Category Archives: A Backward Look

A Message From Old Maler. Mendip Vale Traders Trophy Trial Results. Guy Martin on Live TV this evening.

Good morning all,

We’ve had a letter from Old Maler,

“At last the spring has chased away the long  wet and miserable winter.

Sadly the winter months have seen the demise of several prominent Wessex members,  Ray ‘Buster’ James of West Wilts MC & LCC more recently Christine Bradley’s sidecar passenger to the late Roy, then the oldest surviving member of the old Shepton Mallet Motor Club, John Wellman became a victim of the grim reaper. If there is a heaven, John will now be  at a higher altitude than his Lancaster bomber ever managed.

Even my nemesis Martin Bracey had to take to hospital fare for a while, I hope it was not trivial, He wouldn’t have expected me to say anything less! Hang on in there Brace, there’s not many of us left.  — Old Maler”

Dave, we know you have your own troubles, keep fighting, cos’ old friends think of you: Frank

Here’s a link to Yesterdays Traders Trophy Championship Trial which takes you to The Mendip Vale MCC Website

Just 4 Experts in the Entry & just 2 Expert finishers. Winner Ben Skinner lost 94 in his 3 laps of 15 Sections  & lowest scoring Class winner, Dai Clothier lost 41 so you can tell  that the conditions made it tough! The last shower made it slippier than ever.

Don’t forget Guy Martin on Channel 4 this evening – a live ‘wall of death’ ride.



As the song says ‘What’s noo …………’

What’s Noo ……. is:

The View from Ba-House

I’ve not been to many trials in the Centre lately, mainly because I have been elsewhere. First there was the Stronlossat Question to resolve, then there were the Talmag, Wallace and Colmore trials to visit, so I’ve only been able to see two Championship trials in the Centre so far, Wilts-Border and Frome.
The Wallace thankfully returned to it’s roots and put in some really scary sections. The one I went to was in an old railway cutting and it was only cleanable if you were willing to fly across a steep camber, in a big gear, and aim to go between two stout Ash trees.It was great to watch and proved to be fairly safe, with only one rider head-butting a tree.
The big climb at Dovedale in the Colmore was at it’s worst this year, very slippery with only seven riders reaching the top. After Dovedale I walked down to Blockley and I was just in time to witness the slowest Road-Traffic-Accident I’ve ever seen.The result was one very unhappy Mercedes owner with a Tesco van in his shiny new bonnet. Still the van-driver tried his best to make amends. “Sorry about that” he said.
I had a bad day at Frome, for everyone started cheating and I failed to stop them. What happened was that a rider tried a new line that I thought was a cheater, so I said, “You can’t do that”, and we took it from there. What he did was ride through a gate then turn left away from the line of the section, do a loop and then shoot back in straight up towards the ends cards. ( Now as far as I’m concerned the rider should at all times try to ride from one gate to the next in as straight a line as possible, riding a loop outside the boundary of the section is not allowed.) Anyway it seemed that everyone, including the Steward, thought that I was mistaken so I had to let them all get away with it. Thinking about it afterwards I’m still of the opinion that I was right. I think it’s absurd to allow that kind of leeway, but it seems that I’m on my own on this. Still,to quote my hero, “Maybe I’m partly to blame”. If I had taken the trouble to study the section before the start then perhaps I could have closed the door with some wood, and stopped the problem early. Sadly though this experience has left me feeling really bitter,so I’ve decided that I’m with Phyllis Sweeting, Theresa Talbot and Colonel Gaddaffi, it’s no more Mr Nice Guy. Be warned, don’t even think of kicking any stones in my section.
Freddie Adams seems to be progressing well. He’s now at the stage of nearly getting everything right but crashing all the time. If he can stay patient it’ll come good soon. It’s bold of him to choose a Honda to train on, for it’s surely the most difficult bike to ride around here. If your ever tempted to buy one yourself, before ordering it you should really spend a few hours watching the two Georges, Best and Papa, at play. They’ve been fighting Hondas for years but unfortunately the bikes seem to be winning.                                                    Ba
Ed. I’ve no idea what the Stronlassat Question is but maybe Ba has discovered is new chemical element called Stronlassium analogous to Strontium which has association with Strontian. I’ve also heard its been very cold in the Highlands this February

What’s Noo is …….
The Wells  Clubs John Stait Trophy Championship Timed Trial Results are now posted on the Page, thanks to Steve Thorne. Quickly scanned them & I see Mitchell Frost did more laps than Tim managed, the younger generation asserts itself? Winner was Shane Lovett losing no marks  on observation & setting standard time, pushed by Jason Hamblin who lost 3 on observation [thats in 6 observed sections] & a minute on time.
What’s Noo is …….
A reminder from the Valers – don’t forget their Phoenix Club Trial on Sunday! Info below – [Shan’t get there myself, but I see Pat Richardson is Secretary, would someone let me know that her family are Ok out there in Japan, I can’t remember where they live! Unfortunately Tepco [Tokyo Electric Power Co.] have a bad reputation for public communication & the latest retraction [lowering initial radiation dose by 100 times is not reassuring] sorry rant over but I’m expecting confirmation of a rupture of the containment vessels to come sooner rather than later even if the integrity of the SS reactor PV are confirmed.
Mendip Vale Trials Information Event Date: April 3rd 2011
Organising Club: Mendip Vale MCC
Event Title: Phoenix Club Trial
For (Classes): Adult all classes, and Schoolboy Expert A and B,solos
At (Venue): Coombe Woods, Horrington, Wells, Somerset
Start Time: 10.30am
Contact Secretary: Pat Richardson
Contact Tel: 01275 878220
Closing Date: Close at start
What’s noo …… is
The BSSA Reg Lewis Sidecar & solo Trial results from last Sunday week 21st March from Jan Watkins
What’s noo ….. is
That its nearly time for some peoples ‘Holiday in the Highlands’ – I’ve just checked out the runners & riders to see who are our Centre & local riders. Pleased to see that Ian Fortune & Andy Noad [Bath & WoE] & Ian Shuttleworth [WWMC] have paid their moneys  & at 22, 23 & 24 respectively get their early day over with on the first day, I see they’ve got Grimbo, Carlos Casas & Wiggy close to them. Adam Norris [WWMC] & Paul Mountstevens [BMCC] run at 78 & 79 & they’ve got Amos Bilbao running close to them. CSMA have entered Billy Craig, Tony Moulder & Geoff Herbert at 96,97 & 98. Tony & Geoff we know but Billy I’ve never heard of. As he’s entered on a 125 GG I guess he’s a youngster? Get in touch if you know about him, is he fairly local? They’ve got Birks & Joe Baker for company at 100 & 102. Brothers Jean Marie, Eddie & Eric Lejeune  at 115, 116 & 117 are names to conjure with. Not contenders I’m sure but a wonderful tribute to the Event, lets hope they all enjoy themselves & have fun. Eddie especially will conjure up memories for many.
Craig Talbot [Wilts Border] has got in & goes at 150 with Becky Cook at 149. Friends from SW Centre include Ricky Wiggins who’s got in, I’m pleased to say, at 146. Rob & George Pollard [Moreton] are at 157 & 158, & George Edyvean from Cornwall [Pendennis] rides with them at 159. Potential Leaderboard man Ross Danby [Bewdley] is at 198. Theres another trio, this time of Bendalls 228 Henry, 229 Jason, & 230 Joseph {W Glos & Forest of Dean] . Here’s a tip for a top ten place riding at 250: Jack Sheppard [Ipswich] on a 125 Beta, especially as Dabill is riding at 248. I expect both to be top 10 at the end of the week, barring mechanicals.
But where are the Ladies this year? I can only see Becky, Katy Sunter & Emma Bristow in the list. It would have been nice to have had Laia Sanz enter again this year.
Good luck to all of you. Hope you have a good week & enjoy some of it!   ……………   Frank

More Regs & Entry Forms for you! AND a new “View” from our resident sage Ba

G’morning all. Hope you all had a good week-ends sport.

The View from Ba House in May/June is now posted – I didn’t realize Jerry Cross had problems from Day 1 up in Scotland – Oh well he’ll have to enter again next year, he’ll crack it then I’m sure.

Don’t Forget: Kingswood’s Abbottside Enduro on Saturday – you’ve just got time to get your Entry in (closes tomorrow) & there’s Transponder Timing This Year!

Entry Forms & Regs are also posted for North Somerset’s 2 hour TattoTime Chase on Saturday 14th August, & the Kingswood Clubs’ Centre Trials Championship Hawkesbury Trophy Trial on 21st September.

See you there: Frank

A Backward Look – February 2010 – Use it or Lose it

Oh base and worthless Wessex Men you have allowed the Gazette in hard copy to die.

In the capable hands of succession of Editors it was produced in shiny vellum form and always a good read from a stalwart band of contributors. From the days when the late Vic Anstice ruled on what was acceptable and what was too inflammatory, to the time when Jim Webb took over and printed everything that was submitted (except libellous material). He was followed by the late dear old Den Watts who used his own discretion to delete the unprintable. (I had many a sentence censored by Dennis, as being “too caustic”. At recent years due to, amongst other things Financial Cramp and lack of subscriptions (The two things go hand in hand) The Gazette became a shadow of its former being and has now succumbed to the dreaded E-Mail. Well it’s dreaded by Old Maler anyway. If it goes to its possible conclusion, there would be no magazines or papers on the bookshelves. What a dull old world that would be. I just cannot get the same buzz from squinting at a ‘laptop’ as I get when the postman shoves it through the letterbox.

I am only too aware that some will consider me a Luddite but that is my position and so I sign off with best wishes to my readers, Both of them.   Over the years I’ve made some derogatory comments about Mart Bracey but we are still good friends! With friends like him who needs enemies.                                                                                                                                          Old Maler

A Backward Look – January 2010

So here we stand on the threshold of a brand new year. Our esteemed editor has pitchforked me into the all new digital age where by the seemingly simple process of pressing buttons he has placed me at a real disadvantage. I’ve never progressed from the old steam fountain pen. I even have a dislike of Biros. However with offers of help in the new age communications from Ann Brittain, Andy Blacker and Carissa Burr I am somewhat overwhelmed and feel I must give it a go.

New Years day we paid a visit to Lambs Lair timed trial. Ideal weather was the order of the day but as I write, no results are to hand. The organising (and I use that word very loosely) club were B.S.S.A. and they were keen to repair to the local hostelry. I have it on good authority that they have been studying the scriptures. They were very taken by the story that Big G. had changed water into wine. They tried to emulate the feat, but the best they could manage was to change Boddingtons bitter into very inferior water!!

Its heartening to see young Ty Kellett back on his bike and looking so confident. It seems only a short while since father ‘Nibs’ was putting up competent performances at Worminster (Death) Farm. Even further back grandfather Eric was a regular competitor at Shepton events. Good God I must be older than I thought.

Over the festive season we had a visitation from an old, even ancient trials rider in the shape of the venerable Pete Nicholson. We always referred to him as ‘DURACELL’ but those days I think his power source is depleted. As if that wasn’t shock enough he was closely followed by Bracey. I didn’t know whether to run or stand my ground. However he greeted me and grasped me warmly by the throat. If he ever learns to read I could be in deep grit. Why you may ask did ‘Duracell’ venture this far west. Well for the several years I’ve stored the ex Roger Allen S.W.M. and Pete had a fistful of Dollars to spend. Not for himself you understand but for son Andy. I’ll be interested to see if he can do the business against the present hop skip and jump youngsters.

As I anticipated, the response to Malers Quiz was underwhelming once again Brian Newbury now in a minority of one. However he did get eight out of ten right and could argue question one on a technicality. Just like trials riders always do. It begs the question. Why so little interest. Is it ‘A’ the youngsters aren’t interested, ‘B’ they can’t read or ‘C’ they can’t be bothered or a combination of all three. Now with the snow falling and six inches already lying, I must make my way to my granddaughter who will transfer the written word with the insane clickedy clack of the keyboard to Frank’s office.

Anybody want to buy a genuine Goose feather Quill pen?

I’ll sithee Maler