Shelsley Walsh Training Day
Date: 11th March 2017
Trials Taster Day at Shelsley 11th March.
BTRDA ran a highly successful trials taster day at Shelsley the day before the Blankstone Trial, and with the help of the BTRDA website as well as Shelsley’s publicity machine, managed to attract the largest number ever, seventeen participants with followers.
In addition to “tasters” we attracted two recent converts to the sport with their “new” cars, Nick Beere with his old Facksimile, and Neil Martin in the ex Stuart Perren Facksimile who came to learn safe driving techniques as well as some car shakedown under the watchful eye of Gold Star Champion Josh Veale.
Sam Sheehan, the new motorsports correspondent from Autocar magazine took part, accompanied by his photographer, so we can expect some national publicity from him, and Mike Moran, the 2015 and 2016 Britpart British Cross Country Champion also came, with a view to joining the sport. His usual mount is a 450bhp 4x4 buggy with grippy tyres so this was going to be very different!
In order to cater for the numbers we brought along eleven “instructors” with their cars, so everyone got more than their fair share of the action.
Because there were so many cars available, the action was more or less continuous and after a number of training exercises a break was called for lunch to allow frazzled brains to reboot, and allow time for questions.
After lunch we re-set the sections to become much more like the real thing, and there was a noticeable rise in the tension as they attempted to outdo each other and stop making mistakes. One of the joys of trials is the ability to watch the progress of others at close hand and learn from their errors.
At about 3.30 we called a halt so the instructors and their cars could get home in order to wash, service and refuel their mounts for the championship trial the next day.
All the feedback received so far is very kind and appreciative of a great day, although a sunny day in the valley makes it easy to give enjoyment to all, especially with some interesting cars to play with. From past experience we anticipate that one or two of the “tasters” will join the sport in future, and one is already looking for a car to buy.
Report on the MAC website: http://www.shelsleywalsh.com/2017/03/event-report-trials-taster-day-shelsley-11th-march/