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 4×4 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/
Why not try your hand at one of the most affordable of Motor Sports.
The training days are triple focused, firstly as a means for interested parties to sample our very esoteric sport, in order to see if it is for them before investing in any kit.
They get to drive state of the art cars with top drivers (often previous Champions), and generally share a car with just one other person, so it is a very "full on" day.
Secondly as a means of ensuring safety for newcomers to the sport (like an ARDS course), BTRDA insist on this before they can enter a National B trial.
And thirdly as a help for newcomers to shake down their cars, and their driving techniques. Not only that but they can compare their own kit with current state of the art cars, which is invaluable.
Venue: Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, Worcestershire. WR6 6RP