THE COLMORE TRIAL

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THE COLMORE TRIAL

HELD in the popular Cheltenham area on February 25th, the Cohnore Trial was especially interesting, as entrants were allowed to use their own ‘discretion as to whether they entered the sports or standard-car category. The .course, not too well route-marked, was a figure 8, over which the two-circuit -system was used. Only Allard (V8 Allard) .and Lawson (H.R.G.) lost no marks on the Hewletts restart test, by tieing for best time, in 8.8 secs. Allard also made best time, in 15.8 secs. at the timed ascent of Stancombe. Mostly the hills were easy and we confined our attention to Kineton. Here ordinary cars took the lard-surfaced left hand. hill and special

• class competitors the very slippery right hand climb, which improved for the second .circuit men. Povey had the misfortune to shear his B.M.W.’s axle, but the only ‘other failure on Old Kineton was G. ‘Walker’s T-type M.G. Whitemen.’s Ford swerved about and Ashmore’s :f.w.d. Citroen experienced considerable spin. The other bill was a different -matter. Car after car failed at or near the start. Even Green, Bastock and ‘Langley of the M.G. team stuck at about the same spot, but certainly well up. ‘Then T. C. G. Butler’s T-type M.G., on ‘Michelin Comfort Cord tyres, got up ‘clean and later Hadley did it with the Grasshopper” Austin Seven. W. C. ;Butler made a ” norful ” gear-change and out of the first batch the only others to succeed were Philip Flower’s J2 M.G. and P. Collins’s T-type M.G. Both used Dunlop Freghter covers, as did Hadley, who had let them down to a very low pressure. H. B. Woodall’s WolseleyFord-Special looked like climbing clean, but seemed to cut-out when almost up. Of the second group, D. Murkett’s PB M.G. got up revving hard as is this driver’s habit and K. Rawlings’s PA M.G. was driven up very neatly. W. J. Mobbs (” P ” M.G.), Leslie Johnson (B.M.W. 328) who blipped, K. Delingpole (H.R.G.) who only just pulled away, and Lawson’s Meadows-H.R.G. were successful. Others who defeated the new Kineton were K. N. Hutchison, whose V12 Allard. just managed it, Sydney Allard, whose V8 Allard came up beautifully—Allard was driving splendidly and won the whole thing—M. S. Soames, who had two large, muddy beings as ballast in a sensibly handled V12 touring Allard, Langley’s Austin Seven and Buckley’s Austin Seven, both excellent and with revs, much in evidence, and Scriven’s Austin Seven, not quite so rapid as its team-mates but excellent

for all that. The Triangle-Special, on trade-plates, failed and boiled and apparently had lost its fan. From which you will gather that New Kineton wasn’t easy. Nor was it easy to take a “bootscensus,” with Gloucestershire mud about.

But we noted the rear-wheel-wear of twenty-four competitors :—Fifteen uscd Dunlop Freighter, five standard Dunlop ” 90 ” or Fort ; one Michelin Comfort Cord, one Michelin Real Low Pressure, one North British ” Pathfinder” and one a brand of Goodyear.

PROVISIONAL RESULTS Trophy Trial COIMOre S. H. Allard c o. Allard

COIMOre Trophy: S. H. Allard (3,622 c o. Allard

Special).

Club Team Trophy : Ford Enthusiasts’ (S H.

Allard, K. Hutchison L. G. Johnson). Committee Team Prize : Tail Waggers (S. H. Allard,

K. Hutchison, H. S. Soames).

Rhode Cup : 1). Murkett (939 c.c. M.G.).

Bernard Norris Cup : L. G. Johnson (1,911 c.e.

Frazer-Nash-B.M.W.). ” Tail

31 Waggers ” Award : K. Rawlings (847 c.c.

.G.).

Trial to Trial Trophy : N. H. Grove (1,292 c.c. M.G.) First-Class Award : H. S. Soames (4,379 c.c. Allard-Special).

Second-Class Awards : C. R. Buckley (747 c.c. Austin), P. S. Flower (M.G.), H. L. Hadley (747 c.c. Austin). Goblet Trial

Colmore Goblet : C. A. N. May (1292 c.c. M.0.).

A. E. Sumner Award : D. H. Jones (933 c.c. Ford).

B. W. Harcourt Award F. R. Southall (1,608 c.c. Standard).

Novice Award : A. W. Morris (1,247 c.c. M.G.).

Pint-Class Awards W. Burman (1,626 c.c. LeaFrancis), P. A. L. Meyrat (1,021 c.c. Standard), E. B. Wadsworth (1,911 c.c. Frazer-Nash-B.M.W.). H. Blackall (1,400 c.c. M.(4.), W. P. Rhodes (1,608 c.c. Standard).

Second-Class Awards : N. J. Edbon (1,292 c.c. M.G.), P. Skelcher (1,496 c.c. Lea-Francis), A. J. Mare (1,140 c.c. Morris), C. A. Shelhourne (1,548 c.c. M.G.), B. S. Cox (1,608 c.c. Standard).