|Coupe Des Dames
Emma Flay. I felt a little hesitant when giving this award to Emma, “Best of the Rest” seems poor reward for someone who clearly ranks amongst “the best” but this year she has added her name to the history books, by joining that very exclusive group of lady triple award winners and probably being part of the first all girl triple award winning crew.
|Rest & Be Thankful
John Heseltine. John has partnered Dave Turner all year in the BMW. That degree of bravery must surely be justification enough for an award. He is always cheerful and helpful, taking photos of competitors that are then passed on at subsequent events. Usually he is having to hang on as opposed to just bouncing. He missed only the Exe Valley, due to being in hospital but still “bounced back” for the Edinburgh.
|Wait Until Next Year
Simon Groves. Another second generation trialler launches himself onto the scene in one of the most competitive classes, yet is very competitive “straight out of the box”. Hauling the car from Norfolk weekend after weekend demonstrates serious dedication. As to the future? I know there’s an unused Troll in the senior Groves garage.
|Trial of the Year||Clee Hills Trial|
Bill Bennett. Other members of the pre-war (that’s WW2 kids) MG fraternity are constantly telling me that “one day” trials are too rough for their machines. Yet they all do the Edinburgh, which is, IMHO, the roughest of all the trials and Bill, who has one of the oldest of all these machines does ALL the one day events. Someone somewhere must have it wrong, and I don’t think it’s Bill.
Michael Leete. In a sport that prides itself on its friendly attitude and sense of mutual co-operation it is not always easy to pick out an individual. But there are some that do more than just compete, and help the sport in other ways. When this benevolence away from the hills is matched by assistance, not just for a fellow competitor but for one who, if they continue, is going to beat you to a trophy, then that is sportsmanship deserving of reward. Michael did this for Giles Greenslade, when his car started to fall apart halfway round the Clee Hills.
Nick Farmer. When Nick first appeared with this car, it was so easy to trot out all the old Skoda jokes, but with the name changed to Maestro. Now, after an overall victory on the Exe Valley, the joke is on us, and light starts to appear at the end of a Golf GTi tunnel.
by Simon Woodall, ACTC Chairman