Rememberance Sunday each year is the Roy Fedden Sporting Trial, which this year had relocated from Dyrham to Old Down.  “Despite years spectating and marshalling at this event, it’s always a surprise just how steep the terrain is that these cars negotiate” said Andy Laurence. 

The event is a popular social end of season day out where many families put their wellies on and watch the cars bounce their way up the hills.  Andy explained “The cars are often travelling at less than walking pace and you can stand so close that it would be possible to hold a conversation with the competitors whilst in action, although it’s considered bad form.”


At the end of the month, the Allen Classic Trial on Sunday November 30 is a less extreme set of off-road tests where road-legal cars tour the countryside around Bristol.  Starting at The Bull in Hinton, the cars tackle their first muddy hill from Doynton onto the A420 at the top of Toghill before winding their way through Keynsham and out to Ubley in the hills overlooking Blagdon Lake.  

Andy Laurence from Downend will be navigating for Dave Greenslade in his blue Marlin Roadster for their third classic trial.

Looking forward to the new year, both Phil Oliver and Andy Laurence have been asked to join the AutoSolo Display Team at the Autosport Show in Birmingham.  Passengers will be taken for a ride around an AutoSolo course laid out in one of the large car parks.

If you want to get involved in motorsport, there’s no better way than marshalling.  You don’t need any special skills beyond an ability to enjoy yourself and you get closest to the action without paying.  

More information about the Allen Classic Trial and how to volunteer to marshal can be found on the Bristol Motor Club website and Facebook pages.

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