PISTON SLAP AUG 2018 BOXER TRIAL. Twenty-nine entries for the long established Boxer Trial, first run by the Bridport Club in 1949. Five experts rode the A coarse Brian Francis, Ben Lovelace and Ben Skinner all ended on nine so it looked as if most cleans would decide the winner until Grant Laming, relieved of his observing duties, flew round for four quick laps for a loss of just one. The Clubman Experts, riding some A and some B sections, were headed by Paul Emery. His 36 marks well ahead of Simon Rye on 52. Gary Harding topped the Clubman class one ahead of Sam Harding on the B route. Three Veteran B’s were headed by Mike Cox one ahead of Alan March. Lone twinshocker Paul Brown completed the C route for just two marks. Dave Cross was best of the Novice C’s eight better than Karl Edwards. The “old guard” secured the win in Veteran C, Mike Hann topping the list on eight from Dave Radford on 17. Many thanks to Mike Laming and his gang for a first class trial ( a number of congrats’ appeared on Facebook). Usual thanks to all the observers and to the management of Albion Stone for the use of this fine venue. TRIALS TRAINING DAY SAT SEPT 1st. The third and final training day of 2018 will be held at Rogers Hill Farm Bere Regis on the above date. The two previous days were well supported with about 30 candidates. The format is a whole days’ training with ACU qualified instructors. Machinery is provided if needs be. The entry fee also includes food during the lunch break. Proceedings start at 10.00am. Contact Roger Johns on 07970 293452 for full details and to book your place. The two previous rounds at Ringwood and North Berks were very successful. MAX KING TRIAL SUN SEPT 16th. Our next closed trial will be held at Browns Farm, Powerstock by kind permission of the Crutchley family. This is an ideal venue for the less experienced riders with extremely easy going between sections which are spread around the edge of a grassland valley. There are three possible routes to get there. The usual turn off A 356 Maiden Newton - Crewkerne road ( the radio mast is no longer there ) marked with Castrol arrows. From the West, take the Beaminster road A 3066 from Bridport. Take first right on the edge of the town and follow the Powerstock signposts. Finally from Dorchester, carry on along A 35 for about three miles where turn right onto the straight old Roman road ( where all the pallets are stacked ) and carry straight on to Eggardon Hill, then straight on again ( unsuitable for HGVs ) to Powerstock village then follow the signs for Bridport. This venue has suffered from low entries in the past, perhaps the more straight forward access will attract a few more competitors. Richard Dearden is Clerk of Course and start time is 11.00am as usual. ALL OUR YESTERDAYS. Some time ago I recalled all the Open to Centre trials there were at our disposal here on the Western edge of the Southern Centre. Bridport & District, Weymouth & South Dorset, Frome Valley, XHG Tigers, Sturminster Newton, Blackmore Vale ( ACU ) and Wimborne, most running two OTCs a year. In addition to these local South West clubs added to the list ( long before SW Centre made all trials OTC.) Otter Vale ran around the Sidford area ( the start field is now a housing estate) Chard boasted an ACU club with trials around Eagle Tavern on the A303 and at Windwhistle where they also had a scramble course. But our home SW Centre club was of course Yeo Vale. The January trial was also run in the Windwhistle area, in fact I believe some of the same farmland is still in use today. The Crown Trial started from Portman Arms East Chinnock originally, later moving to Five Ashes Odcombe. Most of the sections were on Ham Hill long before anyone thought of SSSI’s or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. “Boozers Delight” was a popular section right outside the front door of the pub on Ham Hill. Some SW Centre experts would stop off for a pint on the second lap. AND THEY STILL GOT INTO THE AWARDS! NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING MON SEPT 24th. THREE COMPASSES CHARMINSTER

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