in. This meant only one thing, the sections from now on would be laid out on foot with no testing at all, Carl and his mate laid several sections out while Paul and I split off to lay the rest. By midday we had laid out 7 sections with a view to setting so more out once we had done.
Chatting with Mike Hayes after we made the decision that once all drivers for each discipline had driven the sections we would pull the canes up so each other could use the land again if need be. I think this is the way forward on same day events.
Sunday morning I arrived on site at 8.30 to find plenty of RTV boys had arrived, Hamish and Colin were also there with CCVT cars. A very keen Ian Dodge had also arrived to Marshal for us, explaining that Zoe and Pippa were poorly so he was on his own. Sadly the only other CCVT competitors to show were Glyn and Russ, and luckily Carl who had managed to fix the failed cooling fan over night.
So onto the sections and and first to sign on was Hamish so he was first to drive, soon to hit the 6 cane.....OOOPS enough said.
Varying scores through the section and no clear. This being and challenging piece of ground, we decided to stay put and Hamish layed out another section which proved challenging, especially for Glyn on the 5 cane.
We carried out through the day and by 11 o'clock we got a little grid locked by the high number of RTV guys, the section they were on covered 3 of our sections, so the guys decided on an early tea/dinner break. We finally got back out and completed a total of 9 sections due to Hamish adding yet another section with some good cross axle terrain.
I believe a light hearted fun day was had by all, and the most was made of the ground we had, however there is only so much you can do on this site and these days its proving difficult to get a coil sprung 80 with big tyres and long travel suspension stuck.
Thanks to the land owner for the ground, to Carl and Paul Glover for laying out and as always to Ian Dodge for turning up to marshal and keeping score.
Well done to Hamish for winning the coil sprung 80" class, Glyn and Hamish were totally level pegging on points and clears right to the last section, Glyn clipped the 5 on section 9, Hamish got through the 5 gate but totally missed the 3 gate, however this was enough for the win.
Well done to Colin Dowdall for coming first and last in the coil sprung 88" class, being the only entry he could not loose.
Look out for the 2013 calender for next years dates and venues, hope to see a few more than 5 turn out a Prestwood in January. remember we have 3 new trials sites on the calender next year so give your mates a kick and get them out to play.
Have and great Christmas and New Year....
Coney Green CCVT Report - Nov 2012
Thanks to Pete, Keith and Graham Wooldridge for laying the CCVT sections at out Coney Green Farm. I arrived mid morning on Saturday to find the site very wet and quite slippy under foot. Driving around the site I finally caught up with them in the scramble track, which was very wet indeed. I did think it was going to be a bit of a nightmare on trials day due to the wet conditions . The guys had already laid the first three sections out at the bottom of the woods near the camping field, and two sections along the lower hill side using the grass banks and the weather to create a slippy section, at the end of the day 7 sections had been laid out including on the hill side that can be seen from the main road.
I also met up with Dan, Ben and there team who were also laying out for the RTV, some sections looking a little scary from what i could see. Thanks Dan for the cup of tea.
Arriving on site Sunday to a chilly morning, Richard Banks, Richard and Ruth Smith, one CCVT car and one RTV car present Slowly the site filled up totaling eight CCVT entries and what looked like a very good RTV turn out. This was my first event as CCVT sec so thanks go out the Gyln Philips for helping me out and showing me the ropes, and thanks for doing drivers briefing Glyn! ! As ever thanks to the Dodge Family and Pete Wooldridge for turning up and marshaling the event.
We headed of the the first section which was the slippy grass section and looking at a few faces of experienced drivers, they were not overly impressed with the section, but it caught them out on the slippy ground and i think only 2 drivers clearing it. We wont go on about Russell Cook missing a gate out and getting a 6, and probably best not mention Hamish Grundy not being able to turn up a grass bank and getting an 8......
Section 2 was back down to the main field to have a slightly rougher challenging section in the woods, on this section laying it out Keith managed to roll his 80 leafer onto its side, however with morning sun drying the ground quickly the coil sprung 80" cars made light work of the section and most clearing it.
Sections 3 and 4 were along the bottom track and both sections catching several out with a tight 6 gate and a climb round the back of a tree which was getting people a score due to lacking in forward motion despite the wheels spinning hard. It was Russell who got as far as the 2, but with an impossible 1 cane, it was never going to happen. It was 11 o'clock by now so we had one minutes silences for Remembrance Sunday. Section 4 was a very long climb up into the woods and a long decent back to the bottom of the hill. Several cars getting stuck at the 10 cane and further on up the section a competitor got stuck and had to be recovered.
After section Four it was back to the main field for a spot of lunch, where i believe Glyn signed up a family of new members who are keen to start competing in some RTVs. I think they should build a CCVT car and join us instead ha. Moving back into the competition ground, sections 5,6 and 7 were soon completed and much to the disappointment of Graham Wooldridge as the ground had become bone dry and the sections ran quite quickly, "on Saturday laying out there was no traction at all" said Graham, however only a hand full of drivers clearing the sections, and the best score on section 7 was a 2, by now it was only around 2 pm so Hamish and Tom suggested they headed back down to the woods near the field and quickly set out another 2 sections. Considering this sections had not been tested they ran quite well with some challenging hills and drops. Section 9 had quite a long climb with a tree routed crest which was catching several people out, not being able to climb out at the top, always interesting getting back down from a situation like this in reverse. The final car through was Mat Richmond, Mat goes way back in the MROC competing in the mid 90's Hillrallys and many MROC events in his Qt 88. Mat returned to CCVT with his son James in a very nicely turned out Whitbread coil sprung 80" finished off in a fantastic camouflage wrap. Mat didn't quite make it out the top of the bank, slipping sideways and luckily getting wedge against a tree with a considerable gap between his passenger front wheel and the ground. an influx of people came running to Mats car to grab onto it to reduce his risk of rolling back wards down the hill. Hamish ran to get his car to carry out a swift recover of the stricken 80. Well done Mat, glad your return didn't go with a bang.
All in all i think everyone had a good day out with a very varied score sheet. Thanks again to the layers out and marshals, also Coney Green Farm for allowing us to use this site, this site was found by the Wooldridge brothers probably around 25 years ago, so great that we can still use it. It does however look a little different now as there is a lot of activity here from other off road clubs though out every year.
Glyn carried out the prize giving and closing speech, but the trophy's were with Carl who was still out with the RTV boys. i will have them at Newmans Quarry and will hand them out to the winners there.
Next and last event this year is Newmans Quarry on 9th Dec, Carl Glover has kindly agreed to lay out helped by yours truly. I hope everyone can make it, and bring a friend, they might just enjoy it and want to get involved!! I'm hoping we can get the numbers of competitors up next year, several regulars didn't attend this trial for whatever reason, hopefully next year my Qt 80" will be ready so myself and my wife will be trialing. Mat Richmonds son will have passed his driving test and he will also be competing. Mick Gillet still has a Qt 80 part built in his garage that he and Martin Gallis started to build before Martin became unwell, so hopefully Mick can get that build some time and also join us. It would be nice to get up into the 20s area and you never know, we might get 2 groups in one day, just like the old days!!!
1st leaf sprung car - Keith Wooldridge
1st coil sprung 80" - Glyn Philip
1st coil sprung 88" - Colin Dowdall
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Prestwood CCV Trial Mar 2012
It's Tuesday night, and am looking at the calender on the kitchen wall and see that I have written 'lay out @ prestwood' in the bit marked Saturday 24th March. It's a good job I looked ,as it has been a long time since I wrote it down. I had volunteered myself and Richard to set out this trial at the drivers meeting back in November. Now this was before I became a daddy and I thought that my trials motor would have had it's full winter re-build after the Major's and be ready to trial. Oooops, maybe I should have planned to layout Coney Green in November !!!!! Maybe I could have used the Series One, but this is even further behind on the re-build schedule, waiting new wings and some paint (started that project in 2010) maybe ready for this summer time?
As it is literally 5 minuets down the road from us we had arranged to meet at 8 o'clock and layout on foot as Richards motor is having some TLC at the moment. We carefully placed some canes in a random order around the site and brewed up for cuppa in the sunshine, chucked some more canes in and away for 12ish.
Next day and I was waiting for the motors to arrive, Carl arrived frist, in his chauffeur driven road train for the second outing in his new 80", with a few mods since the last outing, and hoping for a good days sport.
With 9 entries signed on, paid and all passed scrutineering, it was time for some fun. The first few sections saw a mix of results with several clears and some tree wrestling, resulting in higher scores. Slippery banks and a choice of route foiled some of the V8 boys on section 2, but Keith got the right line to score a well deserved 1.
Section 3 started with a wall of death through the 10 gate and everyone drove this well, with plenty of right foot and closed eyes in some cases.
We had some visitors before lunch that happened to be floating past on their 'barge' and popped in to say hello, I'm sure Mr Cook remembers the days before roll cages and boingy suspension in trials motors. Martin and Keith are still competing in their vehicles and having just as much fun today.
Section 4 proved that you should always ask about alternative routes, with a long steep finish that was impressive to see cleared, it proved to be a mixed bag of scores.
The second half of the day passed without major worries and we finished the day with a bit of a head teaser. I had re-laid section 3 with plenty of alternative routes and lots of "where do i go next" and "how do I get to this gate" could be heard as all the drivers wandered around the woods looking lost. Martin was the first to solve the puzzle, but this did not help the other drivers as he stopped at the 7 gate. Glyn drove well for a clear on this section and was the overall winner, a close battle with Russell.
|Glyn Phillips||0||0||0||0||2||9||0||1||0||12||1||1st o/all|
Avon Dassett CCVT Results Jan 2012
|Driver||Vehicle||Entry number||Section Number|
|Adrian Gregory||80C||0||1||0||0||2||2||0||9||1||15||1st 80C|
|Hamish Grundy||80C||4||5||1||0||9||2||3||9||11||44||1st 88C|
ALRC 2013 year books are now available for paid up members
They can be collected at MROC events or if you would like one sent to you please send me your details including your membership number. I will also require from you a stamped addressed envelope size 254x178mm (cost of posting at March 2013 is £1.40) or £2.00 to cover both post and packing.
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- Harbury CCVT Report - June 2011
- CCVT Results - Eastnor April 2011
- Prestwood CCVT Results Mar 2011
- Avon Dasset CCVT Results Jan 2011
- Glyn's Handicap Trophy
- Newmans Quarry Dec 2010 Results
- Report from Harbury - February 2009