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|Once inside the venue field I parked the bus |
and set off to find Kevin and Sam. I didn't have
to look far as their beetle's stood out, as not
only are they so distinctive but as they were the
only Volkswagen beetle's there!.
|I don't know much about off road trialling but|
I assumed you had to have a modified vehicle
of some sort like Kevin's and Sam's, but the
majority of competitors had everyday normal
hatchbacks that didn't look modified at all.
|Sam and his co-driver Max on the start of the |
first hill climb. There was 7 / 8 different stages
and each vehicle class started at a different
stage, then each class of car moved round
all the different stages in turn.
|Sam navigating his 1970 beetle up one of the|
steep slopes. Sam's beetle is only running a
1300tp engine which is pretty much stock, so
you don't necessarily need huge amounts
of power to have fun off road trialling.
|I don't know what these small 2 seater trial cars|
are called, but they were popular and very good
at getting up the steep inclines.
|Sam, Kevin and the NSU are the first to arrive|
at the next section. You can see just how deep
into the countryside the event was held, we're
miles from anywhere.
|I do like this photo, it must the dramatic sky |
with the cars in the foreground
|The field that host's the trials is massive. I have|
used a lot of 'zoom' in this photo and you can
just make out my bus in the centre of the photo.
|In Kevin and Sam's class, class C2, there were|
about 7 competitors but as I had to quickly move
between stages to catch Kevin and Sam it looks
as though there are only 3 cars in their group
|Kevin and Mike on another of the ascents, this|
was about as far as Kevin got. The course takes
a sharp right hand turn just by Kevin's front wheel
but it was very slippery and very steep and just
too much for the little beetle.
|Kevin concedes defeat and waits to watch his|
son Sam attempt the same section to see if
he can do any better...
|Sam managed to get about as far as Kevin. It's |
that steep slope on the right that's catching them
|The small plucky NSU couldn't get much |
further than Kevin and Sam's Beetle's.
|This aluminium bodied 2 seater got a bit further|
before stopping here. It must be because he
has more weight over the rear axle, thus
providing more traction.
|Sometimes slow and steady with controlled|
rev's is the best option to provide maximum
traction at the rear wheels for getting up the
hill, but having watched all the previous
competitors fail at this point...
|.. they decided to give it full throttle, maximum |
power and a lot of mud flinging. These guy's
did make it up to the finish in the end.
|Kevin has lost traction in this photo and has|
come to a halt. Kevin is running a 1776cc
engine which provides more than enough
power to get up a hill but once you loose
traction, no amount of power will help you.
|Sam trying his best to get up another of the|
stages. You can see just how spread out the
|The plucky NSU tried it's best, but at the top of|
the hill was a drop to the right, and the NSU slid
into the dip and got stuck so that was the end
of his run.
|One of the more serious competitors, this guy|
had all sorts of things fixed to his boot lid to add
weight including a trolley jack and an umbrella.!
|Kevin starting the next section of the hill climb.|
|Turning a sharp right on a slippery slope is not|
as easy as it sounds, and you also have to make
sure you stay within the coloured poles.
|Kevin and Mike on their way to complete this|
|You can see by how hard Sam is turning the|
steering, just how tight some of the turns are
on the different sections.
|Driving across the hill is probably worse than|
just up or down, as it looked like some of the
cars that completed this section could easily
have rolled over.
|Sam and Max also on their way to completing|
this section of the course. You can see just
how important having plenty of ground
clearance is in this photo.
|The only alteration I could see on the car was|
that the owner had mounted 2 spare wheels
on the engine lid, apart from that it's a case of
drive the car to the event, do some hill climbing,
and then drive the car home, it's so simple!
|A closer look at one of the vehicles taking part|
in the off road hill climb, I have no idea what
make this car is, or what class it would be in,
all I know is, it was immaculate and wouldn't look
out of place in a classic / sports car show.
|The interior was just as nice. The black leather|
seats looked very comfortable.
|This really was a beautiful looking car, with a|
stunning coat of bright red paint. The owner
must be passionate about his off road hobby
to take this car up the muddy slippery sections
of the hill climb.
|This box standard road going Ford Fiesta was |
having fun going up the courses, and by all
accounts, he did rather well.
|The Vauxhall Nova was also performing well.|
Apparently it's not all about power, it's about
constant rev's and the route you take.
|Kevin and Mike start off on another ascent. |
You can see how big this event was by the
cars in the background, which meant a lot of
running about by me to keep up with Kevin
and Sam and all the action.
|Kevin making his way up one of the very steep|
sections of one of the stages. This stage really
was steeper than it looks in my photo.
|Sam and Max on the same section...|
|And they both made it through the last gate. |
Well done guys.
|This little aluminium bodied 2 seater with it's|
skinny wheels and tyres seemed to get up the
stages quite easily.
|I'm not sure if the standard hatchback cars had|
their own class or not but they all seemed to be
in the same group.
|Sam and Max on yet another hill climb. Sam |
had to turn a sharp right just after that white
marker pole, unfortunately there was a serious
slope away from the course and Sam ended
up almost wedged against that tree.
I do like this photo. This is what it is all about,
just two off road cars in a private field and
with plenty of steep hills.
|Kevin negotiates a cross section on the hill climb|
which is probably worse than going straight or
down as the car wants to slide down the hill.
Having completed his run, Kevin watches
from below as Sam and Max attempt the
same section. Plenty of power seemed to
help on this part of the section.
|That's as far as Sam can get on this section. |
The steepness on these hill's are not apparent
in the photo's, suffice to say I had trouble
walking up them.
|This aluminium bodied 2 seater car has got|
about as far as Kevin and Sam managed, but
with the driver and co-driver bouncing up and
down in their seats, along with plenty of throttle,
the car is making progress, albeit slow.
|Plenty more bouncing up and down by the|
occupants and continued power they eventually
managed to get to the top of the stage.
|They then proceed to go back down to the start, |
and after swapping seating positions in the car,
and with plenty more mud flinging at full throttle
they proceeded to drive back up this stage.
|Kevin and Mike going up, then there's a tight |
right hand turn to go back down.
|half way down, there is a sharp left hand turn,|
to go back up the steepest part,
|The gradient, and the lack of traction has finally|
got the better of Kevin. A good effort though.
|Sam and Max on the same section as Kevin|
has just been on. The going up bit is quite easy.
|The right hand turn at the top and the descent|
are also quite easy, now comes the hard part.
The sharp left and then the steep incline, the
question is, slow and steady or full throttle??
|Sam decided on full throttle, and managed to|
get just a bit further than his dad. At this point
Sam and Max were bouncing around inside
the car to try and get more traction. You can
just make out Max is out of his seat.
|So far so good Kevin, keep the revs constant|
and the traction will be there.
|Made it.! Well Done Kevin.|
|Now it's Sam and Max's turn to attack the |
same section. Having watched Kevin get up
the hill, do you follow his route or choose
your own route?
|Yep, pretty much the same line up the hill.|
|Yes! Well done Sam, you also made it to the top.|
The Outcast VW club members at the start of
the next section on the hill climb. These vehicles
are also Kevin's and Sam's daily drives.
Kevin at the start of hill 8. The gradual incline is
misleading as it's gets much steeper further
up this section...
|and this is how much steeper this section gets.|
Again the photo still doesn't realistically show
the true gradient of the hill.