Vintage Sports-Car Club John Harris Derbyshire Trial
PUBLISHED: 12:56 07 December 2010 | UPDATED: 17:14 20 February 2013
Photographs from the VS-CC Derbyshire Trial.
Bolsovers Andrew Staples took the honours among the local entrants when the Vintage Sports-Car Club made its annual visit to the Derbyshire hills in March. Andrew scored five maximums of 25 points from the 13 stages on his way to Class 2a honours in his 1930 Model A Ford.
VS-CC members from across Great Britain in their pre-1940 vintage cars relished the various challenges of the stages at Ashover, Beeley, Darley Bridge and around the Winster area. Heavy rain made some stages trickier than others. Daniel Geoghegans long wheelbase 1932 Riley Gamecock needed the assistance of both his riding passenger and stage marshals when he got stuck on the hump in Ashovers Rainbows End stage. He went on to get maximum scores in three other stages.
The Grange Wood stage near Grangemill was particularly difficult in the wet conditions with a sharp right hand uphill turn at the first maker and several competitors scored just a single point here. No-one made double figures until the end of the day when, remarkably, Donald Skelton (Doncaster) in his Austin 7 Sports and Holmesfields Richard Parsons (GN Touring) both cleared the course for a full score. Skelton (315 points) won the Class 1b Dick Batho Trophy, for modified short wheelbase cars, by just two points from Parsons.
Graham White from North Molton in Devon is a regular visitor and took his third consecutive Patrick Marsh Trophy success in Class 2b for modified long wheelbase cars in his 1929 Lea-Francis 12/40 including nine maximum scores in his 288 points total. Charles Gillett from Beverley won the standard short wheelbase Class 1a in his 1923 Bugatti Brescia.