We have plenty of images to share from today’s event at Forrestburn but absolutely no reports from the event. However, it is possible to say that the 2018 Silly Hat Trial was blessed with good weather but perhaps the quality and originality of the hats were less marked than in previous years. Commentary, analysis and even results from these arcane proceedings will follow shortly but for now, here are the images. Thanks to Tricia MacDonald and George Dow.
PS: The results from yesterday’s production car trial are available here. Congratulations to Angus (not David as announced yesterday) for winning Class 1. David still gets the non-expert award however so well done to him. Congratulations also go to John Miller (Class 3) and Scott Clements (Class 5). As always, we would like to thank the following for making the event happen. To Keith for opening up the site and closing it afterwards, to Shonah for feeding everyone, for the many marshals and volunteers who came out yesterday (much appreciated) and to the many silly hat wearers.
Many thanks to those that have already entered the production car trial being held this Sunday at Forrestburn. There is still room for more so please drop me an email if you are planning to attend (otherwise Shonah won’t be able to get you your lunch!)
We were very short of marshals for the last event so if you are able to come along and help make the event happen, I would be very grateful.
Lastly, this is the event traditionally marked by the wearing of silly hats – the sillier the better. Gates open 10:30 am for an 11 am start. See you on Sunday.
The day started with the knowledge that wet as it was it was to get worse. However, we had an excellent turnout for the second last event of the year at Forrestburn. Some 16 entries, a mixed bag of old and modernish. As always we were short of marshalls with only 3 and 4 hills, this was resolved when Les Connet came to the rescue, so off we set.
The going was better than expected with a fair number of zeros achieved on all hills. Yours truly had a sick Midget, clutch hydraulics only allowing for racing start and carb trouble forcing my early demise from competing. (note to self – fix it by Nov 4th).
It was good to see some new faces at this event, in particular, Andrew and Roger Millar in an MX5 and David Millar in his Renault Megane coupe. They all found it a new experience and with some ballast and tyre pressures dropped to the low limit, they should improve next month.
Morning runs were over it was lunch time and panic set in when we realised we had slightly more to cater for than we expected. Fortunately, some folk brought their own victuals, so all were fed, though not before Shonah had converted a few meat eaters to the delights of a veggie burger. Marion was a wiz with the tea and coffee demands for all, and we are thankful for the hot water urn we invested in earlier in the year.
As lunch ended the worst of the weather arrived, I offered my services as an assistant to Donald on hill 2, allowing me to get some action pictures. Undaunted, everyone pressed on with most scores dropping despite the wet conditions. The Austin 7 brigade were particularly oblivious to the wind-driven rain and drove with great enthusiasm cheering each other on as they reached the top. Hooligans is the word that comes to mind, but great entertainment. Derek and Sandy were running very close, but eventually Sandy got the lower score. Hope Derek will allow you to share the Midget next month! One competitor was to impress all day – a certain John Miller in his automatic Midget (Fidget), clearing every hill both morning and afternoon. A combination to challenge the best of PCT experts. We finished the day with everyone thoroughly wet and cold but having had a delightful fun day (crazy folk).
Results are available here and congratulations to all the winners. A huge thanks to the marshalls, Les, Campbell, Donald and young Jack and dad. Also the catering team, Shonah and Marion and of course Jonathan for organising a great day despite the conditions. Roll on November the 4th.
It’s that time of year again. After a long hot summer, the nights are drawing in. That means its time for another production car trial at Forrestburn. Please download the regulations for the event on Sunday 7 October and Sunday 4 November. You can enter in a number of ways:
Fill in the entry form on your PC and send a copy by email back to me
Send me an email with the details needed (Name, make and model of car, class entered)
Fill in the form by hand and either post or email me a scanned copy
Payment can be made on the day when you sign on. Apologies but I will not receive any entries made via Facebook or Twitter. If you are able to come along and marshal then that would be brilliant. Just let me know if you can attend.
Please note my email and phone number has changed since the last event. I look forward to seeing both competitors and marshals next month.
The sun again shone on the righteous as competitors in the 25 March trial at Forrestburn enjoyed a sunny Spring day. Competition was close and it was good to see a couple of entrants in Class 1 (FWD saloon cars) in contrast to some previous trials. The usual culprits were present in the remaining classes.
All the hill layouts featured some changes and several competitors were caught out by following old tracks in the grass. Provisional class wins went to the Seat Ibiza of (?) Marshall, the MGB of Douglas Paterson which appeared to be carrying two tons of ballast, judging by how soft the rear tyres appeared, and the retina searing Canary yellow Clan of Scott Clements. Class 4 for Specials was won by Nita Ewart.
Our normal reporter, Donald MacDonald was competing today so we only have the briefest of notes:
The start was delayed due to the traditional problems with the fork lift truck!
The weather was great
The entry was poor (unusually for a February trial when people see it as an opportunity to combat cabin fever)
We had more marshals than entrants.
The hills were surprisingly slippery in spite of the dry spell.
Everything was done and dusted by 2.15pm!
Isn’t that incredible? We have a great collection of photos from Alistair Reynolds who submitted 1.7 Gigabytes of images – incredible again. Here are the cars followed by some people. I’m sure there will be more images coming our way from various other sources in the next couple of days.
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