THE BRIGHTON TO BEER.
Rain, the answer to the Trials Secretary’s prayer, did its best to enliven the proceedings of the Brighton to Beer Trial. Incidentally, the trial is ” Brighton to Beer” only in name, for it actually started at Lobscombe Corner on the Plain and finished at Fingle Bridge. The rather futile time limits of usual night runs Nvvre very sensibly cut out, and everyone had an easy run to Taunton. Doverhay, the first hill, was in good condition and caused little difficulty, the Singers, M.G.’s and Frazer Nashes all toying with the gradient. A. C. Cookson was unlucky to run a big end on his Midget. Yealscombe was not difficult, out
standing climbs going to th• credit of J. A. Rostock (M.G.) and R. Collins (Wolseley Hornet). Edbrooke was easy, and competitors were just beginning to think that the rain had not Made the hills too bad when the first real obstacle was met, to wit, the new hill Hatherland. Mud, thick retarding mud, which brought nearly everyone to a standstill except J. H. Freeman on a J.3 Midget and Bastock on a J.2. Unfortunately the failures meant inter-ininable delays, which were not reduced by Windout. Finally catne Fingle Bridge, whose many hairpins were not so badly cut up as to be unpleasant. M.G.’s shone here, as did Singers and Frazer Nashes, and so to the finish of the Trial at the top of the hill. The delays were bemoaned by many peope, but it is only fair to point out that unless a trial is going to be so easy as not to merit the appellaton
trial,’ stiff hills are essential ; but stiff hills mean delay. As it was, only 8 out of 60 competitors scored ” premiers.”
B. and H. Trophy, R. A. Mardermid (J.2 M.G.): Hewitt Trophy, A. B. Langley (J.2 M.G.): Premier Awards, J. H. Freeman (J.3 M.G.), D. C. Taylor (J.2 M.G.), J. Sherwell-Cooper (J.2 M.G.), A. D. Chetwynd,(Ford), J. Harrison (Ford), E. M. Deny (M.G. Midget).