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BODKIN TRIAL

 

After the difficulties encountered by our Rochdale God-

father (i.e. Dicky Day) at the Tunshill event, digging out snow for two

days just so the trials field could be reached. Harry Haigh and myself were

wearing our knee caps out praying that at least we could have a snow free

weekend. As most of you know the road to Bodkin trial field is quite a

distance and would no doubt have taken every Pennine member about a

week's solid digging to get anywhere near it.

Anyway as luck would have it (I mean for you lot out there, the alter-

native event was a team recovery ON Hollingworth Lake) the weather on

the Saturday was reasonably OK except for a bitterly cold wind.

We hi-jacked the trailer from Jonathan's about 9am, Harry insisting

on towing it, (don't think he trusts T reg motors!) Harry was chugging up

Cockhill at 15mph when he'pulls into the side and we discover that he's

been watering the side of the road due to radiator trouble. Eventually we

arrive at Dave Feather's farm with a 1 - 3 hill to face, covered in ice. Half

way up Harry couldn't make any headway, so he admits defeat and we use

two motors to get the trailer up to the top, remembering that a certain

Chairman we all know went through a gearbox playing on the same bit of

land.

The field was virtually free of snow, this didn't stop Harry getting stuck

in a snowdrift though. The wind was really cold, exposure setting in after

about 30 secs, however within 30 minutes another willing hand appeared in

the shape of Mick, sorry Michael Chaloner.

Bodkin is a great piece of land, but trying to mark out 6 sections and

visualizing nearly 40 motors going, in every'direct; on is a daunting task, in

fact it took 3 of us about 6 hours to mark out 6 sections, aided later by a

willing Dave Feather, who of course came to our aid at such short notice

after difficulties with both Grassington and Sunny Vale.

As we marked out some of the sections we in fact thought they might

be too easy for some of our more experienced members, but the weather

over that night and Sunday morning just made the course that much more

interesting, and in fact the novice prize went to someone who scored less

points than some of the 'experts'. After the morning some of the sections

were beautifully chewed up, producing the average Pennines favourite friend, mud, glorious mud.

Originally we planned to have 6 sections in the morning and reverse the

sections in the afternoon. Everything went reasonably smoothly in the mor-

ning considering the weather and the number of motors present, so about

12-30 we adjourned for some nosh and liquid refreshments in one of the

local hostelries, then a quick nip back to the field at 2pm prompt, taking

note of the 'Free Range Children' signs .at the bottom of the lane. The road

was now becoming a raging torrent and a certain fireman who had entered

in the morning just testing his new motor, decided he didn't want to enter

the afternoons event and broke his gearbox on the approaching hill. He

really did it to match the efforts of our Chairman and to miss Harry's ex-

periment in the afternoon.

We decided to have 4 reverse sections and Harry's experiment of link-

ing 3 sections together. The idea was to complete the course with as few

penalties as possible, penalties being awarded to competitors requiring a

shunt or knocking a stick down completely. Things initially started off a

bit chaotic, probably due to a mixture of ale and Harry's fantastically

clear method of issuing instructions. However, after the first half dozen

motors had been through, people got the general idea and everyone seemed

to enjoy the extra long run, and at the end of the event Harry had enough

results to take home and make his brain ache making sense out of them.

The idea of this new event is to try and find a replacement at some events

for the team recoveries which haven't been too popular Just lately.

As is usually the case the smaller the area of land the more entries we

get, nearly 40 entries took part at Bodkin and it was very encouraging to

see so many new members entering, keep up the good work everybody.

I must emphasise that marshalls are a very important part of a meeting,

without whom events couldn't be organised, so stand up and be counted,

sign on as early as possible and don't forget your efforts are noticed by the

event organisers and points awarded towards the JR Close trophy.

Graham Lord

PS 'Tarmac' struck yet again by setting a milestone in Pennine's history,

he must be the first to marshall an event in his wife's best dress, mmmm,

things you see when you haven't got your gun handy.

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BODKIN TRIAL

 

A wet Sunday, March 11th, saw us toiling up the long

hill out of Hebden Bridge, in 2nd gear, towing a heavy trailer with Steve

Parker's 80" Landy aboard. As the temp gauge reached 100 and I was

wishing I'd taken off the radiator blind, we passed the transmitting sta-

tion on top and eased down into Oxenhope, parking up by the reservoir

wall as indicated.

With road wheels changed for something more grippy we wombled

up to the trials field to be scruted and wait for the rest of the 30 odd

entries.

As last year the sections were well laid out on the limited land avail-

able, compliments to Harry Haigh and his merry men.

With patience (not usually a Pennine virtue) everyone queued and

manoeuvred their way through the 6 morning sections, 'helped' by Harry

doing a good.. imitation of a damp, arm-waving Mr. Plod. After coffee,

butties and a pint in the pub - to dry off of course - it was back up the

hill to 4 more sections and even bigger traffic jams (Piccadilly was never

like this).

Then it was time for Harry's surprise - 3 sections all linked (well

nearly) together to make a 36 stick section - longer than Catterick it was.

The object, I think, was to get round as fast as possible, but with penalty

points for hitting sticks and fails for knocking over more than 3 - or

something like that. God help-the score keeper. I think Harry altered the

rules as the event progressed. It sounded fine, but 'cos the first 3 motors

raced round taking a dozen or more sticks with them and Harry had to

put 'em all back up .again, timing was abandoned. From then on the pace

slowed and it looked quite a promising experiment. Personally I liked it,

and as this sort of event lends itself to most trialling land used by Pennine,

I hope we'll see it tried again (with evening classes for marshalls).

With our bit done for the day, good wife and I descended to the

trailer park to change wheels, towing hooks etc. Now drivers please note,

it's no fun grubbing about in mud at the best of times, but it's worse when

30 or 40 motors splash through dirty big puddles not 2 feet away! Thanks

to those who did slow down. All in all a good day, marred only by the

heavy Yorkshire 'dew' (Chap named Cohen I believe).

Jim Burgess

Thanks for your comments Mr Jim, I was wondering after reading your

article ...... What do you do with the Bad wife ?????

As always it's left to scribe Hartley to make sure that everyone gets

their share of the glory by printing the results:'

G. P. Beaumont

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Off road vehicles of all shapes and sizes still seem to be popping up

from under every traffic island these days, the most obvious one of course

being the 'new' Land Rover. Fitted with the Range Rover engine/clutch/

gearbox, the engine being de-rated of course. The export only LWB has a

restyled front which fills in the gap between the wings and has a longer

bonnet and restyled grille. Outwardly-there is no other difference apart

from a couple of flashy transfers over the rear wheel arches on the Safari

version. Although I'm very conservative in my styling tastes I have to admit

that the new front end is very smart, and does of course give the

necessary extra room for the V8 bits and pieces.

Obviously the use of the RR transmission now means that these Land

Rovers have permanent four wheel drive, I dread to think what may happen

in a fleet of Land Rovers where drivers have for years driven the old set up

and then jump into the new version and complain that someone's swiped

the yellow knob!

It's a nice idea and probably heralds the start of a gradual update

throughout the range. In fact I have been told by someone in a position

to get the 'gen' on British Leyland's plans, that for 1981/2 they are de-

veloping a 110" vehicle with truck cab/hard top and 12 sealer versions.

Engines include the V8 (no one can ever accuse Rover .of always swapping engines!!) and new 4 and 6 cylinder,petrols and 4 cylinder diesel, the source of these revelations does of course wish to remain anonymous for  fear of the KGB, M15, Dick Barton etc.

One vehicle that I know has been made and tested was a very tasty

SWB that was closely scrutinised at the recent ARC meeting at the Rover

works (Well they shouldn't have left it where we could see it, should they!)

It was an experimental model done for the Dutch Army. Short Wheel Base

Land Rover body with the Series 4 front end, 750x16.sand tyres on wide

rims and a full length canvas. Underneath was the bit that made you whist-

Ie. Range Rover chassis suitably shortened, full RR axles and coil suspen-

sion, RR gearbox, steering, and engine with full military spec waterproof-

ing of the electrics.' Series3- dash and heater inside, with of course deluxe

seats, some neat black plastic wheel arch extensions finished the whole lot

off. It was a beautiful looking machine and I'm sure it would be a match

for ANY 4x4, both as a workhorse and as a competition motor, that

would be a real hard one to beat . . . MMMmmmmmmmmm NICE!

(I did also hear that it was a one off, the Dutch wanted it but someone

couldn't supply soon enough!)

Having now given enough of Rovers secrets away I will turn my atten-

tion to the land of the rising sun. A London firm is offering a 4 wheel

drive conversion for all Mazda, Datsun and Toyota pick up trucks. Ameri-

can Spicer axles and Dana transfer boxes are used and the whole

conversion costs in the region of £1,750.

The total price for the vehicle then comes to somewhere in the region of

£4,750, which must make it competitively priced provided of course that

the conversion is well done, if nothing else it will make sure you can get to

the takeaway whatever the weather!

Mercedes Benz have now introduced the G range of 4 x 4 vehicles

in conjunction with Steyr-Daimler-Puch (Makers of Mopeds, Push Bikes

and the Haflinger). The customer will definitely be spoiled for choice

as there are no fewer than 6 types of body, 2 wheelbases and 4 engines. There is a 2.4 litre 4 cylinder diesel, 3 litre 5 cylinder diesel, 2.3 litre

4 cylinder petrol and 2.8 litre 6 cylinder petrol injection engine. There

are diff locks fitted to both axles so true 4 wheel drive can be obtained,

while the suspension is by coil springs and panhard rods, the chassis is bo

section. The biggest drawback must be the price, which starts at £6,500

for basics, but then I suppose people who are looking in the Mercedes

window are the sort who don't look at price tags!

For those of you who like technical articles and reading about new

products I have a treat in store for you next month. Bill Leacock, Diesel

devotee and man of many talents, has written a very good article on the

merits of different diesel engines as can be fitted to Landies, their respec-

tive performances, consumptions etc, with all power and consumption

figures there for you to check, a very good article. I also hope to have a

road test report on the Formula Ferguson 5 speed gearbox conversion

with the anti-skid, anti-spin all wheel control (Uncle price will be in-

cluded too) as fitted to a Range Rover.

But now it's the turn of the humour department to come to the fore

aided this issue, by a Rag Mag donated by Stuart Brown of Rochdale (who

were all the dirty Jokes pages dog eared Eh??)

 

 
 
MSA and ARC club members are welcome to come along and join our events. Phone Mark on 07866 506521 / 01282 703718

 

 

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