We were so lucky today to get the weather we did for today’s trial and slalom. We had a new venue in a magnificent stubble field off the Ballymiscaw Road at the top of Craigantlet hill. The sun shone and the view over Strangford Lough and Scrabo was beautiful.
We had a small but enthusiastic gathering of cars, affected somewhat by the clash with the Larne MC lanes rally. What we did have though was a terrific, friendly atmosphere and a range of cars including the unexpected appearance of a lovely 1966 Ford Mustang.
We held 3 trials tests, with varying levels of difficulty. Test 1 was by far the tightest and clean score cards were not just so plentiful. Some latitude was afforded on Test 2 to make it ‘do-able’ for the competitors and, as the breeze dried out the fields, the scores got better.
Winner overall was Bailie Thompson, followed by son Will and Crawford Ewing. First MG (Midget) was last event’s winner Mark Lemon who tied for 4th place with Crawford (Snr). Enthusiastic, as ever, were the grandad/grandson duo of Mike Armstrong & Zak, Kevin McNamee, Mark Brien in his lovely MG TD and young newcomer Denis Bell. We also welcome James Greer and his entourage in the Clio. You are all very welcome.
The grass slalom was 2 laps of a snaking course over a superb and stone free field and against the clock. Terrific fun thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.
The winner was again Bailie Thompson, closely followed by Crawford Ewing (Snr) who tied for 2nd place with Will Thompson. Fourth was Crawford Ewing (Jnr). First MG, in 5th place, was again Mark Lemon.
So that’s it for this year. We had a lot of fun with the trials & slaloms and look forward to next season.
Thanks, as always to our COC, Stephen Dawson, Trevor Reid and Carol Willis for putting it all together.
See you at the Autotest on 20th October.