The spindle problem was rectified this week when Teflon had one turned up and Dave fitted it to NT410 on Saturday afternoon (reshaping the swinging arm in the process!). With a choice of two trials available and the Cheltenham Home Guard club laying on a Sportsman route, we elected to stay local and contest the Barrett Open Trial in Winchcombe rather than driving to Fry’s Bottom for the Bath Classic meeting.
Dave (Ariel 500) and I (NT410) were joined by Ken Wallington (Matchless G3LC) who is becoming a bit of a factory regular and in honour of his quite exquisite pre-trial bacon sandwiches (cooked up in the back of his Vito) he will henceforth be known as Ainsley.
|The rock pile in Sub 2|
It was a very hot day and with persistent good weather during the previous week, the Langley Hill venue was bone dry. The trial consisted of 13 sections to be ridden over three laps and with lots of land to choose from there was plenty of distance between the sections to open the bike up. The Sportsman route (which was spot-on for Pre-65 bikes) consisted of yellow deviations off the main route and all the sections were located in the numerous copses of the venue. The going was generally loose and you had to take care on some of the tighter turns.
|Action from Sub 3|
Sub 8 was tight and took a few dabs whilst the loose, midpoint turn in Sub 13 also took a few marks from the unwary, myself included. I lost my two marks on this very section. The entrance to Sub 9 consisted of a log jump before a down hill run into a twisty, tight track through the trees. Ainsley experienced a few problems here before he was forced to retire with gearbox problems late into lap 2. Dave’s only penalty came on lap 2 in tight Sub 7 where incurred a maximum.
It was pleasing to note that the Cheltenham Home Guard club laid out a Sportsman route for Pre-65 bikes and I personally, hope this trend continues and becomes better supported by Pre-65 riders. It’s not easy to mix Modern and Pre-65 routes but the club did well and much credit must go to Clerk of the Course. Thanks also to the landowner Mr. Abbatt for kind use of this wonderful venue. My two mark loss was good enough to scoop the Best Pre-65 award on the day
|Approaching a tight turn in Sub 6|
It was good to see Tony Sullivan out and going rather well on his lovely BSA. Fortunately, he let me know his 500 Matchless was up for sale and I promptly added it to the Matchless Man stable.
NT410 is going to be laid up for a month or so while Alan Whitton adjusts the fork sliders to take his hubs and brake torsion arm so I’ll need something to ride at Tardebigge and the Bonanza trial!!
|The venerable Tony Sullivan|
and his BSA