First Classic trial of the winter gets underway

Published on: 02 Jan 2015

Andy Laurence was looking forward to the first Classic Trial of the winter as navigator for Dave Greenslade in his Marlin. 

Sadly, it was not to be as the Marlin developed mechanical problems in the week leading up to the Allen Classic Trial.  Undeterred, Andy took his family to Doynton and walked up the hill to the Tog Hill section to watch the cars ascend the muddy climb.  He bumped into Phil Tucker and Claire Tooth from Chipping Sodbury, who had a brilliant day to win the Best Bristol award.  

Andy said “a family walk through the woods is a great start to a Sunday morning, made all the better by some motorsport and good friends.”

After taking December off, the Downend trio of Phil Oliver, James Hurford and Andy Laurence will be working as part of the AutoSolo Display Team, providing passenger rides for the Autosport show at the NEC in January.  Before then, Phil and James are making some modifications to their cars in readiness for the Bristol Motor Club MX5 Challenge, which kicks off in March.  

Phil is upgrading the suspension, whilst James is making more the modest modifications of a towing eye in case the worst happens and a timing strut to register his times with the timekeepers.  

Whilst James has been competing in AutoSolos for many years, next year will be his first time competing in sprints.

If you would like to get involved in motorsport as a competitor, marshal or spectator, then search for Bristol Motor Club on Facebook or your favourite search engine.  The club runs events from January to November where like-minded people can enjoy friendly competition and social events in a cost-effective manner.  

Most events can be entered in a completely standard road car, whilst many events include some very special vehicles competing at a national standard.

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