Off-roaders with the Wright stuff
Ian Wright won the Historic class at the fourth Cotswold Historic Sporting Trial, held near Wottonunder-edge in Gloucestershire on 11 November. Wright, sharing his Cannon with son Kiel, amassed 61 points on a tricky day, with Nigel and Jane Bennett following closely behind on 65. The Post Historic class was won by Andy Gowen, who was competing in his first historic trial – and in a car that he saw for the first time that morning! With BTRDA champion Josh Veale alongside, he finished on 48 points.
The Stroud and District Motor Club laid out six sections on land owned by competitor and local vet Richard Rowe, who came second in Post Historic behind Gowen. Overnight rain that continued into the morning made the going difficult, with a number of high scores being posted. The adverse camber of hill three caught out many, as did the muddy early part of hill six.
The 46-strong entry included four new cars, among them the ex-eric Jackson ‘Goldfinger’ Cannon – so named because of its distinctive metallic livery. That car was one of two entered by Dean Yarrington, who joined Ifan Davies in one of them, with Phil Jones making his debut in the other.
In Post Historic, Mark Linstone had his first outing in a Deacon and Tony Dawson was doing likewise in his newly acquired Dingo.
Clockwise: victors Ian and Kiel Wright in their Cannon; Andy Gowen’s Ibex; Richard Rowe in Concord