West Suffolk club start 50th anniversary

It would have been difficult for West Suffolk Motor Club to have opened their 50th anniversary sporting programme in a better way than that seen at Holbecks Park, Hadleigh, last Sunday, writes Arthur Debenham.

The local club attracted a full entry of 55 competitors to the Holbecks Car Trial, round eight of the Anglia Motor Sport Club trial challenge. Add to that almost perfect weather and a display of the trophy awarded to the AMSC for third place in the annual MSA Motor Club awards, in which WSMC have played a major role, and you get an idea of the occasion.

The trial itself was dominated by Barry Redmayne driving his Liege S in class four.

He ended the day as overall winner having dropped only five points during the many observed sections.

Class one, for cars driven to the meeting, saw Dick Lines take his Ford Ka to victory from the Nissan Micra of Chris Judge and Marcus Keeble’s Renault Clio.

As ever, class two attracted a large field, however, missing on this occasion was Christopher Pettitt, as the lambing season has arrived.

It was a close-run contest for the top three positions, these eventually ending with Robin Howard’s Citroën Saxo taking the win from the Nissan Micra of Ben Cutting, with Andy Mount’s Saxo third. Teenager Thomas Pettitt kept the family in action with fourth, also Saxo mounted.

By contrast, class three continues to attract few rear-engined cars, and here Richard Leggett took a clear win at the wheel of his Fiat 500.

As Barry Redmayne celebrated overall success, so the door was opened for Geoff Hodge to take his Dellow to top honours in class four. Tim Hanman took family victory as his Dellow came home second, with the unusual Troll of John Plant taking third and keeping Peter Hanman down to fourth.

The next round of the AMSC challenge, the Bures Valley Trial, will also be organised by WSMC, and entries are already coming in for this event, to be held on March 20.

RALLYCROSS

Over the border in Norfolk, the James Harrold team are busy putting the final preparations together, as the opening round of the Retro Rallycross Championship draws ever closer.

Once again Harrold will be at the wheel of his VW Beetle, the car once raced by his late uncle, Peter Harrold.

Note that I have referred to the Retro contest as a championship, rather than a challenge. The MSA have now recognised it as such which means the organisers can now issue a points scoring system to decide the winners. The champion will receive the John Button Memorial Trophy, and a new award – the Martin Schanche Shield – will be introduced, named after the legendary Norweigan described as Mr Rallycross.

All the qualifying rounds will run alongside the official MSA British Championship, but the Retro will not be a category in the MSA, remaining very much a stand-alone contest. One which I hope will see more historic cars in action.

Organiser Shirley Gibson works very hard, and fully deserves more support. The opening round will be held at Croft on March 6.

DIARY DATES

Short Circuit. Wimbledon, Sunday, 5.30pm.

Historic Stock Cars; Junior Rods; V8 Stock Cars; Bangers.

COMING SOON

Short Circuit. Foxhall, March 5.

Rallying. Donington Park, March 6.

Rallycross. Croft, March 6; Blyton, March 13.

Car Trial. Lamarsh, March 20.